Minimalist Meals

There's a social media post going around that shows a plate of rice together with the question: you can only add 2 things to this plate of rice, name them. We'll bite, minimalist rice dishes with long traditions in the East:
  • North Asia: rice + soya sauce + warm water
  • South Asia: rice + dhall + curry (gravy only)
  • SE Asia: rice + chilli condiment + cucumber
There are also rice dishes with only one accompaniment:
  • North Asia: rice + fermented beancurd
  • South Asia: rice + papadam (or yogurt)
  • SE Asia: rice + half of a salted egg
In the West, bread, which can be delicious on its own depending on how it is baked, goes well with butter, cheese or jam, and tea, coffee, milk or water.