Fried chicken and … waffles?

That’s one odd food combination that, according to this video, is a popular late night “comfort food” during the Harlem Renaissance:

Discussion / Writing / Research questions:

  • What do you think are the differences between fried chicken and 唐揚げ?
  • Do you like any odd food combinations?
  • I’ve heard okonomiyaki described as “Japanese soul food”. What are other Japanese dishes you’d consider to be “soul food”? How would you define “soul food”?
  • What are the typical foods that people in Japan like to eat late at night after going to a concert or other event? Do you think restaurants should stay open 24-7?
  • The term “comfort food” refers to foods that remind you of your childhood. They’re usually not that healthy (high calorie, high carbohydrate and/or fat content) but they make you feel good (though maybe a bit guilty if you’re watching your weight). People especially like to eat comfort foods when they’re tired or sad. For some people, it might be mac & cheese or chili, fish & chips, pizza or curry and rice. For many people, it’s the foods that your mom (or dad) made for you a lot when you were a kid. For people with a sweet tooth, it may be ice cream. What are your comfort foods? When do you like to eat them? What are some typical comfort foods for people in your major language country?
  • Try doing a little research on the Harlem Renaissance and teach your partners about that part of American history. Here are a few sources: