rich food


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Slovenia, Slovenian
Hey, everyone!

I've got a question about food. What does "rich food" mean?
Does it mean filling (in terms of being made from butter, cream, and similar items), or rather luxurious, fancy, etc (in terms of usually being served in fancy restaurants and very expensive)? Thanx in advance! :)
  • You are correct. "Rich food" refers to its high calorie ingredients, such as butter, cream, oils, sugar, etc. "Rich food" is not referring to its cost.
    stargazer said:
    Does it mean filling (in terms of being made from butter, cream, and similar items),

    Yes. Usually, when a food is described as being rich, it contains butter, cream and other items that give the food a rich or "heavy" consistency. Usually, this means it is also "rich" in flavor, so much that a little bit (or bite!) goes a long way. In other words, you can get full after eating just a small portion.

    There is a truth, however, that "rich" foods were found mostly in "expensive" restaurants, since the ingredients needed to make "rich" foods were costly.

    This is not necessarily the case, today, however.
    Thanx for clearing that up for me, TStadt & GenJen54! :)

    Is this meaning closer to "heavy" (=with negative connotation), or rather neutral, as in "filling"? Or could it be interpreted either way depending on context?
    I interpret its meaning more on the "filling" side. I have described a Burger King Whopper as "heavy" food. After eating it, it just sits there in my stomach--as if my stomach doesn't know quite what to do with it, and I'm left with an idle, heavy-feeling stomach.

    On the other hand, dark chocolate cake is a rich food. A very small slice cannot always be finished, because your stomach tells your mouth and eyes that you have already had enough!

    Heavy foods leave you groaning, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!"
    Rich foods, tolerated in small amounts, leave you telling yourself, "That was a very delightful experience!"

    This is, however, only one person's view of rich foods.