Originally Posted by Lostinthesupermarket
If you were annoyed by my lame joke about the relationship between the bad food and the immigration
situation, fair enough. It was a throwaway remark , nothing more.
Nonetheless, I have eaten Mexican food in a bunch of different states in the US and have rarely had a better than mediocre experience. I have eaten a bunch of Mexican food in different Mexican states and have rarely had a less than pleasant one. I don't know what explains the fairly consistent difference. Do you?
Something I've noticed from traveling a lot: a particular ethnic cuisine seems to be very similar no matter where I have it. However, it is always a little bit different from "authentic". So, I always taste it and recognize what it is, but it tastes a little bit different in each place that I try it. There are several reasons for this that I can think of right off the top of my head.
Prime example is food that uses a lot of tropical fruit. . . in the northern US, those ingredients just are not available fresh. Thus, they are either omitted, substituted, or canned/frozen/preserved fruit is used instead since fresh is not available. The resulting dish isn't quite right then...doesn't have the same flavor anymore.
Similarly, cooking techniques sometimes have to change. Huge outdoor grills that roast half cows or lambs or whatnot just aren't practical within a major city that has bad weather.
Then, of course, the tastes of the local population sometimes dictate changes if a restaurant hopes to do a lot of business. Some places prefer saltier food, others sweeter, others spicier, etc. I always make it a point to drink a coke in every country I visit. Each time, the coke tastes slightly different. Sometimes thinner, sometimes fizzier, sometimes sweeter, etc. Coke in the US is usually thick, syrupy and not very good.