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Ethnic foods you're supposed to like (but hate)

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by SField, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    Oh yeah, Russian food really sucks too and I've actually been to Russia. Now, granted, I didn't eat in every single restaurant in Russia, but I ate at enough places to say that the food sucks.

    The Russians don't exactly have a great culinary tradition. Thank socialism for that. I've only been to a single russian restaurant, and it was probably more french than russian. I had some sort of salad with warmed goat cheese, a really dense pate de foie gras , and pine nuts. Also had wild boar with some sort of berry sauce. My date had a fair amount of seafood, including caviar and smoked salmon. There were more traditional items on the menu, but what we had seemed like it would be more tasty.

    Anyway, I hate sushi. The idea of eating raw fish is disgusting to me. I don't eat seafood in general though.
     
  2. TheIdler

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    The Russians don't exactly have a great culinary tradition. Thank socialism for that.

    Really? Maybe we could blame the total lack of any crop more interesting than beets, potatoes, and cabbage. Or the general poverty. And not a political system that was put in place less than 100 years ago.
     
  3. Eason

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    I have eaten a lot of food. I travel far and wide to try things, as it was once part of career. However there are two major ethnic foods I just don't get that excited about. The first is Mexican, and the other is Chinese (at least Szechuan and other mainlain food). I have found most Mexican food to be horrifically bland. I don't understand the appeal. Every single time a Mexican person or someone tells me what to eat, I'm always dissapointed by the lack of interest and the gross heaviness of it. The only good Mexican food I've had is actually in Mexico where I ate what was actually very meditaranean in style, and even then, italians prepare fish and light fare far better. Still, most of the food in Mexico is bad. Most of it looks like it was made for a dog. Chinese food is almost always a pile of slop swimming in oil and chilis to account for the lack of ability to season or pay any attention to ingredients. I despise how technique almost ceases to matter with most Chinese food. In Hong Kong there are incredible chinese restaurants, but they're using French technique. Any time I go to any China town and am taken by a Chinese person to eat Chinese food, they always tell me "nooo, but you haven't eaten HEEERE", as if they'll change my mind. Almost always dissapointing for me. For me, most of the Chinese food I've eaten is much less flavorful and exciting as Korean or Japanese. I also prefer other South Asian varieties, and in fact, have had the best Chinese food in Singapore (besides HK). For the most part I think it's revolting slop. Also, their take on offal is disgusting. Anyone else not get certain ethnic cuisines that white people are supposed to love?
    I, too, hate Chinese people. I mean, Chinese food (mainland Chinese food.) Some of it is palatable, but it's a very small % and it's just never great, it only gets to "ok". Put it in a rank list with all the other cuisine in the world, it will be near the bottom, somewhere near Somalian Dirt. Sometimes I seriously wish for some American Chinese food- it's at least less oily and has flavors other than salty chili, hua jiao, and ketchup.
     
  4. Eason

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    I took my girlfriend to have indian food with me last night. She'd never had it before, but she hated everything. She says she knows it's wierd, but she has a mental block about indian food because she knows Indian people are so dirty, so the food must be really dirty as well and it just disgusts her. I was like "WTF, Indian people are dirty? Then what are Chinese people? The cook who looks you in the eye while he picks his nose, never washing any of the produce, all the pesticides we eat, all the bugs you find in your food, the hairs, the guy at the restaurant you still like to eat at who dropped the chicken wing on the street, brushed it off, re-seasoned it, and then served it? They're fucking cleaner than Indians?"

    and she just responded "Like I said, it doesn't make sense."

    Hey, can we start a racist thread that's something like "ethnic foods you like, even though you hate the ethnicity?" I really like Middle-Eastern food!
     
  5. willpower

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    Mexican food bores me. How many combinations of the same cheese, tortilla, beans. rice. chicken/beef and guac are there?
     
  6. tundrafour

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    I like almost everything mentioned in this thread. I've never had gefilte fish, though.
     
  7. willpower

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    I like almost everything mentioned in this thread. I've never had gefilte fish, though.


    Imagine cold meatloaf, except it's fish.
     
  8. Big Pun

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    Hey, can we start a racist thread that's something like "ethnic foods you like, even though you hate the ethnicity?" I really like Middle-Eastern food!

    ^^Yeah that's what I thought this thread was going to be about. Sadly I have no idea what Canadian food consists of. I'm guessing there's alot of syrup.
     
  10. Transcendental

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    I, too, hate Chinese people. I mean, Chinese food (mainland Chinese food.) Some of it is palatable, but it's a very small % and it's just never great, it only gets to "ok". Put it in a rank list with all the other cuisine in the world, it will be near the bottom, somewhere near Somalian Dirt. Sometimes I seriously wish for some American Chinese food- it's at least less oily and has flavors other than salty chili, hua jiao, and ketchup.

    szechuan chinese food sucks, all you eat in every restaurant is hua jiao and peanuts
     
  11. SField

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    I took my girlfriend to have indian food with me last night. She'd never had it before, but she hated everything. She says she knows it's wierd, but she has a mental block about indian food because she knows Indian people are so dirty, so the food must be really dirty as well and it just disgusts her. I was like "WTF, Indian people are dirty? Then what are Chinese people? The cook who looks you in the eye while he picks his nose, never washing any of the produce, all the pesticides we eat, all the bugs you find in your food, the hairs, the guy at the restaurant you still like to eat at who dropped the chicken wing on the street, brushed it off, re-seasoned it, and then served it? They're fucking cleaner than Indians?"

    and she just responded "Like I said, it doesn't make sense."

    Hey, can we start a racist thread that's something like "ethnic foods you like, even though you hate the ethnicity?" I really like Middle-Eastern food!


    Yes, when I heard a first hand account of how people used to clean themselves after taking a shit (they'd call their dog who would clean them)... I had a bit of a block against Fujian food.

    I think the sanitary standards in most of Sichuan is probably quite appalling.
     
  12. level32

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    Fujiian food seems to me lightly prepared seafood and a shitload of sweet and sour stuff, at least from my limitied exposure to it when visiting family.

    I stopped in Beijing and totally understand Eason's hatred for Chinese food. Though you'd think the capital would be the home to culinary excellence, it's like the complete opposite. Beijing's culinary history is terrible due to the availibilty of produce and ingredients back in the day. Too bad these days it's not getting any better.

    With that said, I certainly stand by the food of certain southern parts of China.
     
  13. Eason

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    Fujiian food seems to me lightly prepared seafood and a shitload of sweet and sour stuff, at least from my limitied exposure to it when visiting family.

    I stopped in Beijing and totally understand Eason's hatred for Chinese food. Though you'd think the capital would be the home to culinary excellence, it's like the complete opposite. Beijing's culinary history is terrible due to the availibilty of produce and ingredients back in the day. Too bad these days it's not getting any better.

    With that said, I certainly stand by the food of certain southern parts of China.


    Are you southern Chinese?
     
  14. nahneun

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    What does Peking duck taste like? I've been really curious.
     
  15. Piobaire

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    No one has bashed on food deemed to be Hawaiian yet. Outside of kaluha pork, which is pretty simple stuff, not much I can recommend. Poi? Lau laus? I mean, Portugese sausage =! Hawaiian IMO. Even a musubi is Japanese derived. Spam?
     
  16. romafan

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    No one has bashed on food deemed to be Hawaiian yet. Outside of kaluha pork, which is pretty simple stuff, not much I can recommend. Poi? Lau laus? I mean, Portugese sausage =! Hawaiian IMO. Even a musubi is Japanese derived. Spam?

    Soy sauce on the Spam? [​IMG]
     
  17. Piobaire

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    Soy sauce on the Spam? [​IMG]

    If we're doing a spam musubi, we use Yoshida Sauce, not shoyu.

    Spam is the adopted state meat of Hawaii. Hard to call it "Hawaiian" though is my point.
     
  18. SField

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    The Russians don't exactly have a great culinary tradition. Thank socialism for that. I've only been to a single russian restaurant, and it was probably more french than russian. I had some sort of salad with warmed goat cheese, a really dense pate de foie gras , and pine nuts. Also had wild boar with some sort of berry sauce. My date had a fair amount of seafood, including caviar and smoked salmon. There were more traditional items on the menu, but what we had seemed like it would be more tasty.

    Anyway, I hate sushi. The idea of eating raw fish is disgusting to me. I don't eat seafood in general though.


    No they don't but we got caviar from them, and of course Russian service. That's by far their biggest contribution to how we in the west eat in restaurants.
     
  19. SField

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    Fujiian food seems to me lightly prepared seafood and a shitload of sweet and sour stuff, at least from my limitied exposure to it when visiting family.

    I stopped in Beijing and totally understand Eason's hatred for Chinese food. Though you'd think the capital would be the home to culinary excellence, it's like the complete opposite. Beijing's culinary history is terrible due to the availibilty of produce and ingredients back in the day. Too bad these days it's not getting any better.

    With that said, I certainly stand by the food of certain southern parts of China.



    People told me about the incredible duck but frankly I've had better duck prepared by a 90 year old italian lady in a hole in a wall restaurant than in Beijing. I went to that very famous duck place and it was quite good though. I just expected something more.
     
  20. Flambeur

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    No one has bashed on food deemed to be Hawaiian yet. Outside of kaluha pork, which is pretty simple stuff, not much I can recommend. Poi? Lau laus? I mean, Portugese sausage =! Hawaiian IMO. Even a musubi is Japanese derived. Spam?


    Yeah hawaiian food is kinda funny.
     

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