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Not-So-Great Cuisines of the World

By contrast, what national and ethnic foods are you less fond of?

My parents claim that they don't like Mexican food, though my mom has changed her view since she had some of the real stuff on a conference trip to Acapulco (IJCAI 2003) that I took her along on. I personally haven't met a cuisine I didn't like, though there are some very strange Asian dishes that I am not sure I want to try: take rats and water cockroaches, for example, which are Cantonese delicacy. Actually, I might try rat, but I'm squicked by dog meat, like most Americans.

I've always heard bad things about British food, but some of the pub meals that my folks and I had in Edinburgh (IJCAI 2005) included fish and chips, bangers and mash, etc. and they weren't bad at all.

Is there anything you've tried but don't want to have again? Anything you refuse to try even once?

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Banazir

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tamf
Nov. 16th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
cheap british food can be godawful. i kwite like deep-fried things, but even i got enough at the seaside restaurant where *every single dish* consisted of deep-fried something or the other in batter. if you're not too fond of fake sweeteners and colouring, most english bakeries are also no-goes.

but my favourite least favourite food is the type of bread served along with czech meals. it has the consistency of a sponge and the taste of absolutely nothing.
banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Deep-fried something or the other in batter
I've heard of the "English breakfast", where everything is pan-fried if not deep-fried. Fake sweeteners and coloring don't bother me that much, but I don't go looking for them. I've see that kind of thing imitated in Taiwan and other Asian countries, and it's a good thing that the French habit of making baked goods fresh and natural is catching on in the Pacific Rim.

Say, what is the name of this tasteless, spongy Czech table bread, so I know to avoid it?

Thanks,
Banazir
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borgseawolf
Nov. 16th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think there is any cuisine in the world that has no redeeming features. I've tasted literally dozens of them, and there is not one I'd say "I won't try anything from it ever again"

The Brits got a bad reputation because of the French. Their food does not look like much (looks like shit on toast, frankly), is not healthy, and most of the Brits have no idea how to cook, but when well done, it's very, very tasty. I like their puddings, their pies, their seafood, and their cheese. Cauliflower and Cheddar is great.

German cuisine is the one which has the least amount of things I'd like to eat, but even they make some great things with cabbage, with dumplings and noodles, with freshwater fish, and their cakes are the best in Europe, IMO.

And then the Irish have also some bad reputation, but they have the greatest bread ever, and dublin bay prawns and oysters and GUINNESS.

I even like traditional American diner-style stuff; and most Asian and African countries have at least few really good things to serve on rice; and in general, the poorer the nation, the better desserts they make.

So really, I like them all, as long as they're properly made...
banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Cauliflower and Cheddar
I personally like that, but I grew up eating it and didn't even know that was British!

What kind of pies and puddings? Are we talking desserts or blood pie/pudding?

I rather like rinderouladen and bierrocks. Freshwater fish, great! I do like German CHOKLIT and cake thereof.

Describe Irish bread, please? Shrimps and oysters, I have not had much of in the Irish style. Beer, good.

Frankly, I think meatloaf, mac and cheese, and other diner-style things are not the best America has to offer. Maybe pies. I like buffet fare a little, and surf and turf (steak and shrimp) a lot.

African stuff on rice - yes, but how do you like couscous? Also, I like basmati rice and jasmine rice better than Thai rice, and Thai rice much better than sticky rice.

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Banazir
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borgseawolf
Nov. 16th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Altho', if I had to choose, I would point at Nordic countries and especially Iceland. They have Skyr and a few good fish recipes, but that's about it. They have no vegetables of their own, and have some of the most revolting dishes I've heard of.
But they're such lovely people otherwise that everything's excused :)
banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Lovely people, terrible food...
Yes, well, don't forget the liquor. ;-)

You know, I might do this thread with music, too.

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Banazir
tamf
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
i'm inclined to agreen
there is an awful lot of mashing and boiling involved and not very much taste. the taste you do get from the fresh fissssh and yummy things like cloudberries is nice, tho.
la_petite_singe
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
I cannot say I am fond of Indian food very much. Too spicy for me. I hope British food isn't too bad, because I'll be stuck with it for 5 months next year. :D
banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Spice is the variety of life
Hey, nice underground sign plus Big Ben icon! Is that for reals or spliced together?

Also, what are you going over to the UK for?

Cheers,
Banazir
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tamf
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: SALMIAKKI
*madgiggle* but it's the foodstuff of gods! or possibly trolls...
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kai_ta_loipa
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
there isn't a cuisine i've tried that i haven't liked at least somewhat.

there are, however, several specific dishes that i will probably never eat:

aspic -- i can't even tolerate sweet jello, but who in their right mind would put something like fish in gelatin?

menudo -- can't get past the smell.

genitalia -- they might be delicious. that andrew zimmern guy seems to love eating yak penis and hedgehog balls, but i can't get past what it is to try it. call me a prude.

in general, i also can't eat things that are looking at me. the eyeballs have to be gone, or able to be hidden by garnish.
borgseawolf
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't have much to eat at a traditional Polish party! (as do I) - the usual dishes are tripe soup and jellied fish. We don't eat any genitalia though... I wonder why...

Also aww Gordonlamb :)
bojojoti
Nov. 16th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
The Swedish have great breads and cookies, but beware lutefisk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutefisk
I've never had the desire to try it; however, I love fruktsoppa, pepparkakor, and a number of Swedish treats.

I can find something I enjoy in most ethnic foods. I had the opportunity to try Ethiopian food while visiting D.C., and it was so good.

Mexican food south of the border often contains more fresh fruit and vegetables. Along the coasts, fish is involved, and most Americans don't think along those lines when considering Mexican food. It isn't all drenched in cheese!

I enjoy variety, and I'm very grateful that worldwide cuisine is more readily available than it was even 50 years ago.
borgseawolf
Nov. 17th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
Isn't lutefisk mostly Norwegian, not Swedish?

The Icelanders national dish is rotten shark head ;)
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