favorite foreign food
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Dec 12, 2012 6:00 AM Last Post By: karankarnani
Nov 29, 2012 2:53 PM
favorite foreign foodWhat is your favorite food not indigenous to your home country.
For me (a yank) it's pollo en molé (chicken in molé sauce) in Mexico. Just never get tired of it.
Nov 29, 2012 5:34 PM
1I was just telling Señora Anonima how tired I was of mole de pollo. There are so many inferior renderings of this classic Mexican dish. The Temporada Navideña (Christmas Season) is approaching, and there will be umpteen fiestas and comidas (dinners) here, 60% of which will feature the local version of birria (spiced stewed beef), in this instance) and 40% mole de pollo, cooked in great quantity, for a crowd. Also dreadful Arroz a la Mexicana, too often, (but fortunately, not always,) cooked to a heavy pasty stodge.
I have not tired of good birria, as made in a birrería (birria specialty restaurant) or mariscos (seafood) prepared fresh and preferably simply. Huauchinango al Mojo de Ajo. (Whole red snapper in garlic sauce.) Pescado a la talla, small whole fish or fillets butterfly split, painted with spicy adobo, and grilled, preferably over a wood or charcoal fire.
Nov 29, 2012 5:38 PM
2Here in Texas, chicken mole is indigenous!
But why a single choice? Why not ask for the top five?
Nov 29, 2012 7:19 PM
Nov 30, 2012 12:07 AM
Nov 30, 2012 4:59 AM
6Wow, I could never choose just one. Way too many good foods out there. I do agree corc is up there, but really good Peking Duck, spaghetti allo scoglio, etc. Even great peasant food like well done beans and rice or pyttipanna would be on my list. Of course I have the same problem we people say what's you favorite book or movie. Why choose one when life is a smorgasbord?
Nov 30, 2012 5:15 AM
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Nov 30, 2012 9:39 AM
10since we're far from all coasts great fish is very expensive here. Halibut, lobster and even in-state-caught walleye are treats.
We live on the West coast and can see the salt water when the leaves are off the trees.......(preveously frozen) Halibut is $12 Lb, and there is none on the menu this year in local restaurants.
Nov 30, 2012 10:57 AM
Nov 30, 2012 11:35 AM
12The one truly indigenous American dish I've had is acorn mush. Not something I'd want to eat on a regular basis and it is a lot of work to make.
But, thinking of foods that I found better in their center of origin than in the US, the first things that come to mind are a lot of Turkish food, most Ethiopian food (especially injera), and Ecuadorean-style ceviche.
The Turkish & Ethiopian food may reflect the general paucity of such restaurants in my area. I have never seen Ecuadorian ceviche in the US, although I have been tempted to try to make it.
Nov 30, 2012 12:50 PM
Nov 30, 2012 1:21 PM
14I would actually say that what in the US is considered bbq (as opposed to just grilled foods) is a true US cuisine. I would also say that Cajun food would fall into that category. While Cajun food is a "fusion" food in the truest sense of that term in that it included African, Native American and French influences, I would say it is a cuisine of its own.
There may be one or two others that would qualify but these are the ones that come to mind late on a Friday afternoon.
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