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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7695 posts, RR: 21
Posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
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I have just whipped up a batch of Adzhika, a spicy Georgian paste/dip. Yum. Great with grilled meats.

So, what kinds of foreign foods (foreign to you, that is) do you like cooking? I regularly make Russian-style soups, and things like aubergine caviar, Russian salads and so on. I like knocking up a good curry, either Indian or Thai, on a fairly regular basis too. The occasional foray into Chinese-style and Japanese foods takes place too, pork tonkatsu with Japanese curry on the side is good, for example. I'm always up for spicy food.

In terms of eating out, well Indian is a firm favourite here. Nothing remotely authentic about a lot of it I'm sure, but we enjoy it anyway. Vietnamese is something I really like whenever the opportunity presents itself too. It's very fresh tasting, plenty of fresh herbs. I like the spicy, nutty element too. I can't really think of any common foreign cuisines I really avoid here in the UK, probably Chinese is my least common choice but I still have one now and again.

What are your preferred foreign restaurants? What do you like best about them? Do you prefer to try and cook foreign foods yourself or do you prefer to let the restaurants do it for you? What is particularly well done where you live?


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20511 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

I've been on a Malaysian kick recently, after deciding to branch out from experimenting with a variety of ways to prepare satay and discovering kecap manis. Luckily, we've a couple of great Asian markets here in Portland, which carry all sorts of ingredients and condiments from every corner of the Pacific.

It's a silly little website, but I'm hooked on the recipe for Crab Legs in Black Pepper Sauce from mykitchensnippets.com that I've adapted for shrimp/prawns, and is insanely easy to whip up. I'm also experimenting with turmeric, which I used to think was only suitable as a coloring agent. It actually has a taste that's fantastic to me.

Generally, I cannot eat Indian food at all, beyond tandoori, since I get a severe gag reflex from both the taste and smell of the herb fenugreek. I do like Thai curries though, since they're fenugreek-free.

When it comes to eating out, I'm firmly stuck in the 60s—you can sit me down in a Tiki bar or Polynesian restaurant, and I'll be as happy as a clam. Trader Vic's is a-okay in my book. We finally have a replacement for the one here which closed down in the mid-90s.



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User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

I enjoy eating Bosnian food, all my friends are Bosnian or Polish. Tastes like Mediteranean food. Sometimes I cook it at home and sometimes I go out. I just can't get enough of cevape and burek.

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User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8871 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

My favorite is L' Express in Montreal Canada. I have been there many times. I would not miss it while there. A great French Bistro. I cannot get enough of their food while out late You cannot beat their crocque monsieur sandwich. A simple ham and cheese sandwich, but it is not simple tasting.

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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25086 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
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If ever I go to Paris, I try to have one meal at Le Procope, in St. Germain de Pres.

It isn't the grandest or most expensive of the Paris restaurants (although it ain't cheap) but it's been around since the French Revolution. It's older style French food - the cop au vin is the best in town - but I usually order the oysters and then the Dover sole.

http://www.procope.com/restaurant-hi...&utm_campaign=Procope%2B-%2BMarque

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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7695 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2052 times:
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Quoting LFutia (Reply 2):
I just can't get enough of cevape and burek.

Sounds very interesting. Do tell - what are those dishes about?



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2826 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

I like Venezuelan, Japanese, Chinese, Indian & Italian  


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User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

Cevape - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%86evapi



Burek - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%B6rek#Bosnian_burek



Hope I made you hungry now!

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User currently offlinemelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1601 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

Quoting LFutia (Reply 7):

Love chevaps, goood when you're doing a barbeque. A few borek places around here as well. Not the healthiest but yummy.

And Vietnamese broken rice, yum yum yum. Has to be my all-time favorite lunch.

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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2826 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Quoting melpax (Reply 8):
And Vietnamese broken rice, yum yum yum. Has to be my all-time favorite lunch.

Mmm! Looks so simple but so damn good. Never tried Vietnamese meself, that´s next on the list.

Quoting LFutia (Reply 7):
Hope I made you hungry now!

   The bread thing with the sausages looks delish



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User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

I love Lebanese food- fresh salads, grilled chicken with garlic sauce, hot flat breads.
Rich hommous dips and smoked aubergine dips. Yum!

Also Indian food- can't get enough!



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User currently offlinehoons90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3007 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1863 times:
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Mexican, Salvadorian, Jamaican, Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Cantonese, Hakka, Sichuan, Indian. All of which are available in Toronto.


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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1945 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
Georgian paste/dip

Has to be the most underrated cuisine in the world. Outside of Russia (and of course Georgia), most people haven't tried Georgian food. But it is so damn good.

Anyway, for me:

--Indian (including separately: the traditional international North-Indian sort of selection, also south Indian, esp. Keralese and various other regional types)
--Thai
--Lebanese (when it comes to pan-middle-Eastern dishes, the Lebanese do them best, as well as having their own specialties)
--Georgian
--Ethiopian
--Chinese (esp. Szechuan)

Certain dishes from other places: Mexican mole, Vietnamese lemongrass dishes, Tibetan momo, French breads and pastries, regional Italian specialties, esp. things involving artichokes and/or truffles.

Not a fan of Japanese, most Central European, most Korean, most Philipino. Doesn't mean that I can't generally find some things I like in these cuisines, but overall doesn't do it for me.



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User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5134 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

what, no mention of Scotlands fine cuisine?

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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7695 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1779 times:
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Quoting n229nw (Reply 12):
Has to be the most underrated cuisine in the world. Outside of Russia (and of course Georgia), most people haven't tried Georgian food. But it is so damn good.

Totally agree. There is at least one good Georgian restaurant in London, and it's well worth a trip there.



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User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 13):
what, no mention of Scotlands fine cuisine?

Ye canny beat a deep fried mars bar!


Now I know where did this guy get his ideas from!  ...

http://www.chickencharlies.com/menu.html


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Anything Asian from Pakistan to the far east and every place in between, Mediterranean would be my second favourite.

User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1945 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 14):
There is at least one good Georgian restaurant in London, and it's well worth a trip there.

If you mean Tbilisi on Holloway Road, I agree! I tend to go whenever I am in London.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7695 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1729 times:
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Quoting n229nw (Reply 17):
If you mean Tbilisi on Holloway Road

Yes. There used to be a great one in Bethnal Green too, though I think it's gone (and I forget its name - last time I went there I was still in uni.....). There is the Little Georgia cafe in Bethnal Green, but it gets mixed write-ups. Haven't tried that one.



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User currently offlinerlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

This is my favorire foreign food.


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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9191 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

-Chinese (Peking duck, lemon chicken)

-Japanese (pretty much anything hibachi-syle, and I like tempura. I also love a whole variety of sushi rolls.

-Thai (penang curry, I went to a Thai restaurant and had pla la gratiem, a whole red snapper cooked in ginger and other Thai spices. SOOOOO good!)

I also like Korean and Vietnamese.



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Quoting n229nw (Reply 17):
If you mean Tbilisi on Holloway Road, I agree!

I will get my old man to take me there next time we are over, sounds great.

Where I grew up was Palmers Green, or Palmers Greek in North London and I love the Greek (& Turkish) cuisine. Even a simple donna kebab is great done right.

Here in YVR, lots of good Asian eating places very reasonably priced, I have always like Chinese (Cantonese in particular) but love sushi now.

Now I am in Britain, I have to say I really miss good British pub food - ploughmans lunches with a good ale, fish & chips and pies.



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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1945 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 21):
I will get my old man to take me there next time we are over, sounds great.

Make sure you get a lot of the starters. They are the best part of Georgian (and of that restaurant)...in fact, better than the mains usually.

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 21):
Where I grew up was Palmers Green, or Palmers Greek in North London and I love the Greek (& Turkish) cuisine.

I used to live in Wood Green an loved to go shopping down Green Lanes...but much further down...



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