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Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:09 am

Yesterday, a friend of mine and I went to Heera's - a local mom and pop Indian restaurant. They do a good job of keeping a clean appearance, and the buffet was adequate. Some of the chicken was really good, some of the other chicken was a bit spicy (which was ok). A bit regrettable I felt for not trying the mutton (haven't heard lamb called that in a while). The only downer was that they didn't have small placards or labels to show what I was eating.  scared  It was all good, though.  biggrin 

Next time, I hope to get my friend over to try the Japanese restaurant just two doors down. But after all this, I'd still say my favorite foreign food is Italian (followed by the foods of most Western European nations), and the reason why is probably because I've had it for so long, and continue to eat it.

I plan to try some more of that SE Asia stuff soon (Thai - haven't really indulged in that - sounds spicy, some of it), with Arabic at some point later (sounds really spicy)

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RE: Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:19 am

I love sheredded chilli chicken from my local takeaway, LOVE the stuff. A big indian and chinese fan, which helps as i live over the road from china town, and go thru the curry miles every day going to work  Smile
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RE: Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:26 am


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RE: Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:39 am

Thai food is my absolute favorite. I guess I just like the flavors (coconut, lime, shrimp, chicken, ginger, peanuts, etc) and the freshness of the ingredients. Unfortunately, we don't have a really good Thai restaurant in Birmingham.

Quoting Allstarflyer (Thread starter):
I plan to try some more of that SE Asia stuff soon (Thai - haven't really indulged in that - sounds spicy, some of it),

If you can handle Indian cuisine then you can handle Thai, although they're quite different.

Quoting Allstarflyer (Thread starter):
with Arabic at some point later (sounds really spicy)

Not as outright hot as some Thai or Indian dishes, but still quite enjoyably spicy.
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RE: Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:49 am

I really love the Spanish cuisine because it offers almost everything (no matter if you are a fan of beef, pork, rabbit, chicken, fish, or mussels). Especially I like Tappas, nothing better than sitting in a restaurant with a few friends and ordering many small plates of many different things to eat them together. Here is a pic - taken by my friend Sebastian, fellow A.netter Mighluss on the left, me on the right - from last December taken in a very good Tappas Bar in Barcelona:

As you can see above, we had fish, meatballs, tortilla, mussels, garlic-bread, and many more things. Everyone ate from every plate so we had a nice dinner with many different things... not to forget the very tasty Spanish beer.  Wink

I also remember a day in the Alicante area a few years ago. We went to the mountains at noon to eat a very good ham from a local butcher for lunch, in the evening we drove back down and stopped on the way, there was a very small restaurant which belonged to a huntsman (we ate a very good rabbit there for dinner), in the night - when we were back at our house - we had a few drinks in the nearby beach restaurant where we had a late-night dinner made from fish and sea-food. This day was an awesome "journey" through the Spanish cuisine and I am a big fan since then, I can't wait to return to Spain in December!

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RE: Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:51 am

Love good Chinese food (can't be had in France - looking forward to next week though - anyone got any good Chinese restaurant tips in Honolulu ? Not PF Changs though, I want proper Chinese food).

Thai is good too, and of course sushi (mmmm - squishi !)
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RE: Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:08 am

I enjoy Italian food. The real stuff, not the Olive Garden fake stuff.

and I enjoy Chinese food. Especially Mongolian Beef. Love the spiciness with it.
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RE: Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:27 am

Quoting Allstarflyer (Thread starter):
Arabic at some point later (sounds really spicy)

Arab food is a somewhat ambiguous term. Normally it refers to food from the Eastern Mediterranean refering to Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, and Jordanian cuisine. The reason I point out this distinction is because food from the Arabian Peninsula is quite different and isn't as internationally recognized.

Eastern Mediterranean Arab cuisine (Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, and Jordanian) incorporates a lot of spices and herbs but it is by no means "hot" as is the case of Indian food for example. The spices used in Arab food are very flavorful but not hot and certainly will not burn your mouth. Syria's second largest city, Aleppo (Halab in Arabic) is very famous for spices used in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine.

The secret to Eastern Mediterranean Arab food is olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic (either chopped of powdered). These three ingredients are essential and are used in just about everything whether vegetables or meats.

Because the Eastern Mediterranean region was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire together with much of the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeastern Europe for more than 600 years, the foods from this entire region including Turkey and Greece share many similarities. So if you go to a Lebanese restaurant and then a Turkish restaurant, you will find many similarities. The differences will be certain refinements such as the types of spices used and the amounts of spices used.

Food from the Arabian Peninsula states is quite different in that it is heavily influenced by South Asian cuisine because of the historic trade routes with South Asia, so it can be pretty spicy. Most of the Arabian Peninsula never was under Ottoman rule and was isolated from much of the rest of the world, so it developed its own culture and own foods.

If you want the best Lebanese/Syrian/Palestinian/Jordanian food in the USA and arguably some of the best in the world, visit Dearborn, Michigan. There are several really great restaurants on Warren Avenue and Michigan Avenue. I know I gained weight after spending just 5 days there a few weeks ago...
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RE: Your Current Favorite Foreign Food (and Why)

Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:39 am

Chinese food first, followed by Mexican food. Both were staples during my childhood, with Chinese marked by the exquisite Ling's in Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California.

Today, when we are too tired to cook and don't feel like going out, we just order some excellent Moo Shi chicken, combination fried Rice, and spring rolls from our favorite delivery shop.
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