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Now that we're on the topic, what are your favourite cuisines?

Being Peruvian and living in Lima, I obviously think we have the best food in the world. I have been in many countries and the only cuisine that has come close to ours has been Vietnams. Italy and Mexico's food I'm a big fan of. Same with China and Japan.

There's a few Turkish restaurants I've been meaning to check out near me. Personally never been a huge fan of Indian or Thai food but that's just me.

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Things I miss:

  • meat pies
  • sausage rolls
  • Sunday roast
  • full breakfast
  • fish and chips
  • lamb
  • meat and three veg

Of course I can make most of it but the wife doesn't always want this sort of stuff... I don't necessarily want the 'British variants' either, I want some home-cooked Aussie food.

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I'm a fan of Spanish food lately. I've taken an interest in tapas, and I've discovered I'm quite a fan of morcilla.

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It's so hard to choose as all cuisines have so much to offer; some more, some less, but there's definitely great food to be found almost everywhere in the world. If I had to choose though, Thai and Italian. And German. And steak xD Oh and Mexican. And seafood. Mediterranean cuisine is great in general. British cuisine is often underrated.

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nothing better than home-made Indian food. Forget your takeaways in comparison as good as they may be on a Friday or Saturday night with some beers. There's so much more to Indian food than takeaways. I won't be biased and say it's the best cuisine out there but if you can master making Indian food at home, you're on to a winner.

Personally, I love Mexican food. Something about it which is so desirable and delicious - whether it's fajitas or tacos or enchiladas or whatever, there's always so much choice and variations on the food. Fairly easy to make at home as well.

After that, would say Italian cos I love making pizza at home and enjoy eating at pizzerias. Disregarding pineapples (!), there's so much choice you can have to tailor a pizza to your needs and make it or order it to how you want. Favourite pizza to have is grilled chicken, bacon, sweet red peppers and little bit of onion with extra cheese. 

I've only ever had steak once at a Marco Pierre-White restaurant so can't really compare how good that was to anything xD

Not that much into Japanese/Thai/Chinese cuisine. Always find myself having the same kind of thing, especially for the latter - duck with pancakes, sesame prawns on toast, satay chicken, tea-smoked chicken and egg fried rice. For some reason I don't like to experiment too much with this kind of Asian cuisine. 

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I'm a big fan of the UK "takeaway" variations of Chinese and Indian. We've not got a decent Chinese near us but the Indian in the village I live in is brilliant and we eat in there or get a takeaway quite often. 

 

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I had quite a lot of home-made Indian food (made by actual Indians, not by me haha), and while I definitely enjoy it every once in a while, I am not a big fan in general, mostly because it feels too heavy for me (especially dishes that use ghee) and the smell is overwhelming. That's also one of the reasons why I prefer Thai curries over Indian ones. However, I am just generalising here, simply because cuisines such as Indian, Thai or Chinese are so diverse and have such incredible regional variety. 

 

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1 hour ago, Blue said:

Now that we're on the topic, what are your favourite cuisines?

Being Peruvian and living in Lima, I obviously think we have the best food in the world. I have been in many countries and the only cuisine that has come close to ours has been Vietnams. Italy and Mexico's food I'm a big fan of. Same with China and Japan.

There's a few Turkish restaurants I've been meaning to check out near me. Personally never been a huge fan of Indian or Thai food but that's just me.

Vietnamese cuisine is quite nice. Their soups (including the very popular pho) are great, especially as a hangover food haha. I also love Vietnamese pastries/dumplings/sandwiches (banh) and stews. However, they also have some really fucking weird stuff like Tiet canh which is some chunks of duck meat in a raw coagulated blood and fish sauce soup, a dish that looks like a huge gooey blood clot.  vomit-into-the-toilet.gif

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20 minutes ago, Teso dos Bichos said:

 

soulfood 😍😍😍😍

what's this?

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Close enough xD it's cuisine of America's Deep South.

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Also, Danish cuisine is extremely underappreciated. Love their open sandwiches in particular, but their main dishes are also lovely.

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Throwing out a plus1 for @nudge. When people say British food is shit I genuinely wonder if they've actually ever eaten British food.

Firstly, the roast dinner. Roasted chicken/beef for me is the best, throw some stuffing in, small crispy on the outside but soft on the inside roast potatoes. Carrots and parsnips roasted on the side, butter cooked cabbage, chuck some broccoli in, creamy mash potato and gravy made from the meat and veg juices....beautiful.

Cottage Pie; browned beef mince put into a pot, throw in some chopped up carrots, courgette, onions and peas. Sprinkle some herbs over that bad boy, some salt and pepper. Pour water into the mix, some wine, some lea and perrins, chuck an oxo cube or 3/4 in there, some Bisto gravy granules-not loads, mix it all up and chuck it in the oven for an hour minimum, as long as you want to allow it to all cook together, juices and tastes mix together. Remember, be liberal with the wine. When you're done take it out, pour it all into a strainer and let the juices pour into a pot. Put the meat and veg back into the original pot. Take enough juices just for the meat, load it with oxo cubes and bisto so it's nice and thick. Pour that into the meat and veg so that it just coats it all, you don't want the mince and veg swimming in gravy.

Take the rest of the juices and make as much gravy as you need, not as thick as the gravy in the mince, but still thick. Then mash your potatoes so they're nice, smooth and creamy. Put the mash all over the mince and veg in the pot, use a fork to flatten it down and even the mash out all over the pot, before finishing the mash off with some badboy criss cross designs. Chuck it in the oven to brown the top. When serving, serve the cottage pie onto a layer of butter cooked cabbage, with a side of broccoli or even some crusty bread. Once you've done all of that, finish it off by going to another room and having a wank over the complete and utter porn on a plate.

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5 hours ago, Teso dos Bichos said:

southern food (American) mainly cooked by the African-american slaves back in the day and now both whites. mac and cheese, collard green with bacon, cornbread, fried chicken, fried catfish, oxtail, and my favorite beef liver with onions and mushroom gravy. 😍😍

It was always eaten  and cooked by both, just different foods of course. I think a lot of it is actually based from Native American food.  

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I'm a big fan of Mexican, Italian and Chinese food, but I want to give a big shout out to New Mexican food.The combination of American, Native American and Mexican cuisine in that part of the US makes for some great dishes, including breakfast burritos and green chile cheesburgers, both of which are sensational.

I think we can all agree that Japanese cuisine is an unmitigated disaster. I'll never understand the appeal of sushi, and tofu is literally the worst thing that's ever been eaten by anyone in the history of mankind.

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10 minutes ago, Burning Gold said:

I'm a big fan of Mexican and Italian food, but I want to give a big shout out to New Mexican food.The combination of American, Native American, and Mexican cuisine that part of the US makes for some great dishes, including breakfast burritos and green chile cheesburgers, which are both sensational.

I think we can all agree that Japanese cuisine is an unmitigated disaster. I'll never understand the appeal of sushi, and tofu is literally the worst thing that's ever been eaten by anyone in the history of mankind.

Re: Japanese food. I used to have the exact same thoughts. But Japanese cuisine is so much more than just sushi and tofu. I still am not a big fan of tofu or even most seafood but good sushi is mouthwatering. You need to have it in Japan or at a good Japanese restaurant before you can judge - none of the shite you might see in a supermarket with shit in it. 

Ramen, udon, yakisoba, karaage, tonkatsu, okonomiyaki, are my favourite Japanese foods. Unrivalled when done well.(have a google)

However, I love Mexican and Indian food. They'd probably be my two favourites. I enjoy Thai food but it can kill me as I'm allergic to peanuts lol

Loved the Peruvian restaurant I used to visit in Japan. Unreal meats and spices.

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7 hours ago, Cannabis said:

Love: Italian, Indian, American, Portuguese, Cuban

Hate: Mexican, Japanese (i.e. - Sushi/Seafood)

You're a crazy motherfucker.

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There's a Brazilian bbq place in Liverpool that was probably the best meal i've ever had. Quite expensive but amazing. 

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7 hours ago, Anton said:

Re: Japanese food. I used to have the exact same thoughts. But Japanese cuisine is so much more than just sushi and tofu. I still am not a big fan of tofu or even most seafood but good sushi is mouthwatering. You need to have it in Japan or at a good Japanese restaurant before you can judge - none of the shite you might see in a supermarket with shit in it. 

Ramen, udon, yakisoba, karaage, tonkatsu, okonomiyaki, are my favourite Japanese foods. Unrivalled when done well.(have a google)

However, I love Mexican and Indian food. They'd probably be my two favourites. I enjoy Thai food but it can kill me as I'm allergic to peanuts lol

Loved the Peruvian restaurant I used to visit in Japan. Unreal meats and spices.

What is it with people associating Thai food with peanuts? I mean, is it a thing in Thai restaurants outside Thailand or what? As normally, with exception of Pad Thai, Satay sauce and Masaman curry (both of which are Malay/Indonesian in origin anyway), traditional Thai dishes rarely use peanuts or peanut oil at all and if they do, it's usually crushed peanuts as a garnish to be sprinkled on top of the dish so can be easily avoided... Cross contamination is a different issue altogether though.

Also agree on Japanese food, even if it's not one of my favourite cuisines (although I love most seafood). Sushi is great when the ingredients are really fresh and when it's properly done.  Also love soba,  gyoza, beef teriyaki. However, there are some things there I wouldn't ever eat, such as chicken breast or beef liver sashimi haha.

Tofu is disgusting though! Fermented tofu is even worse. What pisses me off about certain South East/East Asian foods is how meat (mostly chicken or other poultry) is often chopped (or rather hammered haha) with bone in. I mean, it does give a lot of extra flavour (bone marrow and stuff), but it can be so annoying to eat.

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2 hours ago, nudge said:

What is it with people associating Thai food with peanuts? I mean, is it a thing in Thai restaurants outside Thailand or what? As normally, with exception of Pad Thai, Satay sauce and Masaman curry (both of which are Malay/Indonesian in origin anyway), traditional Thai dishes rarely use peanuts or peanut oil at all and if they do, it's usually crushed peanuts as a garnish to be sprinkled on top of the dish so can be easily avoided... Cross contamination is a different issue altogether though.

Also agree on Japanese food, even if it's not one of my favourite cuisines (although I love most seafood). Sushi is great when the ingredients are really fresh and when it's properly done.  Also love soba,  gyoza, beef teriyaki. However, there are some things there I wouldn't ever eat, such as chicken breast or beef liver sashimi haha.

Tofu is disgusting though! Fermented tofu is even worse. What pisses me off about certain South East/East Asian foods is how meat (mostly chicken or other poultry) is often chopped (or rather hammered haha) with bone in. I mean, it does give a lot of extra flavour (bone marrow and stuff), but it can be so annoying to eat.

Fair enough on the Thai food...just every Thai restaurant I've been around the world (minus Thailand itself ironically) has many peanut based options. Glad that it's different in actual Thailand. Still, I'd have to be careful

I can't even recall seeing teriyaki in Japan haha. Also, fuk the chicken breast sashimi off, but again never saw it in Japan.

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21 minutes ago, Anton said:

Fair enough on the Thai food...just every Thai restaurant I've been around the world (minus Thailand itself ironically) has many peanut based options. Glad that it's different in actual Thailand. Still, I'd have to be careful

I can't even recall seeing teriyaki in Japan haha. Also, fuk the chicken breast sashimi off, but again never saw it in Japan.

I think it's a rather new trend in some restaurants in Japan, hope it dies out, I get food poisoning just by looking at it haha. I like my steak rare and I love certain raw dishes such as beef tartare, carpaccio, Mett, herring, shrimp ceviche and so on, but raw chicken or raw liver... seriously, just wtf xD 

As for Thailand, most dishes that include nuts usually use cashews, hope you're not allergic to that! :P 

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@Blue I didn't want to spam the Holiday thread with this conversation about food haha... So, I found a Peruvian restaurant I'll be able to visit in December when I go to Saigon. The menu is obviously limited as not all ingredients are available here; here are the main options I have:

Rocoto Relleno
Escabeches (various sorts)
Causa (w/ chicken, tuna, or egg & avocado)
Tiradito 
Anticuchos (various sorts)
Aguadito de Pollo
Lomo Saltado
Pollo a la Brasa
Patatas Bravas

Picarones

Obviously ceviche is available as well, but I already ate different variations of it, and while I love it, I'd like to experience something new instead. What should I go for from the list above?

Also, today I learned about Nikkei and Chifa, apparently a love child of Japanese/Chinese and Peruvian cuisines :o 

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1 minute ago, nudge said:

@Blue I didn't want to spam the Holiday thread with this conversation about food haha... So, I found a Peruvian restaurant I'll be able to visit in December when I go to Saigon. The menu is obviously limited as not all ingredients are available here; here are the main options I have:

Rocoto Relleno
Escabeches (various sorts)
Causa (w/ chicken, tuna, or egg & avocado)
Tiradito 
Anticuchos (various sorts)
Aguadito de Pollo
Lomo Saltado
Pollo a la Brasa
Patatas Bravas

Picarones

Obviously ceviche is available as well, but I already ate different variations of it, and while I love it, I'd like to experience something new instead. What should I go for from the list above?

Also, today I learned about Nikkei and Chifa, apparently a love child of Japanese/Chinese and Peruvian cuisines :o 

My favourites on there are Causa and Lomo Saltado. If Aji de Gallina is available though, go for that. Its amazing.

Chifa is amazing.

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3 minutes ago, Blue said:

My favourites on there are Causa and Lomo Saltado. If Aji de Gallina is available though, go for that. Its amazing.

Chifa is amazing.

Both look good, Lomo Saltado especially, so I'll try that for sure! We'll see if there are any other options once I'm there. Cheers. Any alcoholic drinks that are a must? I see that restaurant has a lot of Pisco cocktails.

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I can appreciate most cooking personally. My least favourite though is probably Japanese, or at least sushi/sashimi (have had other Japanese food that I've liked though). Anything that so much as touches seaweed makes me want to vomit. Also not that big a fan of Italian food, though I'll certainly eat it.

Favourites are probably, German, Thai, Greek, Ukrainian/Russian and Indian.

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4 hours ago, nudge said:

Both look good, Lomo Saltado especially, so I'll try that for sure! We'll see if there are any other options once I'm there. Cheers. Any alcoholic drinks that are a must? I see that restaurant has a lot of Pisco cocktails.

If you're a soft drink fan give Inca Cola a go. I've also had Cristal. Which is a decent Peruvian beer.

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30 minutes ago, Anton said:

If you're a soft drink fan give Inca Cola a go. I've also had Cristal. Which is a decent Peruvian beer.

No, not a fan of soft drinks at all :) would love to try Peruvian beer, but I doubt there's any chance of finding it here haha!

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5 hours ago, nudge said:

Both look good, Lomo Saltado especially, so I'll try that for sure! We'll see if there are any other options once I'm there. Cheers. Any alcoholic drinks that are a must? I see that restaurant has a lot of Pisco cocktails.

I'm not much of a drinker to be honest, but the most popular here are Pisco drinks as well as Cusqueña.

47 minutes ago, Anton said:

If you're a soft drink fan give Inca Cola a go. I've also had Cristal. Which is a decent Peruvian beer.

Inca Kola on the other hand, is the life. Anyone that has me on FB or Instagram already knows this.

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16 hours ago, TrstnFCB said:

I can appreciate most cooking personally. My least favourite though is probably Japanese, or at least sushi/sashimi (have had other Japanese food that I've liked though). Anything that so much as touches seaweed makes me want to vomit. Also not that big a fan of Italian food, though I'll certainly eat it.

Favourites are probably, German, Thai, Greek, Ukrainian/Russian and Indian.

Out of interest, what are your favourites of Ukrainian/Russian cuisine? 

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