Colombian is dreadful.
Russian "food" might be the worst.
Most of the northern European nations have bland, fattening national cuisines.
Alec Mapa's description of some Filipino dishes has put me right off their cuisine. Eating eggs with fully-formed chicks in them? I'll pass.
R1, that's Balut. Filipino food is DELICIOUS, you should really try it. Totally unique. I love it, but I won't go near balut.
Anyway, I pick Indian. God I love Indian. I would pick Italian, but that's what I grew up (parents from Italy, and it's still the default cuisine for me to this day when I'm cooking at home) eating so I don't count that.
Oh shit, this said LEAST favorite. never mind. Probably southern bbq. Too greasy and fatty, I feel like shit after I eat it.
Thai. That fish sauce is rank. If if offends ME, you know it's bad,
Restaurant-grade Italian cuisine: they fuck it up every time. I'm not Italian, but even I know how noodles and sauce should taste and feel. They've homogenized every dish into a gloopy mess of red sauce and cheese food,
My new favorite is home-made Indian food - frugal, spicy, filling, and fast.
Seal, whale blubber. Seal, whale blubber. Talk about boring.
Mexican food in the USA -- it's the same old common ingredients just folded in different ways. BO-ring.
Real Mexican food? Muy Bueno!
Probably Ethiopian. I ate it once in 1984 when I lived in Adams-Morgan and never went back. And Adams-Morgan was then the Ethiopian restaurant capital of DC, if not the entire USA.
I get a little squicked about the fish sauce mentioned upthread. Who knows what's in that stuff? However, I like Thai curries.
Indian food. Definitely Ethiopian (I remember a restaurant in Berkeley, awful). I think the worst thing in the world I can think of trying to eat would be Scottish Haggis
barbeque, the stuff Rachel Ray and Paula Dean cook. No longer like most Chinese food, too much oil and I don't want to support anything Chinese.
I do like Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Pinoy food.
English food is often greasy and tasteless.
Polish, too greasy.
Tempura. Greasy, nasty, deep fried is gross.
[quote]I think the worst thing in the world I can think of trying to eat would be Scottish Haggis.
Actually, it's not so bad when it's done correctly. Strong pepper and liver taste but nothing like the horror r1 posted. Ew.
There's plenty of gross stuff out there. Call me crazy, but I like my food to be COOKED.
[quote]I don't want to support anything Chinese.
What the fuck? You mean you don't want to support the regime of the People's Republic of China by eating diaspora cuisine? Having a little General Cho's isn't going to have any effect.
Have to agree with a couple posters upthread.
R5 is right IMO about the majority of restaurant Italian food. It tastes like they've reduced the taste of the food down to the lowest level trying to please everyone. They've cut back on, or removed, a lot of the seasonings that makes Italian food so good. To me, too often, it tastes like they don't use good quality ingredients either. And forget any of the dishes that traditionally require long slow cooking.
The only places that seem to do it right anymore are the mom and pop little hole in the wall places.
Also partialy agree with R7 on Mexican food. Way too much of the Americanized Mexican food is bland and/or covered in tons of melted cheese. Spicy dishes are so hot that there is no flavor only the heat from the spices. None of it tastes fresh, and slow cooked dishes taste like they've been cooking untended on a back burner for a week.
I use to think I didn't like Mexican food until friends I was visiting in southern California, in the San Diego and North San Diego County area, insisted that I had to try the Mexican food in their area. Everything tasted fresh, distinct flavors, the ubiquitous side dish of beans were good. There's even a chain of fast food Mexican places that are so much better than the crappy Mexican restaurants in my area.
My friends told me it was a certain regional type of Mexican food, but I can't remember the name of it :(
I love R4!
Definitely No. European and Russian. Bland and fatty and dried/smoked fish? No thanks. German is barely passable.
R7, where are you from because here in TX you can find real Mexican along with Tex Mex.
Have a little priest!
Could the bad Italian have to do with not being able to get authentic Italian ingredients when they immigrated back when? They probably had to make do with what was available therefore adapting to what they could get. I went to an Italian the other day and their red sauce was way too sweet as if they had dumped a cup of sugar in it. They also never use enough garlic or spices in restaurants. When I make a meat sauce at home I use lots of garlic and spices and add wine to the sauce too. People love it. When I'm at restaurants I usually try to stay away from their red sauces and stay with piccatas or marsalas.
Interesting wiki entry about Italian-American cuisine.
When you order Chinese or Viet Namese cuisine in an ethnic restaurant, ask them to hold the fish sauce or substitute a small amount of soy sauce. It will really improve the taste IMHO.
Likewise Americanized versions of many cuisines have substituted canola oil for lard, and drastically cut down the amount of fat to make healthier versions of traditional dishes. Adding barely cooked vegetables and more spices also makes a drastic improvement.
R21, what goes into your meat sauce? How much garlic in relationship to everything else?
R17, which long, slow cooked dishes?
[quote]Restaurant-grade Italian cuisine: they fuck it up every time. I'm not Italian, but even I know how noodles and sauce should taste and feel. They've homogenized every dish into a gloopy mess of red sauce and cheese food,
I'm fine with Northern Italian, but restaurant red-sauce Italian just tastes heavy and all the same. Plus it's just as easy to make your own marinara at home if you want it.
Not big on Jamaican either.
Ethiopian. There are no utensils. You eat with your hands using pieces of this strange flat bread.
I always thought Cioppino required a long cooking time, but it only takes an hour once you've prepared everything.
R24, I usually add about 5-6 garlic cloves minced, meat, one onion and lot of oregano, fresh basil when available, or just use the jar of Italian seasoning and add the basil too. Stewed tomatoes of course and top it off with some red wine. Simmer for hours. I don't measure anything just go by taste.
What's the one where the bread tastes like it has sand and gravel in it?
Having lived in Scandinavia, the haute cuisine is interesting, but the everyday food has to be the worst crap I've ever eaten. It's as though refrigeration, herbs, spices, fresh fruit and green vegetables still haven't found their way across the North and Baltic Seas.
What do they eat, R30?
[quote]substituted canola oil for lard, and drastically cut down the amount of fat to make healthier versions of traditional dishes.
Incorrect. They took something perfectly healthy and made it bad for you. Canola oil is poison as are all seed oils. Lard is what our bodies have evolved to consume. Do you think primal humans hunted down their prey only to throw away the valuable fat? No, they ate the whole animal.
Look at pictures of people 100 years ago when everyone ate lard and never saw the inside of a gym. No fatties. Look at us now that we have substituted seed oils for lard and started eating a "healthy" low fat, high carb diet--everyone is obese.
German "cuisine" is the pits. The best restaurants in the country are Turkish.
I don't get Korean. All those restaurants around Macy's and Penn Station look nice and many have fairly reasonably priced buffets, but when you load a plate there are too many fish bones and pieces of chicken skin and not enough substance. I think honestly the cuisine may not have been Americanized enough for sissy consumnption.
Oh, no, R27. You do not want to cook seafood for a long time. It shouldn't take an hour. It is quite a bit of prepwork, though, to make cioppino.
R28, that's exactly how my father made sauce. He got it from his next-door neighbor, who was from Naples, IIRC. I started off making it that way, but I don't like oregano or dried basil, so at some point I bought Marcella Hazan's first cookbook (now incorporated in Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking), which deals with the cooking of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy.
I make her Bolognese more often than any other meat sauce. It's about four hours from start to finish, and of course, it's better the next day.
BTW, do you put wine in your sauce? It's so good.
Yes, R36, I do add red wine and I prefer to use a chianti or other Italian red.
I think I'm going to make that kind of meat sauce soon. Thanks, R37 R28.
[quote]Look at pictures of people 100 years ago when everyone ate lard and never saw the inside of a gym. No fatties. Look at us now that we have substituted seed oils for lard and started eating a "healthy" low fat, high carb diet--everyone is obese.
Not a very rigorous analysis.
Have a nice bowl of sleet!
[quote]Look at pictures of people 100 years ago .. No fatties.
That's right. I'm not fat, just big boned.
Where the fuck do you think all the ingredients come from to make Chinese food in this country? Go to the asian foods section of your supermarket and read a few labels. Even the frozen Alaskan Salmon is a product of China.
As for the General's food, read the label, the stuff is all fat and calories.
Doesn't matter if they are fresh, stewed, diced or what R44 as long there are tomatos.
Anything with curry. And Fish. Shrimp and crab are excellent, just no fish.
Oh sure, Filipino food is delicious, dried prehistoric looking fish, I'll take second helpings please, and a couple pigs feet, too!
Yes, Filipino is dreadful. Been there. Haven't been to Ethiopia, but I think the food is dreadful. Russia, Egypt also lousy. Best - Brazil.
No R46. I was in a pinch once and even used a jar of pre-made sauce (not Ragu though) and just added all my stuff to it. I was in a hurry that day.
Honest to god, you would not know what "ethnic" food tatsted like in the US. Its all Americanised so that ten month old cold store vegetables and force fed meats are coverd in slop (what you call sauces) and processsed cheese to hide tha fact the food is rotten.
Southern European is not cooked in lard, it is cooked in olive oil which is why heart disease barely exists there. Asian food done properly is very delicately flavoured (and VERY fresh. Not covered in sauces, lots of salads use fresh fruit. Mango salad. Yum. And replacing fish sauce with soy. AHHHHHHH. ASian foods are designed to balance flavours. You know sweet and sour.
So the worst Ethnic food I would say is New York. Can't you make a sandwich without the white gunk you call mayonaise or the processed chees slop. And as for the bacteria infested buffets and salad bars!!! Inedible.
[quote]So the worst Ethnic food I would say is New York. Can't you make a sandwich without the white gunk you call mayonaise
I grew up in North Jersey (close enough) and I never saw mayonnaise on a sandwich until I lived Pittsburgh and (especially) DC. Never. Not once.
Indian for me ... But I am not very adventurous so I can't say I've tried a million different types of ethnic food.
Another vote for Ethiopian.
Love Brazilian and Portuguese food.
There's a reason you don't see many Scandinavian restaurants.
German food is tolerable when done well, which it's usually not.
R41, did you mean to be Howard Taft? I don't recall Grover Cleveland being particularly large.
Also casting my vote for Ethiopian. That squishy bread you use instead of utensils triggers my gag reflex. Everything else is like pureed baby food. I think it's really the textures of Ethiopian cuisine that turns me off.
Have to disagree on all the Russian votes. To me, that's comfort food. Yes, it's fatty, but no harm no foul if you're only eating it once in a while.
Wait, just looked him up. Grover was indeed a porker.
Have to agree, I do not like Ethiopian because of the sour, damp, bread you sop everything up with which others have already described as baby food.
Colombian food gets my vote for worst of all Latin American cuisines. Bland and starchy.
Irish food is pretty dreary (aside from scones).
Processed shit that tastes like a salt lick around a grease-coated sugar cube. And will kill you in a matter of weeks.
German and the people of England have no idea how to cook.
My mam's pies are amazing, R61. There are a lot of really lovely Irish foods. You won't find it over here though. It's kind of like Italian-American cooking. It has been changed to suit available ingredients. For instance, corned beef and cabbage is not Irish. I never had it until I came over here.
OP, I'm Scandinavian. While I agree with you that our cuisine is bland and forgettable, it's certainly NOT fattening.
R45, I'm guessing it's a sheep's head? We have the same dish here in Norway. Disgusting, hence why I've never tried it.
R65, that's a bad picture, but Ethiopian food is delicious and although I can't remember the name of the dish in the photo, it's delicious.
There is no such thing as "American". Our cuisine was brought over with our ancestors and whatever countries they were from and adapted. Maybe chili as it was first made in San Antonio, German man btw, and popular among cowboys. A chicken fried steak is merely a schnitzel but instead of veal it's beef.
Yes, we have processed food but so does Europe and Japan seems to lead with packaged, weird foods.
I've had some excellent Colombian food. Mesquite spit-roasted chicken, nice steaks, fried plantains, arepas, empanadas. I also like Ethiopian food. I've had Russian food once and liked it... I must be odd.
The least favorite ethnic food I've had is Polish, hands down. Greasy and gristly. Is there anymore need to consume gristle in the U.S. in 21st century? Their peasant ancestors had to, but restaurants don't have to serve it.
[quote]Also partialy agree with [R7] on Mexican food. Way too much of the Americanized Mexican food is bland and/or covered in tons of melted cheese. Spicy dishes are so hot that there is no flavor only the heat from the spices. None of it tastes fresh
Where do you live R17? If you live in any reasonably sized city with immigrants, your best bet for a quick relatively healthy fresh-cooked meal, Mexican is usually the best choice.
R63: What do you expect when the Royal Family comes from a long line of Saxe-Coburg-Gothans?
I like most of the cuisines listed here: every country has its good and bad dishes. I'm not a big fan of German food, which I find heavy and sour. But I have had great German food.
Thanks for the warning--I'll make it a point to avoid Ethiopian restaurants, not that I was terribly curious to begin with.
I'm told that up until about 30 years ago or so, there were some decent Scandinavian and Swiss restaurants in NY. The Scandinavian ones may have justifiably disappeared but Swiss food isn't bad at all, at least in Switzerland.
Bad versions of Italian cooking are the norm in the US, but it's not extremely difficult to find excellent, authentic Italian and French cuisine here.
[quote]I went to an Italian the other day and their red sauce was way too sweet
I haven't eaten extensively in Italy but understand some regions use a fair amount of sugar in their marinara. Sicily,
Similarly, for me, the hallmark of bad French food is the overuse of mustard.
That's the vegetable platter at r65. Don't remember what they call it but it is 5 or 6 of their veggie dishes laid out on a bed of injera, which is the bread you eat it with. I love Ethiopian and lucky to have two great places within a half mile of me. I can see how some wouldn't like it.
For me it's the love for BBQ I don't get, but I'm not a red meat eater. A coworker has a side business catering and the office pays him to cook for us a few times a year. Everyone goes gaga for it but it's blah to me. Not just the meats (I eat the chicken) but the side dishes of baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad (made with eggs - belch) that are part of Southern BBQ tradition are completely uninteresting to me.
I'm not a big fan of Japanese.
OP, I agree with you putting "ethnic" in quotes, because nearly all of the food that's sold as "ethnic" cuisine in America bears only the faintest of resemblances to the cuisine in a corresponding area of the world. It's frankly hard to decide which one is the most bastardized, but certainly near the top of the list are China, if only because of the size of China itself (plus the fact that the regional differences in Chinese cuisine are just as large as the ones in the U.S., not that you'd ever know it from visiting a typical American "Chinese restaurant"), and Italy, because "Italian" food has become such a staple of the American diet.
While it may have technically been invented in Italy, "pizza" is almost entirely an American creation. Prior to the 20th century, the only place it existed was in Napoli (Naples), where it was street food for peasants. It doesn't really fit easily even into the basic divide of Northern Italian versus Southern Italian cuisine, never mind all of the regional subspecialties in each area. But yes, I'd guess 99% of Americans who've never traveled abroad think "Italian food" consists of little more than pizza, pasta, and meatballs.
"General Tso's chicken" is 100% American-made, and it doesn't even fit the "Hunan" description bestowed upon it. Like a lot of (actual) Chinese food, Hunan cuisine is quite spicy, though you'd never know it from the sugar-sweet glop sold as General Tso's chicken. Speaking of which, I'm trying to think if there are any countries with intensely spicy cuisine that hasn't been "dumbed down," or substantially "de-spiced," for American palates, but I can't think of any offhand. I can't even say "Indian food" as a whole has been de-spiced -- even though much of it has -- because the statement alone implies that there is any single style of "Indian food." In reality the country has even more regional variations than China, but yes, anything sold Stateside as "vindaloo" bears next to no resemblance to true vindaloo, which leaves the first-time eater sweaty and gasping for air and water. True Thai food is similar in that context, at least the hot stuff.
For the most part Americans can't even get "Mexican food" correct, and it's literally next door! Burritos and hard-shell tacos, or at least the versions we would describe as such, originated in California. (Soft tacos are technically Mexican, but originated primarily in Baja California, which is largely separate in all respects from the rest of the country.) Fajitas and chimichangas are pure Tex-Mex and came from Houston, still the origin point of Mexican food in America (and where it became most bastardized). You can at least find true Mexican food in larger cities as well as most border states, particularly California, New Mexico and Texas, where it's generally labeled "interior Mexican" to avoid confusion, but it's generally sold as a higher-end type of cuisine.
Anyway, I guess my point is that you shouldn't knock a certain kind of "ethnic cuisine" unless you've had a chance to try *actual* ethnic cuisine. Personally -- and having tried the real thing -- I see little redeeming value in the traditional foods of Russian and most of Eastern Europe, areas where the growing season is short and the winters are terrible. It's literally meat and potatoes, and for the most part not much else.
Finally, I must point out the particular idiot at R51, who has somehow managed to describe the literally hundreds of types of cuisine available in New York City, one of the most multicultural cities on the planet, as a single type of "ethnic food." (And btw the "white gunk" you describe as mayonnaise not only isn't a New York invention, but originally came from Western Europe (both Spain and France). It's also even more commonplace in the American Southeast than it is in New York, where one generally doesn't encounter it outside of sandwiches.)
R43 beat me to it: icelandic food is the pits.
Fermented shark, anyone?
R77, no wonder the suicide rate is so high in Iceland.
Nothing wrong with Colombian food: arepas,carne mechada, platanos fritos..not fancy, but tasty.
Most overrated - Peruvian.
Best fusion: Chinese restaurants run by Chinese-Cuban emigrees.
Arab food ain't no prize. Chickpeas! No wonder they're so pissed off...
Even the best of Chinese prepared by Chinese gets very monotonous. It all tastes like ginger, green onion, soy sauce and peanut oil. It was great at first to eat the real thing. After awhile, however, forget it. No real variety because it was all of it stir-fried.
Or, Chinese food is steamed. Meh. Only so much of that I wanted to eat.
The new thing in NYC Chinese food (upper twenties, east side) is nonAmericanized stuff. This means original Shanghai chicken, complete with nasty skin and oodles of bones, and flavors, some so subtle you can't taste a thing. Fine for some, I suppose.
Authenticity is overrated. People want to live in authentic, historic homes, wear vintage clothes, eat and live the way pioneers did.
If people from the past could travel to the future and see us trying to replicate their hardscrabble lives, they'd be like, "dude, you're nuts." They'd think we were idiots for not embracing what the modern world has to offer.
Sick of Italian food. Everything Italian for that matter.
R85, what did you eat that you got sick of Italian food (and everything else Italian, if you care to share)?
Russian and Jewish cuisine is also nasty. Dishonorable mention to Filipino food. Mainly dislike Russian and Filipino because their cooking hygiene is so horrid. There is a tendency in both cultures to not wash their hands when handling meats and to scratch and pick at their noses while doing so.
Ethiopian by far: revolting. Eat with your hands the gloppy mess they give you? Or use the spongy 'bread'? Ugh.
I hate Indian too..always something vaguely disgusting about it
My favorite ethnic cuisine is the thick, succulent Greek loukaniko of Elias Koteas.
I've heard traditional Jewish food is horrible and bland.
Who the fuck doesn't like Ethiopian? That shit is DELICIOUS, and injera is one of the most wonderful breads on the planet. You baby-taste fuckers are hilarious. Go eat your Wonder Bread with Smuckers, you hillbillies.
You like Ethiopian food, r91, others don't.
What's the big deal? Why are you so angry?
Can you imagine how boring the world would be if we all shared the same taste in everything?
In China, they just call it food, to quote "Friends"...
[quote]Can you imagine how boring the world would be if we all shared the same taste in everything?
A lack of taste isn't the same thing as having different tastes.
Ethiopian food is fine. It reminds me of Indian food. Lots of legumes, beans and vegetables wonderfully spiced.
[quote]A lack of taste isn't the same thing as having different tastes.
So, anyone who doesn't like Ethiopian food lacks taste?
OK, got it.
Why are you so defensive about Ethiopian food, r91/r95?
Racist troll at R93 what exactly is "Negro" cuisine? Creole, Soul, BBQ, Carribean?? Most of which is delicious.
r93 also posted this in the Elizabeth Vargas thread:
[quote]Typical 'mos happy when someone else is suffering. Oh for the good old days when you were too worried about AIDS to bother normals.
R51? New Yorkers don't eat in those tourist traps in midtown that have salad bars and buffets. They're gross and they exist purely for out of towners. They're also vastly overpriced. They're for the out of town matinee crowd and the Christmas tree gawkers.
Didn't like the meat in Finland, it was all smoked and bland.
In central Asia, I first liked the food but got tired of it fast because it all tasted the same. The have very colorful spice stands in the bazaars, but the food is overwhelmed by only one spice. I'm not sure what the spice is, because I've never tasted it before (or never tasted it do strongly). Like I said, at first I liked it, it was tasty. But the taste didn't change, no matter what we ate. Lots of pilaf (plov) and lo mein type noodle dishes, but all overwhelmed by the Unknown Spice. And I could do with fewer raisins.
R98, who do you do that? I just F&F and move on. Don't even acknowledge the jackass.
Some of the stuff the Brits and the Scots & the Irish call food is definitely not to my tastes at all. And forget about anything Scandinavian, except maybe the desserts and breads.
Throw in the Russians and the Poles and the Hungarians and the Czechs too. A big BLECH! to them all. I love Asian, South & Central American, Mexican, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian, and what passes for American these days. Love Italy & Spain,Greece most of all. Ambivalent about French & German.
I like diner food in NY and NJ. Sadly, the Greeks who owned the diners are dying off and their kids don't want the hassle of running a diner. Diners are being taken over by Chinese in Queens. Like there aren't enough Chinese restaurants in Queens already?
I worked in a German restaurant and it had such a distinct, savory aroma inside! I loved it. All the local German restaurants have closed and I haven't smelled that delicious aroma in 20 years. I guess it was the smell of roasting meat, red cabbage and potato pancakes drifting together. I miss it.
There is nothing more repulsive than Chinese buffets. Absolutely disgusting.
Polish and Hungarian food is great when we make it at home ourselves. It's never good in a restaurant. I suspect this is because it's mostly pretty simple food, so the quality of ingredients and proper preparation is paramount. Most eastern European restaurants just toss frozen potato patties into yucky day-old oil and call them potato pancakes.
I'm not saying it's up there with French cuisine, but it can be really good.
Agree, R107. You from Cleveland? The land of good Slavic and Eastern European food. And Hungarian wine is superb.
[quote]Who the fuck doesn't like Ethiopian? That shit is DELICIOUS, and injera is one of the most wonderful breads on the planet. You baby-taste fuckers are hilarious. Go eat your Wonder Bread with Smuckers, you hillbillies.
I the fuck don't like Ethiopian. It looks like Poop on a Pizza Platter. The only time I ever ate it, I picked up this lump of food with the Handi-Wipe-like bread and ended up with half a hard-boiled egg in my mouth.
I HATE hard-boiled eggs. I continued to eat the rest of the meal, but it was pretty awful. Too many years have passed for me to remember exactly what the rest was, and I never went back. A hard-boiled egg. Vile.
And as usual, Babytaster frames the argument in terms of "Whatever Food I'm Defending against You Savages" v. "The Wonder Bread Everyone but Me Eats." There are more things to eat in the world than that, Babytaster. More things in the world.
R108, I'm from Detroit. If there are any outstanding Eastern European restaurants around here, I've never found them. Polish Village in Hamtramck isn't bad, but can't touch homemade. There are some outstanding places to get Kielbasa and other ethnic meats like Srodek's and Polish Market, however.
I just get the ingredients and make stuff like pierogi and stuffed cabbage a few times a year. It's just as well, since it's all so carby and fattening!
Do Japanese people like Chinese food?
Funny you mentioned Colombian food, OP. On a visit to Florida last year, we went to a terrific Peruvian joint, where it turned out our waiter was Colombian. I asked him about a place we saw nearby that featured Colombian food; his recommendation was "get the hamburger."
I'm tired of only getting Americanized food at Indian restaurants in the States! Give me a guju thali or decent dosa over chicken tikka!
My least favorite may be Italian-American restaurants ... zzzzzzzz ...........
Chicken tikka was invented in Britain, R112.
I've only had Salvadorian food once. Pupusas which are stuffed maize dough tortillas. Maybe the place I got them at skimped on the fillings, but they were pretty awful. Rubbery and a overly-heavy corn flavor with little to offset it. Probably a case of peasant food meant to be filling if tasteless (beyond the corn).
R111: The Japanese don't like anything Chinese and vice versa. Something about the Rape of Nanking or some such atrocity. I didn't know you could rape a city. It must cause penile scars.
Another Detroiter here. Agree about the Polish food. Some is good, some is dreadful.
For some weird reason that nobody's been able to explain to me, we have a huge presence of Greek restaurants here. Not just because we have an area called "Greektown" with its own casino, but even in the suburbs. They're everywhere. The food all tastes the same, as if they just xerox one menu in a headquarters somewhere and all the Greek restaurants have to follow it. Unfortunately, they all have a pile of tepid, yellowish-green canned peas on almost all of the plates. Disgusting, baby food-like mush. Why?
Japanese food for the most part bores the shit out of me. They eat the same damn thing morning, noon and night. I remember being in Indonesia and the breakfast bar had "American" breakfast foods, the usual eggs, bacon, toast, etc. and American and Europeans at that. They also had a breakfast bar for Japanese tourists which consisted of soups, noodles and more soups. That was it. Guess what? More of same all day. No variety at all.
Yes, but were they thin, R117?
What's the difference between Japanese and Chinese food? I know Shrimp Tempura is Japanese, and they cook on that hot tabletop griddle at Benihana, but other than that is it spices, what?
R112. You mean like Olive Garden? But when you're there, you're family! Free refills!
Yes, they were thin but I'd die if I had to eat like that every day for every meal.
R118 - Japanese food is much lighter than Chinese food and tends not to be overwhelmed by sauces like Chinese food is.
R118, Japanese food is healthier, with less spice, oil and a cleaner subtlety of flavor. Japanese food is also almost as much about the presentation as it is about the flavor. Chinese food is oilier and, depending on the region, uses more salt and spice.
That said, I love both cuisines about equally.
There's a Japanese food cart and a Chinese food cart near my office building. It's like night and day. The Chinese food cart has their food already cooked, in heat containers. The Japanese guys cook all of their food fresh, made to order on the grill and tastes so much better. Guess which one I eat at.
mmmmm bento box
Between the "a" and the "t," r123?
Not really *ethnic*, I guess, but I hate Cajun food. The spices just taste really harsh and un-blended, to me. Sorry.
Anyone ever notice you rarely see Asians in restaurants that aren't Asian? I only see Indian eating in Indian restaurants, never Italian or Chinese.
It's annoying when people lump all of the East Asian cuisines as "Asian food." Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisines (all delicious) taste so incredibly different from each other.
What about Canadian cuisine?
Fricasseed baby harp seal is a wowser, eh?
OMG, what is that food with Rotten Shark in it?
I tried Ethiopian food and I'm not sure I liked it. Sorry.
Also Polish and Russian food were not as good as I thought.
It's strange because the food I ate in Mexico tasted so different from the Mexican food sold in the USA. It's like two different ethnic foods! Even within Mexico, regions have different flavors. The costal regions versus central and North Mexico. Native influenced cousin versus more traditional food. I'd never tasted true chocolate until I went to Central Mexico(it's bitter)
Dutch food is atrocious.
R127 So true! Vietnamese is so different from Thai, Japanese or Chinese. Even in China there are so many different ways of cooking food.
Thai food. Noodles in a sauce made from peanut butter.
I hate Japanese food. I hate sushi. Teriyaki gives me a terrible headache. I don't love noodles. The only thing I can stand is miso soup and miso sauce which us used as a salad dressing here.
I'm the only person I know who hates Japanese. I also hate cheesecake and tomatoes. And squash and avocados. I pretty much hate fish. The Chinese are disgusting with fish. They don't filet it, it's full if bones. Shrimp is unpeeled and unwashed. Blech. I don't like Mexican food found in the US. Beans, beans, beans.
I love Indian food, Greek food, Mediterranean (minus the fish). I find Portuguese food uninspired except for the empanadas. Too much sausage.
I lost 12 pounds on a tour of the old USSR. Well, I did have diarrhea, but the food being terrible was the main reason.
r133, you sound like a real pip.
Remind me never to invite R133 over for a meal. The maintenance is too high.
R133 you sound like a terrible person to be with
R87, R90, Traditional Jewish food can be awful or delicious depending on the skill of the cook. Important to use a minimum amount of oil, and add garlic and seasoning as well.
For example as a poster mentioned on the German and Polish threads, potato pancakes made incorrectly can taste like old shoe leather, an imitation of fast food hash brown patties, or a vast improvement on a very cheap dish. (I put mine in the blender and pan fry them in a minimum of olive oil, after adding spices and onion.)
I dislike Cajun food, too, R25. I like Ethiopian food, feeling funny the few times I've tried to eat it with utensils.
Fantastic photos, R140. One of these days I might show up there if I keep making family's dish. (stuffed flank steak on that recipe thread) I could be Famoos!
Ethiopian and Filipino are just off-putting. Also, nothing appetising about Scandinavian or Russian, these people from cold climes don't seem to have taste-buds.
Well, I like the Swedish meatballs at Ikea.
Loved that link, R140. Thanks.
So many great links over the years via DL.
I've saved r140's link on my favourites tab.
R140, That dish from Malawi, seriously? WTF?
"I don't like Mexican food found in the US. Beans, beans, beans."
That sounds more like Tex-Mex. Just don't eat the beans. They are usually on the side unless your eating a bean and cheese burrito or something and even then all you have to do is tell them "no beans". It's not that difficult.
More and more places are offering different types of beans. Borracho or black beans are offered here instead of the usual refried.
Thank you, R140. The Malawi dish looked fantastic until I read the title, but sometimes necessity calls for creativity.
Very interesting, r140, thanks.
I lived in Ethiopia for 3-4 months a few years ago. The food isn't bad at all. And the coffee is the best I've had anywhere.
The only dish I would eat of all the grandma's dishes at R140 is the ravioli. Everything else? Blech. Especially the caterpillars.
A lot of baby tastes on this board. There is delicious food in every culture, if made properly.
Posters who write or say "blech" and "yech" and are very puerile and I avoid them IRL.
R151, aside from the caterpillars, that says more about your boring Midwestern palate than anything else.
R151 -- I wish my grandmother knew how to make Nasi Lemak! I'd rather have caterpillars than, say ... borscht. Of all the dishes featured, the Filipino would be my least favorite.
Filipino food is delicious. Lechon, paella, cocido, mechado, hamonado, kaldereto, sinigang, kare kare, adobo, lumpia, pancit, etc. Don't base an entire cuisine on one or two "off-putting" delicacies. Practically every national cuisine has something that typical Americans would find disgusting.
I like pancit,lumpia and adobo, but most Filipino food seems too sour for me.
All the food is mushed up things served in big glops with a sort of bread with the taste and consistency of a wet Handi Wipe. No wonder they're so thin!
[quote]I wish my grandmother knew how to make Nasi Lemak!
What's so hard about that? Just put some coconut milk instead of water in the rice cooker.
Ethiopian. It's little piles of cat sick and greasy goat gristle that one scoops up with torn off shreds of spongey, horrid bread. Save your time and scoop it up directly into toilet paper and send it where the slop should have gone in the first place.
Korean. I had the misfortune of renting a flat above a "fashionable" Korean restaurant. It smelled like singed dog and worse for my whole stay.
Authentic Chinese food, and other cuisines that feature offal and vile parts of vile "foods." I'll stick to to the "tourist trap menu" with its identifiable pieces of identifiable things.
Bad Chinese food can be VERY bad. Stick to a good restaurant and avoid unfamiliar offal.
[quote]A lot of baby tastes on this board. There is delicious food in every culture, if made properly.
Yeah there are a lot of baby tastes on display in this thread, along with people who clearly don't know the first thing about the regional food they are talking about.
I met a restaurant inspector once who said the worst offenders were Chinese restaurants--filthy and disgusting. He said he would never eat Chinese food.
[quote]Don't base an entire cuisine on one or two "off-putting" delicacies. Practically every national cuisine has something that typical Americans would find disgusting.
That's true. You couldn't pay me to try czarnina (duck's blood soup).
I actually tried that in Sweden, R166! It was horrible, but my host was understanding that I made an effort. Korean food can be quite good, although my ex was fond of spicy squid, and I was not. Their seafood pancakes are delicious.
Some of these responses seem borderline racist to me (especially regarding Ethiopian food), and I'm very un-PC usually.
I don't think either of my grandmothers ever cooked a grain of rice in her life.
I love the way r162 describes things. I roared!
Did you hate the Toyota Corolla commercial on that "Commercials You Hate" thread too? I roared at that one too.
R168 watches a lot of Katy Perry.
I notice only the people who dislike Ethiopian food are accused of being racist. You can dislike Asian and Mexican food without being racist and no doubt Asians and Ethiopians can dislike American food and not be racist.
Well, it appears from today's news we won't be tempted any longer with Phillipino cuisine.
I hate nearly all German & Australian foods.
I Dislike most, but not all of Colombian, Filipino, & Thai dishes.
I can not even bring myself to ever try Ethiopian food (it looks like puke, and probably taste like it too, yuck!) looking at it makes me nauseous.
English & Irish Foods are boring, but I don't necessarily hate it.
I like some Russian dishes such as-Veal Orlov, Pelmeni with white Vodka sauce, Goulash, & of course Beef Stoganov.
I love French, Authentic Italian, Indian, Spanish, and most Asian foods especially Japanese. I love Creole/Cajun, and soul food as well.
What is Australian food, R172? Fried wombat? Koala bear stew?
What kind of cuisine does Australia have? I never thought of them as having separate cuisine from the British who colonized.
I understand that Australians serve beet slices with burgers as a default option - yuk! They also are into meat pies, I think.
I've seen racist statements about Asian food, as well as Ethiopian.
I refuse to eat at Indian or Ethiopian restaurants.
Do Australians also eat Vegemite?
I am very leery of Italian (read: Italian-American) rstaurants, R176. I love Indian food, but it's really tough to find joints that serve decent fare, including regional or ethnic specialties such as Gujurati thalis! German food is okay, though schnitzel seems rather boring.
Goulash is a Hungarian dish, not Russian.
There is no Australian food.
Italian, French and German food is so versatile you can't paint it with the same brush.
I would consider Thai food Asian.
Thai food is not Asian.
[quote]Yeah there are a lot of baby tastes on display in this thread, along with people who clearly don't know the first thing about the regional food they are talking about.
This applies perfectly to the idiot at R162.
I cannot stand Asian, Ethiopian, German, French, Indian, Italian, or any ethnic cuisine.
I only eat American food: burgers, hot dogs, pizza, spagetti and meatballs, pancakes, corn dogs, cheese sticks, corn on the cob, potatoe chips and the like. USA! USA! USA!
Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Blending elements of several Southeast Asian traditions, Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. The spiciness of Thai cuisine is well known. As with other Asian cuisines, balance, detail and variety are of great significance to Thai chefs.
Thai cuisine isn't necessary all that "spicy" by default I don't think.
American Southern and Japanese (love all kinds of Chinese, Indonesian, and Thai, though).
Australian food is similar to British foods, but with weird seasonings added to it, or it is very bland. Yes they do serve Kangaroo there btw. They serve nearly the same dishes most countries serve, but they serve it badly, just not a lot of good cooks there I guess. I can tell you that when I was there, I nearly starved the food was so bad.
ehm ... Pizza and Spagetti are not American food
You can't eat kangaroo. It's illegal to kill one. Just like Koalas and dolphins.
Kangaroo burger with koala sauce and dolphin juice is delicious!
I pretty much like all kinds of ethnic cuisine including Ethiopian, Latin American and Chinese American. Italian food bores the hell out of me. Love Cajun, Creole and Southern US/soul food. They utilize French, African and English cooking techniques but use foods in the USA.
I agree with the posters who commented on the somewhat dicey cleanliness and hygiene issues of some Asian and Eastern European cuisine. I've watched cooks in China and Korea blow their noses directly into their hands, and go back to cooking without even washing their hands. And Russians, Poles and others from the ex-Soviet bloc do not bathe regularly - not the type of people I want to cook MY food.
It's really strange the way some people go apeshit if someone doesn't like a food that they like. They call them racist, babytastes, idiots, etc.
I wonder if they are the same people who inhabit the obsessed fan threads. No one is allowed to disagree with them without being called a name.
Well, you have to admit, some people really are immature in their palette, r193!
Fast food has killed most American's taste buds.
r190 - Roadkill is A-OK.
Eat up, you silly bint!
I've never tried Ethiopian but there is a restaurant here that is supposed to be excellent and has won awards.
12 bucks for a pile of lentils or split peas? I'll pass, R197.
You're a lot better off getting a combo platter that individual items at Ethiopian joints.
Even Russians hate Russian food.
[quote] Well, you have to admit, some people really are immature in their palette
Nobody has a mature or immature palette. They simply have likes and dislikes.
The title of the thread is least favorite ethnic food. When people respond to the question, they're called names, which is an immature reaction.
Maybe you should start a thread,"This is my thread where I talk about food and no one is allowed to disagree with me because they're racist idiots with babytaste. You have been cautioned."
I'm guessing that comment was more directed to the posters calling Ethiopian food "baby vomit" and other gross comments without ever having tried the cuisine, R201.
I think if you discount an entire region's cuisine after trying just a few dishes than that seems pretty small minded and can be bordering on racist. There's more depth than you've probably allowed yourself to be exposed to.
Everywhere there may be off putting foods that you just can't get your mind around to try like half matured duck eggs, blood soup, or haggis. I'll never eat veal. Or there may be some you've tried and just don't understand. Blackened is just burnt to me. But that doesn't mean that's all that region has to offer.
[quote]Maybe you should start a thread,"This is my thread where I talk about food and no one is allowed to disagree with me because they're racist idiots with babytaste. You have been cautioned."
I don't see a rule on DL where we have obey the OP. I think we're allowed to point or pointless bitchery where ever we like.
We hate us ever thin that ain't AMERICAN!!!!!
[quote]I think if you discount an entire region's cuisine after trying just a few dishes then that seems pretty small minded and can be bordering on racist.
I could buy this if there weren't such a wealth of food in the world that I do like. I have no need to eat food I don't like, for whatever reason, however many times I may have tried it.
Your "racist" comment is just so much "Racist!" trolling.
or = our
[quote]Blackened is just burnt to me.
Blackened refers to the seasoning.
Do people in the UK still boil beef? I've heard references on tv to that. Sounds revolting.
I have to say, those Japanese bento boxes look pretty good.
Ever have boiled beef in Italy. It's a specialty of the Verona-Venice area, and it's called bollito misto. It sits in a cart of boiling water and both looks and tastes disgusting. I know, I know. I have babytastes. Maybe, but it's still repulsive.
I love Bollito Misto!
In Vienna they call it Tafelspitz, slow boiled beef with carrots, leeks ans celery. They spice the broth with pepper, bay leaves, cloves and onions. Eaten with horseradish, applesauce and served with boiled potatoes.
That Bento box looks delicious, R208, and yum, okra is my favorite!
I cannot stomach Ethiopian, sorry, tried it once and that was enough, I think it's a textural discomfort more than taste.
Lately I have been making Chinese cuisine at home and it's easy, cheap, and delicious. I don't trust the ingredients exported from China (or Chinese restaurant fare for that matter), and I am having a lot of fun and saving money, to boot. My dumplings aren't going to win any beauty prizes yet, but they taste just as good as the restaurants' and at least I know their contents.
How do you make dumps? Do you have a recippy?
I think that's jalapeno, not okra, R212.
Polenta hater, I don't care for polenta either. It's pretty flavorless like grits. Not gross but just bland and nothing unless really seasoned up.