The World's Greatest Foods

Ivan Seeking

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As opposed to the recipe thread, it would be interesting to know what the greatest dishes are from all over the world. I think great food is one of the greatest pleasures in life.

For example, what is great Irish food [Integral]? I have no idea what the Irish like to eat. And what would be considered a great Korean, Tasmanian, or Guamanian dish [MK]?

The greatest food that I've ever had was in a rather spendy Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam. My cousin ordered so I have no idea what we ate, but to this day my mouth waters just thinking about it - all seven courses. :tongue2:

One of my favorite foods is tripe. The best tacos that I ever had were found at a sleazy little taco stand in one of the worst areas of Los Angeles. They made the best tripe tacos!!! We don't see tripe on the menus in Oregon. :biggrin:
 
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Tripe is a major ingredient of vienna sausages. Scary stuff.
 
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I don't eat tripe, but the best Mexican food is never found in the better restaurants. It's at the corner burrito place or hole-in-the-wall. I've eaten at dozens of these all over San Diego, and having tasted authentic Mexican food can no longer tolerate Taco Bell or get exited about the strangely sterile, Americanized Mexican dishes I've tried in "proper" restaurants.
 

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Man i had this shell-type italian food at this buffet at a casino at Lake Tahoe. I know buffet food is suppose to be pretty watered down and bland... but oh my god, this was the greatest thing I have ever eaten in my life. I had never eaten any food that tasted better then that thing. It was like hitting some sort of delicious jackpot.
 

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I would say that the signature dish of Indonesian/Malaysian cuisine is satay. And their version is significantly superior than the one you get in Thai restaurants in the US.

I tried to convince my buddies of this by actually having a party and served Malaysian satay. It took me 2 days to prepare everything, from marinating the beef and chicken, to making the peanut sauce, to making the "pressed rice" cubes, etc.

They now no longer argue with me when I say the Thai restaurants satay aren't the same. :)

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Ivan Seeking said:
For example, what is great Irish food [Integral]? I have no idea what the Irish like to eat.
My roomate is irish and he eats a lot of potatoes and fish. I never kney a person could do so many different recipe with potatoes alone. He makes some kind of fishs pie.

Ivan Seeking said:
The greatest food that I've ever had was in a rather spendy Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam. My cousin ordered so I have no idea what we ate, but to this day my mouth waters just thinking about it - all seven courses. :tongue2:
My uncle is married to an Indonesian. She cooks some of the best food. The best is the asparagus-crab meat soup. I also have recipes.


If anybody ever go to montreal, you have to eat the bagels and the smoked meat.

For smoked meat
Schwartz's http://www.schwartzsdeli.com/index2.html - I used to live a minute away from there and it is always busy and people line up outside.
Bens - http://www.montrealfood.com/restos/bens.html
Lester's - http://www.lestersdeli.com/

For bagels
Fairmount Bagels - http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2803673-fairmount_bagel_montreal-i
St. Viateur Bagels - http://www.stviateurbagel.com
 

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My favorite food is anything that my grandma used to make. Just simple, good, I guess you would call it Southern home cookin'. Even something as simple as bread - hers was just miles above the rest.

Oranges aren't really a dish, but every time I eat one, I just can't get over how good they are. :approve:
 
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Native American Fry bread tacos, and pan fried corn!
 
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Wow - I just read this WSJ article about this Native American woman who's leading a quixotic campaign against fry bread because it leads to health problems. First I've heard about this food. Sounds tasty.

I love food too - had some great meals the last few weeks. I had some fantastic Vietnamese the other day at Golden Deli in San Gabriel. About a couple dozen very fresh oysters on the half shell at Quality Seafood in Redondo Beach. And superb sushi at Sushi Nozawa. I recommend the movie Tampopo for anyone who really enjoys food.

LA is an amazing food city.
 
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Indian food is great. Everything curry is great. Split peas and lentils, bombay potatoes, both with naan or roti bread, excellent stuff.

Vegetable curry soup also goes well with it. Vegetable dumplings are also exceptional.
 

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Ivan Seeking said:
... For example, what is great Irish food [Integral]? I have no idea what the Irish like to eat. ...
There are many varieties of stew, I had some Stout and Beef stew at a pub, called the Porterhouse, that was excellent, the Stout is for the Pubs Stout beer, Within a few bites I began to understand Irish food. Just imagine what you would like to have on a dark, cold rainy January evening... Irish stew is the answer. Nearly every Pub serves a Lamb stew and/or a seafood stew. The stews seem to come with a lump of mashed potatoes in the middle. The side dish would,of course, be the main source of Dubliner vitamins...a pint of Guinness.

It seems that the Irish are big on breakfast. If you order a Irish breakfast you will get, a bit of bacon, a pork sausage, Black and white pudding, Beans, grilled tomatoes, chips and a egg. I think the black and white pudding is an acquired taste. It resembles a slice of sausage, you get to slices about 3mm thick, and 3cm in diameter, one is very dark the other is very light, I am not sure what it is but, I was not all that thrilled by it. Is their anyone who can tell me more about this stuff?
 
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The white is a sausage pudding made with more garlic and herbs, the black pudding is ...BLOOD sausage...eeeiicck!
 
Chicken Fried Steak with cream gravy, fried okra, mashed potatos, green beans, yeast rolls all washed down with sweet tea. Sweet tea MUST be made with pure cane sugar from Sugarland, TX. Since Dove season open in 3 days I must say that a dove breast wrapped around a hunk of cream cheese w/a jalapeno ALL wrapped with a slice of bacon and grilled over mesquite :tongue2: :tongue2: :tongue2: will make you slap your momma...not "yomomma" from this board. The downside is biting into a chunk of #6 or 7 lead shot used to bring them down, dodgy little blighters that they are. I'm heading to Luby's.
 
The meal is known as "Scottish Mince" to me, but its just a variation on beef and potatoes basically :biggrin:

While some relatives use corn (yuck) we use peas.

Basically you take ground beef, cook it, mix in a light watery gravy (OXO? I'm no cook so don't ask me what it is), onion, peas and other fixins.

You take mashed potatoes, spread a pile on a plate, then scoop the mince out of the frying pan and spread it over the potatoes.

Keep it simple.
 

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PAN FRIED OYSTERS AND BEER BABY!!!

I have had lots of pan fried oysters these past 8 months, but I sure do miss the beer....
 

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Okay, I want Ian and Zapper to come over and cook!!!

The best is the asparagus-crab meat soup. I also have recipes.
That soup sounds like something that Tsu would love! I'd like to take you up on a few of those recipes. :tongue2:
 

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I think this thread will become a recipe thread. The recipe are translated and my aunt does not use much "standardized" techniques. It is all about experience and taste. I only gave two recipe because the other ones require special ingredients that I have obtained either the Indonesian store below the ambassy in Ottawa or at an Asian supermarket in montreal.

ASPARAGUS KEPETING

1 can of Asparagus
1 can of crab meat
½ onion cut in in very small pieces
3 garlic cloves cut in very small pieces
Sesame oil
2 tbsp of flour
1 tsp of beef soup powder
1 egg
Corn Starch
Salt

Mix the onion and the garlic. In a wok, add a bit of oil and cook the onion garlic mix. Add the flour and then water. Bring to a boil, and add the asparagus (cut or not), the crab meat, salt, the beef soup powder, sesame oil. Bring back to a boil, then add the beaten egg, wait a bit and add a corn starch/water mixture untill the liquid becomes thicker. Heat and serve.

MIE GORENG (Fried noodles)

4 garlic cloves
3 red onions
Noodles
Chicken (cut in small pieces)
Chicken Broth Powder
Salt
Sugar
Sesame oil
Kecap raja raso (Regular Indonesian soy sauce)
Kecap mamis (Sweet Indonesia soy sauce- it's a thick sauce, do not add too much)
Egg

Cook the noodles
In wok, mix the oil with the garlic and the onion and cook. Add an egg, mix and then add the chicken. When the chicken is cooked add enough water to cover the chicken and the add the chicken broth powder, salt, sesame oil (not too much it give a sesame taste to dish), the kacap raja raso and the kecap manis. Bring to a boil, then add the noodles and mix untill the liquid disappear.
 

Ivan Seeking

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Awesome! Thanks. I was just telling Tsu about this...
 
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ZapperZ said:
I would say that the signature dish of Indonesian/Malaysian cuisine is satay. And their version is significantly superior than the one you get in Thai restaurants in the US.



Zz.
Hell yeah.
 
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Pierogi, Paczki, Nalesniki, Kluski and Golabki.....Polish food anyone?
 

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