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Subject: What are your favorite foreign foods?
Date Posted: 11/10/2008 7:52 PM ET
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I made a Thai stir fry that I really liked. I'm not much for chinese! What are your favorites?

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 4:16 AM ET
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Pho. Just the greatest soup ever.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 7:16 PM ET
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What is Pho? What's in it?

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 2:45 AM ET
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Pho is a Vietnamese noodle "soup" - soooo good!

I am a total foodie and like all international cuisines.  It would be very hard to choose a favorite or a favorite dish, though I really like Greek food and Mexican has to be up there as well.  It would be much easier to list foods I don't like!  I also love Thai, Indian, Italian (all types), Chinese (all types) Jamaican (especially their curries) and Ethiopian.  I also love me some American fried chicken, greens and pumpkin or apple pie!  I will taste almost anything once.


Date Posted: 11/12/2008 7:34 PM ET
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I haven't tried very many foreign foods, but I really want to get a cookbook of foods from all over the world.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 8:37 PM ET
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You know, the Time-Life series of Foods of the World that came out in the 70's were Great. I still have some that I drooled over when I was 10. They are really coffee table books, but the recipes are Wonderful. I haven't had one dissapoint me yet. There are a few here, I tagged some of them with "foods of the world" or Time Life, I forget which. And I wasn't the only person tagging them either, so you should be able to find them.

My favorite world cookbook, hands done, is "Extending the Table" by Joetta Handrich Schlabach. It has recipes from all over. It was written by Mennonites, and it has some great stories in it also, about the meaning of food & sharing throughout the world.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 8:41 PM ET
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Pho is my kriptonite.

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 2:02 PM ET
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I could never name a "foreign food" that I liked or did not like. There are too many, with too much variation in each one.

There are many Thai dishes I like a lot, for example, but not all. Ditto for Korean or Vietnamese.

I like some Italian, but not all, and certainly not pasta/red sauce. 

The Mexican food, lots of seafood, that we had along the coast around Cozumel. Nary a burrito or enchilada , no bean/rice, etc etc in sight; nothing whatsoever like the Tex-Mex served at most so-called "Mexican" restaurants.


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Date Posted: 11/14/2008 10:15 PM ET
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I love enchaladas, empanadas, black beans, fajitas and quesadillas


Date Posted: 11/24/2008 1:27 AM ET
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Spaghetti carbonara and calamari with lemon and salt!   Makes my mouth water just thinking about it :)

Date Posted: 11/27/2008 4:08 PM ET
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Thom Kha Kai (Thai chicken soup with coconut milk and lime) and Mee Grob

Matcha green tea and yokan bean paste sweets

Ethiopian Kitfo

and my Oma's Roladen

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 12:03 AM ET
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I love vegetarian biryani.  Yummmm. 

Date Posted: 11/30/2008 12:29 AM ET
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Aloo Gobi (cauliflower and potato curry), but only from one local restaurant here.  I haven't been able to make or find at another restaurant a version of this dish that's as good as this one restaurant.  If they ever go out of business, I'll have to cry. :)

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 10:58 PM ET
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I was looking at a german cookbook, and a recipe called for a calf's head! Not to mention brain, ox tongue, liver, and kidneys! I'm not sure I'd ever be able to even try any of that! Unless someone was mean and had me eat it and didn't tell me what was it it!

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 10:07 PM ET
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I could eat Asian every day for the rest of my life. I really love Ethopian, Thia, Vietnamesse, and African cuisines, a LOT. I love sushi. I love eel. (well, actually, I love everything that comes out of the water. Seaweed, for instance - great stuff!) I love an Austaran dish called 'sega denna' (sp). I love Thia soups, I love Thia hot peanut sauce to dip fried stuff in, esp. fried tofu. (that is my favorite junk food EVAH!). I love Vietnamesse hot and sweet and sour soup, YUM. I love ethnic food, period, actually. I love german food. I love - sigh. I love food. really.
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 11:31 PM ET
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Is this stuff that we make or that we like to eat in foreign lands? As for foreign foods made at home, my mom's lasagna recipe is the hands down top winner. My mom's not Italian, and we're Jewish, but boy, can she do it. She's also passed on baked ziti and canneloni and they're showstoppers. If ever I was to get a man over for dinner (frowny face), I envision a whole beautiful evening of wine and candles, many courses, and the amazing spread of food on the table.

Now, foreign foods loves from elsewhere: Cajun - etoufee, especially shrimp; po-boys; beignets

Mexican- A bathtub sized bowl of chips, burritos, tacos, and these toquitos I had yesterday

Seafood- I loooove seafood. When you can get a nice plate of fried (calabash?) fish by the ocean, WOOOO. Love love love. I do love fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried scallops. I also love crab cakes. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMmm. Even something like a woodfired salmon or tilapia's got my attention.

Italian sure- even the items my mom passed on are ones I enjoy tasting elsewhere too. I love to see how lasagnas vary- both in height, what they stuff in there, and more.

If you couldn't tell by my Donutella Hello Kitty, I am SO into food. More than I should be. But let us hope that there will never be a negative food thread on here. Too sad.

Subject: Japanese candy and cookies
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 11:34 PM ET
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Also had to put this in its own spot- I am so obsessed with Japanese candy and cookies and pretzels. Hello, the world of cuteness. I am in love with "Pocky"- a small sticklike treat that has some vanilla or strawberry or chocolate coating. They come in a big almost looking like a cigarette holder. But they're Asian and therefore SO. DARN. CUTE! I have to get Pocky and Hello Panda (just google it) and Yim Yams now. I never get as happy eating like, I don't know, a Snickers bar. Or Animal Crackers. No, the Asians have us flat out in the world of adorable. I LOVE this stuff. Just going into the Asian market nearby is an overwhelming experience of cuteness and strange - just me there with a basket full of Pocky and Yim Yams wondering what on earth the labels and characters say on all the other aisles and products!!!

Date Posted: 12/14/2008 10:05 PM ET
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I got a foreign food cookbook today at borders for $4.99, plus 20% off of that! I'm really hoping to try some new yummy foods!

Date Posted: 12/14/2008 10:44 PM ET
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I love Chinese and Mexican.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 4:07 PM ET
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mmm, Pho.


I also love Thai food (almost all the vegetarian dishes and stir fries) and Ethiopian food, and am developing quite a taste for Gravlax, a Norwegian style of cured salmon. Yum yum yum!

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:32 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/11/2009 8:37 PM ET
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In our family, it isn't considered "foreign" food----we have a lot of Swedish dishes because the man I married is the son of an immigrant from Sweden.  That means svenska kottbullar, gravad lax, limpa, lingon, risgrynsgrit, sill, potatiskorv, pepperkakor, glogg, et cetera.

But after that, I love Beef Stroganov and Stefado (Greek Beef Stew).   I cook those two dishes according to recipes that I call "Americanized".   I also LOVE the biscotti that my older daughter bakes.   And in  our family the home-made spaghetti is always "alla Bolognese" (the kind with the meat in the sauce) 

I forgot to list smorgasor, those little open-faced sandwiches made by breaking off a piece of knackebrod from one of the big wheels that bread comes in, and placing a piece of sliced ham, some Jarlsberg cheese, a bit of tomato or a cucumber slice and a sprig of fresh dill on it.  They're for lunch, a snack, or a bedtime nosh.......Then there are those thin, Swedish pancakes called "plattar', for breakfast.--yummmm.

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