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    favorite ethnic food that is different from your ethnicity

    really hard decision...I am a regular white dude, but a Southerner from the state of AL...so fried food is out for my list

    1. South American (not Mexican). My brother in law is Nicaraguan and his family are great cooks. Palomia skirt steak is favorite

    2a. Cuban- Ropa Vieja is the bomb

    2b. Italian. anything with authentic homemade meatballs or house made sausage

    3. Mexican- Carnitas...food of the Aztec gods

    4. Middleeastern/Lebanese- wife likes falafel and hummus, I like kaftka and babagonosh.

    5. Thai-green curry anything.


    what say you? Hopefully someone will say southern/soul food since I can't!

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    I too can't say Southern / Soul Food. My personal favorite is Japanese via Sushi and Sashimi (along with warm Saki or a Cold Sapporo). I could eat my weight in fresh sliced fish (if my wallet would allow).
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    There was this delicious Pakistani buffet near my old apartment that had an $8 all you can eat buffet that my roommate and I used to gorge on. Tikka masala and a whole host of other great meats (I think goat, chicken and some others I can't remember) in curry and other sauces, all wrapped up in endless garlic naan, it's enough to make my mouth water just thinking about it. There was also a great Chinese place that was super cheap and delicious and threw in a free order of juicy pork dumplings on orders over $20, so we would get some steamed pork dumplings, pork buns, pad thai, green onion pancakes, pan fried noodle, and the dumplings. In all the meals would cost ~$30 and last the meal plus a few leftover meals. The portions were huge at great prices. I miss Chino Hills a lot now haha

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    I fit the Jewish stereotype - love most every type of ethnic food.

    1) Mexican
    2) Italian
    3) Chinese
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    I loooove sushi. And Japanese food in general. As well as Vietnamese, Thai, Korean and Chinese.

    I am a big Italian fan. French is good too.
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    Ok, I'm from the South and while southern food will always be my favorite…but man, I flat luvs me some Korean food. The spicier the better. Hell, I'll even eat kimchi with pizza.

    Also get down on some Italian and Mexican food. I'm talking authentic, not Taco Bell or frozen-food-section stuff.
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    Would a good sirloin be considered ethnic for me? If yes, then that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck_roxas45 View Post
    Would a good sirloin be considered ethnic for me? If yes, then that.
    How bout some southern tenderloin Chuck? Feast for your eyes at least

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    Good mexican food is so tasty. You have to search to find it in the North-east though and even our best stuff doesn't hold a candle to what I've tried while I was in California.

    Grew up on Italian food and my is Italian, so it's hard for me to even consider it ethnic food, but it's amazing when prepared correctly.

    Been getting more into Thai and Indian food recently. Haven't tried Korean yet but it's on my to-do list.

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    Genuine Mexican food. Not this junk that's Americanized and covered in cheese. Find a "mom and pop" place for a good example. Japanese sushi and sashimi fresher the better! Jamaican while I was in Jamaica.

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    That looks excellent.

    Quote Originally Posted by xceptnl View Post
    How bout some southern tenderloin Chuck? Feast for your eyes at least

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    I'm not sure I can really answer this question, since 1) I'm from an Irish/Scottish background, so is that my ethnicity? 2) I'm American, and aside from a few cliche food dishes, everything we have is borrowed from someone else. "As American as apple pie", well apple pie is probably more Dutch than American. America is a land of immigrants, and they brought all their food with them, so what really is "American food"?

    Anyway, I guess I would probably have to say Chinese. Set me up with a huge buffet and I'm set. Even then, one of my favorite Chinese dishes (General Tso's) was created in New York lol. There was a time about 9 years ago that I thought I was on my death bed, and I went out and ate at all my favorite restaurants, which were Fisches Big Boy (Big Boy hamburger and onion rings), Skyline Chili (4 way chili spaghetti and a cheese coney), Penn Station (Cheese steak with onion/extra banana pepper/mayo), and Longhorn Steakhouse (Ribeye, medium). I can honestly say that I could probably eat those dishes for 4 dinners a week for the rest of my life and never get tired of them. I could probably fill the other 3 days of the week with Chinese buffet, my mom's pot roast, and pizza with everything on it except fish and fruit.

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    I live in Los Angeles, so Mexican is almost standard, even though I am a Gringo (Scottish/German). But my faves are.....

    Vietnamese
    Ethiopian
    Thai
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    Wow these are cool posts. I like all sorts of foods, I think chicken,rice, and beans go great together, as well as Italian and others. I like sushi alot.

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    Im all over the place when it comes to food. If it is good I eat it.

    Cuisines worth a mention though are Thai, Mexican, Korean, and Italian.

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    Until recently, I had overlooked Thai food. I no longer overlook Thai.
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    Living in Los Angeles, the variety and quality of ethnic food is amazing.

    Being a non American allows me me to include American food like - corned beef hash, beans with bacon, bacon wrapped things like chocolate bars, shrimp, twinkies (WTF!?),
    Chinese food - orange flavored anything, garlic broccoli, hot and sour soup
    Thai - spicy lime salads, tom yum soup
    Sushi and sashimi

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    Probably my favorite cuisine outside the standard choices (e.g, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Cantonese, Thai) is Vietnamese Pho. For those who haven't had it - it is a soup stock that is served with rice noodles in a large bowl, with your choice of thinly sliced meat served on top. Toppings are available at the table to "customize" the dish, including fish sauce, bean sauce, lime slices, Sriracha hot sauce, sliced chiles, bean sprouts, basil, and cilantro.

    A big bowl usually costs about $4-$5 and is very filling. I usually drink a Vietnamese drip coffee with mine - which is ultra-strong and served with sweetened condensed milk. Yum.

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    ^^^ That looks terrific Ted. I love all of the ingredients, just never had them together.
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    TedP,

    When we lived in Dallas, there were Pho joints everywhere...very tasty fare. Particularly good when sick or hung over

    I will add Cajun/NOLA (New Orleans) style food and specifically the chain Papadeaux. Great seafood with decadent sauces that only NOLA could produce. Birmingham is getting a Papadeaux (it is a Houston based chain) and I can't wait. Strangely enough, as influential as French cooking is on Cajun, I don't care for French cooking. At least the French cooking I have tried in the U.S. Maybe that is not fair to French cuisine to be judged by American renditions.

    My wife just reminded me of Greek, and she LOVES spanakopita. I am a huge fan of lamb and love the kabobs. We have a locally owned place here in Birmingham called Do Di Yo's that is really hip and has Greek tapas...

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