How accurate is your country's food, abroad?

1y ago

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Living in the UK and having never travelled to Japan, the pictured miso soup and deep fried tofu dinner seemed extremely impressive. The flavours were foreign and new to our taste buds, which made the experience feel like a true taste of Japan. But, was it really? We can never be sure! Which raises the question: How well is your home country's food represented abroad? Are the cooks getting traditional recipes right, or not quite?

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  • No. I don’t think it’s the cooks fault, though. The ingredients are just not the same. When I lived abroad, I tried cooking many Brazilian recipes, but they just didn’t taste like the real deal.

    (Welcome to FoodTribe, Karina!)

      1 year ago
    • That‘s exactly what I thought when I was trying to cook German recipes abroad.

      Even if ingredients look the same, some of them have most likely been shipped halfway around the globe and that‘s going to affect their taste and...

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        1 year ago
    • :) That's so true! Especially when it comes to fruit & veg, tastes different wherever you go

        1 year ago
  • Indian food in the UK is very much closer to the real food you get from India itself. It may be due to the massive amounts of Indian residents here in London especially, including my father. Indian food in India though has an edge over Indian food in the UK. The tea in India is probably the best thing ever. I need detective Kiran Ganesh to offer his opinion as well.

      1 year ago
    • Had the opportunity to try real Indian food at a wedding not so long ago! You're telling me that in India it would taste even better? Absolutely delicious.

        1 year ago
  • I have never had great Greek food in the UK. Either the execution is wrong or the ingredients are simply not good enough.

      1 year ago
  • I'm British but have lived in Spain (Barcelona) the last 10 years. There have been a couple of occasions when I've been back in the UK and someone has decided we're going for tapas. It's never the same - they overcomplicate the dishes in the UK and don't stick to the right ingredients. Mind you, there tend to be plenty of seafood tapas in Barcelona and somehow I don't imagine there's much of a demand for octopus in Manchester...

      1 year ago
    • I have to agree with you, can't imagine octopus being a big hit in Manchester!

      Living in Barcelona, do you miss any particular British foods?

        1 year ago
    • Yes, proper fish and chips! There was a single British chippy in Barcelona but it got closed down 4 years ago. I'm currently back in Manchester for a week and have had fish and chips twice already :-)

        1 year ago
  • In terms of Chinese takeaways it’s super rare to find a half decent one because most of it isn’t authentic Chinese cooking. It’s just food how the non-Chinese people like to eat it.

    Decent Chinese restaurants - hard to come by. A lot of the authentic and excellent cooks have retired and didn’t pass their cooking style and secrets down. Chinatown in London? Yeah don’t bother.

    To be on the safe side, if there isn’t a Chinese person behind the kitchen I won’t be eating at that “Chinese” place. There’s too many places where you create your own dish by picking your noodles, toppings and sauces - completely disgusting and wrong.

      1 year ago
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