Food thread! Foods around the world!
My goal with this thread is to educate bullies and newbs alike about the day to day foods eaten by different cultures throughout the world. Include pics and descriptions of different regional cuisine in your neck of the woods.
Not too long ago scotch eggs was mentioned in a thread, I asked about it and was given a description and pics of this English breakfast food. My question is what do other cultures regularly eat? What do Aussies regularly eat? Kangaroo? How about Israel? Falaffel, hummus? I don't know. What about Russians? Ect. All I have to base my knowledge of foreign food is Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, ect. restaurants that have been Americanized and from what I hear differ greatly from the actual food of their respective countries.
Since I'm American I'll start with American food. Immediately barbeque food comes to mind.I'm not sure if it originated in America but I know we do a damn good job cooking it. However, regional styles differ. Near the east coast in North And South Carolina a vinegar based tangy sauce is common served on varieties of smoked meats such as ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken and in the south we barbeque shrimp. In the southwest spicy barbeque sauce is more common. In other areas down south a sweet thick molasses based sauce is more common. Common sides are coleslaw which is shredded cabbage with other stuff thrown in mainly mayonaise and various spices, tastes range from sweet to spicy. Also, garlic bread, baked potato, and various greens. To drink, beer or sweet tea.
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Pulled Pork Sandwich and Baby Back Ribs
Since I'm from Florida I'll describe our regional cuisine. Seafood is the main difference from other areas in the U.S. and carribean and Spanish flavors are more common in south FL. Common fish to eat are redfish, red snapper, grouper, flounder, trigger fish, cobia (also called ling up north I think), wahoo, swordfish,... the list goes on. The fish can be fried, grilled, smoked, or blackened. "Blackened" just means a spicy seasoning is added and the fish is grilled. In addition, shrimp, clams, and oysters are popular.
Here's some trigger fish I grilled the other night. I made a home made "salsa verde" sauce, it's basically pureed mint,parsley, shallots, garlic,lemon zest, with an olive oil base. I served the fish over some steamed green beans and whipped potatoes. With a decent bottle of Vouvray to drink.
As for every day American food here's a basic list. Meatloaf, pork chops, steak, pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, spaghetti, sausage, various cassaroles. The list goes on but I just wanted to give a few examples of common everyday dinner items.
Sorry for the long winded post. I just wanted to give examples of what I was going for with this thread. To restate, talk about food that is unique to your country and how it varies, discuss the food unique to your region, or list common dinners that everyday average people in your country eat. Don't just say I like pancakes for example. I and everyone else here doesn't care what you like. Educate us! describe food that you don't think others are familiar with.