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Okay I have tried foods from all around the world...

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RedRubyBlue Wed 21-Sep-11 11:25:40

Indian, Thai, Chinese, Italian, French, Morrocan, Spanish etc etc

Are there any hidden gems out there that are overlooked? Which country has a cuisine worth trying that is not widely known about?

dreamingbohemian Wed 21-Sep-11 11:38:51




ah now I'm hungry smile

Ungratefulchild Wed 21-Sep-11 11:40:15

Turkey has, imo, one of the best cuisines in the world.

RedRubyBlue Wed 21-Sep-11 11:51:22

Ahh! Now I am intrigued. I just get bored churning out the same old dishes and fancy a new challenge.

Something very, very different.

I shall start at the top and look up Persian.

mamsnet Wed 21-Sep-11 11:52:50

Peruvian food seems to be the next new thing in fusion and creativity.. yummy..

RedRubyBlue Wed 21-Sep-11 11:54:32

this sounds like a good winter dish

Cheria Wed 21-Sep-11 12:00:08

Romanian. Yum.

And some German dishes are exceptional (though not Bavarian... ugh) thinking more along the lines of Black Forest.

I'd agree with Persian too

winnybella Wed 21-Sep-11 12:03:51

Polish cuisine has some lovely hearty winter dishes (soups, dumplings etc) and nice summer foods (cold beet or cucumber soup, for example) as does Russian.

Curiousmama Wed 21-Sep-11 12:04:17

Never tried Peruvian? Will be watching with interest.

JennyPiccolo Wed 21-Sep-11 12:07:28

Have you had proper restaurant quality scottish food? Think it would surprise you.

allhailtheaubergine Wed 21-Sep-11 12:10:23

Vietnamese. Very sweet / salty / spicy. Really good.

Also, although you say 'Indian' have you really explored dishes from different regions? Eg I'm not madly keen on a lot of Rajistani cooking - a bit cloying and heavy for me, while I adore Kerelan dishes, particularly Kerelan street food. Vegetarian heaven! I think that British Indian exists as a food genre in its own right and a perfectly cooked Bradford Dopiaza can be fantastic, but it bears little resemblance to food eaten every day in most parts of India.

You can do similar with Chinese - it's a big country and 'Chinese food' is about as diverse as 'European food'. Regional Chinese is easier to find in better UK restaurants though.

Curiousmama Wed 21-Sep-11 12:11:11

Thanks for Peruvian tip had a google and am doing this for dinner tonight. Dss will enjoy it too smile

Great thread op.

Curiousmama Wed 21-Sep-11 12:11:45

Agree re: Indian. Have you ever tried masala fish?

RedRubyBlue Wed 21-Sep-11 12:37:54

I was lucky enough to travel quite widely in India and agree with the Keralan food. Very spicy but quite light - not stodgy.

I have tried Vietnamese - again I spent quite a long time there. The white fish in ginger is to die for.


My Dad was Scottish and my mum lives on a Scottish island. I agree, the seafood especially is fantastic and tonight we are going to have haggis for supper. I introduced my DP to haggis as he was reluctant and now he loves it and we have it regularly.

Lizzylou Wed 21-Sep-11 12:42:06

Agree with Peruvian, also Nepalese is lovely.

I was not fond of my Armenian experience, played havoc with my system.

RedRubyBlue Wed 21-Sep-11 12:49:29

Icelandic is ermm different


midnightexpress Wed 21-Sep-11 12:51:03


pamplemousserose Wed 21-Sep-11 12:51:53

Indonesian. Swedish.mmmmmm

sprogger Wed 21-Sep-11 12:54:05

Sri Lankan. Vietnamese. Indonesian. Turkish. Mexican (real Mexican, not Tex-Mex - try recipes by Diana Kennedy or Rick Bayless).

PublicHair Wed 21-Sep-11 13:03:48

lebanese, nepalese, south american (we had feiojada for tea yday) it's a stew with beans,you have it with shredded raw cabbage and quinoa\bulgur type stuff.

RedRubyBlue Wed 21-Sep-11 13:06:15


What was wrong with Armenian food?

SeoraeMaeul Wed 21-Sep-11 13:13:17

Totally second MidnightExpress.... Korean food is yummy. Well Ok some of it tastes better when knocked back with Soju their local tipple, but in general its great.

goodasgold Wed 21-Sep-11 13:14:24

I second Korean food. My favourite.

worldgonecrazy Wed 21-Sep-11 13:16:14

Nepalese is probably my favourite after Italian and French.

SeoraeMaeul Wed 21-Sep-11 13:16:33

Who knew there were so many Kimchi lovers on MN!

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