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I was having a conversation with someone about the best ethnic foods they'd eaten outside of its country of origin. 

Like for example, the best Chinese food I've ever eaten was in India.  I've eaten in US Chinatowns on the East and West coasts, but no Chinese food in either place compared to the Chinese food I had in India.  Granted, I've never been to China, so I can't comment on the real mccoy yet.  Still, I assume Chinese food in India is so good given the countries' close proximity to each other. 

I remember a former German teacher I had in high school saying to us that the best pizza she ever had was in The Netherlands, and she's traveled and eaten all over Europe, including Italy.  Thinking about it, it kinda makes sense to me that Netherlands would probably have good pizza since, at least when I lived there as a kid, good cheese and good bread were religion there, and my taste buds felt insulted by what constituted bread and cheese in the US when I first moved here (Wonder Bread and Kraft Singles are garbage.) 

So, yeah, let's discuss those best ethnic foods you've eaten outside of their country of origin.  For example, best poutine you've had outside of Canada.  Or best fish and chips you've had outside of England. 
« Last Edit: April 25, 2017, 07:04:23 PM by Dincrest »
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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 07:22:29 PM »
I haven't traveled much so I can't say anything profound but you can find incredible ethnic food everywhere in Montreal.
This city is foodies' wet dream.

For example, best poutine you've had outside of Canada.

That's impossible... unless you had it in Florida ;)

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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 07:24:51 PM »
Honestly I think the best pizza I ever had was in France.  And I spent 3 months in Italy at one point.

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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 09:39:54 PM »
Go to Vancouver for good and plentiful sushi, where it is served any time any where (literally every block sells some, and you can eat it at sporting events too).

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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 05:59:27 AM »
I heard Vancouver was the epicenter for the sushi revolution in North America in the 1970s.

EDIT: @Annubis a part of me is curious how poutine would be in Wisconsin since cheese curds are a way of life in that state. 

And I will say that the best kimchi I've had was in Hawaii. 

« Last Edit: April 27, 2017, 08:54:38 PM by Dincrest »
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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2017, 06:48:13 PM »
I've eaten ramen in Japan several times, but my absolute favorite ramen comes from a place in New Jersey.

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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 07:08:39 PM »
New Jersey is a pretty underrated state that way.  We have a lot of great food here.  Not just diner food (because no diner is finer than a New Jersey diner) but we have a lot of good ethnic food too, since the state has such a diverse population. 

That being said, here in south Jersey (Jersey-delphia) it's really difficult for me to get a good falafel because there isn't much of a Greek population here.  Up in north Jersey (aka the New York side of the state), there is a far more prominent Greek population so even some diners served me a decent falafel. 

Oh, and back when I used to eat meat (and eat unhealthily), I loved fried chicken.  I've eaten it in the south where it is religion.  Yet the best fried chicken I ever had was in this little Jamaican/soul food place near my house. 
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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 10:32:08 PM »
Is Falafel Greek? I could've sworn it was Middle Eastern, not that there's a huge distance between the two.

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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 06:38:10 AM »
Geogrphically speaking, it all harbors the Mediterranean Sea.  Okay, and my first experience with falafel was at a Greek-run place. 
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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 02:51:46 PM »
I'd have to imagine the falafel quality goes up the closer you get to Philly.  Actually I think there's at least one falafel place on South Street that I've been to.

Our local pizza place does falafel that I enjoy.

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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 03:41:56 PM »
I live in an area with a thriving Vietnamese communit, so there are an abundance of pho restaurants all around. I couldn't be happier. I get a bowl or a banh mi at least once a week, which can't be good for me but it's goddamn delicious. There are even specialty vegan pho places around!

TL;DR Viet food is pretty good in the D.C. area.

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Re: Food topic: The best ethnic food outside of its country of origin
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 05:02:25 PM »
I'd have to imagine the falafel quality goes up the closer you get to Philly.  Actually I think there's at least one falafel place on South Street that I've been to.

Our local pizza place does falafel that I enjoy.

Mama's Vegetarian in Philly is amazing.  That was a good falafel. 
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