Skip to comments.Which Country Has the WORST Food?
Posted on 07/04/2013 2:33:44 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
Okay, we sort of know which countries have the best food. Nations like Italy, China, and Japan. But here is an unusual question: Which country has the worst food and why?
Until recently I would say that the British Isles has the worst food. Boiled and overcooked is NOT the way to prepare most food since it cooks the flavor right out of it. However, in recent years food has reportedly improved in that part of the world.
So which country NOW has the WORST food in the world? And please give reasons for this if possible.
My husband loves haggis. :)
But we got even. When they visited out place in northern Florida they ate squirrel that we shot in our back yard, pork and chicken that we slaughtered, and my mother had some great recipes like pig brains and scrambled eggs. While all this was fun, my memory of food in the PI remains a bad one.
Yea,when they have an eating contest there,the first one to find something to eat wins.
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I’m going with the natives of Alaska. I watched a show where they bury fish heads for a month, then dig them up and eat them. The rotten meat falls right off the bone. They call them stink heads.
Ive been to Ireland... their food, while not the most imaginative in the world, is good.
Me, too. And they know how to prepare potatoes in different, good ways.
I know all about kimchi, the corn mush as just as you’d suspect; corn, water, salt. That’s it.
“And no one has mentioned haggis yet.”
I knew my comment about not liking French food would not be popular but that is my taste.
The best steak I have had was from a small restaurant off I 65 about mile marker 208 south of Bham. It is Kountry Kitchen. Some of the best food we ever had was on The GrandLuxe Train when we toured the NW Nat”l Parks for about 2 weeks. It was delicious even the beet soup. Nothing like eating while going through some of this country’s most beautiful scenery. Sad to say, they closed the year after we went. Love riding the rails.
I suppose if offered it with no indication as to what it was, I might like it too.
We should also give Britain points off for how they name their food. Scones? ok. Add strawberry jam? sounds good. Devonshire clotted cream? Aw, you blew it right there, no matter how good they taste.
The worst single food I ever ate (well, tried to eat) was a raw shrimp in Japan. Generally, though, Japanese food is pretty darn good.
Q: What does Yoko Ono have in common with the Ethiopians?
A: They both live off of dead beetles ( Beatles ).
And no one has mentioned haggis yet.
Sounds good. What is it?
Never mind telling me what haggis is. I just looked it up. Ugggg
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A - Yoko Ono
It’s Scotland, laddie.
That being said, I do believe that good food is what brings the world together. I have had excellent Chinese food in Malta and great Mexican food food in Norway.
I’ll eat anything in the PI except balut. A man’s gotta know his limits.
I’ve been to a LOT of countries... Without doubt, the BEST food was in Italy. I loved everything.
Worst food? REALLY hard to say. There are good things, and bad things pretty much everywhere.
I’m NOT a big fan of sushi... so, for me, the worst place might be Japan. But, even there... I’ve learned what I like and don’t like. Some things (like skiaki) are excellent.
Korea is just slightly better.... at least, they cook most everything. But, kimchi is PRETTY HIGH on my list of horrible things to eat. Also, cold seawater soup. yuk.
China has mostly delicious food... just always TOO much of it. And, you can always count on at least one dish that is rank... like, Chicken feet.. or fish with a million tiny bones.
If I had to nominate a country/culture with the WORST overall?? I think I’d say Germany. You got schnitzel, chicken halves, and pretzels... that’s about it.
EVERYTHING there, is designed to go with BEER. Which, BTW, they absolutely, hands down have the BEST of. The white asparagus there is also very very good. But, it’s only available a few weeks, so that doesn’t count.
When I go to Germany... I eat EVERY kind of food EXCEPT German. That has to count for something??
“Philippines has Balut, embryonic Duck egg, boiled and served with vinegar...”
That was probably the wierdest thing I ever ate; it tasted good, but the consistency was strange (the duck has started to grow insode the egg - instead of feathers it has what looks like fine hairs coming in). You drink the liquid first, which tastes like cold chicken noodle soup.
Great Britain has pretty lousy food. Mexico has lousy food. Italian food is among the best. Cajun food (ala Louisiana) is superb.
“Italian food is among the best.”
Spanish/Iberian food puts Italian food to shame; their sausage (chorizo) is better, their garlic shrimp much better than scampi, and they use saffron rice instead of pasta so you don’t have to nap afterwards...
You're describing the McDonalds down at the corner. I refuse to eat there, but friend "treated me" to their drive through a couple of weeks ago. Had an alleged Chicken WRap. No way was there any chicken in those imitation meat hunks. Unless perhaps ground up and extruded beaks, wattles, eyeballs and cloacas. Disgusting.
Therefore, I'm voting for the USA as having the worst food. Close the fast food joints, is all I can recommend.
“I saw an article in the WSJ about 20 years ago claiming Glasgow, Scotland had the unhealthiest food.”
Fish & chips are particularly unhealthy. In my town (Kearny NJ) when I was growing up we had five different fish & chips places (and 2 pipe bands); now there is only one fish & chip place left. While it is fast food “over there”, here they were charging nearly $15 for a platter. For that much money you could get too many other things that tasted a lot better.
Thankfully Arthur Treachers is back around (they have apparently been aquired by Nathan’s - where you see a Nathan’s one section of the menu is dedicated to Arthur Treachers). They have the Union Jack on the menu, and the condiment pumps are ketchup, mustard (for the Nathan’s dogs), and tartar sauce...
The deep south has the worst food, IMHO. At least the Dakotas have walleye.
The first time I went to Ireland, in the 70s, my host advised me to eat the full Irish breakfast (eggs, sausage, bacon, black pudding, white pudding, fried tomatoes, toast) and then just drink Guinness the rest of the day. It was good advice.
But by the time I returned in the late 80s, the food in both Ireland and the UK had gotten a lot better. I think joining the Common Market gradually gave both places access to more ingredients and improved their cuisine.
1 chicken, cut into pieces or 3-4 lbs. chicken pieces
1 T. paprika
1 t. each cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, salt and ginger
1/2 t. allspice
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. flour
3 T. oil
2 large onions, sliced thin
1 c. tomato sauce or 2 c. stewed tomatoes
1 c. chicken stock
Combine spices with flour in a plastic bag. Add the chicken a few pieces at a time and shake to coat. Set aside. Add onion to hot oil in large skillet and cook until onions are browned. Add chicken pieces and brown on all sides. Add sauce and stock. Cover and simmer 35 minutes, adding water if sauce gets too thick. Serve with a cooked grain such as rice, millet, quinoa, wheat berries etc. This dish is also good served with lentils and cooked greens. Serves 4.
That’s what’s great about food disputes: Everyone is right, because taste is wholly subjective.
I know; my Spanish wife loves Italian (which I think can be tasty, but is too filling) while I prefer the Iberian stuff. Friends who visited Italy liked the food but were shocked at how small the portions were (in a good way). They said there were few fat people there, and the plates were half the size that we have in Italian restaurants here in the NYC area.
I’ve had a few bad meals in three trips to the isles, but overall I’d have to say the food there is pretty decent. Can’t beat the British fish and chips, shepherds pie, and I also love the Cornish pasty. Ireland had surprisingly good food in their restaurants and pubs as well. If you travel to Ireland and want to save a little money when dining, eat in the pubs. The fare is a little plainer, but it’s still pretty good and cheaper than restaurants. The pubs are often attached to the restaurants, so you have a choice.
Your husband was correct...the food there is pretty decent.
My wife es una Gallega; from the seafood I like garlic shrimp (the paella has too much mystery stuff in it, and octopus has a wierd consistency though it tastes good). There mammals are great (rabbit, lamb, steak, pork), though they don’t eat turkey. When my mother-in-law gave it a try, it was incredible: she laid strips of bacon across the top of the turkey to trap moisture, and the bacon and the turkey were absolutely delicious.
From Turkey I liked kabob and some of their desserts.
Raw shrimp tastes exactly like cooked shrimp.
Those pasties are good; we have a couple of places in North Jersey that sell them, and they fly off the shelves (I believe they only open Tuesday through Friday, and those things aren’t cheap). I saw one on the news out in NW Jersey (where there was mining in the 19th century - they were a miners’ lunch that would “keep” for hours), and people still liked them 150 years later.
Love that Chicken from Popeyes
New Orleans food is spectacular
Memphis Barbecue is Very Good, competing with Texas
My wife, who grew up in England, would like to disagree with you. Lamb is not on the menus of many American eateries, but it's common in the UK. If there is an American restaurant that serves lamb, she'll most likely order it. I hate it, she loves it.
I was in Huntsville visiting Intergraph for a few days with colleagues and us Chicagoans missed pizza. Then one day we saw this chain pizza restaurant and jumped at it. It was like eating cardboard with painted yellow cheese.
I know exactly what you are talking about deep dish pizza such as from grocery store. It never cooks in the middle and the crust remains mushy in the middle.
The deep dish pizza in Chicago in the 1960’s was a totally different animal. I think they fried the crust first in a thick iron skillet. It was crispy throughout, never mushy. The pizza at Uno’s & Duo’s in downtown Chicago never used tomato paste which is what you get in most deep dish pizza. They used cooked fresh tomatoes, and that divine sausage chunks imported from Italy. The pizza arrived in that iron skillet sizzling hot at your table along with a spatula to dish it out. I am a good eater but 2 slices would stuff me up! In their heydays in early 60’s, on weekend evenings, the waiting room was packed with 100+ people standing in a smallish 12x15 room. But obviously the wait was worth it. I have traveled to every major city and never found pizza like that.
My wife, who was born and raised in England, agrees with you. And she is not fond of France overall, but she did say they had excellent food.
I’ve never been drunk enough to try balut.
He loves it there.
A lot of people from Cornwall settled in Wisconsin and the Michigan Upper Peninsula. My grandmother, who grew up in the UP and learned a number of different ethnic dishes, taught my mother how to make pasties. And there are areas of Wisconsin settled by Cornish immigrants, and they have pasty shops. But none of them were as good as the pasties I ate in Cornwall. Incidentally, there’s a rivalry between Cornwall and the adjoining county Devon over who has the best pasties. I’ll have to try a Devon pasty if I get the chance the next trip to Britain.
It really isn’t bad; I’d suggest giving it a try (I’ll try almost anything once). I had two of them. Filipino friends were surprised I could get them (it was brought to a Christmas party by a filipino co-worker); apparently it is illegal to make it here (maybe because you’re cooking a partially-grown live animal?). Because neighboring Jersey City has a big Filipino population, I’d imagine they can get anything they eat over there right here in north Jersey.
Some of the best lamb I’ve ever had was in England, out in the countryside. Great lamb, Yorkshire pudding, and all that good stuff. Other than that, the only other good meals I’ve had in England were at Chinese and Indian restaurants.
Have you ever had “garlic soup” in a Spanish restaurant? It is basically French onion soup with garlic chunks substituted for onions and an egg on top replacing the cheese (it seems to be the oily mix in which they fry their garlic shrimp). It is delicious, and you smell for days; when you’re about done you use bread to mop uf the remaining oil - yum...
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