>>124143549 >a drinking culture I'm from NW england and I hate the drinking culture up here. I don't drink at all (because I prefer water) but people seem to automatically expect you drink if you aren't a Muslim. And people use any excuse they can to get hammered as often as possible.
Nope. You're not laying this at our feet. England has historically been known around Europe as having the most shit-tier food culture. Brits created most American fried foods and some that we don't even have.
>>124143549 See, one thing that's great about America is diversity of food and quality. In average I feel food here in US is pretty terrible, but there's so many different people here it's not too hard to find good restaurants. It's not too hard to find good tasting psuedo-Italian, psuedo-Mex, and psuedo-French. Unfortunately unless you're in west coast finding good Japanese is either expensive or nonexistent, thankfully I can cook my own.
>>124143838 >England has historically been known around Europe as having the most shit-tier food culture. Not quite. The reason the French call the British Roast Beef is because Britain for pretty much all of the past 1000 years had access to quality cattle, while war ravaged and downtrodden France had to make do with horse and frogs and snails. There are also key ingredients that chefs all over Europe will go to great pains to import from Britain like Worcester Sauce, and Jamie Oliver seems to have found penetration for his kind of cooking everywhere.
I think it was the world war rationing that fucked shit up, so you end up with duc a l'orange made with orange squash and a weird fear of garlic and onions. Like watch any shitty 70s Brit comedy and there'll be some joke about a foreigner smelling of garlic at some point.
>>124143967 >The reason the French call the British Roast Beef is because Britain for pretty much all of the past 1000 years had access to quality cattle Even though the insult only popped up around 1850? And only because roasting shit was extremely popular in Britain while not as populair to the same extent in France?
>while war ravaged and downtrodden France had to make do with horse and frogs and snails. ...You're either stupid, joking or British. Not only did and does France have fertile land in abudence but horse, frog and snail are delicacies. Especially horse. Think about it, what kinds of people could actually afford to slay such a useful beast for its meat? Not the poor. Hell, the poor could barely afford to eat meat in the first place.
>>124144075 >beef wellington is pretty nice though. It's also not British. It's filet de bœuf en croûte that was renamed during the Napoleonic wars. It's the predecessor as "freedom fries", with the difference that Americans dropped the name after a while.
>>124144203 I'm not inclined to disagree per se, but "China" is a huge place with a massive patchwork of cultures and languages. It'd be more or less like comparing Chinese cooking to the entirety of Mediterranean cooking.
Speaking of Chinese cooking, I could really go for some fried shrimp with sweet and sour sauce right now.
>>124144231 Yeah, I am aware. It's not too fair since considering the incredibly rich history the region has, and various different civilizations are all wrapped in one generic "Chinese" cuisine. But it is what it is, and if the entire mediterranean was unified as a single nation with one large majority tribe, I'd consider it a single cultural cuisine too.
I mean compare with India though, who has just as high a population but their entire cuisine is based off the same exact spices. Their curry is like Kimchee to Koreans. Despite the size of their culture, their cuisine is mostly "same shit over and over".
>>124144340 >I mean compare with India though, who has just as high a population but their entire cuisine is based off the same exact spices. Their curry is like Kimchee to Koreans. Despite the size of their culture, their cuisine is mostly "same shit over and over". Is that so? That's surprising. Considering it's comparable to China in both size and population, you'd expect their cuisine to be more varied.
>>124144365 Don't get me wrong, I fucking love curry and the spices originating from India was a godsend to humanity. But their lack of diversity in food is laughable. I think curry is simply way too powerful a spice that overwhelms taste of almost everything, that it just doesn't matter anymore once you have it.
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