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Old 03-29-2005, 09:40 PM   #11
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Question: Is it true that Asians have a physical intolerance to dairy products? Or is it something else? I ask because I'm curious!

I know that it seems like an ignorant question, but I honestly do not know. I'm not trying to offend anyone here.
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Old 03-29-2005, 11:41 PM   #12
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It is true that the majority of the human population has a problem with lactose intollerance. The only people that have good talerance to dairy (except cheese, where the lactose is consumed by the bacteria) are generally from Northern climates, especially of European descent. It seems that people in warmer climates had little need for dairy, as their bodies had sufficient sunlight to manufacture their daily requirement of vitamin-D. In Northern climates, people had to keep most of their skin covered by clothing and so needed the nutrients found in fresh dairy products to make up for less available sunlight.

Happily, I have Northern European blood in me, as well as the Native American and other nationalities. "Cause I really love the flavor of milk. And I tolerate it very well.

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Old 03-30-2005, 04:27 AM   #13
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During my visits to Australia, I have enjoyed many dishes at restaurants whose cuisine is billed as Fusion or Pacific Rim. Good Ozzie meat and fish with spices and herbs and veggies from other Pacific rim countries like Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, etc.Most of the chefs are European Ozzies, but their cooking is much influenced by their nearest neighbours.

The only complaint I have with restaurants in Oz is those that say they are 'Indian' cuisine.... For some reason, I have yet to discover one that has food to compare to even back-street 'Indian' restaurants in Birmingham or Bradford. A few years ago I went to a new Indian restaurant in Darling Harbour, Sydney - the surroundings were stunning, very minimalist and modern (no flock wallpaper here) the food was billed as 'nouvelle' Indian/fusion... it was not nice at all, a few bits of meat/fish and/or veg beautifully presented on the plate, but the spices hadn't even been cooked-out before presenting the dish to the customer.... My sister, a real Indian food afficionado, actually left everything... At least I tried to finish a couple of the dishes!

PS - the reason I put 'Indian' in quote marks is because here in the UK, the majority of 'Indian' restaurants are actually Bangladeshi, not Indian.
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Old 03-30-2005, 10:09 AM   #14
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Jennyma, Norman van Aiken does amaaaazing things with flavors! Do try and get his book - I've seen it on sale at Jessica's Biscuit and Amazon.
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Old 03-30-2005, 01:28 PM   #15
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Thanks for the response, Goodweed! That's some good information!
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Old 03-30-2005, 01:54 PM   #16
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For great fusion foods, look to the Phillipinnes. They were ruled for many, many years by the Spanish, who left their mark on the already wonderful tropical cuisine.
However, Filipino food is not considered fusion cuisine, just like Vietnamese Food is not considered fusion cuisine even though there is a lot of French influence in there. Although both cuisines have been intertwined with others, the same can be said for almost every single cuisine on the planet.

Adobo (Spanish) and Lumpia (Chinese) are just two examples of Filipino dishes that were learned from other cultures, but it is not thought of as fusion. Now if you were to take say, smoked salmon and cream cheese and called it a lumpia, then that would be fusion.
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Old 03-30-2005, 05:45 PM   #17
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Ya just gotta love Adobo and Lumpia. But then again, I ate at the Pag Sahn Jon River resort (Spelling is obviously off here, but I don't know the correct version) and had an amazing feast of tropical fruit sauces served over pork, poultry, with an incredible clam broth and more tropical fruits than I could eat in one sitting. The meal was almost cantonese in flavor, but with the addition of the wonderful varieties of seafood and tropical fruits available to the island. Good stuff indeed. And who could forget the squid, cooked in its own ink and served over a bed of steamed rice.

You had to get out of Alongapo (Spelling again) to find the good stuff. But you can keep the banana ketchup, and the local pizza made from American cheese slices spread over a sauce that tasted susiciously like Campbell's Tomato Soup.

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I have to laugh ... sometimes you think you've got an original idea and poof! I was going to suggest looking up Roy Yamaguchi. Hawaii, as others have noted, was the real start of east-meets-west, along, of course, with California. Hawaii is just more ... well east (well, actually, further west?). But all of the Asian food meeting the European-based food ... it is the first place where I ran into it smoothly operating together. The main thing that can be difficult is sometimes a mixture really works, and you have fusion (actually I think the word is pan-Asian or Pacific Rim). But sometimes you have what I call mish-mash cuisine. The flavors aren't bad, but they simply aren't great either. Like someone went into the kitchen and couldn't make up their mind, so emptied all the leftovers into a dish. Hey, great stuff has started from that, and when it isn't great, it's still pretty darned good.
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