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View Poll Results: THE most difficult ethnicity to cook?
Japanese 11 64.71%
Mexican 1 5.88%
German / Polish / Russian 2 11.76%
Chinese 4 23.53%
Italian 1 5.88%
BBQ / North American 1 5.88%
Spanish / Mediterranean / Cuban 2 11.76%
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Old 05-18-2007, 08:26 AM   #11
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I voted for Japanese, but that's mainly because I've never made any. I have a large Asian market, and a Mexican market, just a few miles away from here. Both are on the same intersection

German/Polish/Russion doesn't really intimidate me, as a lot of the ingredients (except the pig's blood for Blood Sausage) are readily available as well.

I agree with Chef June. Thai/Indian and French are listed. You want difficult? Try a French Chau-Froid, Chicken Gallantine, or a Pate en Croute. This involves some skill, and it VERY labor intensive. I haven't attempted any of these since my college days.
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:13 PM   #12
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i would have to say chinese - my mom tried to replicated it one time for us because we got her a chinese cookbook for some holiday...lets just say things didnt turn out that wonderfully (and i think that was the only time that book was used)
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:46 PM   #13
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Im voting Chinese. I never get it right. BTW, anyone want to donate a computer chair? Last night while typing this thread I leaned back and the back cracked off. The bolts snapped. *sigh* What are the chances?
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Old 05-19-2007, 01:16 AM   #14
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Im voting Chinese. I never get it right. BTW, anyone want to donate a computer chair? Last night while typing this thread I leaned back and the back cracked off. The bolts snapped. *sigh* What are the chances?
Humm ... perhaps it's time you checked into our Health, Nutrition and Special Diets Forum, DS?

Your question is hard to answer because it's a big case of "it depends on what you're talking about". Are you talking about everyday home cooking or restaurant cooking? Yes, a Peking Duck can be a bit of a chore to prepare, but so is a Turduckin ... and have you ever looked at the instructions for a French "Pressed Duck"? The German food my grandmother made very tasty and simple ... but her strudle dough was a pain and a half (x3 or more) to make the way she made it - totally by hand.

Every cuisine has its simple recipes - it's not so simple recipes - and some that are down right hard to make.
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:43 AM   #15
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Where is Indian??? :P
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:50 AM   #16
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I'd have to say Japanese. Raw seafood is SO difficult to cook.
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Old 05-19-2007, 12:27 PM   #17
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I worked in a Japanese restraunt in the kitchen, and most of it was simplicity itself, the rest... LOL, Naaah.

the precision was Insane! made you frustrated just watching it :)

I was only 14 years old though, maybe now I could watch it and try myself, but not then!
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:54 PM   #18
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ANY cuisine that one is not familiar with is difficult to cook because you're not familiar with the entire flavor profiles of that particular cuisine. For myself, any type of Asian cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine, French cuisine, and most Latin cuisines (excluding the Carribbean) are fairly easy for me to make because that's what I like to eat and what I'm familiar with cooking. I struggle with other types of European cuisine (English, German, Polish, etc.) and some regional American cuisine because that's not what I grew up eating and I'm not familiar with the entire flavor spectrum of those particular cuisines. Because of that, I don't have the palate for all of the flavors that are used which not only makes it difficult to know what the dish is supposed to taste like, but also in fixing the flavors of a dish and ad-libbing dishes in those types of cuisines.

For anyone to say that a particular cuisine is not difficult to prepare, they need to be able to prepare a wide variety of regional dishes from that cuisine, not just a handful of dishes or dishes that they know in their particular region. For instance, for someone to say that Chinese food for them is easy to cook, they need to know how to cook Mandarin, Cantonese, Sichuan, etc. For someone to say that Italian cuisine is easy to cook, they need to know how to cook dishes from all over Italy: Roman dishes, Sicilian dishes, Tuscan dishes, etc.
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