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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 05-17-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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What is THE most difficult group of ethnic food to prepare?

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Old 05-17-2007, 07:44 PM   #2
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Good question Sush. I would say any group, because if you are serving it to that ethnicity, they are going to tell you if it is good, or not.

Some Thai can be tricky, and Indian can too, depending on the region.
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RATS! That is the 2 I forgot. argh!!! D'oh!
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:20 PM   #4
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Except for German / Polish / Russian, The other groups are so in demand that finding the ingredients and instruction is very available. Someone from the UK was recently talking about knuckles so some of their food would be very hard to make as well.

Where would you most likely eat Dragonflies & Wasp Cones?
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hey Sush, i think Tattrat is dead on: if you're serving it to someone of that nationality, it's gonna be hard to wing it.

for my $0.02, though, i think i have to go with chinese. the american stuff we call "chinese food" over here - think of what you find on those buffets - isn't all that tricky. but **actual** chinese food, wow, whole 'nuther ballgame.
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Actually...what Sushi asked was what's difficult to prepare rather than serve. Some cuisines are quite labor intensive and are difficult in that manner. Others call for ingredients that are not available to many of us. These are some of the components that make a cuisine difficult.

Now...for a critique of a difficult dish, yes, serve it to the ethnic group that it is supposedly responsible for it. Now, that's a hard nut to crack. It's a little like serving your best homemade dish to a 5-star chef.
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Assuming I had a recipe and the ingredients available, I like to think I would be able to handle any of these, but for me, probably japanese would be the most challenging.
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quite true Katie. for authentic chinese food, i did mean just what you said: both hard-to-find ingredients for a lot of it, and lots of crazy prep time. i have no desire to attempt the shrimp steamed dumplings, in the paper-thin translucent wrappers...
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Japanese is somewhat simple. Learn you will. Easy sauce it is. Better chair I must have. Sorry.... my chair broke.
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I noticed that Thai, Indian and French are all missing from your list.

Indian and Thai are probably the most intricate because "curry" is not one mixture. Each recipe requires its own masala, and that is not something you can purchase at Whole foods in a can! you have to toast the seeds and grind your own concoction. Each and every time.

The results can be ethereal.
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