Is your country's cuisine misrepresented abroad? I feel bad for foreigners.

Is your country's cuisine misrepresented abroad?
I feel bad for foreigners. The "thai food" you eat is food from the central region and most of the time heavily bastardized to the point of unrecognition. From the selection alone, you'd think all thai food is either obsessed with peanuts, some gay fusion stir fries, curries filled with coconut "milk", or fricking pad thai(no one eats that shit here), with the only dessert being sticky mango. And all sickeningly sweet to boot. You'd never see something like pic related in a american thai restaurant even though it's a classic time-honored dish eaten for centuries here.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I found a place near my old place of work that I thought was leaps better than the other thai food I've had. I moved away though and have yet to find a replacement.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    british food basically only works because we have fairly fresh meat, fish, and vegetables. so i totally understand why when americans have it in their country it doesnt taste great
    but also we dont use heaps of salt or sugar so it can be a bit tasteless to americans when they visit here
    also we have one of the most diverse immigrant countries in the world so theres insanely good selections of nearly every ethnic food in pretty much every major to moderate city

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I've never had a proper british meal but from what I ate and saw it's a very solid cuisine, except for maybe the rationing derived dishes.
      >fairly fresh meat, fish, and vegetables
      it's a similar problem for thai food, which requires very good ingredients, and the correct vegetables and herbs which are not found outside the country. The herbs in particular are irreplaceable to the dish, not having it or using any substitution(ex. thai basil instead of holy basil)would throw off the entire flavor profile. Similarly, shrimp paste or fish sauce, which are key ingredients of our cooking but are not used because it is repulsive for foreigners.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        yeah im only 26 and my mum grew up with post-ww2 rationing - she fondly talks about eating lard sandwiches lol
        the whole "UK stole all the world spices and never used them" is pretty annoying because the only reason our food culture isnt the best is because we gave up a lot to fight WW2

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You deserved it.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It seems like everyone misrepresents American cuisine. I don’t blame them, since they only ever see the worst corporate chain shit, and to be fair, a large portion of the population doesn’t know much else, and when they cook they buy all their ingredients from fricking Walmart. But we do actually have amazing food all over the place.

        https://i.imgur.com/WXyg9KP.jpg

        WW2 era shit our dictator made because we were low on rice at that time. The unofficial national dish that we eat is phat krapao, or stir fried holy basil with meat of your choice which can be made easily or eaten out. Phat thai relies too much on proper ingredients and is hard to make on your own unless you are dedicated to making it and have a good hot wok. That is why if you want to eat good phat thai, you eat at a stall that only makes it, anywhere else and it is guaranteed to be shit of middling quality and bad phat thai is atrocious.

        You can get phat krapao (every place spells it differently) at pretty much every Thai restaurant in the US. It’s one of my favorites, and is usually one of the most popular items, along with green papaya salad, laarb, curries, and yes, pad thai. Nobody is substituting Thai basil for holy basil. It’s really fricking difficult to find holy basil in a store that isn’t specifically Thai/Cambodian/Laotian, but all the restaurants have no problem getting it.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >everyone misrepresents American cuisine
          We do it to everyone else in the world so I think it's quaint and funny when it finally happens to us

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I'm pretty fascinated by it. It's kind of interesting to see what your culture filters down into from another perspective.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              The strangest thing to me is the fact that no one outside of the US can seem to get a burger right, because they always feel the need to overcomplicate it and overdo it so it's recognizably American and therefore exotic. When the truth is a typical burg is 3, maybe 4 ingredients; ground beef chuck, salt and pepper, maybe flour to bind it together and help the outside stay crispy on the grill like one from a fast food joint. They add breadcrumbs and crack an egg in there like my boomer dad used to do and make essentially a salisbury steak or a meatloaf on a bun. It's the damnedest thing.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >posts the greatest burger that exists
                >complains no-one can get it right
                frick off yank

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >a fried egg, pickled beets from a jar and a ring of pineapple on the same sandwich
                I don't believe you. That's some shit you would come up with while zooted when there's nothing left in the pantry

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Most foreigners don't understand that a good burger only needs 4 ingredients: beef, tallow, salt, and msg

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                You don't need msg on a burger. Salt is more than fine. Drink some water

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I use ground beef, stir it just enough for the fat to emulsify a little to hold it together, and mix in a little glace de viande for seasoning.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                The best burger I've ever has was cooked by a gay guy from Hamburg, Germany, in Nong Khai. Go figure.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                this is reqlly true. i habe gone full circle and literally do these imagined 1950s style burgers of a wonderbread bun, real beef with just salt on thr OUTSIDE only. and ketchup and mustard. its about the beef

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Nobody is substituting Thai basil for holy basil.
          Sure, moron. Flyover Thai spots all over the US aren't substituting it for people who 100% have no idea. Frick's sake.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Americans Americans Americans Americans
      Yep, the mind of a yurotard summarized

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        UK is not in the EU moron

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          So what? It's still a part of Europe. They still have the cucked European mentality that makes them completely servile to authority.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >mentality that makes them completely servile to authority

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >british food basically only works because we have fairly fresh meat, fish, and vegetables.
      That's some cope if I've ever seen one. You can buy fresh mushrooms, sausages, eggs, and tomatoes in any American grocery store.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Have some beans and toast, or a toasted sandwich and feel better.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >we have one of the most diverse immigrant countries in the world so theres insanely good selections of nearly every ethnic food in pretty much every major to moderate city

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        why post an ai picture when you look exactly like that anyway anon?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That pork belly looks really nice

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >fricking pad thai(no one eats that shit here)
    why don't you eat your national dish? are y'all stupid?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      WW2 era shit our dictator made because we were low on rice at that time. The unofficial national dish that we eat is phat krapao, or stir fried holy basil with meat of your choice which can be made easily or eaten out. Phat thai relies too much on proper ingredients and is hard to make on your own unless you are dedicated to making it and have a good hot wok. That is why if you want to eat good phat thai, you eat at a stall that only makes it, anywhere else and it is guaranteed to be shit of middling quality and bad phat thai is atrocious.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Well, I mean, it's your own government's fault.
    >Gastrodiplomacy, also known as culinary diplomacy, involves a country using food as a means of globalizing and gaining international influence. This was something Thailand was particularly skilled at. In 2002, the Thai government launched the Global Thai Program, a diplomatic initiative with the aim of increasing the number of Thai restaurants worldwide. The state provided training programs, grants, and information to Thai investors who wanted to open restaurants abroad. As part of this campaign, Pad Thai — a dish with virtually no cultural history — was positioned as Thailand's national dish and pioneered a culinary campaign funded by the Thai government with 500 million baht ($15 million USD).

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    My favourite lesser known Thai food is stir fried pickled mustards with tuna.
    Yes, I know it's uni student slop but it's so fricking good. Haven't made it in years since u can't find the brand of mustards I like anymore and other brands don't taste the same/as good.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Thaibro you're not wrong but you also have to realise that the state of Thai food outside of Thai land is a deliberate act of cultural diplomacy

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Thai food is popular in my country, but probably fake.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Shame but the food in your pic is legit, they way the food is presented is 100% thai. The chang and singh beer confirms it.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    this one time i went to thailand and we went to the cinema late in the evening so it was just like 5 of us and maybe another handful of people. before the movie started music started playing and the other 5 people all stood up. we didnt know what the heck was going on so we stood up too. turned out it was the national anthem and they were saluting.
    the tour guide also told us it was illegal to sit on money in thailand since it has the face of the king on it
    we also went to this dancing show and one of the dancers went to the audience and put a guys hands on her boobs. 2 minutes later she whipped out her dingdong and everyone pointed at the guy who just touched her boobs and laughed

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      > no one eats pad thai in thailand

      i went to thailand and ate lots of pad thai

      Because you went there with the specific goal in mind and desire to do such things(pad thai and ladyboys are famous so I will eat pad thai or go see ladyboys and gogo bars) it's just not a thing local people do or eat here on a daily basis

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What cool shit is there to actually do there? Assume I'm not a deviant and just want to learn about a different culture and see some of their historical shit

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Go see the temples, practice or ordain as a monk if you're interested in practicing buddhism, the markets, try the local food, the sports, go into non-touristy places, hell if I know I'm not a tour guide

          >Because you went there with the specific goal in mind and desire to do such things(pad thai and ladyboys are famous so I will eat pad thai or go see ladyboys and gogo bars)
          I'm proud of you for expressing your support for and your desire to engage in LGBTQ++ activities. Thailand has been very progressive for decades, compared to the USA, which only recently legalized forced gender confirmation surgeries on children. I applaud your decision to support the youth transgender sex market.
          As for what makes me mad, I hate it when I go to another country and they have butchered American food. Like when I go to Italy and I see pizza abominations, or go to China and all of their "American" food tastes NOTHING like what you might find at Panda Express.

          Kys don't lump us in with your western lgbtshit, tolerance=/=acceptance. First, they're basically considered a freak/joke unless they can actually achieve a certain threshold of femininity and second (and this is a big one), both society and the ladyboys themselves understand that they will never be women no matter how feminine they become. They basically fall into the categories of either men or "third gender."

          They're not allowed to compete in women's competitions or go into women's bathrooms, etc.We are never against ladyboys. Buddhism allow every genders. so peoples believe troony have sin from past life (same logic with congenital disabilities) that's why peoples might look down on them but tolerate them very well. And we are not a very confrontational people. So it's live let live, not supporting them let americans.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Holy autism batman, dude was doing a bit

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          the temples in thailand & cambodia are awesome. so is the nature, do some jungle hikes or spend time on the beach. and the food alone is worth touring around. the locals are usually chill and fun to drink with. there's plenty of non-degen shit to get up to.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          There are all sorts of tours around the capital, and you can go fishing and lay around on the beach and all the usual dancing and stuff. Also a lot of really good restaurants, and a lot of good tailors if you want clothing made for you. I've got silk shirts that are 20 years old and still wearable; they last really well.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Because you went there with the specific goal in mind and desire to do such things(pad thai and ladyboys are famous so I will eat pad thai or go see ladyboys and gogo bars)
        I'm proud of you for expressing your support for and your desire to engage in LGBTQ++ activities. Thailand has been very progressive for decades, compared to the USA, which only recently legalized forced gender confirmation surgeries on children. I applaud your decision to support the youth transgender sex market.
        As for what makes me mad, I hate it when I go to another country and they have butchered American food. Like when I go to Italy and I see pizza abominations, or go to China and all of their "American" food tastes NOTHING like what you might find at Panda Express.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Nobody gives a frick about what anyone eats on a daily basis. I'm not going to a Thai restaurant to eat a basic ass everyday meal that a peasant of THAILAND has. What am I missing out on? Boiled cucumbers and fish sauce? Get a fricking grip.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You are missing out on good food. Not my problem if you are content with slurping up regurgitated mutted slop.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >the tour guide also told us it was illegal to sit on money in thailand since it has the face of the king on it
      It's not illegal, it's that Thais are a bunch of brainwashed morons and will beat the shit out of you for "showing disrespect to the King". If you are intentionally disrespectful, though, like running around shouting "frick the King, he's a degenerate pervert!" you can get prosecuted for lese majeste.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        No one does that anymore. Zoomers hate the current king and the majority of the populace are indifferent.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >one of the dancers went to the audience and put a guys hands on her boobs. 2 minutes later she whipped out her dingdong
      haha that would be embarrasing i wouldn't want to be in that position
      what bar was this so i know to not visit?

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    > no one eats pad thai in thailand

    i went to thailand and ate lots of pad thai

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    indian food is better in the uk than it is in india tho

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Is your country's cuisine misrepresented abroad?
    Pretty much every culture's cuisine is changed abroad to conform to local tastes.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I can't imagine a world where people line up to eat kapi

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      it's good stuff anon, the deep umami flavor is unrivaled especially when it's grilled

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        My mom's from the northeast so she loves kapi and palaa. There's no way it could have as wide an appeal as mainstream Thai food; it's mainstream for a reason

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You are probably right. Palaa has no chance but kapi might be able to break in the mainstream, even if slight. I also wish northern food was given a spotlight. Nam ngiaw mogs khao soi any day of the week but the latter is popular and the former unknown outside of thailand.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            This looks like a picture of garbage

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Really? Maybe it does. The presentation here might be a bit too cluttered for those unfamiliar, also the chicken feet kek. The taste is heavenly though.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                You're much more Thai than me anon, I kneel

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Well I was born and raised here. I hope you get to eat well wherever you are at least.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Actually bleak.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        fr fr no kapi

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are Brussels sprouts a common vegetable in Thai food? Seeing them just hanging out there seems odd.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      They are not. I knew someone would call it out. The picture is by youtuber who does thai food for foreign audiences. I just grabbed the first image I saw. The rest of the vegetables are real though, people do use them to dip with the nam phrik. More traditional would have these small bitter gourds, culantro and the small round thai eggplants, newer versions would have carrots and cucumbers.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >raw green beens
    >raw brussel sprouts
    what the frick

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    your thread is making me miss thailand anon. you're so right, mind you i'm not a local, i only spent a few months in the north and i feel like i barely scratched the surface of the food. i would really love to come back but im broke, always wanted to get a job there but i think i missed the boat on that. dont even wanna do any degen shit, i didnt frick with ladyboys. just miss the food and the vibes. anyway peace thaibro. i know the grass is always greener but you are a cool place. wish i was by the river, eating a fry up of local fish from the market. with chili sauce and a whole spread of fresh herbs and veggies and some chill people and a bottle of cheap sang som. damn

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ah well I hope you can visit again anon. I'm glad you enjoyed it here, it's a nice change of pace to have people actually see what the country is beyond the stereotypes.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I thought spaghetti was tie food because it always ends up on my tie.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hungarian here, peoplee seem to think that goulash is something that we regularly eat. In reality it's a food for occasions or get-togethers like when people throw a BBQ. Real goulash is made on the outside in huge cauldrons, so when people travel here, sit in a restaurant and order the goulash it makes me cringe. Also it's supposed to be eaten with just bread, not nokedli (noodles).

    Here's some actual everyday foods Hungarians eat, aside from the regular globalized zogslop:

    >lecsó
    Essentially just cooked tomatoes and wax peppers with paprika seasoning. A popular variation is to add scrambled egg into it. Add your preferred sausage-type meat or some potatoes into it.

    >rakott krumpli
    Potato casserole, the layers include boiled potato discs, sour creme, boiled eggs, your choice of bacon bits or sausage slices (gyulai being the popular choice). Repeat these layers as many times as your baking bowl allows. Some people top it off with grated cheese or béchamel.

    >töltött káposzta
    Cabbage rollups filled with rice and mincemeat. Often topped with sour cream. Not my personal favorite.

    >tarhonyás hús
    I'd say this is Hungary's equivalent to the biryani. Just a huge pot of meat veggies and seasoning mixed together with carbs (tarhonya). Highly customizable but the standard choices are pork with wax peppers and onions.

    There's probably a lot more I'm forgetting since I haven't been to the countryside in a while. In Budapest, most people just eat zogslop 95% of the time.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >so when people travel here, sit in a restaurant and order the goulash it makes me cringe
      >NOOOO YOU CANNOT CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY BY SPENDING YOUR MONEY IN OUR PISS POOR COUNTRY BY EATING BY COUNTRIES MOST WELL KNOWN DISH!!!!!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Mad tourist detected. You probably paid like 5000 HUF for some pseudo-goulash slop. You got ripped off Black person. And all your money went to some sleazy KKV homosexual who spends it on iPhones and BMWs. Next time you want to eat local food, travel to the countryside instead of sitting in some shitty upscale tourist trap on Váci út.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          oh no how will I ever financially recover

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You do know it's your own Thai government that subsidized the "Thai restaurant" fad in the rest of the world, right?

    And I've been to Thailand, and they have pad thai there too. And shrimp pancakes, and all the other crap that Thai restaurants serve in the U.S., so don't go pretending like it's majorly different.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      OP's point is that what actual Thai people eat on a regular basis =/= what you ate at restaurants on your one-week trip, you massive moron

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    What do you think of meals like this?

    Is this original thai food?

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    is this something that could be made at home?
    looks tasty

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >b***h about Farangs only know central region food
    >post a photo of the most stereotypical central region food
    are you a moron?

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >You'd never see something like pic related in a american thai restaurant even though it's a classic time-honored dish eaten for centuries here.
    >eaten for centuries here.
    >Brussels sprouts on bottom right
    kek

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Those are baby cabbages, not brussel sprouts. They look similar but they taste quite different in practice if you've ever had one.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Those are brussel sprouts

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I know you're desperate to be right on the internet, but you're not this time around. Sorry.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            That's an unfurled brussel sprout

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              And now you're coping.

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >no one eats that shit here
    Speak like a neet that never go out and only eat at 7-11 or ordering Grab. My nearby pad thai place (ran by two old grans) is always packed with locals.

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The entirety of American food is insanely misrepresented. Every state makes different shit and has different traditions but all anyone thinks we eat is cheeseburgers and donuts, which are nationally enjoyed, but it's the equivalent of saying euros only eat kebab

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      We do eat kebu what's your point

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        My point is euros are fricking moronic

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I had the worst tex-mex of my life in France. It was neat they even tried, but literally everything about it was wrong.

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Any dishes youd recommend I try making? I live in a massive Lao/Hmong hotspot and they grow tons of veg, so I can easily find most ingredients. But I only know anything about Lao/Hmong food.

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I didnt know that Thai people ate anything other than sloppy watery curries, unironically. I didnt even know that they ate brussel sprouts. Thanks for letting me know OP.

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