Nine Cuisines, One Dish Each
The object here is to list your favorite single dish for each of the national/regional cuisines listed below. And please, let us not bicker and aaaaargue over the definition of American cuisine or whether or not kung pao chicken is a proper Chinese dish. This is for fun.
1. Italian: capellini with a sauce of tomato, bacon, portabella mushrooms, parsley and white wine
2. Indian: murg methi (chicken with fenugreek)
3. Mexican: enchiladas Suizas (chicken enchiladas in a cream-and-Swiss cheese sauce)
4. Chinese: kung pao chicken (lots of hot pepper and toasted peanuts)
5. Thai: gai ga pao (chicken with mint and loads of diced Thai pepper)
6. French: button mushrooms sauteed in butter, white wine and garlic
7. American: New York strip with a compound butter of thyme and lemon
8. Middle Eastern: chicken couscous (with lots of harissa)
9. Eastern European/Russian: chicken Kiev
With the caveat that I change my mind about this stuff several times a day:
1. Italian: eggplant parmesan
2. Indian: naan
3. Mexican: chile rellenos
4. Chinese: shrimp rice roll
5. Thai: som tom poo plara
6. French: vichyssoise
7. American: macaroni & cheese
8. Middle Eastern: falafel
9. Eastern European/Russian: pierogi with sauerkraut & mushroom
Like small h, this is also subject to change:
Italian -- pasta with fruits of the sea
Indian -- samosa chat made with freshly fried samosas (none of that microwaved crap)
Mexican -- duck in pumpkinseed mole
Chinese -- mabo tofu with lots of sichuan peppercorns
Thai -- fish paste covered egg yolks with green curry
French -- Bouchon's quiche lorraine -- different because of the height; custard quivers and stays moist (gee, kind of sounds dirty as I'm writing it)
American -- pub style burger cooked medium rare with tallow-fried french fries
Middle Eastern -- eggplant napoleon from Tanoreen; http://www.flickr.com/photos/37601286...
Eastern European -- papanasi
You can’t remotely IMAGINE how difficult it is for me to choose just one dish, since I love so many & cook so many, so I’ve just randomly picked my favorites. None of them are “hands down”.
1. Italian: Baby Calamari Fra Diavolo over Pasta
2. Indian: Anything “Vindaloo”
3. Mexican: Enchiladas Suizas (chicken enchiladas topped with cheese (white cheddar or Monterey Jack preferred, green tomatillo sauce, & sour cream)
4. Chinese: Szechuan Seafood HotPot
5. Thai: Any spicy curry that doesn’t include coconut milk – lol!
6. French: Coq au Vin
7. American: Any cut of steak or great burger that’s tender, flavorful, & perfectly cooked
8. Middle Eastern: Any dish that isn’t overloaded with what I consider “sweet baking spices. Am not a fan of lots of cinnamon, clove, etc., etc. Other than that – I’m game!
9. Eastern European/Russian: My own version of Hungarian Goulash, which I make in honor of the late great Bela Lugosi’s birthday every year – lol!
1. Italian: winter meatballs and savoy cabbage
2. Indian: spicy lamb sausage shish kebab cooked in tandoor
3. Mexican: Oaxacan mole with chicken enchiladas
4. Chinese: kung pao chicken (scorched chilies and fried peanuts)
5. Thai: basil chicken
6. French: grilled veal chops with demi glace and morrel mushrooms
7. American: bbq shrimp
8. Middle Eastern: kofta kabob
9. Eastern European/Russian: potato pancake rolled up with beef goulash inside
1. Italian: Spaghettini Aglio Olio (Garlic and Oil).. always my favorite!
2. Indian: Lamb Baida Roti (w/the mint, cilantro chutney)
3. Mexican: Tacos Arabes
4. Chinese: Chinese Brisket and Turnip Stew
5. Thai: Satay (really not into Thai)
6. French: Salade Nicoise
7. American: Joe's Special (a San Francisco treat!)
8. Middle Eastern: Kibbeh (the raw version)
9. Eastern European/Russian: Sarma (Serbian style)
re: Perilagu Khan
Tacos Arabes- Are Mexican 'Arab-style' tacos. Originally Puebla street-food they've become very popular and have spread to the U.S. It's marinated roasted pork loin thats cut shawarma rotisserie-style. They're wrapped in a thin pita or flour tortilla and always have a chipotle-garlic sauce and a slice of lime. Sometimes stringy white cheese is added. And they're big!!
Joe's Special- This is an old San Francisco dish that's origins go way back into obscurity. It's basically a pan-fried scramble of ground beef, chopped onion, spinach and eggs with oregano, a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Parmesan cheese is usually sprinkled on top. Delicious, cheap and easy to make.. I make it every month.