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First, your fears are a little overblown. Thai cuisine isn't quite as "freaky" as, say, some parts of China and you're unlikely to eat something exotic by accident. Although not eating any offal at all is going to be a little limiting... why not give it a shot and expand your horizons a bit? At any rate, I'd start with Wikivoyage's description of Thai ...


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In short, no, there's no Japanese region known for spicy food in the same way that (say) Sichuan or Thailand is. Japanese doesn't really even have a word for "spicy", 辛い karai originally meant "salty" and is still used in that sense as well. However, there are a couple of spicy local specialities, mostly in the south of the country where they had the most ...


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I was in Southern India earlier this year and noticed many Indians speaking English with each other. This is because they simply don't speak each others native language. I don't think people in the south don't want to speak in Hindi, they simply can't. That's why English is so important, because most people speak better English than any second Indian ...


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There are three classically, iconically, Chicago dishes, and one newcomer that is heavily associated with the city for serious foodies. Beyond that, as Mark Mayo notes, Chicago is a large, diverse, cosmopolitan city with a very large population of migrants from around the world, so there are any number of best-in-class eateries for a wide variety of cuisines ...


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The "North vs South" divide exists. South Indians feel North Indians are loud, boorish, and have a superiority complex, and do not attempt to learn or respect local culture, language and such. North Indians feel South Indians are unfriendly, are sambar-rasam people. Both parties have some pre-conceived notions. In the end it depends on you, and the ...


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I too am like you and hunted out the local foods while I was there. Here are some of my highlights: cuy, or guinea-pig in English, tends to be found in the mountainous areas. I was told to have it in Cusco, and did, but am a bit sceptical as it was rather expensive there, and really didn't taste great. Most backpackers agreed it was an acquired taste, ...


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EDIT: I realise this actual is rather off-topic, more dealing with places to get various Japanese foods than the food itself. Hopefully still useful. Just to give a bit more specific detail on particular places, and specifically the cheap places... Generally speaking breakfast comes in 2 varieties - Japanese or "Western". I won't go into crazy detail ...


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Not quite -- the bees are not eaten, but it is possible to eat their larvae (はちのこ/蜂の子 hachinoko, lit. "bee children"). Here's the process of preparation documented in detail (in Japanese, but with pictures). This is by no means a common dish (in fact I'd never heard of it before I started looking into this!), but apparently in the Tono region of Gifu ...


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As you've already found out, laksa is not a single dish, but a constellation of them -- there's something like a dozen major varieties in Malaysia alone, plus those in Singapore, Indonesia, etc. Wikipedia has a pretty exhaustive rundown. Somewhat oddly, Kuala Lumpur does not have its own variety, which explains why you're not seeing laksa joints around ...


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A typical Japanese breakfast consists of rice, miso soup, pickled vegetables and/or salad, fish, and possibly poached/cooked egg or natto. The price for this kind of breakfast starts at around 400 yen (at a family hotel or cheap restaurant). Lunch might be out of a bento box (with contents quite similar to the breakfast minus the soup), or in a restaurant ...


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Basically there are two dishes that the city is famous for. the deep-dish pizza - made with a soft dough, cheese slices, chopped tomato sauce and a variety of ingredients on top. Hot dogs are made of beef, steamed or boiled meat and served with mustard, onion, sweet sauce and pickled cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and salt, ketchup is not added. However, ...


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If you want to try Minke Whale and Puffin, you can get both of these in small portions at Tapas Barinn (The Tapas Bar), which serves them alongside more traditional Spanish tapas. You should also try the lobster soup at Sægreifinn, which come highly recommended (I'm not a big seafood fan but everyone I know who is and has tried it recommends it). Harðfiskur ...


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In the Andes regions of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru I've been to several restaurants where they served cuy. There was no need to search for special cuy eateries, I just saw them randomly on people's plates. However I did not see any in restaurants in the low lands along the coast, but this could just be because they are not so popular there. I imagine that ...


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The Health Assist Blog outlines (quite comprehensively) the fast food of various countries globally. Part 1 illustrates fast food that can be obtained in the following european countries: Denmark The Netherlands Austria Belgium Finland Poland Sweden Germany United Kingdom http://www.healthassist.net/blog/food/world-fast-food-parti/ Part II illustrates ...


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I think you were disappointed because the most famous Lao dishes have become popular in Thailand and a lot of the food you find in Laos without a local to help isn't really Lao food but Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and French food. The most famous Lao dishes have to be larb and green papaya salad. I never saw these on offer in non-touristy Surat Thani in ...


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Traditional Norwegian dishes are usually based on fish and game. Given that Bergen is a port town, I suspect that there are some stellar restaurants that specialize in seafood. Here are a few restaurants that showed up on several sites as highly-rated; I browsed through the menus and they looked good, also: Potetkjelleren Restaurant ...


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When talking about fast food, I guess you have to split into two categories: Those restaurants operated by (inter-)national chains and "Street food". Why? When going to an unknown country, most people feel uneasy about eating just at the first place they come across due to hygiene considerations. For example, Starbucks in China is the prime place to go when ...


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It is a near-guarantee that you will eat several doses of lomo saltado while traveling in Peru. The dish features sauteed sirloin, some stir-fried vegetables, white rice, and lightly fried potatoes. The dish is ubiquitous in Peru, usually well-prepared, and quite cheap. You should be able to feast on some lomo saltado wherever your travels take you in ...


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I would recommend: lamb - the Icelandic lamb is very flavorful and lean. skyr - a yogurt-like dairy product. If you are very adventurous you could also try things like putrescent shark meat (Hákarl), but don't expect it to taste good. You should also take a look at the Wikipedia's Icelandic cuisine page.


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So in general, food in Hungary (eating out) is a lot less expensive than Western Europe, which is handy :) Note that - due to a historical translation error - "goulash soup" is indeed a soup, not the "goulash" that visitors may be familiar with from home which is known as "pörkölt". Local dishes often revolve around meat, include lots of paprika in their ...


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Given the proximity to Thailand, and the migration between the two populaces, as well as cultural migration, there's always going to be some crossover. Wikipedia actually has a page on Lao cuisine. It notes the most famous Lao dish would be Larb (ລາບ) - "a spicy mixture of marinated meat and/or fish that is sometimes raw (prepared like ceviche) with a ...


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Sapporo, in Hokkaido, is famous for soup curry -- this is a unique Japanese-style curry soup with vegetables (lotus root, potatoes, etc.) and chicken, served with rice on the side. Soup curry places typically have a system where you can pick how hot you want it (from 1-40 or similar) -- the higher levels are really spicy. You can find pictures on the ...


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Looking at that menu and I could say you can order any of that and it's pretty safe for "Farang". You can just add "Mai ped" ไม่เผ็ด if you cannot eat spicy food. The most common thing and probably the safest thing to eat is "Kra pow " For example, "Kra pow Gai (Chicken)", "Kra pow Moo (Pork)". And that's what Thai people eat everyday as well. If you like ...


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I don't have enough personal experience to recommend specific restaurants but two dishes associated with Leipzig are Leipziger Allerlei (well-known everywhere in Germany) and the Leipziger Lerche. Also worth a try if you see it on a menu is “Soljanka”. This is a soup of (I believe) Russian origin that was popular in the German Democratic Republic and is ...


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Arguably, the national dish of Norway can be considered to be Fårikål - "sheep in cabbage" - pieces of mutton with bone, cabbage, whole black pepper and often a little wheat flour, cooked for several hours in a casserole, traditionally served with potatoes boiled in their jackets. In tradition, Norway's foods come from the natural food resources available ...


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Cuy is NOT tasty ;) It was very rich and oily and just not that pleasant at all. Most backpackers I met in Peru etc had the same opinion (although as always, there's always one or two that claim to enjoy it). Still, it had to be done ;) I saw it in Puno (by Lake Titicaca) and in Arequipa as well, but I'd been trying llama, alpaca and any other animals that ...


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As far as South India is considered, the no of people speaking hindi is different from one state to other. For example, one can survive with hindi in most northern parts of the two states Andhra and Karnataka. If you come down, not all people speak hindi, but if you try, you can atleast find one or two who are speaking hindi. This is true only in Andhra and ...


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The keyword is 郷土料理 kyōdo-ryōri "hometown food", and the Japanese Wikipedia has a very comprehensive list: 日本の郷土料理一覧 Unfortunately it's only in Japanese and Google Translate doesn't do a great job ("swine juice", anyone?). The place names do make it through reasonably well, and most all dishes have links to pages with pictures, so with a bit of effort you ...


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In addition to what has been mentioned above, a typical Norwegian delicacy that is definitely not found in other countries with the exception of perhaps Iceland & Japan is Whale or as is termed in english "Whale Beef". A typical recipe for a such a dish maybe found here: http://www.jacobsen.no/anders/blog/archives/2002/08/13/eating_whale_steak.html



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