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comment How can I find out what the typical “fast food” is for a particular country?
"Fast food" does in fact have to many meanings that tend to blend into one another. There's franchises, junk food, street food, and food you don't have to wait long for. Franchises often make food with low nutritional value. Street food can often be difficult to gauge in terms of hygiene. But in places like Singapore there's a majority of places you get served quickly in very unfancy settings but the food is hygienic healthy delicious and cheap - hawker stands and food courts. So it's very hard to come up with a universal terminology that's true everywhere.
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revised How can I find out what the typical “fast food” is for a particular country?
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comment What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?
There is apparently at least one very good French+Laos fusion restaurant, but I assume it's beyond my budget. Of course that means modern chef's creations rather than dishes which have become new local traditions since the French colonial days.
Sep
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comment What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?
I should mention that a lot of my nascent knowledge of Lao food came from that very uneven Wikipedia article. I've even done some minor edits on it as I learn.
Sep
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comment What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?
Food words have a habit of moving around and diverging must faster than regular vocabulary. One classic example is that "pasta", "paste", "pastie/pasty", and "pâté" all diverged from a single Latin word.
Sep
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comment What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?
I asked a question recently on cooking.SE about the origin of another dish and it got very little attention, the same number of up and down votes I think, so I guess their not into origin questions. But they seem OK with questions about authentic ingredients and methods for ethnic cuisines. Personally I think there's a missed opportunity to pursue crossover questions between travel.SE and cooking.SE
Sep
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answered What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?
Sep
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comment What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?
Larb and Som Tam are Lao dishes which are plentiful in Thailand in much the same way many Chinese dishes are plentiful in the west.
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revised What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?
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Sep
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revised Status of David Gareja - rocky monastery on the top of the mountain
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Sep
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comment Status of David Gareja - rocky monastery on the top of the mountain
Funny I was sure we had a question about this before while I was in Georgia and Azeri soldiers were turning back tourists.
Sep
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revised Status of David Gareja - rocky monastery on the top of the mountain
copyedit english usage; edited tags
Sep
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comment “Safe” typical dishes to order away from the tourist trail in Thailand when English is not supported?
@hunter2: Yes it seemed that much of what was common in tourist areas was not common at all in on-tourist areas. Now I'm in Laos with quite different food/menu challenges (-:
Sep
11
comment What type of power outlets are used in Bath, UK?
Upvoting the question because of Gilles's good answer!
Sep
10
comment What differences are there between First Class and Business Class on BA long-haul?
Am I the only one who doesn't know what YouFirst is? I tried to google for its official page but failed.
Sep
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revised Is there a powerstrip which accomodates most if not all AC power plugs?
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revised What differences are there between First Class and Business Class on BA long-haul?
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comment What differences are there between First Class and Business Class on BA long-haul?
Oh and if it's limited to British Airways, then it's even more fully answerable (-:
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revised What differences are there between First Class and Business Class on BA long-haul?
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comment What differences are there between First Class and Business Class on BA long-haul?
He's asking a yes/no question, so if the variation between airlines is so great that there actually are no standard or expected differences at all, then "no" with an explanation is a good and useful answer.