The World’s Finest Foods

I’ve been reading a couple of local blogs today, A Brooklyn Life and Mona’s Apple, they both discuss food and they’ve inspired me to share my own opinions on this appetizing subject.

In this order these are the best foods in the world. No discussion or debate is necessary—I speak objectively.

1. Indian
2. Korean
3. English

Indian Food is the best food because it has the most flavor and the flavor is the nicest. People used to kill each other for those spices. Enough said. I don’t go for subtlety with food. I’ve had delicately flavored elaborate gourmet dishes, and they have always been disappointing.

Korean food tastes almost as good as Indian food but it is much, much healthier. I am constantly amazed that there are no good Korean restaurants in our part of Brooklyn (Park Slope). The closest place we’ve found is a hole in the wall outside the entrance of the Pratt campus. This ‘restaurant’ is miles better than any Thai, Chinese or Japanese rubbish anyplace around here. If I were only allowed to eat one kind of food for the rest of my life, I’d choose Korean.

And I know my third choice is controversial so I’ll argue my case. Only last week a food snob colleague informed me: “I’m sorry, English food is really bad.”


I’ve encountered this attitude everywhere I’ve ever been. In Granada, in Spain (the worst food I’ve had in my life), my students loved telling me how crap English food was. I’d smile and say, “Yes, we have a bad reputation, but things aren’t what they were.” Now I believe that things were never that bad. People who say English food is bad are usually repeating what they heard someone else say or admitting they went to the wrong place to eat in England.

I don’t care about 100 euro saucy meals in chic Parisian restaurants; I’m never going to eat one, they are irrelevant to me. I don’t care about a great American sandwich with 3 inches of fake turkey inside it on my choice of one out of a hundred breads. I literally can’t eat the thing; it won’t fit in my mouth. I like 1 slice of real meat on two slices of fresh brown bread. Brown bread that lasts 3 days after the day it was purchased; not 30.

As I may have mentioned before (once or twice), I HATE cheese, so goodbye Italy, Switzerland, Germany etc. You had your chance but you’ve ruined it by covering all your food in fetid gunk.

Chips are 1000% better than fries. Meat pies are tastier than fruit pies. In England mashed potato is made out of potato, not white dust. Our sausages are the envy of the world and are integral to the finest breakfast in the world. Our biscuits, cakes and deserts are absolutely the best in the world. We plundered the furthest reaches of the globe refining our tastes for centuries and we know what we like.

Have you tried an American cup of tea?

Even in the smallest, plebbiest of towns in England the supermarkets have the widest selection I’ve seen anywhere in the world. The quality is also consistently better than stores over here.

To get the kind of meal you can buy cheaply in a good English pub would bankrupt you here, and wouldn’t even be an option in most countries.

Even our cheese is good (apparently).

English food comforts you and fills you up like no other, and isn’t that what food is for?

4 thoughts on “The World’s Finest Foods

  1. Meat pies, chips, blood sausage, clotted cream, and afternoon tea are western marvels! I love English food. It’s not in my top three, but I would never disparage it.

  2. Yes, the tea, the scones, the casseroles, the fish and chips I love! And your sodas are wonderful. Bergamot, I love it. lBut I have to ask you, because I’ve been perplexed by this ever since I went to the Chip Shop. Mushy peas? Mushy pea fritters? Are these truly eaten in Great Britian, have you had them, and if so, do you find them delicious?

  3. Delicious, definitely not. I can eat mushy peas, though I’ve never been a big fan and mushy pea fritters? You can get stuff like that, the odd chip shop sells them but it is fairly rare. Things like that are a novelty even in England.

    I miss chip shops a lot; you get a good filling meal for a 3 pounds (1 pound if you’re content with a chip butty), though you wouldn’t want to eat this every day. The Chip Shop in Park Slope is strange as it is a restaurant selling the kind of food we’d eat out of a bag in the street.

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