In this order these are the best foods in the world. No discussion or debate is necessaryâ€”I speak objectively.
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 donâ€™t go for subtlety with food. Iâ€™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 weâ€™ve found is a hole in the wall outside the entrance of the Pratt campus. This â€˜restaurantâ€™ 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: â€œIâ€™m sorry, English food is really bad.â€
Iâ€™ve encountered this attitude everywhere Iâ€™ve ever been. In Granada, in Spain (the worst food Iâ€™ve had in my life), my students loved telling me how crap English food was. Iâ€™d smile and say, â€œYes, we have a bad reputation, but things arenâ€™t what they were.â€ 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 donâ€™t care about 100 euro saucy meals in chic Parisian restaurants; Iâ€™m never going to eat one, they are irrelevant to me. I donâ€™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 canâ€™t eat the thing; it wonâ€™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 youâ€™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 Iâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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 isnâ€™t that what food is for?