The listed foods are the answer to some question, but it is one subtly different from “what people eat”.
Which is kind of disappointing: I actually clicked hoping someone had seen this happen before, and decided to somehow collect data to answer the question “what do people actually eat?”
Instead of just regurgitating stereotypes, it would reveal how connected the world has become. And yet, it could highlight the actually interesting differences, such as the myriad different interpretations of Chinese dishes, or meat-in-bread.
In any case, I never made the sort of value statement you seem to react to. I simply pointed out there’s a difference between “traditional, German food” and “food eaten in Germany”.
If you don’t trust my assessment that pizza or pasta are more popular than Sauerkraut, just check the space each are afforded in retail stores, or the number of restaurants in these categories.
Asian cuisines are usually bastardized and then type casted into a very narrow view of the food is actually like.
Almost none of the food I had growing up, is available in Indian restaurants in the US. Similarly, I have to really go looking to find authentic food from certain regions in China and legit Thai food. My perspective of these foods completely changed after trying these authentic places.
Additonal Germany is a huge country and I do not think that one liste can do justice to the variety available in a big country. What people eat is deffinitly different comparing Bavaria vs. Hamburg vs. Berlin.
That's true about pretty much all of these places, though. It doesn't mean "What is quintessentially ________ food?" isn't an interesting question.
>...Spanish pigs who have been feed only with acorns which makes them legs black ...
The "pata negra" is a definite breed.
I really do like the concept though - whenever I travel I do try to eat the regional specialties
As renholder points out some (kaviar in tube) are maybe more popular in Sweden, but still Norwfian as well.
Three things I miss as a Norwegian:
-raspeball/raspekake/kompe/klubb/ball (mashed and/or shredded potatos mixed with wheat and barleuy flour, formed as lumps and boiled together with salted (and possibly smoked meat, typically pigs knucles or cured meat from sheep) and served with carrots and rutabaga, sausage and bacon. Where I grew up people would also add syrup and/or sugar. Needless to say a full meal of this might take some effort to get down ;-)
- sheeps head (literally). Typically not everyday food but for special occations or as a Sunday dinner once a year. Two versions exist that I'm aware of: 1. which is the one I grew up with which consists of splitted, cured sheep heads that are then boiled 2. "Smalahove" which are typically roasted over open fire before being steamed or boiled (I think, I haven't prepared those myself, but I've eaten them and they taste wonderfully).
- kjøttkake which you can think of as a version of the IKEA Swedish meatballs, only larger, coarser and with far better seasoning. Can be eaten any day of the week, including Sunday. Really tasty and probably easier to get along with than raspeball and especially skjelte.
Everyday favourite :-)
- Jam Roly Poly is something you'd eat at school. I don't think I've ever seen it on a restaurant menu.
- Mince pies are generally only available in the months leading up to Christmas.
- Eccles cake is rarely eaten nowadays, apart from in certain regions.
You're also missing chicken tikka masala which is regularly voted a national dish. Also roast dinners.
I also missed Portugal, which supposingly has more codfish recipes then days in a year...
> No results found for "Sverige".
You probably don't have all of the countries, yet. Fair enough.
>Norway > Kaviar / Caviar in a tube
That's actually a Nordic thing and isn't specific to Norway. Kalles Kaviar is a famous Swedish brand of this. =] Comparatively, Sweden consumes far more tubed caviar than Norway - if memory serves me correctly.
I'm actually surprised that caviar would make the list and not something else shared equally with the Nordics, which is unobtainable elsewhere: Reindeer.
 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalles_Kaviar
 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reindeer#Relationship_with_hum...
 - https://pizzeriamarcus.se/meny.html
The idea behind the website is pretty fun though.
That's why food is not great in general. Just using proper ingredients immediately improves things massively.
But then again perhaps that's all I've been putting on my fish and chips.
Pretty sure it's more often than not proper Sarson's malt vinegar.
Should also be further split up by region. Often that would be quite easy, because the name of the dish often contains the city/region it's from. If you don't do that, you get the German equivalent of ordering Mexican food in New York and Pizza in California or vice versa.
I'd dispute that. It's correct for Baravia or maybe even southern Germany, but for example in the region around Cologne (Rheinland), Sauerbraten is traditionally made from horse meat and is atypical in Berlin (never seen it on a local menu), Weißwurst is atypical anywhere in the North (there's even the term Weißwurstäquator which denotes the separating line https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei%C3%9Fwurst%C3%A4quator), Spätzle and Maultaschen are distinct Swabian food. The typical northern German kinds of food (Grünkohl mit Pinkel) are missing alltogether. Even the beer is off: The north drinks different beer than the south. The northern beer tend to have more hops (think: Becks) while the southern beers tend to be lighter on that side and thus less bitter (Paulaner). Wheat beer is atypical in the north.
It's totally missing Döner Kebab. An unforgivable offense.
The problem I see is that the page tries to lump food in by country, while food tends to be regional. The southern parts of Germany have much more in common with Austria (Kaiserschmarrn), the southwest with the bordering regions of France while the northeast is much more aligned with western Poland.
> I'd dispute that.
Most of Germany is not Bavaria in the same way that most of France is not Champagne (the region). Still if you split it up by country, it is correct to say, that Champagne (the drink) would be French and Weisswurst would be German.
Did you read my comment? Two thirds of it are about how it should be split up further into regions.
And regarding the special Austrian situation: Austria is kind of known for arbitrarily deciding what they like to be ("Greater-")German and what should be seen as distinctively Austrian, especially when talking about cultural heritage from times before Germany even existed. So as a German I would just follow their example here and as long as we are only talking about bread soked in egg, I would just claim what I like for Southern Germany. ;-)
You're right about the regionality of food. Sometimes dishes cross national borders, while still being limited to parts of those countries, and there is so much regional cooking that is worthwhile to mention — I do like me some Himmel und Erde und Blootwoosch mit Köslch.
National dishes risk turning into cliches. The Dutch dishes are correct, but I feel it misses nuances.
Sure, but it is eaten by locals far more often than Sauerbraten. But it makes for a boring browsing experience to put McDonalds in the top 10 for every country, no matter how correct it probably is.
The submission title should be changed to "Discover what other tourists eat all around the world" IMO.
There is also no mention of northern cuisine except for pulpo a feira. Spanish gastronomy is a very regional thing.
so it's pretty much 'local food tourist should try' - or precisely the opposite of what the sites seems to claims to be about.
As said previously, Foie Gras and Oysters are not everyday plates and some others are missing, but still I think it's pretty good.
So I think it's more "what local orders at restaurant" and not what they usually eat at home.
I found the list pretty accurate for France, actually. Admittedly, I didn't put too much thought on this but that list seemed legit to me.
We are open to add new foods and to expand the contributors list, so feel welcome to send your suggestions to truly define how Spain feels like!
It's actually quark, which tastes much better.
(vs.: https://what.toeat.in/germany/ )
these are the top keywords that indicate a food (i.e.:no supermarket ) brands
pizza / pizzeria
mc donalds / mcdonalds
No Japan - wow, ok.
USA seems accurate, for thanksgiving. Deep dish pizza can be an "American" thing or a Chicago thing, depending whom you talk too.
The key point is, we want to have real locals advices, so we don't want to just quickly google some foods and put them there ourselves. We want to assure the recommendations are authentic!
Otherwise, I was expecting something crowdsourced.
> Oh, and ask any Aussie to sing you the Vegemite song - you’re guaranteed they’ll know what you mean
If you ask me to sing a song about Vegemite I'll tell you to fuck off back to whatever ass backwards country you came from that thinks every person in a country eats the same foods.
(Not that they'll comply with the request!)
p.s. I'm from Wales, and remember my grandparents having laverbread for breakfast on toast - it's made from seaweed scraped from rocks (!) and may be related to or taste similar to vegemite.
 pronounced like 'lavabread'