Do you know a food that does that better (I'm not being sarcastic, I'd would love to discover something even better than kimchi), or do you just not like those characteristics?
In this scenario I guess I am actually racist except it's towards the white dude from Binghamton.
Some of those cuisines have been ignored by old-school foodies for a reason. Not every region has the proper environment for raising delicious animals or producing tasty vegetables, let alone the luxury of creatively preparing the meager fruits of the local land. Yes, food is always a lens into other cultures—the way people prepare and produce is integral to shared value systems. Celebrate that idea. Don't bother telling us that everyone's food is worth trying though. We’d rather eat something delicious than be politically correct.
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