Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Which is Better?

Last night, one of my friends proposed this question: What “foreign” food here in America is better than its authentic counterpart? 

My response: prosciutto.

Although I no longer eat meat, when we were in Italy, I had to have prosciutto – and was surprised to discover that prosciutto in Florence is like cold-cut ham here in the States. On the flip side, prosciutto in the States is saltier, a little darker in color, and all-around better tasting (in my opinion).

We also agreed, as a table, that Chinese food is much better here than it is in China (although I can’t attest to this from experience…I just know Chinese food is damn good here).

What food would you say is better here in the U.S. than it is in its country of origin?

Also, today is the last day to enter my giveaway – you could win two tickets to the Spring Wine Fest in Boston!!


  1. prosciutto wrapped in melon is one of my favorites! I have only been to three countries outside the US and i don't think we do French or Greek cuisine better than them, so i got no answers for you ;)

  2. Oh I always order imported prosciutto over domestic. The price tag is much higher, but it's so worth. One of the things I am most looking forward to about my honeymoon is eating prosciutto and parmesan in Italy... not to mention all the other food!

  3. I take it you've never had Portuguese prosciutto (they call it presunto)? It's very authentic in Portugal and just as you described. Salty and darker in color. I can never find it in the states how I want it unless I get it directly from a Portuguese store.

    I don't know of any thing imported that is better here than overseas. I think chocolates and sodas and other sweets are so much better abroad. Great concept for a post!

  4. Hmm I honestly can't think of anything!! Chinese food is definitely much greasier and Americanized here, which is probably why a lot of us like it better :) I do love some fabulous prosciutto!


  5. Thanks for the great feedback, everyone! And I agree, Sues - the fried version of Chinese food we have here in the U.S. definitely helps it be "better."

  6. I would have to disagree with the statement about Chinese food. Part of the problem is that China is a HUGE country. Think about America. What would you consider "American food." Is it Southern Fried Chicken or New England Clam Chowder, or neither? In China Northern food is mostly vegetables stir fried in a small amount of oil. There's not much sauce. Southern food is the fried food, egg roll type stuff. Then there's Hong Kong... Being in a Chinese family has completely changed the way I look at food. Sorry that turned into a rant. I'd write more, but my rice soup is getting cold. Cheers!