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"You may have eaten X or Y and or lots of Z, but if you have never had "A", you have never eaten real <insert country/city of choice> food"

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"You may have eaten X or Y and or lots of Z, but if you have never had "A", you have never eaten real <insert country/city of choice> food"

K K | | Nov 12, 2010 09:52 AM

While doing some research on a particular restaurant in Hong Kong that has a moderately short but rich history, I came across a website that belongs to some sort of association in Hong Kong dedicated to learning/documenting and preserving history, as well as culture in general.

One item that interests me is the historical perspective on food especially one of the definitive dining icons/culture/history/style, whatever you want to call it:.

"Dai Pai Dong" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai_pai_...

Thus someone said, and was quoted in a research paper, that

"You may have been to tons of dim sum restaurants, you may have tried moon cakes, you may have had more fried noodles and fried rice than you can handle, But if you have never eaten at a dai pai dong, you have never eaten real Hong Kong food" (and to extend that further, some might argue that you are not even fit to judge Cantonese food, or thus cannot judge it properly).

Of course this is obviously unfair to Chinese Americans or those who were born and grew up outside of HK, never been exposed to or eaten at a DPD, or non Chinese folks for that matter, but have eaten a lot of Cantonese food all around... but that's another matter.

The other thing is that Dai Pai Dong's are collective memories of the older generation, and with maybe 10 to 28 tops remaining Dai Pai Dong's in Hong Kong, there may not be enough around in the years to come (another issue despite the licenses being extended to the children of the original owners of the surviving DPD's in Central Hong Kong by the HK goverment

)

What, if any, are equivalent sayings in other countries/cities, and what is that food item/style?

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