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Old 10-06-2018, 10:27 AM
 
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When I go to an ethnic restaurant, I ask the chef/owners to make the dish like they would do in their home. Very different result to what's ordered off the menu! This is especially true for Indian, Pakistani, Thai and Vietnamese establishments. This may not work for everyone's taste unless they have a penchant for really spicy stuff!
I do the same for Chinese-American restaurants when true Chinese restaurants, like those found on 8th Ave in Sunset Park Brooklyn, are not available and the people I am with want “Chinese” food. The request elicits a huge smile or confused look.
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:05 AM
 
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I was in my fifties before I ever ate a pirogi, and last year was the first time I ever heard of anyone making their own. I hope to try homemade ones sometime.

I resisted for quite a while. Dough over potatoes just didn't sound right to be me, but I learned to like them.

Ten years in Detroit and Cleveland means that I have eaten some very good perogies ... and some truly miserable ones.
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:21 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Ten years in Detroit and Cleveland means that I have eaten some very good perogies ... and some truly miserable ones.
Curious as to what about those two places means you have had good perogies. Have never been to either city. I'm guessing there are ethnic roots in both for which that was a common food?

My S.O. is of Ukrainian descent. He tells me his sisters make homemade perogies. I imagine other eastern European cultures have their own, as well.

I have only ever had the ones from the freezer section.
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Old 10-06-2018, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Pasta. I live in Texas and many places overcook the pasta so it is mushy. Also the sauce is often flavorless, missing garlic or any spices except salt.

The worst was the Amtrak restaurant. I ordered enchiladas. They were made with white flour tortillas(!) not corn, not soaked in broth or softened as they should be, but plain ole heated up tortillas stuffed with dryish green beans(!), cheese and other odd things, tasteless mostly and some salsa spread on top! No enchilada sauce, not cooked in an oven. Weird!
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Old 10-06-2018, 01:42 PM
 
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Curious as to what about those two places means you have had good perogies. Have never been to either city. I'm guessing there are ethnic roots in both for which that was a common food?

My S.O. is of Ukrainian descent. He tells me his sisters make homemade perogies. I imagine other eastern European cultures have their own, as well.

I have only ever had the ones from the freezer section.


The Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland areas have some of the largest number of Polish, Slavic, and Ukranian immigrants in the United States. I have been at many friend's houses for holidays where perogies have been served as one of the main dishes.

The frozen ones are OK as long as you avoid the ones from the dollar stores which are pretty bad.
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Old 10-06-2018, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Arroz.
Mexican rice.
Too many variations in restaurants.
And I am never pleased.
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:02 PM
 
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I don't go to enough ethnic restaurant to really have answer for this. Which ethnic dish do people here find screwed-up the least so it's harder for an SJW to pull the cultural appropriation card?
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Old 10-06-2018, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Curious as to what about those two places means you have had good perogies. Have never been to either city. I'm guessing there are ethnic roots in both for which that was a common food?

My S.O. is of Ukrainian descent. He tells me his sisters make homemade perogies. I imagine other eastern European cultures have their own, as well.

I have only ever had the ones from the freezer section.
Yes, I worked in a Russian Old Believer colony for a while, and they called them piroshkis. They were greasy gut bombs with about 2500 calories apiece, with lots of fat pork inside. Great for feeding a hay crew. Not so good for my digestion.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I wouldn't say such dishes are "screwed up" so much as they are "Americanized."
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Old 10-07-2018, 05:49 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I was in my fifties before I ever ate a pirogi, and last year was the first time I ever heard of anyone making their own. I hope to try homemade ones sometime.

I resisted for quite a while. Dough over potatoes just didn't sound right to be me, but I learned to like them.

I love a good pierogi especially with some sour cream on top.
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