Most Desireable/Missing Ethnic Cuisine in Kingston

ethnic food, KingstonDid you know that in all of New York City, the only place you can find Cambodian food is at a food cart on the NYU campus? And yet in Kingston we can barely turn a corner without being tempted by its heavenly curry scent.

Since moving to Kingston, I have been impressed by the diversity of ethnic food choices in a relatively small place. After living here for a while, I’ve come to realize that the gastronomic fabric of the city wouldn’t be the same without all of the Indian, Thai, Persian, Mexican, Pakistani (and more) spots that have become staples in the community. What is even more fascinating, is how these diverse culinary traditions can coexist with Kingston’s local food culture. Whenever I see Ali from Curry Original picking up veggies at Market Square, I am reminded that this balance of global and homegrown is one of the reasons that Kingston’s food culture is so wonderful.

Furthermore, I think we owe some of our culinary adventurousness to the diverse flavours available to us. My first trip to Cambodiana was a spicy awakening. Word on the street is that the abundance of Cambodian joints in Kingston are thanks to Pat of Pat’s Restaurant on Division St., who himself opened a number of restaurants of the sort around town (Phnom Penh, Cambodiana, Cambodian Village, Wok-In), and later sold them. So I thank you Pat for introducing me to the wonders of Panang curry.

Despite the excess of Tom Yum Soup in the city, there are many types of ‘ethnic’ foods that haven’t made it onto Kingston’s radar. So my question is, what is Kingston missing? Is there anything that you’ve been craving that can’t be satiated by our many offerings? A particular dish you experienced that you’d love to see on a future Kingston menu?

What type of ethnic cuisine is Kingston missing?

  • Caribbean (29%, 47 Votes)
  • Louisiana Cajun/ Creole (26%, 42 Votes)
  • Latin / South American (16%, 26 Votes)
  • African (11%, 18 Votes)
  • Indonesian (8%, 13 Votes)
  • Filipino (6%, 9 Votes)
  • Scandinavian (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Burmese (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 160

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Personally, I got a taste of Filipino food while living abroad (delicious BBQ pork, fried plantains, and the life-changing coconut and purple yam drink halo halo) and would love to see more bitter melon in the Limestone City. I could also go for a good Cajun spot, and am dying to try Burmese cuisine (they have a few of those in Ottawa).

I realize that the list is far from detailed or inclusive enough (African? That’s a continent for God’s Sake!), so use the comments to let us know what you’re craving.

Be as specific or vague as you want – name a country, city, or a dish.

Photo credits from left to right, RAWRZ! (African: Ayamashe), elenatitarenko (Cajun/Creol: Crawfish), Fred @ SG (Indonesian: tahu telor) and gastrodamus (Scandinavian: Lutefish).


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