Don't have a clue where to start? Let us help.
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Beginner's Guides to 10 Ethnic or More Unusual Cuisines

In 2013 we ran a series of stories on how to get started with ethnic foods that may be strange to a lot of diners. Written by our former food editor, Katharine Shilcutt, it remains a reader favorite. So we thought we'd pull it all together for you, ending with the most popular post in this collection. Just click on the headings to take you back to our original articles. 

Fish and chips
Fish and chips
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

10. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to British Cuisine

British food has been unfairly maligned for years as bland and starchy, but modern British cooking has done much to change that perception over the past decade.

Steak and steak
Steak and steak
Photo by Troy Fields

9. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Argentine Cuisine

Houstonians possessed of a hearty appetite will find much to love in the pampas of Argentina.

Sweetbreads
Sweetbreads
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

8. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Offal

Thanks in large part to the fact that "awful" is a homonym for "offal," there's no terrific English word to refer to the entrails of an animal.

Bratwurst
Bratwurst
Photo by Troy Fields

7. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to German Cuisine 

If you like the link sausages in Central Texas-style barbecue, you'll probably love bratwurst and the many other styles of sausage found throughout Germany.

Chawanmushi
Chawanmushi

6. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Cuisine 

There's more to Japanese food than raw fish and rice.

A typical Nigerian supper
A typical Nigerian supper
Photo by Troy Fields

5. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Nigerian Cuisine

Nigerian cooking is the mother of many American cuisines. Despite this, it can be a little daunting for newcomers. 

Kimchi cheese fries
Kimchi cheese fries
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

4. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Korean Cuisine

To say that Koreans like beef is an understatement. To say that Koreans love their beef as much as Texans do is getting closer. 

Chi gao
Chi gao
Photo by Michael Shum

3. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Vietnamese Cuisine

It was only a matter of time before we hit Vietnamese food. The cuisine has become one of Houston's favorites over the past few decades.

A good place to start with Ethiopian food
A good place to start with Ethiopian food
Photo by Troy Fields

2. Here, Eat This:  A Beginner's Guide to Ethiopian Cuisine 

African food is similarly diverse and distinct, especially in Ethiopia — a country with incredibly fertile land and a rich history.

Samosas and chutney
Samosas and chutney
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

1. Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Indian Cuisine 

Every cuisine worth its snuff has a pocket food. Empanadas, pierogie, Cornish pasties, bao — you name it. The samosa is the Indian version of these portable treats.

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