Cooking to me is the sum of: Product + Technique + Temperature + Timing
Thai food in Thailand… they have great product! Amazing seafood – as good as Hong Kong, with tons of layers of flavors.
Hong Kong has excellent seafood! Cooked in more subtle ways. The difference between an amazing steamed fish and a good good steamed fish is 30 seconds.
Japan, excellent product, excellent technique.
San Sebastian is all about the product.
People say that there are some things that are best left alone, to let the ingredient speak for itself.
Examples: Caviar, Oysters, Beef
But I think the basis of all cooking should start with superior ingredients (japan, spain).
Anyway that’s my thought today 🙂