For the people that have avoided this cuisine because they don't like spicy food, I advise them to go to an Indian restaurant and try the Tandoori Chicken. Flavorful, juicy, pleasing to all the senses, this may be some of the best chicken you've ever tasted. If you live near a large city and can take the heat, do a little research on the local Indian restaurants; many offer very affordable lunch buffets with a large sampling of the establishment's most popular dishes.
Diners that suffer from peanut allergies should be incredibly wary of Thai cuisine as this seemingly harmless legume is found crushed and sprinkled on many Thai dishes. The most well known dish, of course, is Pad Thai, an incredibly complex melange of rice noodles, fish sauce, garlic, egg, shrimp and crushed peanuts. There are, of course, a number of other ingredients but these are the headlining flavors on this eclectic stage and they put on an amazing show your taste buds won't soon forget.
Though sushi is typically the first thing that springs to most minds when thinking about Japanese food, but there's so much more to the Japanese culinary experience than wads of rice and fish wrapped in seaweed. Rice is, indeed, the staple of the Japanese diet and is eaten with every meal but sushi is not as common as you might think. Higher in popularity are the rice bowl dishes which are, as the name suggests, a large bowl of rice with some sort of topping ranging from simmered beef, mild curry, or a mixture of chicken and egg. The latter is called O-yakodon, 'Parent-Child bowl.”
The American palate is entering an age of enlightenment as the once-popular homogenized international cuisines are being passed up for more authentic fare. Join the movement and try something new!