Rainbowgardener - I'm Jewish and I was laughing so hard that you called Jewish food ethnic food because I am anything but ethnic.
(Did you see the SNL episode where Ben Stiller hosted after Yom Kippur last year and he and Andy Samburg sang a song about Jewish food? You should check it out, it's hilarious!!)
I grew up in PA and there are some weird PA Dutch foods like scrapple which is pork offal...boiled down...made into a patty...then fried, usually served as a breakfast meat. Never eaten it!! Also hogmaw which is similar to gog or haggis. Several generations of grandmothers on my mom's side make something called Corn Pie, which is corn, boiled potatoes, and sliced hard boiled eggs baked into a pie crust. I eat mine with hot milk poured on top. My husband was dubious but he actually loves it.
He's from W NC and eats something called livermush (pretty much exactly what it sounds like) on his grits. I prefer my grits SC lowcountry style, topped topped with shrimp, onions, peppers, and andouille sausage or bacon.
Oh, and count me as another TX resident (I am NOT a Texan!!
) who things chicken fried steak is horrible. It's exactly as Marlingardener described! I've tried it 3 times at places reported to have "the best" CFS, including one where the CFS had been featured on Food Network's Diners Drive Ins and Dives and thought all of them were disgusting. It's a cheapo piece of meat that's so bad you've got to deep fry it and smother it in pepper gravy to cover up the flavor and texture. Now...chicken fried chicken??? Heck YES!
A regional dish here that is unusual is barbacoa, which is the face/jowls/cheeks of a cow where the meat/head has been buried....oh dear. The smell....the horrors! However, it does taste a LOT better than it smells and kind of resembles a fatty roast beef. Makes yummy breakfast tacos!
No Chinese culinary influence here that I can tell - the chicken feet are for Mexican food, usually caldo which is a kind of soup. I live in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood and they sell all kinds of chicken feet, pigs feet and ears and whole heads, etc. at my local grocery store.
A food I love, which thankfully we can get here because of a large military population is a Korean dish called bibimbap - rice, veggies, seasoned meat, a raw, poached, or fried egg on top, with chili sauce. So delicious. I love to eat it when I'm not feeling well, I swear it will cure whatever ails you. Especially (oddly) stomach distress.
I could talk about food all day. Any good food blogs out there??