Ireland is known for it’s high quality of food, and of course when you have lived there all your life you don’t really realise or appreciate the quality. I suppose I only realised this when I lived in China and Mexico!
With regards to the food between Mexico and Ireland, I’ve began to realise which foods are better quality in Ireland than here.
Dairy– Ireland Wins
Dairy is of a much higher quality in Ireland than Mexico. The butter in Mexico really doesn’t have any flavour, it’s very hard, and I feel it’s more like margarine than butter. In Ireland it has a really rich flavour and is very creamy. Now I’m very fussy with butter, I will only eat it once it’s completely melted on something, if there is a small blob that hasn’t melted then I won’t eat that bit. I don’t know why, I just don’t like the texture or the coldness of it when it’s not melted. Once it’s completely melted though I will eat it no problem!
Once my nephew got his spoon, stuck it into the butter, took out a huge glob of it…… and put it into his mouth.
I was absolutely disgusted and I felt sick just looking at all that butter in his mouth. We asked him “Is that nice?” and he replied through a mouth full of butter “Yeah”.
Not only is the butter better, but also milk in general is better. It’s more creamy than in Mexico. In Mexico it’s watery and doesn’t have much flavour.
For cheese, I think Mexico and Ireland are the same. Mexico makes some nice cheese; it’s different to Ireland but it’s still nice.
Meat– Ireland Wins
I have to go with Ireland for this one too. In Ireland there are butcher shops everywhere and they are usually family run. They sell all types of meat and again are of a very high quality. In Mexico I don’t think I’ve seen a butchers shop like the ones in Ireland!
In Ireland, if you wanted to make hamburgers, you would go and buy the patties that the butcher made themselves in store. They are fresh and you know the meat will be of good quality. However in Mexico I’ve seen most meat patties are frozen and prepackaged from a company.
I feel ham is also better in Ireland. There’s just more flavour to them.
Lastly one thing I miss in Ireland are the sausages! I love the sausages in Ireland, and I’m really not fussed on the ones found here in Mexico. I can’t even consider them ‘sausages’ really! Now I might be totally wrong and there are flavourful sausages from Mexico, but from what I’ve seen these are very popular here.
Bread– Ireland (yet again)
Again, the bread is just superior than in Mexico. Irish people LOVE their bread, so it’s no wonder we make so many different types of it. When there was really bad weather in Ireland last year during the winter, there was a shortage of bread!
Now I’m not saying that there are no nice breads in Mexico, there are. . I like the baguettes and things like that, but for everyday bread to make sandwiches with and to toast, it’s just too sweet. I’m pretty sure it’s exactly like American bread. Chinese bread was the same and I never ate it. My husband is adamant that “No, it’s not sweet at all”. But it really is. The only time I eat it is when it’s toasted. Plus it doesn’t go off for like 1 month! Like how is that even possible?! In Ireland bread starts to go mouldy after a few days! I really miss bread from Ireland.
Potatoes– You guessed it!
The potatoes are fine in Mexico, but there are really only 3 types; big ones, small ones and sweet potatoes. The potatoes you find in Mexico are what we call in Ireland ‘waxy potatoes’. They are perfect for boiling and making chips, but you can’t make them into mashed potatoes. These are called ‘Floury potatoes’ in Ireland, because when you cut into them they are dry and sort of floury like. These are perfect for making mashed potato. We have a saying in Ireland that floury potatoes are like “balls of flour”.
Incidentally sweet potatoes aren’t very popular in Ireland at all. I think maybe because they were never eaten in Ireland in the past, and also because we already have a huge variety of potatoes, we never really got used to eating it. I know it’s slowly getting more popular though, but my Mam never used them.
Mexico has 1 point! Fruit is much much much nicer than Ireland, it’s cheap and fresh, whereas in Ireland it’s too expensive!
I’m in love with the mangos here and there are different types which I never knew. They also have different varieties of bananas. The fruit tastes very flavourful and they definitely have more types than Ireland.
Vegetables– Ireland and Mexico
I like the veg both in Ireland and Mexico, however Ireland does have more variety. They have brussel sprouts, turnips and other types. Also the cabbage is much better in Ireland. But I’ll give Mexico another point!
I’ve realised this was a very one sided blog! I’m not bashing the food in Mexico at all, but when you’ve grown up in a country famous for it’s quality of home grown food, you really can taste the difference from other countries.
China I feel has the worst quality of food, I heard that in some restaurants, people would order rabbit and the restaurant would give them rat instead. Just take away the rabbit head and people wouldn’t know the difference!
I could do a whole blog about the food in China and how it’s not regulated, but I’ll save that for maybe another time!
(PS) my husband thought it was too one-sided, so to make him happy, here are few more foods that Mexico is better at.
Beans– Mexicans love their beans and there are loads of different types. I’m personally fed up of beans now though. In Ireland we just have the sweet beans in tomato sauce, so Mexico definitely beats Ireland with that.
Corn– again Mexico loves corn, in Ireland we rarely eat it. In Mexico they use corn for tortillas. Again I’m pretty fed up of eating tortillas nearly everyday. I also prefer the flour ones; I feel the corn ones are too filling, they are harder to chew, and when I eat with them, all I taste is the tortilla and none of the filling.