Why Asian food tastes so different to Western Food
Gizmodo has a great article looking at why Asian food tastes so, well, Asian. The short version is that we in the West tend to pair our food flavours - Blue cheese shares 73 flavour compounds with chocolate. But Asian food works in the opposite way, Asian recipes seek out the contrast in flavours making Asian cuisine distinctly different to European dishes.
If you like food pairing then you will love foodpairing.com. Here you can find interesting food pairs that can help take your personal cooking to new levels. For example, who knew that oysters and Kiwi fruit made a good combination?