We all have friends that say the stupidest, most regrettable things. Jaw-dropping comments that almost make you regret befriending them in the first place. In the case of one of my dining companions, his self-professed dislike for pork and ‘samey Asian food’ is a black mark against an otherwise eloquent and reasoned individual. The latter is especially ridiculous given the blanket use of the term ‘Asian’, encompassing a geography that stretches from the Bosphorus in the west all the way to the Philippine Sea in the east, from Korea in the north to Sri Lanka in the south. That’s a vast, dizzying array of richly diverse cuisines to dismiss out of hand. Even if you arbitrarily restricted the range of that already arbitrary term to mean just South East Asia, you’d still be missing out on an endlessly rewarding world of food that could nourish you for several lifetimes.