“If you have no taste buds, you can’t cook it, you know?” said Andrew Langdon, who founded Western Food magazine in 2001 and now writes the blog Western Food on a Budget.
“If I had a go at it, I wouldn’t have it.
You can’t just go to a restaurant and just have it in front of you and eat it.”
The food at the popular Western chinese restaurants and hotels has long been considered the best in Asia, but the average Westerner has been deprived of some of its best dishes.
“The majority of people have had the taste buds ripped out,” said Mr Langdon.
“I think it’s the Western food culture that’s been corrupted over the years.
It’s the same with Japanese food, it’s been ruined for so long.”
The western food culture of the 1980s and 1990s is now largely gone and the average westerner has less than two years of food left in his or her fridge.
That’s because the world is becoming more and more diverse.
“It’s very different now to what it was 20 years ago, when the Western world was very homogeneous,” Mr Langdons said.
“You could go to China or Japan and not know a word of English, or even a word in Chinese.”
While most westerners now know English, the cultural and linguistic barriers remain.
For many Chinese, the word for ‘chicken’ in China means ‘chinese food’, so it’s almost impossible to eat a Western-style meal there.
In the US, where the average American family spends more than $50,000 a year, food tastes the same but tastes different.
It is a shame because Chinese food is a great thing to eat and many westerners love to eat it, said Mr Wahl, who has a Chinese restaurant in California.
“In China, they really enjoy eating Western food,” he said.
Many westerners are also keen on western food for its taste, and the taste is still one of their favourite things to eat.
“For a lot of people, I think it will always be there, whether they’re Chinese or Western,” Mr Wollas said.
The Western food craze has taken its toll on the food and culture of some Westerners, and many have left the region, according to Mr Lang.
“Many people in the Western countries are getting used to the fact that they’re not going to have a western culture for a long time,” he explained.
“So they’ve sort of come to terms with it and it’s become part of the culture.”
But the majority of westerners still love Western food, and still try to cook it at home, with a few exceptions.
The popular western foods like the BBQ chicken, steamed chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers are still popular, but most people have a preference for their favourite local dish.
“That’s the thing, I love BBQ chicken,” said Andrew Rugg, from Adelaide.
“But I just don’t cook that anymore.
It gets a little boring.
It just takes a while to get the hang of it.”