Wouldn't you rather eat kimchee and Gen Tso's chicken than pre-Marco Polo/pre-Columbian Italian food?
Well, I actually did have an afterthought about "...maybe they went East for the noodles..." after posting. Hm. East vs. West. Kimchee, bulgogi and bibimbop, noodles, sushi, udon, General Tso's Chicken... vs. kidney pie, boiled potatoes, haggis...
Yah. No brainer. East, it is.