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.
don't forget dimsum, kungpao chicken, them evil white buns with stuffs in the middle, peking duck, fried donuts, lomein, fried rice, ...
oh ya, don't forget the spices and silks. and good looking women who talked very fast and giggle a lot and enjoy bathing.