Whether you are an American, British or from Australia, eating in foreign countries, can have its gastronomical challenges.
The big difference with food outside of a Western Culture is the spices used. Spices can be mild and make the meal more enjoyable or the added spices can also make you cry and choke simultaneously, all the while you are trying to flag down a waiter for some water! Not a pretty sight and it can be quite alarming even for a seasons expat who discovers a new high in the meaning of “spicey”.
Many expats who retire in paradise rarely eat the local food and for me, this is a huge travesty and injustice to your adopted Country. Add to this the fact that the expense of such food is often double the cost of local food! So when in Rome, do as the Romans do! East the local grub!