Beyond Seattle, Primarily in Pictures: Ethnic Eats

Catching up on some “culinary tourism,” here are more photos of food from recent travels…

Asian

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During a recent, short visit to Los Angeles, I simply had to stop at Sapp Coffee Shop for a bowl of Boat Noodles. We don’t have anything like this in Seattle. Really deep, earthy flavors.

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Before my spring trip to Seoul, I was eating Korean food whenever I could. Here’s a bowl of seolleongtang at Chae Bahn in Irvine, California. Mellow and comforting, and a sponge for salt to bring out the beef flavor.

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Liang’s Kitchen in Irvine is known for its big, chewy, handmade Lapian noodles with various topics, like beef tendon. You can get them dry or in soup.

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The verdict on Lao Dong in Irvine:the “champion beef noodle in clear soup” was ma-ma-hu-hu. The noodles were a little soft, and the broth a little lackluster. (Still, far better than a Subway sandwich.)

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The xiao long bao at Lao Dong were also just so-so.

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At Bun Bo Hue An Nam in San Jose, you better believe that I got the bun bo hue with oxtail penis. Of course!

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Pho is my emergency food when I can’t find anything else of interest on the road. Here’s a bowl from Pho 501 in East Hartford.

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And when there isn’t pho, there’s always a Chinese restaurant, eat-at-your-own-risk quality. But at least it’s a chance to eat vegetables, as I did here at Yen Ching in Clinton, Iowa.

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If stuck in the San Francisco airport, Ebisu is a decent place for Japanese food. There’s fresh-made sushi, dumplings, udon noodle soup, tempura, and more.

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Back in my former hometown of Burlington, Vermont, this is what lunch looked like at Tiny Thai. (Actually, it’s in Winooski.) I asked for super-spicy, and it came out fairly mild.

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At Bida Manda in Raleigh, North Carolina, larb hit the spot. The menu says to “try it the traditional way with beef tripe,” but sadly the tripe is cut too small and the portion too skimpy to really appreciate. Still, I’d enjoy a chance to try more of the Laotian menu.

Other

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Acapulco Mexican Grocery in West Tampa is a humble little place serving huaraches, cooked right in front of you as you sit at the counter.

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Loteria Grill is a growing chain in the Los Angeles area. I tried the one on Hollywood Boulevard. I appreciated that they had braised beef tongue on the menu, and it was quite good.

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Mama Millie’s Jamaican Cafe in Orlando offered a chance to try jerk chicken, curried goat, and other delicacies.

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A & T’s Chicken in Harrisburg, Virginia, is a perfect hole-in-the-wall, with heart. This Peruvian place gets rave reviews for its roasted chicken and yucca fries. Cheap and good.

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In Bowling Green, Ohio, of all places, I stumbled upon a restaurant serving Bulgarian food. At Naslada Bistro, I enjoyed the old-fashioned pork kavarma: grilled strips of pork loin carefully seasoned with cayenne pepper, mixed with green peppers, leeks, onion, tomatoes, marinated in wine sauce.

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Okay, seriously, did you expect some interesting ethnic food from Pullman, Washington? I was there for other work, and the group took me to Banyans on the Ridge. Yes, I went big: the Kobe beef bake, which is a meatloaf wrapped in bacon and topped with a red wine demi glaze.

Sapp Coffee Shop on Urbanspoon

Chae Bahn on Urbanspoon

Liang's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Lao Dong Beef Noodles on Urbanspoon

Bun Bo Hue An Nam on Urbanspoon

Pho 501 on Urbanspoon

Yen Ching Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Ebisu on Urbanspoon

Tiny Thai on Urbanspoon

Bida Manda on Urbanspoon

Acapulco Mexican Grocery on Urbanspoon

Loteria Grill on Urbanspoon

Mama Millie's Jamaican Café on Urbanspoon

Millie's Caribbean Restaurant on Urbanspoon

A & T Chicken on Urbanspoon

Naslada Bistro on Urbanspoon

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