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I had lunch today at a local Vietnamese place, it was my second visit ever, and my only exposure to Vietnamese food. They have, imo, very odd tastes in flavor mixing. They use mint in a lot of stuff, and peanut. Today I had crab and shrimp in a soup that really tasted weird, and *gag*, I tried a beverage called "pickled lime drink"... it was nasty. Tasted a bit like rotten limes that have lost their flavor. The only lime taste was as an aftertaste, and it was weak. I guess it's my problem, however, because the place had a healthy crowd of Vietnamese customers... a good sign for an ethnic restaurant, imo. Last week my meal there was better, so if I go back, I will have to be careful what I order.

I tend to go on "kicks", where I will obsess on something for a while, then grow tired and move on. Anyone else have an ethnic food "kick" going on?

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Are turkey sandwiches and orange juice ethnic foods? Cause thats what I have been eating lately.

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What isn't ethnic food? Looking back at the meals I ate this past week, all I've had was "ethnic" food.

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I had lunch today at a local Vietnamese place, it was my second visit ever, and my only exposure to Vietnamese food. They have, imo, very odd tastes in flavor mixing. They use mint in a lot of stuff, and peanut. Today I had crab and shrimp in a soup that really tasted weird, and *gag*, I tried a beverage called "pickled lime drink"... it was nasty. Tasted a bit like rotten limes that have lost their flavor. The only lime taste was as an aftertaste, and it was weak. I guess it's my problem, however, because the place had a healthy crowd of Vietnamese customers... a good sign for an ethnic restaurant, imo. Last week my meal there was better, so if I go back, I will have to be careful what I order.

I tend to go on "kicks", where I will obsess on something for a while, then grow tired and move on. Anyone else have an ethnic food "kick" going on?

What you want to try is "pho" (pronounced fuh). It's rice noodles in a beefy broth, and the flavors should be "familiar", as long as you don't add the mint leaves. Usually you get to pick what meat you want - if you don't like or haven't tried braised tendon, oxtails, or tripe, stick with flank steak or brisket. Personally I don't like pho without lots of Sriracha (chili sauce in a rooster-logoed squirt bottle).

Also with pho, I usually get eggrolls (fried) on the side. It should be served with romaine lettuce; wrap the eggrolls with that, and you'll get a nice combination of cool and hot. The watery, slightly sweet dipping sauce should taste pretty familiar. Spring rolls (the cold ones, non-fried) may taste weirder.

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Hmmm...in the past week, I've eaten at a Tibetian place (today for lunch), an Indian buffet, a Chinese place, a Mexican place, a Thai place, and an Italian restaurant. Plus Einstein's Bagels a couple times and Starbucks.

Thai is probably my favorite 'ethnic' food, followed by Indian and then Vietnamese (I love the noodle bowls and pho soup). I also like Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine occasionally. I go for French and German occasionally also ...

I also like 'mercun' ethnic food, like BBQ and Cajun/Louisiana cuisine.

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Yeah the kid recommended the pho last time I was there. So, you think if I have it once I'll want mo pho? They describe some of the soups as containing tendons, some without. Some with well-done beef, some with a mix of rare and well-done. Although today was less of a success than last week, maybe I will go back next week and try something else.
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Are turkey sandwiches and orange juice ethnic foods? Cause thats what I have been eating lately.

Turkey is a country, so I think turkey sandwiches qualify as ethnic food :smilewide:

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Yeah the kid recommended the pho last time I was there. So, you think if I have it once I'll want mo pho? They describe some of the soups as containing tendons, some without. Some with well-done beef, some with a mix of rare and well-done. Although today was less of a success than last week, maybe I will go back next week and try something else.

I'd call pho the "staple" of Viet food, akin to burgers in McDonalds or, I don't know, pizza at Domino's. Sure you can get the breadsticks and apple pies, but I think the majority of people, including me, always order pho each time they go. Perhaps it's because most of the restaurants I go to are quickish pho places that specialize primarily in pho... I'm not sure.

Do most of the people eating around you have large bowls of steamy broth with noodles and beef?

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A lot of big soup bowls, yes, but also a lot of stir-fry with noodle (singular "noodle", a quaint misuse of English on so many Asian menus). I also enjoy the spring rolls, with their delicate, opaque wrapping, different from spring rolls at Chinese places.

They had Hoisin (sp?) sauce, that red-with-green cap HOT sauce, soy sauce, and a small cup of red pepper sauce with a spoon on every table. The spring rolls come with a peanut sauce with slivers of carrots and some white vegetable stirred in.

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I've never been able to acquire much of a taste any type of Asian food and Asian restaurants have a nasty smell to me. I don't know what it is but it smells kind of rancid or something. I've also had several bad experiences with finding things in the food that shouldn't be there so that was enough for me. Italian, Mexican or Indian food is about as exotic as I get anymore.

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Not much for Asian food for the reason usonia stated. I like a little Mexican and Italian. Italian is my favorite. Though I am a over of the good old fasioned cheeseburger. I am also a fan of German sausages. Got to remember I am from northeast Wisconsin. So a little German has to be a part of it.

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I LOVE Asian food. Viet is my least favorite at this point, but it's also the cuisine I've had the least experience with. I love authentic Chinese and Korean...and Japanese is pretty good. I don't like Indian though.

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Take a shot of Wasabi :P

Done that. Quite an experience!

Anyone in the LA area, I highly recommend this little place tucked in a back alley near Mission. It's called R23 and it has the best sushi I've ever had. It's crazy expensive though...I spent over $100 that night just on myself and I only ordered 2 hand rolls and 1 sliced up maki, some saki, and red bean ice cream.

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Uh, for $100, when you say "some" saki, do you mean like a half barrel? That's outrageous! I do like sushi. I eat it with my fingers while continually wetting my fingers on a lemon wedge to keep the rice from sticking to them. I don't put my wasabi in my soy sauce, I just smear off a spot with my fork and take it straight, yum. Oh, and I love the ginger slices, too. One time I got some wasabi that was kind of a darker green than usual and seemingly dry, it was gross. Like a baby's turd.
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Uh, for $100, when you say "some" saki, do you mean like a half barrel? That's outrageous! I do like sushi. I eat it with my fingers while continually wetting my fingers on a lemon wedge to keep the rice from sticking to them. I don't put my wasabi in my soy sauce, I just smear off a spot with my fork and take it straight, yum. Oh, and I love the ginger slices, too. One time I got some wasabi that was kind of a darker green than usual and seemingly dry, it was gross. Like a baby's turd.

Going out for sushi & drinks can get pricey fast...every time I've gone out for sushi it's usually $25-40 a head minimum. Sometimes I take wasabi straight, other times I've mixed it with soy sauce or sriaracha (the big red bottle).

Sushi always reminds me of California, since that is where I first discovered it a decade ago...I was in San Francisco for the Java One conference... one night, I was hanging out w/ some Sun consultant buddies, and we stuffed 5 guys into a Mustang Cobra and drove over to Yoshi's Jazz Club and Sushi restaurant in Jack London Square, Oakland..I still remember that night quite well, great music, great sake, great sushi..

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No, I don't think that was even a large saki. It was just for me as my friend drove. Really cool restaurant, though. It's a converted warehouse with art on the walls, exposed brick and track lights. The tables and chairs are made out of corrugated cardboard though...really fascinating.

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Bleh, with a menu like that it's a wonder all Germans aren't like 400 pounds. :AH-HA_wink:
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I can't eat much Asian food since most of it commits unspeakable horrors to my bowels :ph34r:

I used to have a lot of issues with spicy Asian food, esp. Indian and Thai. But Imodium is my friend...take 2-3 before eating, 2-3 after, and my bowels are happy and stable..

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I know the best Thai place in LA...it's in Thai Town, but I don't know the name of it. I just know how to drive there haha. Take the Hollywood Freeway and get off at the Thai Town exit (Hollywood Blvd) and proceed east for a few blocks. East of Serrano and west of Harvard is a strip mall on the north side at the T intersection with Hobart. This place is at the back right corner of the strip, and it's phenomenal. Ask for the spicy fish salad (not on the menu).

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I tried sushi for the first time last weekend.. it was definitely different and a good experience, but I'm not sure I'll try it again. I generally like my food warm. :P

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I tried sushi for the first time last weekend.. it was definitely different and a good experience, but I'm not sure I'll try it again. I generally like my food warm. :P

THE VERY FIRST TIME?????? Good lord man, how did it take so long?

Sushi is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and a sushi meal pretty much consists of all the food groups in appropriate portions--as long as you avoid the tempura rolls and other fried things.

I highly recommend the "Dragon Rolls," "Rainbow Rolls" or "Caterpillar Rolls" as they are the healthiest. All of those are variations of the same basic roll and depending on the restaurant the names can be used somewhat interchangeably. They consist of a sliced maki roll with rice on the outside that then has slices of some/all of the following on top: avocado, tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi, whitefish sashimi, and/or BBQ'd eel.

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I know the best Thai place in LA...it's in Thai Town, but I don't know the name of it. I just know how to drive there haha. Take the Hollywood Freeway and get off at the Thai Town exit (Hollywood Blvd) and proceed east for a few blocks. East of Serrano and west of Harvard is a strip mall on the north side at the T intersection with Hobart. This place is at the back right corner of the strip, and it's phenomenal. Ask for the spicy fish salad (not on the menu).

You mean... JITLADA! I went there once with Jonathan Gold and some people in our class, and it was an incredible lunch. I loved the mussels (slurp up all the sweet juices and broth), I'm dying to go there again.

If you don't mind venturing into Highland Park, about 15 minutes away from Jitlada is My Taco, another unassuming restaurant in a strip mall. It looks like a generic, overly-colorful taqueria, but I'm in love with their borrego de barbacoa (lamb in a pastor-like stew consistency, cooked to a char). You can get a large plate full of borrego, served with consomme and some tortillas, but I prefer to get individual tacos with the borrego meat. Somehow it just seems juicier and more Malliardy in smaller quantities already wrapped up in a tortilla for you. While you're getting tacos, you might as well try their other selections of "meat" - buche, chile rojo, chorizo, lengua... mmm.

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Done that. Quite an experience!

Anyone in the LA area, I highly recommend this little place tucked in a back alley near Mission. It's called R23 and it has the best sushi I've ever had. It's crazy expensive though...I spent over $100 that night just on myself and I only ordered 2 hand rolls and 1 sliced up maki, some saki, and red bean ice cream.

I don't have much of a disposable income to spend $100 on a dinner, but I like good sushi whenever I get the chance. A few years ago there was this place called Sushi Factory in Gardena tucked behind some warehouses and homes. You walk inside, ring a bell from a window, make your transaction, and in exchange for a reasonable amount of money you get the freshest and creamiest toro tuna I've ever tasted. There's nowhere to sit - it's more warehouse than restaurant, though it did have a legit-looking "A" hanging on the window - but even eating in the car, it was incredible. I went back a few weeks later and it was closed. I suspect it was a fish butchery (?) that sold to restaurants, and "Sushi Factory" was a way to get it without a middleman (restaurant).

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A lot of big soup bowls, yes, but also a lot of stir-fry with noodle (singular "noodle", a quaint misuse of English on so many Asian menus). I also enjoy the spring rolls, with their delicate, opaque wrapping, different from spring rolls at Chinese places.

They had Hoisin (sp?) sauce, that red-with-green cap HOT sauce, soy sauce, and a small cup of red pepper sauce with a spoon on every table. The spring rolls come with a peanut sauce with slivers of carrots and some white vegetable stirred in.

That red-with-green cap hot sauce is Sriracha, which is teh r0x0rz!~ Screw Hoisin or soy sauce... you don't need that with pho.

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