Survey: Any Asian Food near you?
Posted 1/23/12 , edited 1/24/12
1. Where do you live (State/Province + Country)

2. Do you have any _______ restaurant near you:

Japanese
-- Sushi?
-- Ramen?
Korean
Chinese
-- Dim Sum?
-- Hot Pot?
-- Tea Shop? [Quickly / Tea Station / Half&Half / etc.]
Thai
Vietnamese



Okay. I was talking to someone who lives in Michigan, and she was like she doesn't have any sushi or ramen restaurants around there. The closest thing they have is a Chinese Food Buffet.
So now I'm curious about how far Asian food has spread across the USA and the globe.

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[Edit] To be more descriptive: I'll start off:

Southern California, USA

Within about 10 miles [that I know of]. Got - Nico Nico, Sushi Umi, Akasaka. Daikokuya, FooFooTei, Benihana, Ojiya
Various Shabu Shabu [Japanese] and Hot Pot [Chinese] restaurants.

Chinese restaurants are the vast majority. Various styles (sichuan, canton, and beijing) and different types: (dim sum, noodles, tea stations, dumpling houses)

Thai restaurants are pretty uncommon, we have 1 nearby and I didn't like it at all. - Too sour and sweet and salty all at the same time.

Korean restaurants are common. But their aren't really many different types - they all serve the same stuff. Korean BBQ and Tofu Soup Bowls. But the Korean BBQ all you can eats are godly. :D

Somewhere around 4 Vietnamese restaurants nearby that I know of. All of them serve the same stuff. Though one of them have a broken rice dish as the house special instead of the usual Pho.
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She must live way up in Michigan because when I lived there we had authentic Chinese, Catonese, Thai, and Japanese everywhere in southeast Michigan.

I'm in Missouri, USA (for now) and all we have is a Japanese Habachi grill and we do have Love Sushi. We do have an Asian drink shop, I just call them Green Tea Bars. But they're all Chinese operated and only a few of them speak Japanese.

All the Chinese food is like fast food and not the real Chinese food I'm used to, but we have a real Thai restaurant in our downtown area.

These are all within 5-20 minutes of me. If I want Korean food I have to go 2 hours out, and I can't see them getting a Ramen Restaurant here anytime soon. We only have one International Food Store too. I miss living in a huge multi-cultural area.
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I live in California as well, more specifically the bay area which has one of the highest Asian populations in the U.S.

To answer your question, yes, I have all on that list near me xD Though, most of the 'Japanese' restaurants aren't really owned anymore by Japanese where I'm at. Most of them are Korean and Chinese with exception to like two restaurants.

So I have to travel out about 45-60 mins to the city to get it as authentic as possible or I can travel 10-15 mins to Concord and get everything on the list including Thai and Vietnamese, although not as good as the ones in SF.
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I've never had Vietnamese food darnit. Now I want to try some. Maybe when I go to Michigan next month I'll look it up.
Posted 1/24/12 , edited 1/24/12

Maiden_aya wrote:

I've never had Vietnamese food darnit. Now I want to try some. Maybe when I go to Michigan next month I'll look it up.


If you don't know what Pho is = It's really good stuff.

I'm pretty sure you can get a better description off of google or something. But, I want to rave about it: so bear with me. :D
Pho is rice noodles served in a light tasting - clear soup base. I'll guess its more on the chicken broth / msg side.

Its usually served with onions, and thin slices of raw beef (tripe, tendon, and something else). And you can choose to add [from a separate dish] uncooked soy beans, limes, and basil.

The soup is really hot, so it cooks the meat in it and whatever you throw in within the first 3 mins.

Its reeeaallllllyyyy gooooodddd.

Though its slightly on the uncleanly side - it leaves a light aftertaste (you really start noticing it if you start eating it too much - like everyday.) - A massive super size bowl of this stuff will only cost you like $6.

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SpicySnow wrote:


Maiden_aya wrote:

I've never had Vietnamese food darnit. Now I want to try some. Maybe when I go to Michigan next month I'll look it up.


If you don't know what Pho is = It's really good stuff.

I'm pretty sure you can get a better description off of google or something. But, I want to rave about it: so bear with me. :D
Pho is rice noodles served in a light tasting - clear soup base. I'll guess its more on the chicken broth / msg side.

Its usually served with onions, and thin slices of raw beef (tripe, tendon, and something else). And you can choose to add [from a separate dish] uncooked soy beans, limes, and basil.

The soup is really hot, so it cooks the meat in it and whatever you throw in within the first 3 mins.

Its reeeaallllllyyyy gooooodddd.

Though its slightly on the uncleanly side - it leaves a light aftertaste (you really start noticing it if you start eating it too much - like everyday.) - A massive super size bowl of this stuff will only cost you like $6.

Picture:


Pho is typically made with a light beef broth, not usually chicken (although not impossible, I just never see that where I am.)

They have different kinds, like you can get a spicy seafood mix, just meatballs, or just tripe and roast beef, etc. The common one is as OP described, with roast beef, tripe, tendon and meatballs and always with onions and rice noodles.

And for the fixin's, they have bean sprouts, lime, jalapeños, thai basil, and cilantro. Then they have soy sauce, vinegar, hoisin sauce, and Sriracha typically for optional add ins as well.

But at the ones near me they always have the hot chili oil or paste instead of sriracha. I'd find it odd if I found soy beans on my plate for a garnish though o.O But I usually ask for some onion that's been soaking in vinegar cause it's just awesome <3

You should definitely give it a try though! It's amazing *-* :D!
Here's a site for some places in MO: http://www.phofever.com/restaurants/missouri.php
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all in one made by asians PHILIPPINES!
Posted 1/24/12
I live in England, and pretty much have all those restaurants. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and probably more...
Posted 1/24/12 , edited 1/24/12
Me no no understand!

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Posted 1/24/12
I just had instant ramen. Actually I've had ramen for pretty much two weeks. I need some good solid meat.
Posted 1/24/12
California is great for asian foods. I live in SoCal and you can find almost anything you want from any culture.
Posted 1/24/12
"Fake Chinese" and a few sushi places.
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