Vy’s Food Adventure in the US (Part 1)

One of the top questions that I got asked about my trip in the US was: “What was American food like?” Well, it was a mixture of different cuisines. I felt like I was on a food tour around the world because America basically had every kind of cuisine that you could imagine and even the ones that you could not. You will know what I mean after going through my list of food places I was most impressed with. Some were more special than others and everything was in a chronological order.

New York, NY

1. Steak at Fogo de Chao – Brazilian Steakhouse


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Basically it was a celebration of MEAT. It was a buffet and you would have to get you salads, side dishes by yourselves. Yet, meat dishes including beef steaks, grilled lamp chops, chicken, etc… would be served to your table CONSTANTLY… unless you turned your card on the right side saying “No thank you”.

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2. Bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea

Bubble tea was crazily popular in America and it was so much cheaper than in the UK, about $3 to $4 a cup with lots of flavours and varieties like less sugar or half sugar.
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Philadelphia, PA

3. Korean BBQ at Seorabol

My friend told me that the chef of this restaurant was really famous in Korea and even her Korean friends complimented food here eagerly. I thought it was authentic enough even though I had never been to Korea. What I loved was the large amount of side dishes like fried fish, pickled veggies and kimchi. Even the side dishes were tasty, let alone the main ones.
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Fall Church, VA

4. Cơm Tấm (Broken Rice dish) at Rice Paper

This restaurant was located in Little Vietnam so you would expect it to be AUTHENTIC. Yet I was not super excited at first. I had recently spent a summer in Vietnam so I was not particularly looking for Vietnamese food in America. Broken rice dish here changed my mind. Can I say it was even more delicious than broken rice dishes I had before in my own country? The grilled pork was tender and juicy, rice was cooked perfectly, ingredients were fresh and its flavour was just simply RIGHT. Nothing could be changed about this dish!
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San Francisco, CA

5. Banana split at Ghirardelli

What was special about Ghirardelli’s banana split was its CHOCOLATE ice cream. Oh man, I should have ordered chocolate ice cream only. Ghirardelli was a really famous chocolate brand and my friends made sure I did not miss out its chocolate shop in San Francisco. It was a heaven.
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Somewhere along my road trip to Santa Ana

6. Bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwiches)

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As I mentioned earlier, I felt in love with Vietnamese food in America after eating at Rice Paper. It was inexpensive and as good as it could get in its motherland. Bánh mì were pretty popular in America too and one of my American flatmates was a fan of them. What a happy thing to know!

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Santa Ana, CA

7. American-version afternoon tea aka. Taiwanese tea at 85 Degree

Bubble tea was everywhere and it appeared again here along with Asian-style cakes and desserts. Compared to European baking goods, they were less sweet and lighter.
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8. Vietnamese food at a well-known restaurant in Santa Ana that I could not remember its name.

This was when I had not started using Yelp frequently yet. I was a bit sceptical of it at first but then I realised how useful it was to find the best places to eat. Now I cannot recall where exactly this place was because I did not check in.
Anyway, I was very happy with portions of food here. Again, ingredients were incredibly fresh and presentation was not bad either. Why did I forget to take photos of Gỏi Cuốn (Vietnamese spring rolls)? They were actually one of the best I had eaten. There was something light brown and crunchy inside that might be a kind of rice crisps.
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Los Angeles, CA

9. Thai-tea ice-cream macaroon sandwich at Milk

Such a treat for my sweet tooth. The flavour Thai-tea was spot on! Still, I would recommend sharing an ice-cream sandwich with someone else as it was very sweet and pretty large. Milk had much other stuff like cakes and yoghurts but these sandwiches were most popular.

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10. Ramen noodles at Daikokuya

I went to Daikokuya twice and there were always super long queues. I made it the first time but gave it up the second time. I had one of their signature ramen noodles. The broth was so thick and flavorful, a bit salty for my taste yet it was very good. I could not finish my bowl though because it was huge.
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San Francisco, CA

11. Italian food at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

One word to describe Italian dishes here: AUTHENTIC. Their margarita pizza was a must-try! The crust was thin and there was abundant of mozzarella cheese. I will go to Italy to double check though.

Address: http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/tonys-pizza-napoletana-san-francisco

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12. Fruity ice cream at Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream

To finish up our Italian lunch, we went to Marco Polo which served Italian ice cream yet their flavours were pretty Asian, for example, jackfruit, durian and lychee.

 

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Still wondering where authentic American food is as what you have seen so far are mostly Asian and Italian cuisines?  I was asking myself the same question but soon got the answer I wanted which I will share with you in my next posts.

To be continued…

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