• Picky eaters guide to eating other culture’s food | Redneck Eating Guide

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    When I first moved to the Bay Area I was pretty green when it came to eating other culture’s food, but I was quickly thrown into a situation where I was heading to eat Vietnamese food and had no idea if I would even like anything.  I had rented a room from a couple and they were super excited to take me to eat Pho (Vietnamese soup) not knowing that I was scared as hell that they would find out that I wasn’t a very adventurous eater.

    To make sure I was never put into that situation I started reading menus of restaurants from Chinese, Thai, Filipino, Greek, Persian, and other non-American foods so that if was ever invited to eat at one of these restaurants I would have some idea of what they served before I got there.  Here’s a guide from one picky eater to another on what you can eat that won’t disrupt your taste buds.


    Chinese – American Style

    Most people have had Chinese food, but if you haven’t, stick to the following:

    Sweet and Sour Chicken
    Mongolian Beef
    Mu Shu Chicken or Pork
    Cashew Chicken

    Chinese – Hong Kong Style

    In the Bay Area you can easily find yourself eating Hong Kong style Chinese food which is way different than your typical Chinese buffet or Panda Express.

    Chow Fun with Beef
    Deep Fried Spareribs
    Sweet and Sour Pork

    Greek Food

    Don’t worry about Greek food.  There’s plenty of grilled Beef, Chicken and Lamb, salads and french fries.

    Vietnamese Food

    Pho – try the Chicken Pho (pronounced fuh) as it’s similar to chicken noodle soup.
    Bu Lac Lac – This is stir fried filet mignon over rice

    Filipino Food

    The following are what I have found to be “safe” dishes after many trips to the Filipino restaurants.

    Pork Sisig and rice – stir fried pork over rice
    BBQ Skewers – you’ll often find chicken or pork skewers
    Longsilog – Sweet sausage over rice
    Tonsilog – Sweet chicken over rice

    Thai Food

    With Thai food you want to make sure you order to your spice level.  Don’t get it too hot/spicy.

    Garlic Pepper Chicken
    Cashew Chicken
    Fried Rice

    Indian Food

    Indian food can be very tasty if you know what to choose.   Order below, but don’t be afraid to try other stuff if it sounds good.  Watch the spice level.

    Tandoori Chicken – BBQ chicken
    Butter Chicken – Chicken in a tasty tomato cream sauce, yet you won’t know it’s tomato.
    Naan – warm bread

    Afghan, Persion and Middle Eastern

    This is great food as most of it’s BBQ over rice and break.

    Skewers/Kabobs – BBQ meat on a stick
    Falafel – Deep Fried wheat balls
    Shawerma – Sliced meat into pita bread or flat bread (wrap)

    Japanese Food

    It’s time to try Sushi if you haven’t.

    Maguro – Tuna

    Teriyaki Chicken – Grilled chicken with Teriyaki sauce
    Chicken/Pork Katsu – breaded and fried

    Yakiniku – BBQ Meat



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