As an Asian American living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m surrounded by many ethnic foods, not just American food. I’ve tried many Asian dishes, such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Filipino, and Indian. However, each country also has regional cuisines. For example, China has Cantonese, Szechuan, Hunan, Anhui, Shandong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and a couple more! There’s also Mongolian and Tibetan!

How did I start my interest in ethnic and regional food? I think this partly has to do with my family’s background; my parents are Vietnamese-born Chinese, and my grandparents lived in Canton, Hong Kong, and Cambodia before settling in South Vietnam. I’ve always been around Chinese and Vietnamese foods. When I was a freshman in college, a friend introduced me to Korean food. I fell in love with the hot soup and side dishes!

I later took a food culture class for upper division GE, where one of the assignments was to go to ethnic restaurants, supermarkets, and festivals that I’d never been to, and write a journal entry about it. I yelped all sorts of ethnic restaurants and supermarkets, and bookmarked a long list of places to try. The class made me more aware of European and Middle Eastern restaurants in the Bay Area. It also made me try Cambodian and Moroccan restaurants.

Since the food culture class, I’ve bookmarked a bunch of other ethnic restaurants, including Nepalese and Peruvian which has yet to be taken off! I want explore and taste the many different regional cuisines, from all over the world. I want to try more ethnic restaurants in the Bay Area. I eat mostly Asian and American food, so I also want to get out of my comfort zone and try more European, Southern American, and African dishes!


A majority of the photos are from my Canon EOS 60D and edited in Adobe Lightroom 5. Several are from my phone- Google Pixel, HTC One (M8), Galaxy Nexus. A few may be from family or friends that I ate with.