Nagasaki: Sara Udon

Restaurant: Ringer Hut
Address: 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Phone: 408.554.0877

Some time last year, I went back to Ringer Hut and got their “Nagasaki Saraudon”. Like the name says, sara udon (皿うどん) is native to Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture. Sara udon is a Japanese-Chinese dish; a Japanese dish influenced by the Chinese. Continue reading

Philippines: Ensaladang Talong

Restaurant: Adobo Connection
Address: 1719 Decoto Road, Union City, CA 94587
Phone: 510.431.3169

Union City is predominantly Asian, with Filipinos as the majority ethnic group. A few months ago, one of the middle schools in the town was renamed “Itlong-Vera Cruz Middle School” to honor the Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz.

There many Filipino restaurants in Union City, or even in the Bay Area, until the last few years. If you were of a different ethnicity, you could only try Filipino foods through a friend whose parents cooked Filipino dishes at home. Now, with the increasing Filipino restaurants in the Bay Area, it seems that the younger generation, or the first generation Filipino-Americans, are gradually sharing their cuisine with others!

My sister and I went to Adobo Connection, which used to be part of the international chain based in the Philippines with the same name, for dinner over the weekend. They are under new management and will slowly be adding more items to their menu over the next few months! Continue reading

Northern India & Pakistan: Salty Lassi

Restaurant: Dishdash Grill  null
Address: 181 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035
Phone: 408.262.6949

I took my family to this Middle Eastern restaurant to celebrate my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, last June. Dishdash Grill had two different types of lassi on their menu- mango lassi, and salty (mint) lassi. It was the first time we’d heard about salty lassi! So yes, we had to order that! Continue reading

Japan: Corn Potage Ice Cream

Restaurant: Pablo  null
Address: 〒542-0085 大阪府大阪市中央区心斎橋筋2丁目8-1
Area: Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Nearest Station: Shinsaibashi (心斎橋)

Japan is notorious for inventing weird food, some good and some bad.

My cousin said we couldn’t leave Japan without eating something weird, so she got each one of us a corn potage ice cream in a waffle cone at Pablo (a dessert chain found throughout Japan). Continue reading

Osaka: Yaki Gyoza

Restaurant: 大阪王将 (Osaka Ohsho)  null 
Address: 〒530-0017 大阪市中央区道頓堀1-6-13
Area: Dōtonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Nearest Station: Namba (なんば), Nippombashi (日本橋)

love gyoza! These dumplings were actually influenced by the Chinese, where they are more popularly known as potstickers. The main difference between potstickers and gyozas lie in the wrap; potsticker wrappers are thicker, while gyoza wraps are thinner and almost translucent. Continue reading

Osaka: Negipon Takoyaki

Restaurant: 甲賀流 (Kougaryu)  null 
Address: 〒542-0086 大阪府大阪市 中央区西心斎橋2-18-4
Area: Amerikamura, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Nearest Station: Shinsaibashi (心斎橋), Yotsubashi (四ツ橋)

Osaka is famous for takoyaki. You can’t leave Osaka until you’ve tried it from the most popular takoyaki shop in Amerikamura (アメリカ村, translated as ‘American Village’), or Ame-mura for short. Continue reading