Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

#151 East Timor: people are still amazing

Share   I seem to say the same thing after every single meal these days: people are amazing. In my search for Timorese food, I emailed some complete strangers in East Timor – alumni of my high school’s “sister school” – and asked if they knew any Timorese people who live in New York. Within […]

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#147 Kyrgyzstan: angry bulls and bad food bloggers

Share   As you can probably tell from my recent blog posts about non-Gambian food, Tunisian food, Kenyan food with an asterisk, and Costa Rican food with another asterisk, I’m starting to struggle a little. I have fewer than two dozen countries left. They’re hard.   My latest desperate food-hunting activity: cold-calling United Nations missions, looking for […]

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#143 Tibet: momos are totally a country, right?

Share   So when we say the word “country”, what the hell do we actually mean? Most of us would agree that Taiwan is a country; China and the (other) United Nations definitely disagree. Puerto Rico is technically a territory, but it has its own national soccer team, and it definitely has its own cuisine. […]

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#0 Cuba and/or China: Astorian Chino-Latino fusion

Share   Nuevo Jardin de China is one of those places that I’ve walked past literally 100 times, without really noticing it. Chinese food in Astoria? Meh. Not when there’s baklava and mezedes as far as the eye can see. But wait… “Nuevo Jardin de China” is, um, Spanish. Fine, it’s probably just one of […]

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#136 Bhutan: gross national happiness, but without the yak

Share   So you know how sometimes you’re in a hurry, and you slam on the brakes at a stoplight after just barely missing your chance to run through the yellow light? And then it seems to take forever for the light to turn green again. And then you’re cranky? Like, just a little bit? […]

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