Zimmern's 'Bizarre Foods' California Spots
San Francisco, CA
restaurants
Posted over 5 years ago
To Hyang
Enjoy some traditional fermented foods at To Hyang, a Korean-American restaurant. Sample items such as fermented bean paste soup, fermented sea urchin, and soy sauce that’s been fermented for 5 years.
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San Jose, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Mezcal
Zimmern tried the chapulines, fried grasshoppers seasoned with lime and salt. Mezcal is a restaurant that specializes in Oaxacan regional cuisine, with family recipes that are not usually found on menus in the US.
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Fremont, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
De Afghanan Kabob House
unleavened bread stuffed with leeks, potatoes and chickpeas, then fried on a griddle, and served with yogurt and cilantro chutney.
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San Jose, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Bún Bò Huế An Nam
Stop by Bun Bo Hue An Nam, known as one of the country's best Vietnamese soup restaurants. Their bun bo hue (ox penis soup) is pretty tasty.
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San Jose, CA
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Gaku Restaurant
Come to a traditional Japanese izakaya. The specialty at this charcoal grill is the skewered meat.
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San Gabriel, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Yung Ho Tou Chian 永和豆漿
This spot serves Taiwanese breakfast of hot rice porridge with thousand year egg -- whole eggs brined for weeks until they're almost black
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Sacramento, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
New Happy Garden
The Hakka are China's nomads who have settled around the world. Ask for the jiangsi chao dachang -- pig intestine blanched in water and seasoned with vinegar.
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Rosemead, CA
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Hunan Maojia
The hot over spicy is a stir-fry made with pork, leeks and over a dozen other hot ingredients. But the carp head cooked with chilies and chili is a must.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Sam Woo BBQ
The Southern-style Chinese food is familiar to most Americans, especially whole roasted duck. For something different, try siu mei cuttlefish -- roasted cuttlefish with a crispy orange glaze.
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San Gabriel, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Vege Paradise
At Vege Paradise, they specialize in transforming vegetables into meals that look, smell and taste like meat. The orange chicken is made entirely of soy, while the smoked mackerel is made from vegetable protein and seaweed skin.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Hawkins House of Burgers
Zimmern tried the Whipper Burger, a behemoth of a burger with 2 patties, topped with hotlinks and loads of pastrami.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Watts Coffee House
At the Watts Coffee House, Zimmern filled up on soul food and neighborhood history with owner Desiree Edwards. On the menu: chicken and waffles.
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Long Beach, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
This family-owned restaurant specializes in Cambodian cuisine like the house noodles with offal and a side of pork bone soup; and rice porridge, made with pork liver, pancreas, intestine and bite-sized chunks of blood cake.
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Beverly Hills, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Red Medicine
Chef Jordan Kahn is inspired by locally found grasses and flowers. He uses them in dishes at his modern restaurant, Red Medicine. What to taste: wild wood sorrel, mustard greens and snap peas with tofu custard and coconut water mint vinaigrette.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Larry's
This gastropub a stone's throw from Venice Beach. Try the smoked ox tongue terrine with pickled carrots and sweet and sour chili relish. They may even serve up deep-fried whole grunion
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Rosemead, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Shaanxi Gourmet
Shaanxi Gourmet is known for its handmade noodles. Order a bowl of the chewy noodles or the Yangro paomo, also known as Chinese gnocci--lamb and noodles with unleavened bread.
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San Francisco, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Nojo Ramen Tavern
Serving pub food and Japanese-style skewers, Nojo is where Andrew gets a taste of fried monkeyfaced eel served in a kakejiru sauce
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Napa, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Oenotri
This downtown Napa restaurant prides itself on its sustainable practices, as well as its fresh Italian cuisine, made from local, seasonal ingredients.
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Chula Vista, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Tortas Ahogadas El Gallito
Andrew had torta ahogadas: a spicy hot sandwich made with slow roasted carnitas, refried beans, hot chili sauce and pickled onions.
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Commerce, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Aqui es Texcoco
BBQ joint that specializes in an Aztec-inspired way to serve lamb. Andrew has Texcoco-style BBQ lamb -- slow-roasted whole lamb that’s served as a platter with all the parts, including ribs, loin, leg, brain and tongue.
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Union City, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Seafood City Supermarket
At this spot, Zimmern had Balut: fertilized duck egg with an embryo inside.
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National City, CA
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Posted over 5 years ago
Tita's Kitchenette
Zimmern had Sabo (pork broth soup), dinuguan (pork stewed in pig blood), sisig (chopped pork belly that’s been crisped and tossed with vinegar, chilies and onions).
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