|Soon doo boo|
I'm with you people. I love to explore new food. I do worry that the search for authentic can lead to the frontiers of what I really want to eat. Add a language problem, and you might scare yourself from trying something new.
So here are some no-risk ways to try something new. Vegetarian items where the cuisine may be exotic, but you have eaten all the ingredients before:
|Veg sampler w/all-teff injera|
- All-teff injera at Soretti's Ethiopian Cuisine in Burtonsville. A vegetable sampler is a no-brainer here. The all-teff bread makes this exotic even for people who know Ethiopian food, but you could safely stretch to any of the meat tibbs as well.
- Soon doo boo at Lighthouse Tofu BBQ in Ellicott City. The spicy tofu stew makes a delicious dinner, and you don't have to worry about what lurks below the red, cloudy broth.
- Masala dosa and a mango lassi at Mango Grove in Columbia. You get a plate-sized crepe stuffed with spicy masked potatoes. You wash it down with a fruit-yogurt shake. What could be better?
- Any of the breads at Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery in Columbia. The standard focaccia made an amazing sandwich the first time that I stretched out from my normal baguette. Watch for specials like rye or challah (on Fridays).
- Dim sum -- including vegetable dumplings, Chinese broccoli, and sesame balls -- at Red Pearl in Columbia. Look for peas on top of the steamed dumplings, or just ask one of the waiters for help. You can order all kinds of cool meat dishes as well, from roast pork to shrimp dumplings,
- Bingsoo at Bon Appetit Bakery in Ellicott City. You need dessert. The Rte 40 bakery is a great place to explore. The shaved ice bingsoo is certainly a unique sweet, but in the end, it is just mochi, red beans, chocolate syrup, fruit and condensed milk.
That's just the start of cool things you can try. The pumpkin appetizer at Maiwand Kabob in Columbia could almost make a meal with a piece of bread. If you'll eat a little ground meat, you can order mantwo or a kabob.