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Why There’s No Cheese in Chinese Food and Other East Asian Cuisine

Cole Saladino/Thrillist We hate to break this to you, reader, but cheese wontons — though incredibly tasty — are about as far removed from traditional Chinese cuisine as strawberry Pop-Tarts dipped in Mountain Dew. Despite cheese’s presence in nearly every cuisine in the world, East Asian food in general rarely includes cheese. It’s something you …

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Best Restaurants, Bars, and Things to Do in Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Lullaby bar | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist Lullaby bar | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist With its robust immigrant history, the Lower East Side helped shape the city’s long-standing reputation as a place where people from every background can come together without forgetting their roots. Situated in Lower Manhattan, the historic neighborhood …

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How to Make Onigiri: Recipe for the Perfect Japanese Rice Balls

Onigiri, the long-forgotten cousin of sushi, is finding its place in Paris. At a tiny counter in the city’s 9th arrondissement, called Gili-Gili, Ai Watanabe and Samuel Trifot craft palm-sized rice balls filled with everything from salted Japanese plums to French comté. The Japanese consider this millenia-old specialty a type of soul food. Compared to …

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Best Things to Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

On the streets of Hanoi, a torrent of motorbikes wind between dragon-throned temples, winged-roof pavilions, colorful colonial buildings with French doors, and modern glass towers. People chatter around wooden tables crammed under balconies strung with glowing lanterns. Roadside stands sell banh mi, banh xeo, mangos, haircuts, knockoff North Face jackets, air for your moto tires, …

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Food Events in LA to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

Photo by Francis Gum, courtesy of Parangal Dance Company Here in LA, where we have beloved neighborhoods like Koreatown, Thai Town, Little Tokyo, and Historic Filipinotown, we celebrate AAPI Heritage all year long, with frequent reminders of the numerous contributions that these communities have made not just to our city, but also our country and …

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These Chefs Are Using Food Events to Advocate for AAPI Justice

From left: Kevin Tien, Erik Bruner-Yang, and Tim Ma. | Photo by Clarissa Villondo for Thrillist From left: Kevin Tien, Erik Bruner-Yang, and Tim Ma. | Photo by Clarissa Villondo for Thrillist When Kevin Tien was growing up in Southern California, he fondly remembers roaming the streets of LA’s Chinatown. Alongside his grandparents, mom, aunt, …

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Best Street Food Scenes From Movies & TV Shows

Design by Chineme Elobuike for Thrillist The screen is an imperfect medium when it comes to fully capturing the essence of food. Without Smell-O-Vision or the kind of Willy Wonka invention where one can pluck something right off the screen, it’s up to our imaginations to fill in the sensory gaps that food-driven scenes simply …

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Alton Brown Is Rethinking Some Classic Recipes for His New Cookbook

Alton Brown | Photo by Cole Cassell Alton Brown | Photo by Cole Cassell Chef Alton Brown is many things at once. He has the warmth and the charm of Chef Massimo Bottura, and the sass and humor of Gordon Ramsay. He is precise like Heston Blumenthal, but also playful like Jamie Oliver. It’s hard …

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‘Better Things’ Food: Pamela Adlon Breaks Down The Show’s Cuisine

Early on weekend mornings, when her house is still quiet, Pamela Adlon goes to her bookshelf, grabs a beloved cookbook or two, and sits down to read. the star of Better Things, which is ending its five-season FX run on April 25, Adlon is an avid home cook and a believer in the transformative power …

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