Southeast Asian food has spread throughout the Seattle area in recent years. Here are some of the best places to try

When you mention Southeast Asian food to people in Seattle, most think of the dozens of Thai spots scattered across the city, many of which sling dishes common in the American foodscape: pad thai, Thai fried rice and red, green and yellow curries served with your choice of protein.

Or they think of pho, banh mi and Vietnamese grilled meat plates, which are as easy to find here as East Asian dishes like sushi and bibimbap, or American Chinese favorites such as General Tso’s chicken.

Until somewhat recently, restaurants from the rest of Southeast Asia were harder to find in the Seattle area. Sure, there are a couple of exceptions, like the James Beard Award-winning Filipino grocery and kitchen Oriental Mart and the Cambodian Phnom Penh Noodle House, which has been serving adobo and Cambodian noodles to Seattleites for almost 50 years.

But by and large, dishes from Laos,

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Some similar dumplings, like Turkish and Armenian manti, are linked to khinkali, according to food writers Aylin Tan from Turkey and Fuscia Dunlop, an English specialist of Chinese cuisine. The two have completed one of the few pieces of rigorous scholarship on dumpling history, presenting a paper in 2012 that traced dumpling connections along the Silk Road between Chinese and Turkish varieties.

Rachel Laudan, a US historian who wrote Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History, has a particular interest in dumplings, having mapped their reach to across Asia and Europe. While khinikali would require more study, it’s “extremely credible” that they first arrived with the Mongols, Laudan said. “It’s much more plausible that this is a kind of ghostly remnant of something that happened 700 years ago than that –  ‘Oh boy!’ – they just invented this independently’.”

Chinese doctor Zhang Zhongjing who lived in the second

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Asian food has become an all-American culinary trend, and Korean food is no exception. The flavor profiles cover all the bases from sour and savory to sweet and spicy, and menu items range from kimchi and bulgogi to barbecue and even tacos. Here are spots across the country worth trying for great Korean food.

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Recommended dish: kimchi stew

Kimchi finds its way into the standout dish for Alabama’s So Gong Dong. A brothy, scallion-topped stew punctuated by the tang of kimchi is just what reporter Connor Sheets raved about on Twitter, saying, “I try not to leave Montgomery without eating Korean food. Home to several of the best places for kimchi stew, bibimbap, or hot pot in Alabama.”

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IT’S LUNCHTIME in El Segundo, a small coastal town in Los Angeles County, around 130km west of where the McDonald brothers opened their first burger stand in 1948. Burgers are on the menu today. They come three to a tray, glistening in their brioche buns, piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and a creamsicle-orange sauce that tastes like mayonnaise-mellowed ketchup. Alongside them are other greatest hits from American fast-food menus: sausages nestled into long hot-dog buns with sautéed bell peppers and onions; sausage patties on flat English muffins; deep-fried chunks of white meat that look and taste like chicken nuggets.

Nothing on the table contains animal products. The brioches are vegan; what looks like meat is made from pea protein. Everything was, as American fast-food usually is, delicious after the first bite and regret-inducing by the third. Though the nuggets were slightly softer than chicken,

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