As I was researching foods I could try out, I noticed myself having trouble trying to come up with foods outside of the Japanese and Chinese origin. Does this say something about the fact that even with food, Asia is most stereotypically linked with Chinese and Japanese? Even with research from Google using phrases like “Asian foods popular in America” or looking at the Asian cuisine on food ordering sites such as GrubHub and Eat24, most are from Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine. The lack of individuality of Asian American culture is evident in terms of their own food. Chinese takeout and Japanese sushi has taken over Asian American food culture. I had to dig deep into research and talking to friends to find Asian restaurants that are not Chinese or Japanese.
In this picture, I used GrubHub to look for restaurants under their Asian cuisine category in Columbia, MD.
The first thing you might notice is the lack of restaurants, but there are many variables that could have affected this. For example, GrubHub may have only checked a small portion of Columbia and these are the only ones that have delivery/pickup, so they may not have listed any sit-down restaurants that are available. The second thing you might notice is the lack of diversity of cuisine. Two are Chinese restaurants and one is Japanese steak house. There is a strong representation of Chinese and Japanese food. But all the other Asian cuisines don’t seem to exist. I looked at a few other cities to see which ones have more of a variety of Asian cuisine.
The following are from: Barney Circle, Washington, DC, Downtown Baltimore, and Frederick.
From quickly scrolling through, Japanese sushi, Chinese food, and Thai restaurants seem to be the most popular.