Not long after that I was at a sushi restaurant that probably backs up to the Vietnamese place. I was with a group of friends with a much more international palate than I have, so I got sushi and they ordered things like Korean bibimbap. I'd never heard of it, but believe me I was asking to taste their meat when it came out. Sweet and tangy marinated beef, which Google tells me is called bulgogi, served in a bowl with rice and a crunchy salad (kimchi? I'm not sure) and a spicy sauce, then topped with a fried egg. Same themes, different country. So. Y'all gotta try these things if you see them on a menu, okay? They may look unpronounceable but a sweet marinade makes for from some tasty, crispy meat. I taught jewelry-making classes for years at a bead store located next door to a Korean BBQ place. It smelled so good but I never ate there, and now I'm kicking myself.
Another food category I was never brave enough to get into was food trucks. I mean, even 10 years ago they were pretty sketchy, but now food trucks are becoming popular all over thanks to reality shows and social media. The first one I tried here was this adorable vintage orange Citroën H selling fish tacos, which had me at corn tortillas.
They were amazing, with grilled blackened fish, salsa verde (which is also not available in stores), and cilantro with wedges of lime to squeeze. And pickled red onion which seems to be on everything in Sweden (but I like it).
It wasn't until I dragged my friends along the next week that I tried the homemade lemonade, which I think had rhubarb in it. So good. As uncultured as I had felt never having tried pho, I'm happy to talk Mexican/Texmex food with my Aussie and British girls.
If you're lucky enough to live in a city with food trucks I encourage you to try them out if you haven't already!