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    Vietnamese
    Best Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rolls)
    — Overall: Bánh Cuốn Hoa (Houston)
    — In the Bay Area: Bánh Cuốn Tây Hồ #9 (Oakland)
    Best Bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwich)
    Bánh mì Ba Lẹ (Oakland)
    Best Cơm tấm (Vietnamese broken rice)
    Cơm Tấm Thiên Hương (San Jose)
    Best Phở (rice noodle soup)
    — In Houston: Phở Danh
    — In the Bay Area:
    —– outside San Jose: Ánh Hồng (Berkeley)
    ——– East Bay: Ánh Hồng (Berkeley)
    ——– West Bay: Phở Vỉ Hoa (Menlo Park)
    ——– San Francisco: Turtle Tower
    Best modern Vietnamese
    — In the East Bay: Vanessa’s Bistro (Berkeley)

    Japanese
    Best ratio of Price to Quality
    Musashi (Berkeley)
    Best Izakaya
    Ippuku (Berkeley)
    Best Americanized Sushi
    Anzu (Berkeley)
    (NOTE: this is a tough one because “sushi” is a broad category, but I choose Anzu because of its variety, affordability and consistent quality. This place specializes in Western-style makizushi.)

    Korean
    Best overall
    Sahn Maru (Oakland)
    Best Bibimbap (mixed rice)
    Secret Garden (Santa Clara)
    Best Jeongol (Korean hot pot)
    Casserole House (Oakland)
    Best Korean fried chicken (which means “Best Fried chicken”)
    Oriental BBQ Chicken Town (“OB Chicken Town”) (Oakland)
    Best Pajeon (Korean onion pancake)
    — In Houston: Myungdong Kalguksu
    — In the Bay Area: Sahn Maru (Oakland)

    Chinese
    Best Dimsum
    — low price: Shanghai Dumpling King (best soup dumpling) (San Francisco)
    — mid price: Hong Kong Lounge (best baked pork bun) (San Francisco)
    Best Five-Spiced Pork Shoulder
    China Village (Albany)

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