Exploring Kid-Friendly Ethnic Cuisine in the Triangle
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Families looking to explore different types of ethnic cuisine the kids will also enjoy often get stumped on where to start. The National Restaurant Association’s “Global Palates: Ethnic Cuisines and Flavors in America” 2015 study found that beyond Chinese, Mexican and Italian, the five cuisines most commonly eaten at restaurants include sushi, Thai, Vietnamese, Brazilian/Argentinian and Greek. Why not make these five your starting point for expanding your family’s menu horizons?
To help you do that — and to make sure your kids can get in on the adventure — here are kid-friendly entrees for each type of cuisine. The youngest members of your party may not love everything, but at least they will have tried something new.
Below these entree suggestions, you'll find an extensive list of Triangle restaurants offering these dishes.
Sushi. California rolls and any of the tempura rolls provide kid-friendly options as they work their way to more unique raw fish varieties.
Thai. Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish, is a good option for the younger set. But keep in mind that Thai food can be spicy, so make sure the amount of spices used is suitable for a child.
Vietnamese. Egg noodles, fried rice or pho — a noodle soup that usually includes beef or chicken — are good choices for introducing kids to Vietnamese cuisine.
Brazilian/Argentinian. Rice, beans, meat and fruit are staples of Brazilian cuisine so kids are sure to find something they’ll like. Empanadas, for example, are fried turnovers that come with a variety of fillings. Beef, chicken, cheese and potatoes are among the most common.
Greek. Greek cuisine offers your kids an opportunity to try lamb, especially if it’s paired with pasta. More adventurous youngsters may like moussaka, a Greek staple that most often includes layers of eggplant with beef or lamb in a tomato sauce, cheese and a white sauce.
There’s no guarantee that ethnic restaurants will offer these dishes, but they’re a good place to start broadening your family’s ethnic cuisine repertoire. Here are some around the Triangle your family can try.
Ethnic Restaurants in the Triangle
Sushi One, Sushi o Bistro & Sushi Bar, Waraji Japanese Restaurant, Sono, Mura, Sushi Tsune, Kai Sushi & Sake Bar, Sushi Blues Café, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, Hako Sushi, Genji, Carolina Sushi & Roll, Sushi-Thai Restaurant, Hibachi 88, Sushi LULU, Spring Rolls Parkside
Sushi Nikko (no website): 919-240-5046
Sawasdee (Glenwood Avenue), Sawasdee (Capital Boulevard), Thaiphoon Bistro, Lemongrass Thai Restaurant, Thai House Cuisine (no website): 919-878-3379, Thai Villa, Sushi-Thai Restaurant, ShabaShabu, Ni Asian Kitchen, Bangkok Thai Restaurant, Champa Thai & Sushi Restaurant
Pho and Japanese Steak House (no website): 919-872-2030
Taste Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant (no website): 919-234-6385, Pho 919