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Americans who have watched food and travel shows featuring a plethora of strange, bizarre, and weird food items such as deep-fried bugs, beating frog’s heart, and coconut grubs may be apprehensive about what they will find to eat when traveling, especially in Asia. The truth is that one would have to go out of the way to get most of the items featured in such shows. As strange as it may seem it is often easier for Americans to dine internationally than it is for foreigners to dine in America. America is such a mix of nationalities that we have become used to choosing from a variety of foods whereas people in other countries may not had exposure to international foods.
Most Asian hotels try to provide something to whet the appetite of all nationalities. Traders Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma) is part of the Shangri-la family of hotels and one of the finest in the country. Its hotel breakfast buffet serves an incredible variety of food from around the world and is typical of most Asian hotels. Americas can order bacon, eggs, and pancakes. For the British guests there are always beans and grilled tomatoes while the Japanese will enjoy miso soup with various side dishes to spice it up. From the Chinese section there is dim sum, noodle soup with all the fixings, and congee – fish, chicken or plain. To please the Indian palate – and vegetarians - there is potato curry. There is even one section that has halal food for those of the Islamic faith.
Truly, visitors to America, especially Asian visitors often have more trouble finding food they like than Americans do in Asia. The wonderful thing is the global buffet offers the opportunity to experience foods of many nations in one sitting.