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Wednesday 10 June 2020
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Small guide to restaurants in Rome: Asian cuisine

Never as in the past 10 years have we witnessed the proliferation of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, oriental restaurants in general.
Where today you see an ancient Roman osteria, tomorrow there could be Li Wang (which is like saying John Smith). The crisis due to COVID-19 could increase the phenomenon.
Putting socio-economic considerations aside, not all evil comes to harm, because it must be admitted that they have their points of strengths.
1) They do not suffer from the "tourist restaurant" effect. You can find good ones even in the center, at the same price as those in the suburbs.
2) They are cheap and almost all offer the All You Can Eat formula.
3) They are "standard"; same menu, more or less the same quality.
The negative points are:
1) What is presented to us as "Chinese" cuisine is the only "Cantonese" version; of Italian cuisine would you like to try only Venetian cuisine without tasting Sicilian cuisine? Also reworked to meet western tastes. A pity, because perhaps China is one of the few lands that can boast a culinary culture worthy of the Italian one.
2) To keep costs low, high quality raw materials are not always used.
3) Almost all "Chinese" also offer Japanese dishes; would you eat goose foie gras from McDonalds? Maybe you can try it, but the results are not guaranteed.
4) The service is always very approximate, that is, it results in the throwing of dishes in a strictly random order.
In addition to Chinese, other oriental cuisines are present to a much lesser extent.
Japanese restaurants, or "Japanese only": some very elegant, almost all very expensive. But it must be said that the price is justified. They offer good service in well-kept locations. And to make sushi, you need very fresh fish, which must then be slaughtered (by law) at the lowest possible temperature, which then must be cut by a guy who has studied at least 10 years, of which the first 3 passed to boil rice.
Thai restaurants, or "Thai only", because, as happens with the Japanese, we often see "pad thai" appearing on Chinese menus. They are not very many, all radical-chic. But the level is good.
Vietnamese and Korean restaurants: a rarity. Eating "pho" in Rome is a tough business.
Indian restaurants: there should be at least twenty of them, most of them of a high standard (and cost).
Look carefully, you could also find (if not in their full realization, but at least in their intentions) restaurants of: Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon.
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In the gallery you will find:
- some dishes of Chinese cuisine that you will hardly find in Rome
- a guide on how to distinguish the various types of sushi (which would be rice and fish) and sashimi (which would be only fish)

In the links you will find the list of restaurants in Rome: it does not pretend to be complete, but you can filter by type of cuisine and see the results on the map.
And some Roman recipes to prove that not only the Chinese eat "strange" things.

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