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Fresno Visalia strengths - Hmong, Lao, Mex, Mien?

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Fresno Visalia strengths - Hmong, Lao, Mex, Mien?

ken ivorous | Aug 12, 2006 05:40 AM

I was hoping yall could help me out. Just wondering what are the food specialties in this neck of the Central Valley, since I'll be taking the 8 hour roundtrip drive from San Francisco to Dinuba for work on Monday, and would like to get some good grub in hopefully.

I'm guessing that Hmong, maybe Mien, Lao, Khmer and Mexican food would be among the good stuff? Is this an accurate guess? Where could you find some good authentic, down home food? Are they on a secret menu at a "Thai" spot? Taquerias? Corner stores? I generally think some of the best eating tends to be in the hoods where there's at least some chances of getting shot, is this the case around Fresno, Visalia, etc?

But if I can't hook up some of this stuff maybe I'll just go look for a chili size! Also wondering, is there any place to buy fresh papalo leaves? Is there a Puebla/Poblana joint around? And does anyone know about a Mien (but maybe just Lao) snack that kind of looks like a big chunk of tofu, which you mix with a very spicy red sour liquid and is eaten cold/room temp? Used to eat this at a Mien corner store in Oakland but never got the name of it.

Thanks for any pointers, I appreciate it!

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