Tucson Meet Yourself 2013 Day 1

Braces Friendly Food | Tucson Meet Yourself 2013

TMY crowd

TMY 2013  crowd

This annual fair is unique to Tucson and is a fun place for a family to hang out trying out different foods and looking at the diverse arts and crafts local residents have to offer. It is apparent from the fair that Tucson has a surprisingly diverse culture with denizens hailing from all 5 continents. My job is to look for unique foods that are orthodontic braces friendly and of course those that are yummy and delicious too!

Polish food:

Polish menu

Polish menu

Bigos stew

Bigos stew

Bigos Stew: Stewed sauerkraut and beef, $4.

This dish will require you to like sauerkraut, or maybe to love it as a precursor. It is definitely an acquired taste but the vegetable and the beef are quite tender and soft enough to consider being braces friendly. However, the dinner roll may not be so braces friendly as it will require chewing hard.

Verdict: (1) Stew is braces friendly, (2) dinner roll is not so braces friendly.

Safron Indian Bistro:

Samosa Vegetable

Samosa Vegetable

Vegetable Samosa: Curried potatoes and vegetables in a mini puff pastry. The green and maroon chutney are amazing with a combination of sweet and tangy tastes. I need to find out exactly what chutneys they are although I know that these 2 chutneys are common in Indian restaurants. Chutneys are Indian condiments made of spices, vegetables and fruits and there is a variety of them. I am a huge fan of Samosas, they’re awesome and the curry is not too overpowering.

Verdict: In general, this appetizer is braces friendly however parts of the corners are crispy hard, so be careful.

Thai:

Thai curry puffs

Thai curry puffs

Thai Curry Puffs: These fun mini pastries are common in Southeast Asia especially in Singapore where they’re the rage. The filling consists of some vegetables, and chicken with curry flavor. I find the filling is not flavorful enough. A more curried flavor would be nice, but may be a good introduction to those not used to curry.

Verdict: Braces friendly, 3 for $2.

Thai Fried bananas

Thai Fried bananas

Fried Bananas: These banana fritters are common in Southeast Asia and you can also find them in some Vietnamese or Thai restaurants in town. They are sweet and, well, who doesn’t like fried foods? The inside is caramelized and is easy to eat.

Verdict: Extra soft braces friendly food.

Costa Rica:

Costa rica Colombia frontage

Costa Rica & Colombia frontage

Costa Rican chicken Tamales: This tamale is slightly different than the traditional Mexican tamale. I appears that they use rice instead of corn based. Further, they use banana leaves as the wrapper instead of corn husks which makes a whole lot of difference in flavor and smell. The flavor is mild and is easy to eat and chew; the chicken inside is also soft. I personally liked the banana leaf flavor and the rice as well. You may want to share it with someone as it it huge. Thumbs up.

Verdict: Braces friendly, $5

Costa Rica chicken Tamales

Costa Rica chicken Tamales

Colombian Beef Empenada: This empenada is filled with ground beef and potatoes and is alright. You may want to cut it up first before eating.

Verdict: Braces friendly, $1.5o each

Colombian beef empanada

Colombian beef empanada

Cuisine of Singapore & Indonesia:

Singapore indonesian frontage

Singapore indonesian frontage

Hainanese Chicken Rice: This dish is very popular in Singapore. The original recipe calls for rice that is flavored with real chicken stock and soup; the chicken is basically boiled or steamed and salted and oiled. The condiment which is chopped scallions and garlic soaked in oil is an important part of the dish. However I was disappointed with the one served here as it is flavorless and the rice was undercooked. It is however easy to chew on.

Verdict: Braces friendly, $7

Hainanese chicken rice

Hainanese chicken rice

Wow that was great! There are just too many food to try and I was too stuffed to try anything else. The sun was setting and the cool breeze was getting cooler. Tomorrow we’ll explore more braces friendly food here at Tucson Meet Yourself 2013…

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