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Around the World Food Tour: Bombay Express

Around the World Food Tour: Bombay Express

Inspired by  Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern on The Travel Channel...I have decided to check out as many ethnic restaurants/stores around Austin as I can! 

Third Stop: Bombay Express
13000 N Interstate 35 #216
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 491-5055

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I LOVE Indian food...and I am addicted to this place. The cool thing about Bombay Express is they offer something a little different than the "normal" Indian restaurant in Austin. Instead of currys, naan, and saag paneer Bombay Express is more about authentic home cooking...and common items you will find on every street corner in India. In addition to the menu, the owner also cooks a daily special meal. Basically you could eat at Bombay Express every day...and have something different!

***as a side note....Bombay Express catered my friends wedding...and it was AWESOME!

Papdi Chaat: A scrumptious combination of chick peas, potatoes, fresh herbs and spices, served in crispy shells laced with yogurt and topped with a sweet and a spicy sauce.


Special Dosa: A Sada dosa with a signature spicy filling!

The inside of the Dosa

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West African Food: Wasota African Cuisine

Sara and Cass Around the World Food Tour:

Two girls who love some Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern on The Travel Channel have decided to check out as many ethnic restaurants/stores around Austin as they can!  

Second stop: Wasota African Cuisine - 1209 South First St. 
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Sara: I can't believe I had never heard of this place before. The food was so good...it was SOOO good. I literally could not stop eating....and I am still craving a second helping. Lawrence was able to help us order...as there was a lot of the menu I had never heard of.  There are so many great veggie/vegan options! My fav was the black eyed peas w/ fried plantains. You might be thinking...what is special about black eyed peas? Well...it is the african spices...they are different from anything I have ever tasted. The prices are low, and the portions are big. Wasota is a GREAT example of a GREAT food trailer. .  I can't wait to go back and try everything on the menu. Go support Lawrence!

Cass: It's not every day you eat a meal that you can't stop thinking about for days and days following it.....but that's what happened when Sara and I ate at Wasota African Cuisine.  The owner Lawrence, was an absolute doll, and the food was some of the most flavorful and interesting food I've ever had. I was impressed by how good the food was and how affordable it was. I can't wait to go back and try more of Lawrence's authentic West African food. He is a truly talented chef! 

What we had: We had 2 plates between us and it was more then enough food. We had the Black Eyed Peas and Plantains, and the Stewed Goat with Fufu and Egusi Soup.

The trailer is in the Bouldin Creek Food Park on South First

There are a lot of interesting choices on the menu!


The owner Lawrence is SO NICE! He is the man behind the food!


This is black eyed peas with plantains - $4.95


Stewed Goat with FuFu (mashed african yams) and Egusi Soup - $11.95
(that spinich was flipping awesome)
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Filipino Food: Cebuana Filipino Store

Sara and Cass Cultural Food Tour:

Two girls who love some Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern on The Travel Channel have decided to check out as many ethnic restaurants/stores around Austin as they can!  

First stop: Cebuana Filipino Store on 2400 E. Oltorf Austin, TX 78741

Referred by: Some great reviews on Yelp

Sara: I am 100% going back for some halo-halo dessert this summer. I also can't get over the fact that we had more than enough food for 2 people and it was under $11. The food was good...the owners were awesome!

Cassiday: This place totally defines the idea of a "best kept secret". It's a place you could drive by a million times and not notice, but now that I know it's there it'll be hard to drive by and not stop! I loved the owners, they were so nice and knowledgeable. The food was filling, tasty, and really really affordable, and halo halo is one of the most interesting desserts ever. I loved it.

Owners: Husband and wife team Maria and Fred. Maria is from the Philippines and cooks all the food.  Fred is from Philly. (That is why they also sell a version of Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches!) 

Random but Awesome: The store also has a big assortment of Kung Fu movies to rent and buy!

The food: 
The menu changes daily and is posted on the store's facbeook page here:

Chicken Curry

Noodles - Pancit Bihon - thin rice noodles fried with soy sauce, some citrus, and meat and veggies.  
Meat - Picadillo - Ground meat mixed with various ingredients
Pastry - Pork Lumpia - the Filipino version of the eggroll

Dessert - Halo-Halo - (mix- mix)  A traditional Filipino dessert made with shaved ice and evaporated milk and topped with beans and various fruits. We went all the way and topped ours with purple taro ice cream and coconut ice cream. 

Here is the Halo-Halo all mixed up. You can all the different candied fruits and beans in this photo. 

Only for the brave: Balut - a boiled fertilized egg. They sell these for $1.50 each. 


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