10 Foods You’ll Miss When You Move Out of Southern California

Come to me
Come to me
Brian Feinzimer

If, for some reason, you ditched Southern California’s palm tree-lined streets and sunny weather for some other part of the world, there’s one thing you inevitably miss: the food. This realization occurs the week before your one-way flight to wherever, where life becomes a Top Chef-esque countdown of eating all of your favorite meals. Whether you’re now in the East Coast and recovering from the blizzard or hanging out in—err—Texas, here are the foods that you’ll painfully leave behind and, in your new home, spend a lot of time thinking about.

But do you suck the heads?
But do you suck the heads?
Dustin Ames

Boiling/Kickin’/Whichever You Prefer Crab

Unless you’re a Boiling Crab veteran, no one understands the delight of getting a plastic bib tied around your neck and seeing a waiter bring bags of saucy shrimp to you. Unfortunately, because this type of Vietnamese-Cajun cuisine is mostly a West Coast and Houston thing, the only choice you have when moving away is to make it yourself (which I’ve witnessed people attempt).

Need this to survive
Need this to survive
Taylor Weik

All Kinds of Boba

In Southern California, boba’s the drink that brings together long lost friends and instigates late-night adventures. Lollicup is where you go for a quick drink after lunch or dinner and, on special days, you’ll treat yourself with a hefty cup of iced milk at Class 302 and Half & Half Teahouse in the San Gabriel Valley. Even if there’s boba in your area, it sucks not to be within ten minutes of it anymore.

Remember how, back in the day, you had to chase this truck?
Remember how, back in the day, you had to chase this truck?
Edwin Goei

Fusion Street Eats

There are days when you just want a short rib burrito from Kogi BBQ with a cold Pepsi, and then it hits you that—darn!—Kogi trucks are nowhere to be found. Then, the domino effect begins; images of fusion foods you love—bulgogi sliders from Urban Seoul, pork belly burritos at Seoulmate—begin appearing one after another. To conclude the episode, you realize that you truly were #blessed living in SoCal.

Sigh
Sigh
Edwin Goei

Porto's and 85 C Bakeries

Living in these parts means being willing to fight someone (with a tong, usually) for the perfect brioche loaf. Lines don’t end at our favorite bakeries—Porto’s, 85 C Bakery, Cream Pan, JJ Bakery—but that just reflects our devotion to well-made pastries. For many, bringing home boxes of guava rolls, strawberry croissants, and marble taro breads is second nature. That said, waking up on some other coast with no bread agenda just results in an empty feeling.

How am I supposed to survive sickness now?
How am I supposed to survive sickness now?
Kristine Hoang

Endless Vietnamese Food

Our home isn’t a place that just has one or two banh mi shops and calls it a day. On top of that, we don’t just have pho, but bun rieu, bun bo hue, and banh cuon (rice paper with Vietnamese pork rolls and fish sauce). Drive through Little Saigon and you have access to almost every kind of Vietnamese dish. And, yeah, Houston and San Jose has a bunch of Viets, too, but it doesn't begin to compare to the capital.


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