Built to serve the ballooning Asian population in the Tri-Valley area, the food at the Ulferts Center declines to cater to conventional American palates. More than a dozen restaurants and food businesses serve distinct Asian cuisines, from Japanese shabu shabu to Macanese. Spend a day at the Hacienda Crossings mall and multiplex movie theater and take all your snack and meal breaks at the Ulferts Center. Or even better, plan your culinary tour first and reboot your appetite with some shopping and speed walking. Super casual meals are best taken at Osaka Ramen, Just Koi Chinese, or Pamir Afghani Restaurant. But save yourself for the full dining experiences at Koi Garden, the high-end dim sum offshoot of Koi Palace in Daly City, or House of Sake for sushi. The median price point offers the most interesting culinary finds: Macau Bistro, named for the Chinese city colonized by the Portuguese in the 18th century, has a menu with an identity crisis to match the history; AA Tofu House & Korean BBQ serves fantastic bibimbap, short ribs, and silky tofu pot soups in hip vinyl booths; while spot-on blends of Indian, Thai, and Chinese flavors are the main attraction at Singapore Old Town Cafe.
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