Texas ‘melting pot’ makes it one of the best places to eat in America, says new remittance service WorldRemit

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Online money transfer service WorldRemit celebrates its launch in Texas with new data on how a rich mix of cultures has made Texas one of the best places to eat in America.

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Texas food as we know it today wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for immigrants.

Online money transfer service WorldRemit today celebrates its launch in Texas with new data on how the Lone Star state’s rich cultural diversity makes it one of the best places to eat in America. WorldRemit, which is now available to customers across Texas, partnered with local food critics and bloggers to showcase the state's extraordinary ethnic and culinary diversity.

With just over four million foreign-born residents making up 16.5% of the population, Texas is one of America’s most ethnically diverse states. The Texan "melting pot" is home to over 2.5m Mexicans, 190,000 Indians, 164,000 from Africa, 118,000 Chinese, 91,000 Filipinos, and hundreds of thousands from other countries.

This rich mix of cultures has made Texas one of the best places to eat in America. There are of course thousands of Mexican restaurants across the state but incredibly 605 Chinese, 260 Vietnamese and 132 Indian restaurants in Texas’ four biggest cities alone. Three Texas destinations (Dallas, Austin and Houston) this year made it into Travel + Leisure’s coveted America’s Best Cities for Foodies, with Houston ranked at number one.

Patricia Sharpe, food editor for the statewide news magazine Texas Monthly, says: “Texas food as we know it today wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for immigrants. This state’s cuisine is a huge international buffet—not just from Mexico and Central America but from Asia and Europe as well. It becomes richer and more diverse with each passing day.”

Michelle Cheng, a Chinese-American resident of Austin and author of the blog Foodie is the New Forty, says: "As a person of Chinese descent and as someone who grew up eating Chinese food most every day, I'm thrilled that the increasing Asian population in Texas has resulted in a corresponding increase in great Asian food here. The food options in Texas are becoming increasingly diverse, which is an exciting thing to witness!"

Vianney Rodriguez, Mexican-American of the award-winning blog Sweet Life and co-author of Latin Twist cocktail book, says: "The flavors, aromas and people from Mexico have in many ways helped to shape the cuisine of Texas today. From red chile sauces, peppers to fresh homemade tortillas Texans have integrated both worlds into what we now know as Tex-Mex."

Hundreds of thousands of Texas immigrants work hard to support both themselves and their families and friends abroad. WorldRemit is a quick, convenient and low-cost way for Texans to send money to over 120 destinations.

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Note to editors

Here are some great international restaurants in Texas:

  •     Austin El Naranjo (Oaxaca, Mexico); Fonda San Miguel (different regions of Mexico; Titaya’s (Thai)
  •     Houston: Himalaya (Indian, Pakistan); Caracol (Mexican Seafood); Dosi (Korean); Jolibee’s (Filipino fast food chain); Blue Nile (Ethiopian)
  •     Dallas: Pera Turkish Kitchen; Aggies African Restaurant (pan-African); Hoi Mat Ba (Vietnam)

About WorldRemit

WorldRemit is changing the way people send money.

  •     It’s easy – just open the app or visit the website – no more agents.
  •     Transfers to most countries are instant – send money like an instant message.
  •     More ways to receive (Mobile Money, bank transfer, cash pickup, and mobile airtime top-up).
  •     Available in 50 countries and 120+ destinations.
  •     WorldRemit is backed by Accel Partners and TCV – investors in Facebook, Spotify and Dropbox.

WorldRemit’s global headquarters are in London, UK with regional offices in USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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