Asian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    How Malai Kitchen's Chef-Owners Keep Looking for, and Finding, Inspiration

    For most chefs, the flavors that dominate their cuisine come from a very personal place, like a decades of mom's home cooking or a few years of intensive training at a French culinary school. For others, though, that passion for a cuisine develops in relatively unexpected places. Braden and Yasmin ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Dallas' 10 Best Bowls of Ramen

    Thanks to a seemingly-unstoppable food trend, ramen is no longer those disgusting packets you subsisted on in college. Iterations of the Japanese staple dish have been showing up on menus across Dallas for the past few years, especially as chefs like David Chang drove the dish to national prominence ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Tasting the Banh Shop's Bahn Mi No Matter How Offensive the Logo

    If you've read anything about the Bahn Shop, Yum! Brands' test site for the development of a fast-casual, Vietnamese-inspired restaurant, you've probably read about the controversy surrounding their logo. The big red star perched above the garage doors at the front of the restaurant reminded Vietnam ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Shivas Bar & Grill, a New Late-Night Indian Restaurant on Lower Greenville, Is Now Open

    Shivas Bar & Grill opened this on Greenville Avenue, tucked into the same strip that used to house Jack's and then JO24. A kolache restaurant named Bohemian Cafe will open next door this fall. But for now, the fresh smells of curry are wafting down the strip, which is nice. Other than Nora and Qari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    A First Look at Ramen Hakata in Addison

    Coming in, sitting down, scanning the menu, ordering, waiting, eating and finally, satisfactorily patting our bellies while saying "wasn't that good" before going home. This is the order of things, the way we eat out. It is a complacent activity by design. Often, the joy we take in having a meal at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    A Guide to Eating in Carrollton, Which Is Much Nicer Than It Sounds

    As a resident of Carrollton, I feel like we get a raw deal in the media. We're not in any of those fancy things about the neighborhoods, because there are apparently just too many regions of Plano, our sprawling neighbor. Bizarrely little is written about our thriving K-Town, our downtown is walkabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Sushi on McKinney: When an On-and-Off Lover Moves to Plano and Becomes Long Distance

    Dearest SoM, We need to talk. This isn't the first time you've done this to me, SoM. Back in the day (in your first place, which is now a Chipotle), I was a like a groupie, enduring a sub-par restroom situation just to sit on your teensy patio and eat your delicious sushi at relatively reasonable ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Turn On Bizarre Foods Tonight For a Unique View on Dallas Eats

    Late last year Andrew Zimmern got a food tour through DFW with local barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. Vaughn told us the show should run some time in April, and it turned out to be true, Dallas: Red Meat & Rattlesnakes airs tonight at 8 p.m. on the Travel Chanel. Vaughn accompanied Zimmern to Chicken ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    CrushCraft Is Not the Thai You Know but the Thai You Should

    Two men brought a whole lot of chiles to Uptown, and they're burning things up.

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    March 20, 2014

    Irving's Everest Restaurant Is a Worthy Trek

    Traversing Himalaya in search of something big, bold and BYOB.

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    February 27, 2014

    Miss Chi's Pho and the Battle for Noodle Supremacy

    Ramen is hot, but don't sleep on pho. At least not without a straw handy.

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014

    Bonchon's Korean Crispy Goodness

    Not all great fried chicken comes from the South.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin on Leaving Pakpao, Landing in Fort Worth and Cooking at Home

    Just six months into his post at Pakpao Thai, chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin left, or that was the official story. He won't divulge more than that "in the long term it's better for both me and the owners," Tiffanee Siri and Richard Ellman, also of Oak and Belly & Trumpet. Whatever the full story may be, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Sushi Restaurant to open in Trinity Groves, Italian in Bishop Arts

    The latest stage in Phil Romano's quest to take over the culinary universe is the planned opening of Sushi Bayashi, a casual sushi bar. Late last night, the Morning News scooped the latest addition to the gamut of fine dining at Trinity Groves. Romano is describing it as "an everyday kind of sushi b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    CrushCraft Thai Opens Next Monday

    Just a few weeks ago, CrushCraft Thai was but an artist's rendition, a hazy picture that only served Thai food in our minds after we've reclined into our couches and... never mind. But now Jack Nuchkasem and chef Paul Singhapong have sent real photographs. They've offered a glimpse of the cooking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Dallas' 5 Best Chinese Restaurants

    Christmas is getting close, which means you should be finalizing your plans for Christmas day dining. Many of you still cook at home, frittering away over some roast that you'll likely mess up, but you should ditch the goose, forget the crown roast of pork and let someone else do the cooking for onc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Checking In On The Newly Remodeled Oishii

    Everything looks settled in at Oishii. The Oak Lawn restaurant had been closed for nearly a year after a fire damaged the dining room and neighboring Sal's pizza. But while a year-long closure is surely tough on a business, the neighborhood favorite pan-Asian spot looks all the better for it, now. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Texas Pete Wants to Capitalize on the #Srirachapocalypse and Gain Market Share

    If you're a fan of Sriracha, you've undoubtedly heard of the trouble surrounding the California plant that produces the sauce. For those of you who have had your head in a bowl of pho the past few weeks, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered a plant that makes the hot sauce be partially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Your First Look at Bonchon, Dallas' New Korean Fried Chicken Restaurant

    This week Dallas got a new addition to its fried food repertoire with the opening of Bonchon, a Korean chain specializing in fried chicken and beer. Bonchon opened in Korea nearly 12 years ago and has since spread to 70 restaurants in Southeast Asia and 30 in the United States, mostly along the East ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Tei-An's Teiichi Sakurai Will Open a Tiny Ramen Shop in Silvan Thirty, Is Awesome

    Dallas was long-protected from the ramen craze until Tanoshii Ramen Bar set up shop in Deep Ellum. Now a second is already on the way. Carol Shih at Sidedish reported that Teiichi Sakurai, the owner of Tei-An, planned to open a fish market at Sylvan|Thirty, but apparently he's pivoted. Instead he's ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Tanoshii Rode the Ramen Wave to Dallas and Crashed

    A popular trend noodles its way into Dallas' dining scene. Watch out for undercurrents.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    They're Building a Football Field-Long Sushi Roll at AT&T Stadium to Fight Hunger

    The North Texas Food Bank is heading into the holiday season with a novel event: the construction and consumption of a 100-yard-long sushi roll at AT&T Stadium. On November 20, Legends Hospitality and Chef Yutaka Yamato, of Yutaka Sushi Bistro and lead sushi chef of concessions at Legends, will ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    DFW Diwali Mela Is Heaven on Earth

    On Saturday the Cotton Bowl converted to the 2013 Diwali Mela festival, and food booths flowed out from the stadium to the shimmery dreamscape of the Chinese Lantern Festival nearby. I arrived on a mission. Six years ago I went with two friends to Ahmedabad, in western India. For three weeks I ate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Bay Leaf's Paul Singhapong Will Bring Bangkok Street Food to Dallas This Winter

    Thai food is pretty ubiquitous now, and while a succulent pad see ew or a cozy tom kha gai are wonderful and mouth-watering, most Thai dishes have started to taste a little safe. Maybe it's the fact that you can find red curries every few blocks, or that pad thai has replaced fried rice as a go-to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Toko V Brings Noodles and Sushi to Highland Park Village Tomorrow

    The transformation of the old Village Marquee space will be completed with the opening of Toko V on Thursday. The renovation and re-branding marks the third attempt to open a successful restaurant in the space in less than three years. Earlier this August, the downstairs half of the renovation was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Bowls of Pho

    A good bowl of Pho may be the most satisfying value play of all ethnic foods. You'll never pay more than $10 or so for one, and most places charge you closer to $5. But despite the low cost, good pho is satiating in every way that food can be. A big, hot bowl of savory broth will warm your insides a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Tanoshii Ramen and Bar, a New Late-Night Noodle Bar, Opens Next Week in Deep Ellum

    Dallas' first exclusive ramen restaurant, Tanoshii Ramen Bar (2724 Commerce), will open next Tuesday, September 24, its owners have announced. Joey and Chi Le also own Wicked Po'Boys in Richardson and in the Preston Center. Now they're turning their attention to house-made noodles and "late-nigh ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    Enticed by Sushi Sake

    Takashi Soda's sushi restaurant isn't perfect, but it's seduced a lot of fans.

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    September 5, 2013
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    August 22, 2013

    Pakpao's Punch

    You like spicy, right? You'd better.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Mot Hai Ba Chef Jeana Johnson Did R&D in Vietnam, with Help from a Dude Named Dragon

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare are the proprietors of the little hot spot in East Dallas, Mot Hai Ba, as wells as Good 2 Go Taco. Their culinary trail winds far and wide through the Dallas landscape. Collectively, the pins on their map include Ciudad, Daddy Jack's, The Standard in Deep Ellum, The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 43: Mughlai

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    I Tried the Natto at Fort Worth's Little Lilly Sushi, and Now It's Your Turn

    By chance have you heard of Natto? The Japanese delicacy hasn't enjoyed much popularity in the States, possibly because the few people who tried it were so horrified they never spoke of the experience again. If you need evidence of the challenges of eating natto, just head over to YouTube and watch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Sushi Restaurants

    I've destroyed a lot of sashmi in the last year, and I've come to believe that Dallas is an exceptional city for sushi eaters. While I wish there was a bit more innovation and culinary artistry -- I've not had anything here in Dallas that tops the meal I had at Uchi last summer -- the quality of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    At Indigo Indian Bistro in Lewisville, a Buffet, a Staff and Naan Worth the Excursion

    Yesterday I found a great Indian spot in Lewisville near Vista Ridge Mall, Indigo Indian Bistro (500 East Roundgrove Road). I arrived a little after 2 p.m. and wasn't sure if the buffet was still going and since I needed to get it to go ... was generally confused on the best way to acquire my lunch. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    An Open Letter to Mot Hai Ba: The Upcoming East Dallas Vietnamese Restaurant

    Dear Mot Hai Ba: You better bring it. There is a massive hole in Dallas' dining scene that you could exploit, and I know if you do this city will be all the better for it. The announcement of your coming existence in a Culture Map blog post was a welcome one, and your creators, Jeana Johnson and Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Redneck Sushi -- A Guide to Triple-Fusion

    Now, let's say you want to combine the heavy, meat-based joys of barbecue with the relatively light, raw fish-based delights of sushi. You're clearly having a boring day. Nothing's gone right for you so far. You tried combining Vietnamese and Mexican food. That fell down at the pho burrito. Korean a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    50 Percent of Seafood Sold in Texas Mislabeled, New Oceana Study Reports

    Oh, Dallas. Something is fishy at our sushi restaurants. Katharine Shilcutt at the Houston Press has been digging through a new Oceana Study, and it doesn't say very nice things about the sushi we're eating. That snapper you covet, sumptuously draped over carefully seasoned and packed rice, may ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    If You Haven't Stopped Into Kazy's Recently, You Really Should

    When I was sitting at the bar at Lucia, slurping down exceptional hand-made pasta dressed in a creamy sea urchin sauce and garnished with salty, toasted breadcrumbs, I asked chef David Uygur where he got the uni. The chef gave me a sort of surprised and sarcastic look as he told me Kazy's up in Rich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    A Reader's Christmas Wish for the Dallas Dining Scene

    Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, email or in the comments. An email I received last week has me in a Christmas funk. A r ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2012

    The New Korean Fusion

    Bulgogi meets tacos, and nachos, and hot dogs, and more.

  • Dining

    October 4, 2012

    Mughlai's Gem

    A North Dallas Indian restaurant captures the spirit of home.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Firexbox Doesn't Ignite the Taste Buds -- or Other Body Parts, Luckily

    You'd think that there's no way that Firexbox could be the name of a restaurant, but you'd be wrong. When I first saw it, I thought, "Surely there's just a typeface issue here with their logo and they mean Fire Box with chopsticks in the middle and that design element just went wrong." But, nope. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Monica Greene's Nueva Cocina Opens This Evening: Will Serve Sushi

    We first told you about Monica Greene's departure from Aca y Alla to open up a restaurant in Oak Cliff just before summer. Now the restaurateur has released new details about the space on Cedar Springs Road that will have a soft opening this evening, with a grand opening scheduled August 7. Nueva ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 19, 2012

    Omi's Procession

    A Korean grill's banchan offers an endless display of flavor.

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    July 6, 2012

    Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza at India Chaat Cafe ... Say Whaat?

    The words "Desi-style pizza" beckoned me with a neon glow from the front window of India Chaat Café, a small, brightly lit restaurant tucked into a strip mall at Preston and Frankford. I walked in expecting Americanized, watered-down food, or maybe the Bollywood version of Pizza Hut, and was surpr ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 5, 2012

    Dalat's Pho Goes Late Night

    A new Vietnamese restaurant enters the after-hours game.

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    June 7, 2012

    The City of Ate Interview: DaLat Owner Khanh Nguyen on the Power and Problems of Pho

    Khanh Nguyen had a successful career as a local attorney when he decided to take a little time off, a sabbatical of sorts, between projects. During that time, he immersed himself in traditional Vietnamese cooking, spending months trying to perfect various recipes, mainly concentrating on pho, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Real Japan at Mr. Max

    With blacked-out windows and a big sign with an ambiguous name that could be a front for anything, Mr. Max may not look like much from the outside, but step through the doors and you're transported to the other side of the globe.

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    June 1, 2012

    At China Mex, the Dream of Fusion Power Is Still Just a Dream

    China Mex Grill 8367 Park Lane 214-468-4645 Times I shook my fist at the China Mex menu: 25.4 Number of shrimp I ate (out of a possible 500): 2 When China Mex opened in the old Taco King location on Park Lane, I was optimistic. I have giant-lazy-Susan love for Chinese food, and Mexican food knows ... More >>

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