Asian Food and Cooking

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    April 26, 2012

    Moon Wok: It's Not Bad, You Know It, It's Not Really, Really Bad

    She says she wanted to try the food, but we think Cheap Bastard stopped by Moon Wok just to have an excuse to break out her fedora, single white glove and sequined ruby dancing shoes. You can find the place at 8670 Skillman St., 214-221-8888. Times I drove by and said to myself, "Ha. Moon Wok," bef ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    It's Time Dallas Got an Indian-Food Truck

    Dear Potential Food Truck Entrepreneurs of Dallas,Please, for the love of Krishna, start an Indian food truck. Please park outside my favorite bars late at night (Deep Ellum would be a good spot) so I can fill my neglected belly with your spicy flavorful goodness. There's just something about the wa ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi: A Must-See Doc For Every Food Lover (and Especially Chefs)

    "Always strive to master your craft." The closing words of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which opens today at the Magnolia and Angelika Theaters, would make sound advice for any trade. But thrust upon the shokunin, the master sushi chef, they invoke a certain umami for the soul that's as inspiring as it is ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    At Pho Is For Lovers, Wishing Meatless Monday Was Pork Banh Mi Tuesday

    When it comes to pho, that glorious Vietnamese noodle soup perfect for curing hangovers and head colds, I'm almost religiously devoted to the huge steaming bowls served up at Vietnam Restaurant on Bryan Street. However, when I heard that the semi-recently opened Pho is for Lovers on Upper Greenville ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Private | Social | Ramen! | Oh.

    My first run-in with Private Social came just after the restaurant, helmed by Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry released its lunch menu. I noticed the noodles right away. Leslie Brenner and I had been begging Dallas for a proper Japanese noodle house, but it has never materialized. Perhaps a decent hot bo ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Mumtaz's Indian Lunch Buffet Was Built for Meatless Monday

    Weary of soy protein and veggie burgers from Meatless Mondays gone by, I had set my sights this go around on exotic flavors and spices. My search for bargain vegetarian nirvana took me to Mumtaz, an Indian restaurant located in a generic Richardson strip mall at Campbell and Central. I'm typically ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    At Vietnam in East Dallas, a Brief Lesson in How to Make Pho That Doesn't Suck

    Vietnam in East Dallas is the quintessential hole-in-the-wall spot that serves up amazing, traditional pho. And when Chef Matt McCallister mentioned this 16-year-old eatery as one of his favorites in a recent interview, it was time to revisit. The particular pho in the photo above is No. 79 from V ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    A Sushi Roll Goes to Space (Video)

    A Washington, DC-based sushi chain recently released a promotional video about shooting a sushi roll into space. Getting sushi into the stratosphere should be easy enough. A weather balloon was used to take a chair into space for a very similar commercial. Still, the video seemed a little fishy. ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Royal Wok: Ignorance is Bliss, Unless You Can Read Chinese

    Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she rolls the dice at Royal Wok, 2560 Royal Lane, 972-488-8282, and doesn't crap out. At least not right away. Massage parlors nearby count: 18 Waterfall mural count: 1 The news a ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 3, 2011

    What Good is Rohst Without Fire?

    If Greenville Avenue's latest wants to conjure Korea, it needs to turn up the heat.

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    September 29, 2011
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    September 20, 2011

    Crimson Asian Cuisine Now Serving Pho in West Village

    Lauren Drewes Daniels​Crimson Asian Cuisine opened last week at corner of Blackburn and McKinney in the West Village, serving pho and other Vietnamese dishes such as stir-fries, rice noodles and spring roles. The atmosphere is on the casual side. Not fancy, but nice. There's a decent size pati ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 15, 2011
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    September 8, 2011

    Sushi & Rice Express: Alice Drives Through Like Evel Knievel's Bastard Child

    ​Sushi & Rice Express 8131 Forest Lane 214-575-7090 Other cars in the drive-through count: 0 Wet towels air-drying right next to the drive-through menu count: 50 Drive-throughs? Good. Sushi? Goooood. Put them together and you have Sushi & Rice Express. I slow-clap my chopsticks at you, Sushi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Pho Colonial Brings Pho to Main Street on Wednesday

    ​Last minute invitations often result in accidental food discoveries. Last night a friend asked me to join her for dinner, which turned out to be the "soft opening" of a new restaurant in her downtown neighborhood. As City of Ate reported back in January, the creator of Steel is bringing a Vi ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    LA Burger: Korean, Mexican and American Food Make Grand Alliance in Irving

    ​After months of drooling over the hedonistically obscene images of burgers, tacos and other meat and carb pornography my friends had been sending me, I finally had the chance to check out the source of their obsession: LA Burger.Along with a whimsical selection of traditionally western burgers, ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Pho is for Lovers? We Thought it Was Good for a Cold.

    Photo by Kristy YangPho is for Lovers bahn mi: Tasty pig, great bread.​Pho is for Lovers. I'm still on the fence about that name. Given the restaurant's location at Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue, it's clever and cute. On the other hand, I normally associate pho with Vietnamese mothers, nas ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Pho Bang For Your Buck: The Search for Perfect Pho Heads Back to Garland

    ​Pho Bang and I have a sliding doors sort of relationship. My mom tells me I ate there with her as a permed tot, but of course I don't remember that. (The perm part is more of an intentional denial.) When I moved back to Dallas a few years ago, I would make concerted efforts to drive to Ga ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Walking the Wok at Asian-American's Birthplace

    Kristy YangR&G Lounge's humongous Dungeness crab. We'd hate to see the one that got away.​(Here's part two of travelin' woman Kristy Yang's Walk the Really Long Wok from the Bay Area. Coming up shortly, something about Asian food closer to home. Check out last week's California Wok here.) San ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Sushi Star: Just a Happy Little Neighborhood Sushi Bar

    ​Happy Eating highlights restaurant happy hour food menus, pointing you to the best deals out there. This week, we're doing happy hour neighborhood restaurant-style at Sushi Star. Where: 5956 Royal Lane When: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday The Scene: This is Preston Hollow's quiet neighbo ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Nammi's Vietnamese Food Truck: A Bit Pricey, but Convenience is Key

    Kristy Yang​The Nammi food truck officially got rolling (poor pun intended) last week to much Internet fanfare. Social media was abuzz for the traveling Vietnamese food truck specializing in banh mi and Asian-influenced tacos. I was able to check out the colorful vehicle last Thursday and walk ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Mayuri Makes a Move

    ​Earlier this month, Mayuri, "one of the oldest Indian restaurants in the DFW area," according to its owner Lalith Thota, moved from its location at Highway 114 and O'Connor Boulevard, where it had been serving diners for 14 years. Mayuri now serves its "typical ethnic Indian food," including ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 19, 2011
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    April 5, 2011

    West Village's Malai Kitchen: Asian Fusion Hobbled by Growing Pains

    The good news is that Malai Kitchen is a vast improvement over Tom Tom Noodle House, the Asian-styled restaurant that once occupied West Village. The less than good news is Malai restaurant still faces some growing pains. ​Asian fusion can be catastrophic, but compared with Tom Tom, there is ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Ku Sushi and Japanese Cuisine: Ringside at Sushi Night Fight

    The fried egg atop Ku's Dolsot Bi Bim Bop wasn't the only thing that sizzled.​No date with a guy last week. Instead, I went to dinner with two of my girlfriends at Ku Sushi and Japanese Cuisine. The sushi restaurant ranks as one of my friend's and her husband's favorite Preston and Forest neig ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    D'Vegan: Making Meatless Choices Easier

    ​For weeks, my newly born-again vegan friend had been badgering me to try a new restaurant called D'Vegan. Catering to the Vietnamese Buddhist vegetarian community, the restaurant is only six weeks old. The self-proclaimed "green" eatery sits in the food court space between Hong Kong Supermark ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Oishii Renames Beloved Off-Menu Sushi Roll

    The first thing one receives at Oishii Sushi & Pan-Asian Cuisine is a large laminated menu and paper menu overflowing with sushi options. But if you sit at the sushi bar, there's a small, wall-mounted chalkboard above the chopping and dicing sushi chefs. The very top of that chalkboard reads #42, an ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 10, 2011
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    February 24, 2011

    Pho Tay Do: Venturing Out of Chinatown for Fiery Vietnamese Soup

    Kristy YangPho Tay Do's bun bo hue​The second most popular Vietnamese noodle soup, behind only pho, is arguably the fiery and fragrant bun bo hue. The vermicelli dish originated in the central Vietnamese city of Hue and gets its signature taste and aroma via chilies and lemongrass. Word is, t ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    b.b.bop Rice Bowls: There's Asian Fusion and There's All Over the Asian Map

    Photos by Kristy YangOutside b.b.bop's new location at Lovers and Greenville.​b.b.bop Rice Bowls confuses me. The Carrollton-based restaurant opened a Lovers Lane/Greenville location recently, and several friends on separate occasions suggested I try it. Admittedly, when I heard about the concept, ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Fill Your Super Bowl in Arlington. You're Going to Be Stuck in Traffic Anyway.

    ​As much as we hate to admit it, technically, the Super Bowl is being held in Arlington. So in honor of the big game in the little city west of us, here's a list of some Asian eateries to visit in Arlington. For banh mi: This is a toss up. Most locals are loyal to Ba Le on Browning. Indeed, ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Ramen Republic: New Denton Eatery Isn't an Authentic Noodle House, but It's Not Bad

    ​"Dallas, huh?" a Michigander friend asked me upon hearing I'd moved here. "Bet you don't get much sushi." Actually, I corrected him, there's extraordinary sushi here. Sushi's the perfect fit for Dallas, a city with a bustling airport, a growing Asian and Asian-American population and an affe ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    It's Axiomatic: Good, Inexpensive Sushi Makes Us Happy

    ​Each week, Happy Eating highlights a different restaurant happy hour food menu. This week we are in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood to check out a Dallas sushi hot spot. Where: Sushi Axiom, 2323 North Henderson Ave. When: 4:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Scene: Happy hour time is quiet and ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Lemongrass: Pho and Fusion Fit for a Mom

    Pho even a mother could love​When I visited Lemongrass last summer, I promised owner/sometimes chef/always waiter/emergency dish washer Khoa Nguyen that I would return in the winter for a bowl of the restaurant's pho. With the cold weather setting in last week, I figured it was the perfect tim ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Steel Creator Bringing Vietnamese Street Food to Downtown

    ​It was dark and cold yesterday morning when I biked past the empty storefront alongside Press Box Grill, so I elected not to check out the brand new permits posted in the window. But D Magazine's Tim Rogers is obviously a better -- or at least warmer -- cycling newshound than I am, since he s ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Secret Recipe: A Good, Not Great, Find
    In a Search for Malaysian Food in DFW

    Secret Recipe's Hainanese-style roasted chicken​Malaysia is a country of vast and diverse cultures, all marrying to create one united cuisine. The nation's food borrows and combines elements of Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Filipino, and Indian menus, creating a robust flavor profile. The use of ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    On a Roll: Exactly What is Big D's Defining Sushi?

    Ooo, you're so fancy, Philadelphia. ​The Dallas Fish Market, which offers discounted sushi to downtowners on Sundays and free sushi to everybody on Wednesdays, is now promoting its late-night sushi menu: A selection of specialty rolls, including the Dallas roll, is available until 2 a.m. on Fr ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Venturing Out for a Bibimbap Bender
    In Koreatown

    Kristy YangTree House's bibimbap, a perfect blend of textures and flavors​I found myself on a bibimbap bender last week after my friend Sam had recommended two of his favorite restaurants in Koreatown. In the spirit of holiday overindulgence, I felt justified in visiting both places in the sam ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    The Tale of the Blind-Date Ambush at Benihana

    ​On Benihana's website it asks: "What did you do last night?" Well I have two additional questions. When was the last time you ate at Benihana? And when was the last time you went on a business lunch disguised as a blind date? My answer to the first question is too long ago. I forget about Ben ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Sake Industry Urges Dallas Diners to Pair Rice Wine With Steak

    Sake's not just for sushi, according to the latest promotion by the sake industry. "It's a world class drink, not just something that goes down hot at a Japanese restaurant," says Linda Kawabata of the Akita Sake Promotion and Export Council, which is hosting a tasting event in Dallas next Monday. ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    November 30, 2010

    JS Chen's Crab Fried Rice: Tackling
    The Mythical Beast

    Photos by Kristy Yang​Maybe tackling JS Chen's prodigious crab fried rice the day after Thanksgiving wasn't such a great idea, after all. Wanting to refresh our palates from turkey and stuffing bombardment, boyfriend and I took a breather from our half-hearted Black Friday shopping to pay a ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Of Dining, the American Dream and Places in the Heart

    ​Apologies for missing last week's Walk the Wok. Hope everyone has been eating well and has discovered something tasty since the last time we rendezvoused. During my MIA time, I've been revisiting past blog-subject restaurants with the intention of doing updates. I stopped in at Naga Thai to ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    V Bistro: Next Time, This Party of One
    Will Party Down the Block

    ​As this weather continues playing its schizophrenic mind games, the affect on me is a range of melodramatic "food swings." It's cold. I want something fat. It's hot. Maybe just some fruit. It's cold again. Maybe it's OK if I have a burger as long as I'm wearing a baggy sweater. Nope. ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Ba Le: Good Sandwiches, But Not Great

    ​A couple of weeks ago, when a visit to Ba Le in Garland proved disappointing, I teased that I would be trying out the much more highly recommended outpost in Arlington. The two restaurants couldn't be more opposite. While the Garland location is a small deli take-home type of establishmen ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Pho 95: Does U.S. Pho Beat Vietnam's?
    Not Always.

    ​One of my best friends recently emigrated from Vietnam to the United States. He was born in Ho Chi Minh City, spent all 30 years of his life there and is a proud Vietnamese, but when I last spoke to him, he said something that surprised me. What he said wasn't so surprising as much as from wh ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Underground Sushi: Tuna Rolls in the Tunnels

    When I first moved to Dallas, and was trying to figure out my neighborhood's food scene, my online research kept pointing me toward Kuai, a dumpling joint on Elm Street. Hanna Raskin​I scoured Elm Street, but couldn't find it. I had no idea then that the restaurant was beneath me, tucked into ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Ba Le in Garland Lays It on Thick

    It always surpsrises me when I return home from Vietnam a few pounds lighter. Keep in mind that the nation still is a third world country, and the general mindset of the Vietnamese isn't as diet-fanatical as it is here. Although I've traveled back to Vietnam quite frequently over the past decade, th ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Naga Thai is a Rare Winner in Victory Park

    Photos by Kristy Yang​Despite living down the street from the restaurant, I'd never ventured into Naga Thai. There are only a handful of Thai restaurants at which I will eat, and something about a Thai restaurant in Victory Park created images of high-priced, bastardized ethnic food in my mind ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Eating Asian in the Big Apple: The Highs, the Lows, the Many

    Bone Marrow at Prune​Having been on a business trip in New York for the last two weeks, I thought, surely I'd be off blogging duties. However, the man had different ideas for me, with a seemingly innocuous send-off of, "Have a safe trip. Send in anything interesting you might find." Crap. See ... More >>

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