March 12, 2019

BAO DOWN

Dallas chefs play homage to asian cuisine

The past year has graced us with an influx of stellar spots. On the radar: half-a-dozen worthwhile destinations celebrating the dishes, complex flavors, and cooking techniques of the Far East.

BOBADDICTION
Swing by this Deep Ellum stand (or catch one of its roaming trucks) for icy cold Taiwanese boba tea with tapioca pearls, mochi ice cream, egg waffles, and other sweet treats. If you’re a beginner start with the classics: milk tea or taro milk tea with boba. Can’t decide? Order the largest cup that’s split down the middle, so you can try two flavors at once. 3014 Main Street. 

GUNG HO
Cali-raised chef Kirstyn Brewer’s take on classic Chinese-American fare includes dim sum—steamed dumplings, egg rolls, and pot stickers—alongside classics like Kung Pao Chicken and Char Siu Pork. Tiki-style cocktails match the space’s vibrant scene in the heart of Lower Greenville. 2010 Greenville Avenue. 

SUMO SHACK
When it launched, the menu received lots of press for its Japanese hotdog, a fusion craze hailing from Vancouver (of all places) that tops Western-style dogs with bonito flakes, teriyaki sauce, and kewpie mayo. However the inventive selection of baos is where it’s at: Kentucky hot chicken, soft shell crab, BBQ brisket, green tea ice cream, and more. 5629 SMU Boulevard #120.

ALICE
The lighting is moody, the design harkens back to 1950’s Miami, and the vibe is right for a first date. This intimate restaurant and lounge at Ross and Hall touts Pan-Asian small plates—hamachi crudo, spring rolls, steamed buns, pork ribs and chicken yakitori—paired with playful cocktails and a soundtrack straight out of the ’70s and ’80s. 1623 North Hall Street, #103.

MONKEY KING NOODLE CO. 
Andrew Chen’s casual counter-serve eatery has definitely evolved since its start as a small stand in 2014. Now, with larger digs and patio space in Deep Ellum, Chen’s offering hand-pulled noodles, house-made soup dumplings, and soul-satisfying wonton soups inspired by the street food of Northern China. 2933 Main Street. 

NIWA
Modeled after traditional Japanese yakiniku spots, tables in this Deep Ellum spot features recessed, smoke-free grills. Order small plates of veggies like shishito peppers, tarmari sweet butter corn, and eryngii mushrooms. Then choose your cuts of meat: pork belly, chicken thighs, short ribs… Everything arrives at your table ready to grill and share. 2329 Main Street.