Noodles and Rice Cafe
Address813 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-895-8833
Price$$
Scott's Review
Hot pot cooking has come to Mills 50, the downtown district known for its abundance of Asian restaurants. Hot pot cooking, which is known by many names in various countries, including shabu shabu and sukiyaki (Japan) and cu lao (Vietnam), might be thought of as an Asian version of fondue, wherein raw ingredients are cooked at the table by the diners themselves. There are a variety of broths to choose from, including beef, chicken and fish, plus herbal, miso and a spicy Thai version. (A hotter pot?) Vegan options are also available. The list of ingredients to add to your hot pot -- proteins, vegetables and noodles -- is also extensive with well over 50 items. Guests are offered a long ordering sheet, a la a sushi menu, and a pencil to make their selections. Be aware, however: each option is individually priced, and if you’re not careful, the items can add up quickly.... Read more
Rasa Asian Street Food
Address7730 E. Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-0402
Price$$
Scott's Review
Specializing in the popular small-plate street fare trend, Rasa does well with Malaysian dishes, especially the Curry Laksha.... Read more
Sticky Rice
Address1915 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone321-800-6352
Price$
Scott's Review
There are several restaurants in the area that specialize in Asian street fare, but Sticky Rice sticks to the foods of Laos. The title dish comes in a plastic bag instead of a bamboo steamer as it might on the streets of Vientiane, but you eat it the same, by pulling off a bit with your fingers and dipping it into one of the provided sauces.... Read more
Tako Cheena
Address932 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$
Scott's Review

Tako Cheena is the new concept from Pom Moongauklang, owner of of the popular Pom Pom’s sandwicherie. The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the type of food featured, tacos, and Moongauklang’s Asian heritage (she was born in Thailand). She combines Latin and Asian into true fusion cuisine.

It’s also pretty darned tasty. Moongauklang has a talent for making complex foods look simple, and for taking simple flavor combinations and giving them layers and textures that make them seem complex. It isn’t surprising that she worked at New York’s famed Nobu restaurant.

The menu is short. It offers a featured empanada and a roster of takos. I sampled an array of takos, and I liked every one of them. My favorite was the panko crusted cod, which had bite-sized nuggets of fish in the soft flour tortilla garnished with scallions and mixed cabbage. What really brought out the flavors, though, was the lusciously thick sweet and sour sauce that not only gave it a great taste but also made it look so pretty.

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Tasty Wok BBQ & Noodle House
Address1246 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-896-8988
Price$
Scott's Review
I visited Tasty Wok many years ago when it first opened on the corner of Shine Avenue and Colonial Drive. I was underwhelmed. I still wouldn’t put it on my list of best Asian restaurants, but the meal I had there was enjoyable enough to recommend for an everyday dining experience. For my entree I had the beef chow fun, which brought the noodle part of the operation into the game. The noodles were wide and had just the right amount of chew. They were tossed with bits of beef, strips of scallions and mung bean sprouts. The ingredients glistened but they weren’t greasy. I did find that the dish needed some extra spicing, but not squirts from the bottle of sriracha on the table. Instead I asked the server for some hot pepper oil, which she provided in a small dish. Just a pinch was all it needed.... Read more
Wonton Asian Kitchen
Address1230 Fairbanks Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-853-5466
Price$
Scott's Review
Wonton Asian Kitchen has all of the trappings of being a chain restaurant, including the good things that can be, such as a standardized and well-thought-out design and a regimented system for ordering and preparing. Unfortunately, that can also mean roboticized staffers and lifeless food. I observed all of the above at the Winter Park restaurant before discovering that it is not a chain. At least not yet. I'd bet just about anything that the owners have visions of multi-unit sales in their dreams.... Read more
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