Category Archives: Asian food

Cafe Asia nixes lunch — sort of

Cafe Asia, the restaurant tucked away in the corner of Normandie Village at 6546 E. Central that’s popular with fans of Chinese and Malaysian food, has stopped serving lunch — at least in the restaurant.

Owner Yook Gan said she stopped opening the doors for lunch last month, though patrons still can get lunch to-go from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Gan said she’s picked up a strong catering business, which she wants to concentrate on during daytime hours. Dinner still is served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information or to place lunch orders, call 316-685-8818.

Wichita Eagle Dining Panel review: Thai House

Deliciousness from Thai House. Photo by Ching Brubaker.

I’m continuing to love the work of the members of the Wichita Eagle Dining Panel. They’re enthusiastic, smart and — BONUS — it turns out they’re great food photographers.

Today’s Go! section was too full of River Festivalness to fit in Ching Brubaker’s first effort. We’ll publish her review of Thai House on Sunday. You can take a look at it now online, but I warn you, don’t read hungry.

I also failed to point out last week’s review of Paleteria La Reyna by Philip Warren and the previous week’s Pho Chopstix review by Natasha Creasman. These both are places I can’t wait to visit in the very near future. They sold me, for sure.

Also, watch the paper this week for reviews of River Festival food court food from panel members Warren, Andrew Gough and Jeff Christensen.

Happy New Year

Here’s my friend Jaime Green’s annual video created from the colorful and noisy New Year’s celebration at Saigon, 1103 N. Broadway. Enjoy…

Year of the Dragon starts with free, discounted food

A couple of Asian chains are offering free food and discounts in honor of the Chinese New Year, which is today.

Panda Express is offering a pretty amazing deal, though I predict you’ll stand in a long line to get it. If you go to the restaurant’s website and print off a coupon, you can redeem it today for a free order of Firecracker chicken breast. The coupon is good only today, and no other purchase is required.

And starting today through Feb. 6, patrons who visit P.F. Chang’s at 1401 N. Waterfront Pkwy will get a red envelope that contains either a discount coupon or a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert to be used on a future visit.

Happy New Year!

They’ll dance while you dine

If you click on this picture and blow it up, you will see my friend Nancy's head in the upper right hand corner. Jaime Green shot this last year at Saigon, 1103 N. Broadway.

A couple of local Asian restaurants will soon be offering traditional cultural dancing to entertain their diners.

One is Sit @ Thai Bistro, which has recently begun an every-Friday-night traditional dance show. From 6 to 7 p.m. at the restaurant’s west side location, 7603 W. 21st St., a professional Thai dancer from Bangkok performs.

Monday is the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated by many countries. It’s the Year of the Dragon, and local Vietnamese restaurant Saigon, 1103 N. Broadway, will celebrate as it does every year with traditional Dragon Dancers in the restaurant around noon. Check out the picture above if you doubt how well this spectacle accompanies a #45.

Restaurants open on Christmas

Syed Abbas plans to open his Middle Eastern restaurant Zaytun on Christmas Day.

It might seem a little bit early, but I’ve compiled my list of restaurants planning to be open on Christmas Day. The more time you have to plan, I figure, the better. Plus, I’ve already received about a dozen e-mails from people wanting to know.

As usual, the list includes an interesting mix of Asian eateries, family buffets and a few random restaurants willing to give Christmas hours a go.

There are a few new players this year: Zaytun owner Syed Abbas is planning to open and serve a Middle Eastern brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. And the Starbucks at 29th and Rock will open from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Christmas. It’ll be the only Starbucks in town that will be open.

Follow this link to see the full list, and if you see that I’ve missed a restaurant, e-mail me. I can still add it between now and Dec. 25.

Question of the week: Which Asian fare do you prefer?

An array of foods at last year's Asian Festival.

The Asian Festival is on Saturday, and if you like food and haven’t been, you’re making a big mistake. The event fills up Century II with a wonderland of sizzling, spicy succulent Asian cuisine from more than a dozen countries.

Wichita has a pretty good array of Asian restaurants, with the best representation coming from China, Vietnam, Thailand, India and Japan.

What’s your favorite type of Asian food in Wichita? And which local restaurant serves the best version of your favorite?

Answer in the comments section below.

Sign gone at Saigon

And a new one is in its place.

Fans of Wichita’s flagship Vietnamese restaurant at 1103 N. Broadway may have noticed during the past several weeks that the place was sign-less. Some killer wind attacked a few weeks ago and did the old sign in.

But a new, yellow-er one is now in place. And it looks pretty wind resistant, doesn’t it?

Incidentally, I found out on a recent visit that Saigon owner Hanh Bui is the coach of a Vietnamese soccer team that’s apparently pretty talented. There he is, the official looking one in the front row.

Hanh Bui: Master of the No. 49 and of the soccer field.

A year and 48 lunches later…

A delicious offering from Manna Wok, 4865 E. Harry.

A year ago, local food fan Richard Bowman read one of my dining stories that reprinted local restaurant owner and foodie extraordinaire Tanya Tandoc’s favorite restaurants and her favorite dishes at each of those restaurants.

Bowman felt like he was stuck in a lunch rut, so he invited a couple of buddies to join him on a quest to eat their way down the list. For the past year, Bowman would get together with his Doug Ballard and Joe Wilson on Fridays and try out one of the places on the list. They’ve now traveled completely through it, and on Friday, they’ll go to Tanya’s Soup Kitchen for their final meal to mark their accomplishment.

Bowman told me that he and his buddies really enjoyed the quest and found several new eateries they would never have tried otherwise. Among his new favorites: Manna Wok at 4865 E. Harry. “I’d driven by that place for years and had just never stopped,” he said.

Bowman and his crew are going to have their picture taken with Tanya on Friday, and he promises to share a copy.

Spring roll emergency

I heard from a reader this morning who wanted to know who makes the best spring rolls and/or pot stickers in town. She’s having a dinner party for 12 and needs to supplement the menu with something she doesn’t have to make.

I love Saigon’s spring rolls, which are fat and fresh and bursting with shrimp, rice noodles and fresh herbs. They’re pretty inexpensive, too. But I know that Wichita, with its large Asian population, is literally springing with spring rolls.

Any other spring roll suggestions?