Asian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    The Six Best Ramen and Pho Dishes in St. Louis

    As chilly fall temperatures sweep in, we're looking forward to steamy bowls of noodle soup, rich with umami, to warm us up. Cozy up with the best Japanese ramen and Vietnamese pho the city has to offer for a comforting way to beat the autumn frost. See also: Death in the Afternoon makes lunch the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    CBGB Mixes the Best Sandinista -- a Shot Made with Sriracha -- in St. Louis

    The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. The "Sandinista" is a curious shot, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Happy Hour at Café Mochi: Just Roll With It

    Café Mochi (3221 South Grand Boulevard, 314-773-5000) The Hours: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. The Deal: Select rolls are half-off, $1 off beers and two-for-one select cocktails.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Qui Tran Lives the American Dream and Continues His Mother's Legacy at Mai Lee

    This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Part two, a Q & A with Tran, will appear tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Qui Tran can't discuss his childhood without mentioning Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-64 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    First Look: Bombay Food Junkies Food Truck

    When Sid and Krupa Panchal moved from Mumbai (formerly Bombay) to St. Louis eight years ago, they knew they would miss the street food of the coastal Indian city. Finding that none of the Indian restaurants in town specialize in the type of food traditional to Mumbai, the Panchals took matters into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Soup Countdown #10: Pho at Mai Lee

    January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Soup Countdown #15: Café Mochi's Udon Soup

    January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Momoyama Reopens (Without Yoshi)

    ​Momoyama (1637 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-536-7778) reopened yesterday, September 28, after a brief, confusing hiatus.The sushi restaurant first announced on Facebook that it was closing for good but might reopen in a new location next year. When Gut Check called to confirm the news, howeve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    The Final (We Think) Blue Ocean Sushi Update

    Ian FroebThe original, now closed and relocated, Blue Ocean Sushi​Our story so far: Blue Ocean Sushi, the all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant at 609 Eastgate Avenue, just off the Delmar Loop, took over Loop mainstay Seki, located a few blocks west at 6335 Delmar Boulevard.At the end of May, Seki's na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Trying to Favor Curry at Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine

    Ian FroebRed curry at Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine​The Place: Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine (9250 Watson Road, Crestwood; 314-842-0307), a bustling little restaurant in a homely strip mall.The Deal: Red curry with beef, with a complimentary starter of miso soup and two egg rolls, for $7.49

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Review Preview: Fin Japanese Cuisine

    This week, I trek out to west county to visit Fin Japanese Cuisine (1682 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-536-4228). It's a sushi restaurant, yes, but not only a sushi restaurant.The list of sushi on Fin's order slip is so extensive, the descriptions of its basic and specialty rolls so detailed, tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Kraken Wise: Squid Rocks

    ​No question about it: Squid and octopus are in. On a whirlwind visit to New York late last year, Gut Check partook of octopus dishes at four different restaurants on four consecutive nights. Last week, right here in blogland, our featured chef of the week Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto shared her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Eliott Harris' Tuna and Salmon Tartare

    This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec. Part one is available here; part two is here. Robin Wheeler​"People have this misconception about the Midwest that if you're landlocked, tough," sushi chef Eliott Harris says of sashimi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Chef's Choice: Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec. For part two, a Q&A, click here. Stay tuned for part three, a recipe from Chef Harris that will post on Friday. Robin WheelerKnife to meet you: Sushi chef Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec.​How d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    A Table for How Many? at Haveli Indian Restaurant

    We don't expect our favorite Italian, American, Thai, sushi or Bosnian restaurants to serve food buffet-style. But when it comes to Indian food, St. Louisans have become spoiled by lunch buffets and often don't even consider having Indian food for dinner."How would I know what to order on the dinne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Review Preview: Café Mochi

    This week I visit Café Mochi, which opened in April on South Grand, serving sushi and other Japanese fare:A friend recently asked me a hypothetical question: If I could eat one meal anywhere in the world, and price were no object, what and where would it be?I would like to claim that I pondered the ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 8, 2009
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    June 17, 2009
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    February 6, 2009

    FoodWire: BBC Banh Mi, Boba Tea & Creperie Remodeling

    BBC Banh Mi, Boba Tea & Creperie (243 North Euclid Avenue; Web site) is closed for remodeling. According to the signs posted on its windows, BBC will reopen later this month as a full-fledged sit-down restaurant with table service and a new food and drink menu. The signs do say that "favorites" ... More >>

  • News

    April 25, 2007

    Chinatown Confidential

    The Chiu Chow cuisine of Meng Lei.

  • Music

    March 29, 2006

    Kim Chi

    Friday, March 31, 9 p.m. Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue)

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • Dining

    April 28, 2004

    Color My World

    Graffiti Global Grill is as bright and appealing as a brand-new box of Crayolas

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003


    Pho Grand

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Thai Cuisine

    The King & I

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003


    Pho Grand

  • Dining

    June 26, 2002

    A Grand Time

    Pho Saigon delivers delicious, authentic food in a forgotten corner of the South Grand strip

  • Dining

    October 10, 2001

    Miso Hungry

    Clayton's newest restaurant offering has its multiple personalities well in order

  • Dining

    September 19, 2001

    Raw Power

    When the service catches up to the food, Fuji Sushi will be on the road to delivering a good meal

  • Dining

    September 5, 2001

    Hello, Delhi

    St. Louis adds to its trove of Indian-restaurant riches

  • Dining

    July 18, 2001

    Brimful of Rajas

    Despite the humble beginnings of its setting, Tandoori Hut is turning out flavorful, elegant meals

  • Dining

    June 6, 2001

    Euclidean Math

    The numbers may be a little higher than you'd expect for Vietnamese food in St. Louis, but Little Saigon Café's offerings add up to an enjoyable meal

  • Dining

    May 23, 2001

    Tei Time

    With her new restaurant, Nippon Tei, Ann Bognar outdoes herself

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  • Dining

    February 21, 2001

    Zum Zum In

    South Grand's newest restaurant promises delicious Subcontinental cuisine and exquisitely personal service

  • Dining

    December 20, 2000

    Seoul Searching

    On the lookout for St. Louis' best Korean food

  • Dining

    November 22, 2000

    Dim Sum-mary

    Yes, St. Louis has dim sum. Yes, it's good.

  • Dining

    November 15, 2000

    Some Like It Hot

    Maharaja curries a taste for the spices of India

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Pad Thai

    The King & I

  • Dining

    June 21, 2000

    Get Your Goat

    Making a passage to India Palace for interesting, tasty fare

  • Dining

    June 14, 2000

    On with the Show

    A local Vietnamese eatery's second act draws a rousing ovation

  • Dining

    May 3, 2000

    Pho Nouveau

    A move to larger quarters brings Pho Grand nigh unto perfection

  • Dining

    April 5, 2000

    Teppan Dancing

    Going east -- 15 miles or so -- for great Japanese food

  • Dining

    March 29, 2000

    East of Eden

    Visiting a St. Louis stronghold of Chinese cuisine

  • Dining

    July 21, 1999

    Aromatic for the People

    The sweet smell of success at the India's Rasoi in the CWE

  • Dining

    July 14, 1999

    Yes, Siam

    Manee Thai brings welcome spice to bland suburbia

  • Dining

    July 7, 1999
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    May 26, 1999
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    February 3, 1999
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    November 25, 1998
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