April 27, 2021

19 Secret Menu Items You Can Try During Asian Food Week May 3-9

Fifty restaurants across the Greater Cincinnati area will be participating in the 2021 Asian Food Week from May 3-9. This event kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and participants can celebrate by trying the diverse range of Asian cuisine that this region has to offer. Asian Food Week, which launched in November 2020, is produced by the Asianati and the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati. According to the organizers in a recent release, they felt compelled to start this campaign now because Asian-owned restaurants have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and related anti-Asian sentiment. The event is intended to celebrate a range of Asian cultures and support local Asian restaurants. In addition to offering three-course prix fixe menus, several participating restaurants have “secret menu items” that customers can order throughout the week. From specialized bento boxes to Korean barbecue, these restaurants are offering unique meals and deals for a limited time. For more information and specific menu offerings, visit this asianati.com. *Please note that since most of these are novel menu items, photos may not represent each secret dish.
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Sawasdee Thai Cuisine and Sushi
6600 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
Secret Menu Items: Thai Papaya Salad (papaya salad, sticky rice and grilled chicken; $12.99); Bento Box ($12.99)
Photo: Catie Viox/Provided by Asianati

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine and Sushi

6600 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
Secret Menu Items: Thai Papaya Salad (papaya salad, sticky rice and grilled chicken; $12.99); Bento Box ($12.99)
Photo: Catie Viox/Provided by Asianati
Cafe Mochiko
1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Secret Menu Item: Cincinnati-Style Mazemen ($15)
Photo: facebook.com/mochikocincy

Cafe Mochiko

1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Secret Menu Item: Cincinnati-Style Mazemen ($15)
Photo: facebook.com/mochikocincy
Queen’s Bakery
4770 Fields Ertel Road, Mason
Secret Menu Items: Fruity Fantasy Tea ($6.98); “Not a Plain Roll” Roll ($9.98); Tea + Roll Combo ($16)
Photo: facebook.com/queensbakerycincy

Queen’s Bakery

4770 Fields Ertel Road, Mason
Secret Menu Items: Fruity Fantasy Tea ($6.98); “Not a Plain Roll” Roll ($9.98); Tea + Roll Combo ($16)
Photo: facebook.com/queensbakerycincy
Pho Lang Thang
1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Secret Menu Items: Bo Luc Lac Special ($20) — 1. Cháo Ga (Chicken Congee) or Cháo Nam (Mushroom Congee); 2. Side Salad; 3. Bo Luc Lac
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pho Lang Thang

1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Secret Menu Items: Bo Luc Lac Special ($20) — 1. Cháo Ga (Chicken Congee) or Cháo Nam (Mushroom Congee); 2. Side Salad; 3. Bo Luc Lac
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Quan Hapa
1331 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Secret Menu Items: Papaya Salad, 3 KFC Wings, Ramen or Rice Noodle Bowl ($25)
Photo: facebook.com/quanhapa

Quan Hapa

1331 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Secret Menu Items: Papaya Salad, 3 KFC Wings, Ramen or Rice Noodle Bowl ($25)
Photo: facebook.com/quanhapa
Ramen Hachi
17 W. Church St., Oxford
Secret Menu Items: Choose a Signature Ramen Bowl, Tuna Poke Sampler, Japanese Gyoza Dumpling, Hachi Pork Bun and Mochi Ice Cream ($22 per set)
Photo: Ramen Hachi Facebook

Ramen Hachi

17 W. Church St., Oxford
Secret Menu Items: Choose a Signature Ramen Bowl, Tuna Poke Sampler, Japanese Gyoza Dumpling, Hachi Pork Bun and Mochi Ice Cream ($22 per set)
Photo: Ramen Hachi Facebook
Milk Jar Cafe
3880 Paxton Ave., Oakley
Secret Menu Items: Blueberry Matcha Latte (Regular: $4.85); Blueberry Milkies (Regular: $4.75)
Photo: facebook.com/milkjarcincy

Milk Jar Cafe

3880 Paxton Ave., Oakley
Secret Menu Items: Blueberry Matcha Latte (Regular: $4.85); Blueberry Milkies (Regular: $4.75)
Photo: facebook.com/milkjarcincy
Kiki College Hill
5932 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Secret Menu Item: Vegetarian Thai Curry Ramen ($12)
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Kiki College Hill

5932 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Secret Menu Item: Vegetarian Thai Curry Ramen ($12)
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Chako Bread & Cake
611 Main St., Covington
Secret Menu Items: Onigiri Bento Set (Two Japanese Riceballs; Salmon Filling), Karaage (Fried Chicken), Potato Salad and Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omlette) ($12)
Photo: facebook.com/chakobakery

Chako Bread & Cake

611 Main St., Covington
Secret Menu Items: Onigiri Bento Set (Two Japanese Riceballs; Salmon Filling), Karaage (Fried Chicken), Potato Salad and Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omlette) ($12)
Photo: facebook.com/chakobakery
The Hi-Mark
3229 Riverside Drive, East End
Secret Menu Items: Six Wings, Chili Mac, Wanderer Beer ($20); Korean BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Cup of Chili, Wanderer Beer ($20); 12 Korean BBQ Wings, Cup of Chili, Wanderer Beer ($20) 
Photo: facebook.com/thehimark

The Hi-Mark

3229 Riverside Drive, East End
Secret Menu Items: Six Wings, Chili Mac, Wanderer Beer ($20); Korean BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Cup of Chili, Wanderer Beer ($20); 12 Korean BBQ Wings, Cup of Chili, Wanderer Beer ($20)
Photo: facebook.com/thehimark