Pad Thai, banh mi, chow mein, sushi, curry… Listing every exquisite Asian dish might be impossible, but the ninth annual Asian Food Fest will let you savor all the best Eastern cuisine in the Queen City.
For one weekend, 34 restaurants and food trucks representing over 10 different countries — from Cambodia to China and India to Taiwan — will sell small samples of their best dishes for between $2 and $6.
A “secret menu” booth will also offer a transitory series of homemade fare from local amateur chefs like Sichuan cold noodles on Saturday and veggie Vietnamese fried spring rolls on Sunday.
There will also be performances from dancers, DJs and martial artists, plus sake and beer from Tsingtao and Sapporo.
Here's a list of the current vendors; you can find a map of vendor booths online:
- Adelina's Lumpia: The Manila (beef, cabbage and carrot lumpia); the Cebu (banana, jackfruit and coconut turon); rice and ube ice cream
- Bamboo Kitchen: Pho burrito; chicken and veggie potstickers; coconut aloe water; sakoo (Lao tapiacoa)
- Blesame Catering Services: Pork or chicken Filipino barbecue; Kaldereta (beef or chicken stew); pork or chicken Filipino empanada; ube cake; sweet rice Puto; Karioka
- Boba Cha: An assortment of teas and milk tea
- Bread House Bakery: Egg tarts, breads, cake slices, Chinese tea, fresh fruit
- Bridges Nepali Cuisine: Chicken tikka with rice; Sekuwa with rice; momo; Lassi
- China Gourmet: Szechuan rack of lamb; beef short ribs; cold sesame noodles; cold cucumber chicken salad
- Chino's Street Food: Vietnamese street taco; Vietnamese street bowl; fried rice with marinated chicken; fresh fruit juice with lychee jelly
- Christine's Casual Dining: Beef and pork eggrolll; mango shake
- Dai Trang Bistro: Mini Siopao (savory steamed chicken bun); chicken and ube waffle skewers; Korean dog; Che Thai-iced Vietnamese dessert
- Dope! Noodle & Dumpling Shop: Pork and napa dumpling; chicken and mushroom dumpling; ginger sesame kale salad; green papaya salad
- Eam Kruesah: Steak skewer; Nampang Saut-Ko (beef sandwich); Bai-Cha (Cambodian fried rice); sweet potato pork spring roll
- Haleolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine: Kalau pork; Dole whip or banana lumpia; pineapple teriyaki chicken; chicken adobo, pancit or lumpia
- Huit Food Group: Chino taco; conchinita pibil steam bun; grilled pork dumpling; Huit famous elotes
- Injoy: Chicken tikka masala bowl; tikka mac and cheese; turmeric and pistachio shortbread
- Kona shaved ice
- Kung Fu Tea
- Pho Lang Thang/Quan Hapa: Nuoc mam and honey wings; gochujang wings; nitro Vietnamese coffee; nitro Vietnamese limeade
- Mahope: grilled wings; Cambodian chicken or veggie tacos; Cambodian coconut waffle on a stick; Thai tea; Lort Chong (Pandan flavor rice noodle with tapioca pearls and coconut milk with simple syrup served over ice)
- Men Can Cook: Prata with vegetarian kheema or chicken rendang; pai tee with nyonya vegetable or chili shrimp; milk tea
- Ono Grindz: Kalua nachos; Spam masubi; kimchi burger; Cajun blackened chicken and basil pesto rice
- Our Lady of Lavang Church: Vietnamese crepes; skewered pork balls; Chao Tom (shrimp wrapped to sugarcane); Goi Ga (chicken salad)
- Pho Kimmy: Grilled pork skewer; Cha Gio (eggroll); chicken salad; Thai tea
- Poke Hut: Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken; Charsu barbecue pork bun; fried tofu veggie bun; bubble tea
- Puffs N' Buns: beef curry puff; chicken curry puff; vegetarian curry puff; summer bibimbap
- Roll On In: Sushi taco; sushi burrito; ahi tuna nachos; crab rangoon
- Siam Orchid Thai Restaurant: Chicken pop top; chicken basil fried rice; spring rolls; fried bananas
- Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant: Chicken bibimbap; tofu bibimbap; chicken or tofu japche; Korean honey tea
- streetpops: Avocado, Thai basil lime, lychee coconut, ube and mango creamsicle flavored ice pops
- Tea 'N' Bowl: Curry laska or Malaysian prawn noodle soup; Malaysia curry; Teh Tarik; crispy chicken with salted egg yolk
- Thai Express: Khao soy; green curry; pad Thai; Northern salad
- Vannon's Cambodian Street Food: Oun Mei's pork tenderloin skewer; Lotcha; Cambodian corn on the cob; rip tip and rice
- Yat Ka Mein: Sesame chicken; dan dan noodles; cheese rangoog; sesame balls
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday (May 11); noon-8 p.m. Sunday (May 12). Free admission. Freedom Way at The Banks, between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown, asianfoodfest.org.