Cincinnati's Asian Food Week Returns This May

Fifty eateries from across Greater Cincinnati are participating and offering either a special $20-$30 prix fixe, three-course meal or a secret menu item.

Elaine Townsend (right) and Erik Bentz at their new brick-and-mortar Mochiko - PHOTO: FRANCISCO HUERTA
Photo: Francisco Huerta
Elaine Townsend (right) and Erik Bentz at their new brick-and-mortar Mochiko

Last year, after COVID canceled the super popular Asian Food Fest, the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati (AACAC) — the group that produces both the Asian Food Fest and the Daspo Lunar New Year party — decided to launch the inaugural Asian Food Week.

And people loved it.

Well, Asian Food Week is back this May as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). While APAHM celebrations take place May 1-31, Asian Food Week runs May 3-9

Fifty eateries from across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are participating and offering either a special $20-$30 prix fixe, three-course meal or a secret menu item (and sometimes both). As Asia encompasses an extensive collection of cuisines, so too will Asian Food Week with offerings from Vietnamese, Hawaiian, Indian, Chinese restaurants and more. 

Of Asian Food Week and all of the APAHM celebrations, Caitlin Behle, AACAC board member and APAHM committee chair, said in a release, "In the face of an unfathomable rise in violence and discrimination against Asians, we need to shine a greater light on Asian voices, Asian history and Asian joy.”

For example, the new Mochiko in East Walnut Hills is offering Cincinnati-style mazemen as its secret menu items, while Lalo downtown is offering Mexican bao buns as theirs.

Tea 'n' Bowl in Clifton is offering a $25 three-course meal with your choice of steam dumpling, takoyaki or lucky bao as the first course; Japanese curry with chicken katsu, Korean spicy tofu or Thai pineapple fried rice as the second course; and crispy sesame balls, crispy sweet potato balls or a slice of cassava cake for the third course.

Participating eateries include: 

  • Arawan Thai Sushi
  • Baba India Restaurant
  • Baraka Tea House
  • Boba Cha
  • Blue Gibbon Chinese Restaurant
  • Bridges Nepalese (Northside and Downtown)
  • Brick House Cafe
  • Chako Bakery Cafe
  • China Gourmet
  • Christine's Casual Dining
  • Crzy Monk
  • Dean's Mediterranean Imports
  • Deme Kitchen
  • Dope! Asian Street Fare (Downtown and Anderson)
  • Fusabowl (Clifton, Colerain, Mason, Western Hills, Woodlawn)
  • Grand Oriental
  • Guru India
  • Hi-Mark
  • Kampuchea Kitchen
  • Kiki College Hill
  • Lalo Chino Latino
  • Maki Express Ramen House
  • Milk Jar Cafe (Hyde Park, West Chester)
  • Mochiko
  • Oriental Wok
  • Pho Lang Thang
  • Pin Toh Asian
  • Poke Hut
  • Quan Hapa
  • Queen's Bakery
  • Raja India
  • Ramen Hachi
  • Sago Eurasian Cuisine and Rotisserie
  • Saigon Noodle Bar
  • Sawasdee Thai Cuisine and Sushi
  • Sichuan Palace
  • Stone Bowl Sushi, Ramen and Korean
  • Swagat India House
  • Tea 'n' Bowl
  • Teak OTR
  • Thai Express 
  • Uncle Yip's
  • Yat Ka Mein Noodle House

For more information and to view the menus available at each restaurant, visit asianati.com/articles/afw

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