Everything You Can Eat at This Weekend's Asian Food Fest — Including Secret Menu Items

After taking last year off due to COVID, Asian Food Fest is back for its 10th anniversary with full food and entertainment lineup — and a new location.

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Asian Food Fest 2019

After taking a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID, Cincinnati's Asian Food Fest is celebrating its return and 10th anniversary this year — and moving the weekend-long dining extravaganza to a new location: the recently revamped Court Street Plaza downtown.

From 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 9 and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 10, Court Street — between Vine and Walnut streets — will play host to more than 25 food vendors, as well as live music, entertainment and local and Asian beer.

As Asia encompasses an extensive collection of cuisines, so too will Asian Food Fest with offerings from China and Japan to India, Laos and the Philippines. In addition, some vendors will be presenting "secret menu" items, which Asian Food Fest has called "a nod to the unlisted menu often found at many Asian restaurants in America that include traditional dishes that may not conform to mainstream American tastes."

Want to plan your eating strategy? Here's who is offering what — including those secret dishes.

First up, secret menu items for Saturday:

Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association

  • Cold Noodles
  • Zong Zi
  • Biang Biang Mian

Kim's Banh

  • Fried Sesame Seed Balls
  • Banh Bot Loc

And Sunday:

Little Taipei

  • Lu Rou Fan
  • Winter Melon Tea

Candlenut

  • Ayam Kecap
  • Shrimp/Tempe Cracker


Now for everything else you can binge:

Angie Tee's Kitchen

  • Malaysian Chicken Rendang with Fragrant Turmeric Rice & Cucumber
  • Spicy Sichuan Noodles Bowl served with shredded cucumber, scallions & roasted peanuts
  • Asian Mango Pudding
  • Ginger Peach Fresh Mint Iced Tea

 Blesame International

  • Spring rolls
  • BBQ pork and chicken
  • Pancit
  • Fried rice
  • Buco pandan
  • Cassava cake

Boba Cha

  • Golden Milk Tea
  • Lychee Tea
  • Peach-Lime
  • Red Bean Matcha

 Bridges Nepali

  • Samosa
  • Dumplings (momo)
  • Rice bowl, white rice, yellow lentils, chicken tikka masala and mixed veggies topping

 China Gourmet

  • Cold Sesame Noodles
  • Barbecue Shrimp
  • Mongolian Chicken
  • Beef Short Rib Singapore Noodle Style

 Chinos Street Food

  • Crab Rangoon
  • Rice and Chicken
  • Vietnamese Street Taco
  • Fruit Juice with Lychee Jelly
  • Fresh Juice with Leeche

 CinSoy Foods

  • Craft Soy Sauce

 Dai Trang Bistro

  • Pho Fries
  • Korean Corn Dog
  • Thai Tea Waffle

Eam Kruesah

  • Sweet Potato Pork Spring Roll
  • Bai-Cha (Fried Rice)
  • Steak Skewer
  • Nompang Saut-Ko AKA Beef Sandwich

 Kona Ice

  • 16 oz Shaved Ice

Kung Fu Tea

  • Peach Oolong Tea
  • Passionfruit Green Tea w/ Nata Jelly
  • Taro Milk Green Tea w/ boba
  • Black Milk Tea w/ boba

Lalo-Chino Latino

  • Elote - Corn on cob
  • Asian Taquitos
  • Vietnamese Grilled Ribs
  • Chino Taco
  • Fresh Fruit Cup

 Lang Thang Group

  • Okonomiyaki
  • Vegetarian Okonomiyaki
  • Chicken Congee
  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Mahope

  • Cambodian chicken taco
  • Cambodian street dog
  • Cambodian Coney

Maki Express

  • Gyoza
  • Shoyu Ramen
  • Tonkatsu
  • Japanese Greentea Tiramisu

Red Sesame

  • Korean taco
  • Mini quesadilla

Roll On In

  • Crab Rangoons
  • Sushi Donut
  • California Burrito
  • Pork Dumplings

S.E.A. Cuisine Food truck

  • Asian Tacos w/Egg Roll: Beef/Shrimp/Fish/Chicken
  • Coconut Cream Donuts
  • Egg Rolls

Siamorchid Thai restaurant

  • Spring rolls or Fresh spring Rolla
  • Orchid salad or egg drop soup
  • Basil Chicken Fried rice
  • Fried banana

streetpops

  • Lychee coconut streetpop
  • Thai basil lime streetpop
  • Avocado streetpop
  • Ube streetpop
  • Pineapple passionfruit streetpop
  • Vietnamese coffee streetpop

Tea n Bowl Asian Food and Bubble Tea

  • Moo Ping ( Thai Style BBQ Pork Skewer)
  • TNB Chicken Skewer
  • Curry Laksa Noodle SOup
  • Malaysia Prawn Noodle Soup
  • Malaysia Kopi Ais (Malaysia Black Coffee with Condensed Milk)
  • Ais Rose Limau (Rose Limenade)

TeakOTR

  • Green Curry Chicken
  • Basil Fried Rice Pork Belly
  • Green Curry Chicken
  • Sunday Morning Roll
  • Thai Tea

Thai Express

  • Pad Thai Chicken/Tofu
  • Khao Soi Chicken/Tofu
  • Green Curry Chicken/Tofu
  • Thai Iced Tea/Coffee

Entertainment over the weekend includes performances from Filipino dance group The Dancing Kimonas, Chinese cultural dances from Bing Yang, Japanese drumming from Wadaiko Gouken Taiko, DJs and a special AFF Vibes collection of national Asian American talent, including headliners R&B singer/songwriter Justin Park and rapper Demie Cao on Saturday and singer/songwriter Jules Aurora and Sun Satica on Sunday.

For more details and a full schedule, visit asianfoodfest.org


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