Asian Food and Cooking

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    November 11, 2014

    Morimoto's Miami Debut Is Cool, Collected, and Full of Surprises

    Masaharu Morimoto's latest outpost is so understated that a bellhop might have to steer you toward its discreet hiding place in the Shelborne Wyndham Grand's starchy white lobby, which is spotless after its recent $90 million face-lift.

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    November 7, 2014

    Hannya's Vietnamese Brunch: Korean Pancake, Flash-Fried Spring Rolls, and Pho

    Miami has grown accustomed to the idea that brunch means bottomless booze and putting an egg on things, but in Vietnamese cooking, egg isn't a big part of the cuisine. Instead, pho and tea is the typical Sunday ritual. At Hannya, the Japanese restaurant in Brickell from the duo behind Akashi and Ric ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Thirty Years of Tropical Chinese: "Chinese Way Is to Fill the Tummy"

    A five-year restaurant run in this city is quite an accomplishment. Now multiply that times six and you'll get the magic number of years Tropical Chinese has seen steamed dim sum carts roll throughout its crimson, lantern-lit interior. The 30th anniversary came with a celebration last night that in ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Doral Japanese-Peruvian Gem Tira.D.Toss Hides in Plain Sight

    Take a pull of chicha morada -- a sweet, bluish drink made with Peruvian purple corn, pineapple, and orange accented by the spicy aroma of cinnamon and cloves. Nibble an anticucho of a half-dozen juicy, glistening chunks of beef heart seasoned with little more than garlic, salt, and a good sear. Rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Katsuya Revamps Menu: "We're Getting Fish From Japan and Locally"

    It's been two years that Katsuya has been serving up sashimi to the health-conscious crowd of South Beach. The brand, which opened in Los Angeles in 1997 and expanded outside of the Golden State just two years ago, is spreading rather quickly. In just two years, chef Katsuya Uechi has opened outpos ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Hannya Opens in Brickell: Larry Chi Continues the Akashi Legacy and Then Some (Photos)

    Larry Chi has been working with fish in raw form since his early 20s. His restaurant, Akashi, which opened in 1993 near Sunset Place was among the first sushi bars in South Miami. Twenty-one years later, it is a landmark of the local culinary scene. Two decades, two Akashi's, and one renovation la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove's Indian Series Launches Today

    It is no easy feat to find sensational Indian food in Miami. The profound level of spices and ingredients in Indian dishes are quite difficult to replicate and perfect. Luckily, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is bringing back its Indian cuisine with a six-week long experience. Executive chef Ramesh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Aoki in Dadeland Continues Benihana Legacy

    Chances are you've heard of Benihana, the famous teppanyaki chain that spread like wildfire across America. Well, did you know that the son of Rocky Aoki (the founder of Benihana) is the founder of Doraku, and that he's related to the global superstar DJ Steve Aoki, and that the new teppanyaki joint ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 26, 2014
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    June 24, 2014

    La Mar: Peruvian Classics Elevated to Haute Cuisine

    The unmistakable snapping of rice in a superheated stone bowl hints at what's to come. The heavy gray-and-white-flecked basin typical of Japanese eateries seems misplaced at first in a Peruvian restaurant. But the nutty, charred scent of crisping grains soon dispenses any concerns about eating a Kor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Sushi & Sake 101: How Hot Sake Came About and What Ginger Is Really For

    Making sushi is an art, and Sushi Samba Coral Gables' executive sushi chef, Eric Ou, paints a blank canvas with brilliant colors. Red, orange, white, and green all come alive in his vibrant preparations, which take him no longer than 45 seconds to roll. For newbies who recently made sushi during the ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Asian Thai Kitchen: From Bangkok to a Grove Convenience Store

    Homeless men mutter to themselves outside the Kwik Stop on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove. Yet tucked inside the convenience store, KT Mongkolthalang and her mother, Toya, stand behind a glass case stacked high with cans of Mae Ploy coconut milk and amber bottles of fish sauce while they toss pearl ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Blackbrick Launches Brunch: Peking Duck and Waffles, Breakfast Fried Rice

    What do you get when your favorite Chinese dishes and American classic brunch items have a love child? We're picturing Peking duck and waffles; fried rice with scrambled eggs and sausage; and an omelet stuffed with Szechuan beef. Blackbrick's Richard Hales must be reading minds, because that's exa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    PepperJelly Co.'s Kickstarter Campaign for Cuban Sriracha

    Hot sauce is a staple on the Cuban table and Michael Diaz's family is no exception to that rule. His grandfather, who recently passed away, left behind a hot sauce legacy. What he didn't leave behind? The recipe. That prompted Diaz to hit the kitchen with hopes of recreating it. "One day I mixed sr ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Sumi Yakitori Sold to New Owners, Now Serving Sushi

    Sumi Yakitori was unlike any other restaurant in Miami. Its hamachi was shipped daily from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Its menu featured sautéed tofu skin, whole deep-fried quail, skewered chicken hearts, and wild mushroom kamameshi. There was yakitori -- meats skewered on bamboo sticks and cooke ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014
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    January 28, 2014

    Blackbrick in Midtown Serves the Chinese Food You've Been Waiting For

    The best place to sit at Blackbrick is certainly the kitchen bar. From there, you can watch the 63-year-old chef from Hong Kong stir-fry mustard greens in his red-hot wok. The way he works is soothing -- how swiftly he moves and how intently he waits, hands behind his back, while you eat. He hopes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Five Reasons Miami Sushi Sucks

    On the outside, it seems like Miami has all the necessary ingredients for fantastic sushi: a seaside location, an international culture, and a love of food. It turns out that's not enough. We're seriously lacking in the sushi department. Here are five reasons Miami sushi isn't up to snuff. See als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Top Five Places To Get Chinese Food on Christmas

    For those of us who are not gentiles, Christmas usually involves Chinese food and, of course, Peking duck. Or as Ralphie in A Christmas Story calls it, "Chinese turkey." Lately, our chopsticks have gotten a lot of exercise in the 305. We've been looking for Chinese restaurants open on Christmas t ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Miyako Japanese Restaurant: Eat Sushi off a Naked Model's Body for $40

    This year, the sixteen-year-old Miyako Japanese Restaurant in Doral experienced big changes: new ownership, new chef, and new menu. Short Order was invited to try the latest food additions. Owner Adrian Arguelles sat down and spoke to us about the concept and dishes that he dreamt up with chef Adri ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2013
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    November 6, 2013

    Gabose, Best Korean Restaurant in South Florida, Looking to Open in Miami

    Korean cuisine is all about the heat. "If a soup's not bubbling, then it's not fresh," explains Fred Kim, co-owner of the fabled Korean barbecue restaurant Gabose in Lauderhill. "I've probably generated some scar tissue on my tongue. We have a high tolerance to really hot liquid. It tastes better t ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Gabose in Lauderhill: Best Korean Restaurant in South Florida

    The beef tongue arrives raw and slivered, its flesh marbled with strips of fat. You cook it on a wire grate over charcoal, which burns crimson in a pit on your table. In seconds, the meat turns from pink and slick to charred and shriveled. "It's too hot," exclaims the waitress at Gabose in Lauderhil ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Wackiest Sushi Rolls

    Miami, you take food fusions to a whole other level. You have pastelito hamburgers, sweet plantain ice cream, and Chinese bao buns stuffed with lechón asado. But you're even crazier when it comes to sushi. What follows are the top ten wackiest sushi rolls in Miami. In this list, you'll find bage ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013
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    October 15, 2013

    Miami's Best Pho

    Nothing ruins a meal like qualifying its authenticity. You know the drill: You slurp down a big bowl of aromatic pho, you really enjoy it, and then your brain kicks into gear. It didn't take you to the streets of Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. You have become the Regina George of food, someone who bligh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Richard Hales on Blackbrick: "Let's Make it Good First and Then Worry About Being Authentic Later"

    When Richard Hales opened Sakaya Kitchen in 2009, the "fast-casual, Asian-inspired, organic-conscious restaurant" quickly became an obsession of many Miamians who craved flavorful food that wouldn't break their budgets. The restaurant served everything from Korean-style barbecue to "chunk'd" tater ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2013
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    September 17, 2013

    Chef Bee Is Happy at Oishi Thai

    Piyarat Arreeratn is not in the kitchen. Tonight, the boyish chef with spiky hair roams the dining room at his family-run restaurant, Oishi Thai. He pats a blond kid on the head, wipes down an empty table, and bounces around asking guests if everything is all right. Chef Bee, as he is commonly known ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Makoto for Miami Spice: Glitzy With Vegetarian Options

    There's no shortage of glamour at Makoto Okuwa's Bal Harbour restaurant. It hits you before you step inside the dimly lit, black and light brown space. You've schlepped yourself clear across town for a chance to taste the Morimoto protégé's fare at a reasonable price. Miami Spice is that oh-so-s ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    The Dutch BBQ Tonight: Talkin' Kimchi and Barbecue

    In Korea, every meal includes from two to twelve side dishes, also known as banchan. The most important and well-known of all is kimchi -- spicy pickled cabbage. It is the national dish of Korea. One restaurant in Miami that we know of goes through 60 cabbage heads a week. Meet executive sous che ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    International Sushi Day Deals in Miami

    For those of you keeping track of food holidays, happy International Sushi Day. The "holiday" was first listed in Chase's Calendar of Events in 2010. Restaurant chain RA Sushi was actually responsible for making this holiday official, declaring the day a "holiday" in 2010 and having the sushi-cent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Soi Chinese Kitchen: Duck Buns, Short-Rib Dumplings, and a Chinese Prayer

    Imagine you want to open a Chinese restaurant. The idea is to take standard, Americanized Chinese food; add a few epicurean ingredients like foie gras, pork belly (a Chinese favorite for centuries), and yuzu; and offer it all in a graffiti-covered, mostly take-away building that straddles Wynwood, ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Bond St. Lounge at Townhouse Hotel is Closing

    Bond St. Lounge, the sexy sushi spot at the Townhouse Hotel in South Beach is closing on June 2. According to, the intimate lounge, which opened over a decade ago, will shutter on Sunday, making way for an upscale European pub. Even though a call to the Townhouse Hotel confirmed that Bond ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Making Sushi at Home Is Easy (Recipe & Photos)

    For amateur chefs, sushi might seem an insurmountable endeavor -- like the perfect puffy cheese soufflé or meringue-wrapped baked Alaska. But surprisingly, it's not as difficult as it might seem, and with a few simple tools, even the most bumbling of kitchen klutzes can pull off some tasty rolls. ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013
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    February 7, 2013
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    December 11, 2012

    Momi In Brickell: Good Noodles Out of the Gate

    After more than a year of construction, Momi, the mysterious Brickell ramen shop, opened its doors about two weeks ago. You may have heard or read ramen enthusiasts wax about the endless lines stretching out of legendary Tokyo or Osaka shops. We found no such queue on a weekday afternoon, although t ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Secret Curry Near Florida International University South Campus

    Jai Mazumddar earned a master's degree in finance from the University of Florida in 2002. He spent more than half decade crunching numbers, mostly as a stockbroker for Continental Securities, which the Securities and Exchange Commission shut down, and later as a financial analyst for a real estate c ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 15, 2012
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    October 9, 2012

    Yuga: My Favorite Miami Restaurant

    "What's your favorite restaurant?" That question got us all thinking. If we had to choose one top dog at gunpoint, what would it be and why? Each week, a different Short Order blogger will celebrate his or her favorite eatery -- be it celebrity-chef-driven or a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall. For a ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Buddha Sushi Bar: Now Floating Fish Your Way

    Buddha Sushi Bar soft-opened a few weeks ago, quietly launching on the Upper Eastside amid the September restaurant craze. After throwing a grand-opening party this past weekend, the restaurant is officially ready and willing to serve you fresh fish (but you'll have to catch it yourself). Decide wha ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Sushi Sake Opens New Location in the Hammocks

    Miami likes its sushi like its women - sleek and sexy. Hence the popularity of Sushi Sake, a rapidly expanding South Florida sushi empire that just opened its seventh location.This chic local chain is known for late-night hours, an expansive menu and a dramatic, lounge-inspired atmosphere.The newest ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Pho Thang: A Solid Hole In the Wall With the Finest of Pho

    It's become standard to judge any ethnic restaurant by the number of people from a specific ethnicity sitting at its tables. However it was the sound of people sucking air through runny noses that assured me Pho Thang, the unassuming Vietnamese restaurant only a few miles from ZooMiami, was the rea ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Miss Saigon's Vegan Pho

    Miss Saigon's location shifted north a few blocks from its former spot on Fifth Street and Washington Avenue about a year ago, but the element that gave the Vietnamese restaurant its character has remained. That's the owner, Hali Nguien. The garrulous and diplomatic lady of the house can still be fo ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Kone Temaki Sake Lounge Serves Fat Sushi Rolls In South Beach

    Technically speaking, Kone Temaki Sake Lounge does not serve fat sushi rolls/ But as the name suggests, it specializes in temaki, or sushi cones. Temaki looks like an ice cream cone, but is a little smaller -- the nori serves as the "cone" and raw fish, rice, and whatever else you decide to add beco ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Miami's Ten Best Sushi Bars: Hunting for Fresh Fish

    ​Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Sushi seems so easy -- raw fish, rice, wasabi. So it would seem that really good sushi bars should be on every corner, sorta like Starbucks. OK, ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    61. Spicy Scallop Roll at Toni's Sushi Bar

    It's that time of year when we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com61. Spicy Scallop Roll at Toni's Sushi BarIt's ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Where To Grab a Bite During the Miami International Film Fest

    ​The Miami International Film Festival returned this past Friday, March 2 and continues through next weekend. For 10 days, Miami is treated to some of today's brightest stars in the world of film. In an industry that revolves around the dollar, art trumps box office sales for a brief moment. All t ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Bar Tanaka Brings Sushi to the New and Improved Shelborne

    ​The classic Shelborne Resort in Miami Beach has a modern vibe now. It's a whole new show. In addition to glam brasserie Vesper and Lucy's taco shack out back, Bar Tanaka brings sushi to the lineup. Modern American, Mexican, and Japanese -- all restaurant bases are covered. The menu comes cou ... More >>

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