If we're not eating Mexican food then we're probably stuffing our faces with ramen and bao. Duncan and I share a love for finding local Asian spots to feed our hunger. We have been to a few places but these are at the top of our list.
We frequent this one quite often. We went to the Domu at East End Market once and although the wait was insane it was worth it. When we heard they were opening a more casual, on the go restaurant right by our house we got excited.
We usually get the Shoyu Ramen which is what's pictured above. It's a chicken broth with chicken thighs, a soft boiled egg, bamboo shoots, scallions, and a garlic-scallion confit. I can honestly drink an entire gallon of the broth by itself and be happy. We've also gotten the pork gyoza, one of Duncan's favorite dishes. It's so soft and full of flavor. We like to dip it in our broth for extra tastiness.
Once you walk into Domu Chibi you order your dish on a computer, wait for your name to be called when your food's ready, and enjoy. It's a great place to go if you want fast food that's savory and reasonably priced. Each ramen bowl is about $9.50 which isn't bad for the amount you get. If you ever stop by don't be surprised if you catch Duncan and I there devouring ramen.
This is definitely one of the most unique restaurants we've been to. When you walk into Susuru you notice right away that it has a very retro style to it. You'll see Godzilla, Astro Boy, and a couple of vintage games. It emulates a retro Japanese gastropub. Once you walk in you are greeted in their native tongue which adds to the authenticity of this place.
The food is just as unique as the style. We started off with the Natto Lotus Chips which weren't really our style but we could appreciate the art and work put into it. We almost always get corn when it's offered so we got the Yuzu Street Corn which was grilled corn with cotija cheese, yuzu mayo, nori flakes, and spicy togarashi. All of these things made for the perfect blend of spicy and tasty.
For our main dish we got the skewers and I just have to say WOW. These were some of the most flavorful skewers I've ever had. We had the tebaski (wings), short ribs, and momo (thigh). It was so good we had to order a second round. It's a must if you come here. We also had the Tori Paitan which is a chicken ramen in a very creamy broth. The most interesting and possibly best part about this dish were the burdock root tempura they add on top. We've never had that before and it added a wonderful crunch to the bowl. They also have specialty drinks that
Hot Asian Buns
Hands down the best food truck ever. We first tried Hot Asian Buns at Tasty Takeover (a food truck block party in the Milk District) and it was love at first bite. The buns are so soft it's probably what biting into a cloud would feel like. Our favorite one is the Korean Fried Chicken bao. It includes gochujang (a red chili paste), creamy slaw, sesame, and scallions - all of the ingredients that create perfection. I know it sounds like I'm exaggerating but you wouldnt think so if you tried it for yourself.
The 12 Hour Smoked Brisket and Pork Asada are also things we've tried on the menu and both equally as savory. The menu is small but they put a lot of love and work into their food and it shows. There's a special where you can get loaded kimchi fries with two baos of your choice. We would honestly follow this truck everywhere and don't think we haven't. If you want to know where they will be follow their Instagram: Hot Asian Buns
Hopefully one day we'll travel across the pond and get a real taste of Asia but for now this is our favorites in Orlando so far. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
We've been to a couple of places recently that we would love to share with you guys. These are some local spots here in Orlando that are unique to the city and offer quality products. We can't get enough of these places which is why they've become our favorite go-to's.
A La Cart
I heard about this place opening up a couple of weeks ago and I thought the concept was pretty cool so I told Duncan we had to go. There's a bar inside selling craft beers and an outside area with a lawn surrounded by food trucks. These mobile vendors sell street food. We tried Steak It Easy and loved the combination of the steak with a salad. We also got the empanadas at Adão and the chicken one was our favorite. We opted for the beer flight so that we can get a taste of everything. I loved the Caribé which is a blood orange cider. It's such a chill spot to go to on a sunny day. There’s really nothing like it in Orlando which I appreciate. It was inspired by food truck parks in Oregon (where the owners are from). They host events like Movie Monday on the lawn and Trivia Tuesdays. A La Cart brings something new to this city and encourages a sense of community. I recommend going with friends to just socialize, eat some good food and have some local drinks.
Hunger Street Tacos
I always want tacos. Every time Duncan asks me where I want to eat I just say tacos. That's all I ever want. My constant hunger for tacos lead us here to Hunger Street Tacos. I can't rave enough about this place. We started with the Esquites which is basically a Mexican street corn in a bowl. It was so creamy and had the perfect amount of spice. I never go to a Mexican restaurant without ordering the chips & guac so of course we got that next and surprisingly the guacamole wasn't the star of the dish. The tortilla chips they serve with it were the best chips we've ever had. They're made fresh and have a crispiness and thickness to them that I've never experienced before. It has such a unique flavor and compliments the guacamole so well. Now, let's get to the good part — the tacos. We had the Chori-Pollo and the Suadero. The Suadero blew our minds. It's seared brisket, onion, cilantro and an avocado-tomatillo sauce served on a soft corn tortilla. Thinking about it makes my mouth water. Let's not forget to mention the art pieces drawn right on the building. The murals are by the Lapiztola art collective and highlight Mexico's social and political issues. I love this spot and we highly recommend it if you're into good, traditional food with a twist.
We LOVE this place. I'm pretty sure they recognize us here by now because we come so often. The number one thing you must try when you come here is the guacamole. They have really mastered the perfect combination of avocados, onions, tomatoes, chile serrano, lime and cilantro to create this heavenly starter dish. We come for the guac but stay for the tacos. We've tried pretty much all of their tacos but we always end up ordering the carne asada one. It's so simple yet flavorful and the tortilla is so soft and fresh. That's actually the perfect word to describe this restaurant — fresh. The food tastes so authentic to its Mexican theme. The ingredients are real and each dish is crafted with so much passion and love. Don't forget to also get the tamale! We get the pork one and enjoy every single bite. This restaurant can do no wrong and it's always our go-to taco spot when we want something quick and tasty.
Right after you stuff your face with delicious tacos head on over to the bar right next door. This is our favorite bar hands down. Not only are the drinks amazing but the ambiance is completely our style. It's has a vintage but classy look to it. The dim lighting and candle lit tables give off a very relaxing vibe. The simplicity of the menus make it easy to order. Watching the bar tenders make the drinks is like watching an artist. They're all so perfectly crafted by people who love what they do. Drinks like the Paloma which includes tequila, lime salt and grapefruit soda, are so refreshing. It's the perfect place to go to drink when you want to wind down after a hectic work week.
The uniqueness of A La Cart and tastiness of the taco spots will not disappoint. We visit these places so frequently that we just had to share them with you guys. I hope you all enjoy them as much as we do.
Duncan and I love to eat. Who doesn't though? We love discovering new local spots and trying different food. We look for a new restaurant every time we decide to eat out. But, like many people in the restaurant industry, Duncan gets off work really late. I always anxiously await the "Do you want to eat?" text when he clocks out. We NEVER eat fast-food so it's difficult to find a decent place to eat when it's nearing midnight. Luckily, Orlando has a few options and we've pretty much tried them all thanks to my constantly hungry boyfriend. I've compiled a list for all of you late night foodies who are tired of Bigmacs and Crunchwrap Supremes.
I try to be healthy but as long as pizza bigger than my face exists, I will always choose that over anything. Lazy Moon is the perfect place to go when you have a late night pizza craving and don't want to spend a lot of money. They're open until 2:30 a.m. on weekends and have soooo many options. Duncan usually goes for a chicken and spinach pizza and I like to enjoy some sort of white pizza with veggies on top. Trust me when I say one pizza will fill you up. The slices are huge but that's what makes this place so great. They also have a good selection of beer and we always try something different every time we go. It's our go-to pizza place when we want something quick and delicious.
Duncan brought me here on our first date about 2 years ago. I just remember letting him do most of the talking because I was nervous on top of being an INCREDIBLY shy person. I was a vegetarian at the time and (lucky for him) they actually have an entire section for vegetarians. I ordered some sort of avocado "chicken" sandwich and my favorite beer of all time - Schofferhofer (grapefruit beer). I've never had anything here that I didn't like. The Cuban Roast Pork Dip is amazing. I've also tried the margherita pizza, chicken lettuce wraps, turkey burger (Duncan's favorite), roasted turkey club, fried chicken sandwich, and I would recommend all of it. There's so much on the menu so it's perfect for large groups with different tastes. For dessert we either get the cheesecake brûlée (of course) or the trio which includes a cheesecake brûlée and peach apple cobbler. It's as good as it sounds. We've also tried the bread pudding and it's now our favorite dessert on the menu. Yard House is open until 1:20 a.m. on the weekends and has a late night happy hour with half priced appetizers and pizzas. It's our all time favorite restaurant to go to. They just added a brunch on Saturday & Sunday which we're dying to try.
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
We discovered this place a couple months ago and have already been there more times than I can count. Asian food never fails us. Every time we go we just order a bunch of plates and share, which is what the menu is designed for. The Roti Canai and Yi-Yi's Chicken Dumplings are my favorite. Duncan loves the Beef Haw Fun dish. The wide rice noodles they use are so bomb. We always get the Lucky Buddha beer which has such a crisp taste and comes in the cutest buddha-shaped bottle. Let's get to the best thing on the menu though - the dessert. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the Cinnamon Roti á la mode is literally the best dessert I've ever had. It's a quesadilla-like dessert filled with a cinnamon cream cheese and topped with vanilla ice cream and fried dough crisps. Duncan and I were so close to getting the creme brûlée (we always go for that if it's an option on the menu) but fortunately it was sold out and we got to try this magical dessert. Seriously, try it I promise it won't disappoint. They have recently added Jo-He Bag O' Donuts which is now tied with the cinnamon roti for best dessert. This restaurant isn't open as late as the other ones but it is open until 12:30 a.m. on weekends.
Izziban Sushi & Bbq
Sushi is a newfound love of mine. I have a severe allergy so I never liked going to places that sell a lot of seafood. For a while I thought I was allergic to all seafood but about two years ago I found out I only had a shellfish allergy. After discovering that, I tried sushi for the first time and fell in love. Of course, I carry my epi-pen with me everywhere I go and try to stray away from raw fish. Duncan and I usually go for the sweet potato and chicken rolls with spicy mayo. Soooooo good. They're 2 for $9 on happy hour from 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. Duncan is a huge fan of dumplings so we always get the pork gyoza which is also on the happy hour menu. We recently tried their fried chicken with thai chill sauce and ended up getting three orders of them because they were that good. They also offer Korean BBQ here which is really good but come with an empty stomach. They're open until 2 a.m. and are always pretty full - with reason because who doesn't love late night sushi?
Hope this helps with your late night munchies! :)
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