Dishes from across Asia make up the menu at Oriental Buffet, where you can try everything from moo shu to lo mein. Chicken can be dressed up in more than 10 different saucy outfits—try the chicken curry, broccoli, or with garlic sauce. There are also numerous beef dishes, such as pepper steak and Szechuan beef, as well as seafood plates, including some that incorporate shrimp with cashews or lobster sauce.
Chinese, Japanese, and Thai specialties share table space at CJT Asian Cuisine. Chefs prepare moo shu pancakes and peking duck, craft specialty sushi rolls, and simmer Thai-style curries and lemongrass stir-fries. Fish swim in a backlit tank, and LED lights cast a subdued glow over the restaurant’s walls.
The married couple behind Asia Oriental Cuisine, Alex and May Zhong, thought they retired from the restaurant business until a vacation across Asia reignited their passion for the continent's diverse cuisines. The Zhongs decided to bring a taste of Thailand, China, Japan, and Vietnam to Lehigh Valley, opening up a Asian eatery of their own in a converted house in Allentown.
Because the Zhongs want to cultivate the atmosphere of a friendly dinner party, visitors are welcome to uncork any beverages brought from home after May happily shows them to their seats. In the kitchen, Alex whips up colorful dishes of peking duck with homemade steamed rolls, Hong Kong–style roast pork, or Indonesian tempeh. Over the years, Alex's recipes have received many honors, including five Reader's Choice Awards from The Morning Call, a Decadent Dish Award in Lehigh Valley Style magazine, a spot on the Chinese Restaurant Foundation's Top 100 Overall Excellence list, and the Guinness world record for most accurate fortune cookies.
Praised by the New York Times, Chef Jon’s Authentic Chinese Cuisine dishes up delights from the old country and the new. The pinnacle of Chef Jon’s kitchen and the lighthouse ushering in adventurous diners is its diverse array of authentic Huaiyang and Shanghai menu items, such as Grandma’s Red-Cooked Pork served with bok choy and marinated eggs ($14.95). Eel in hot-oil sauce ($16.95), sautéed sponge gourd with dough sticks ($9.95), and fish gluten with salty egg yolk ($14.95) allow diners to sample exotic flavors without licking a curry-covered Ferrari. Additionally, notable fan favorites, such as kung-pao chicken, serve to unwind any belly tornado ($8.95).
The ingredients used in Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine are vastly different, as are the methods of preparation. At Zhuang's Garden, they come together in surprising ways. Eight crackling hibachi-grill tables and a sushi bar represent Japan, and Chinese décor and the aromas of lo mein hint at the traditions of that nation. Glasses of wine clink together above plates of Thai food at the BYOB eatery, where the dishes include curry that is the brilliant yellow of turmeric or a banana salesman’s business card.
Tommy Chengs' chefs consolidate the flavors of China, Japan, and Thailand into a single kitchen. The menu of Asian indulgences is well suited to fit any budget, from lunchtime Japanese-style bento boxes that neatly arrange bites of beef teriyaki or pork katsu alongside shumai, rice, and soup or salad, to lavish platters of peking duck and sumptuous 17-piece sushi dinners for two. The BYOB restaurant stays open until 10 p.m. every night of the week, excluding every February 31.