If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Try some Asian fare with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of street-vendor-inspired Pan-Asian cuisine at StreetFood Asia in Nob Hill.
Inspired by the food vendors found across Asia, StreetFood Asia offers a wide variety of savory Pan-Asian fare and a spacious, lantern-lit dining room to eat it in. The extensive menu reads like an unfinished, inaccurate map, with dishes representing China, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Malaysia and a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails, sake, and specialty teas from New Mexico Tea Company. At the noodle-soup bar, noodle-stir-fry bar, and wok bar, diners can add their choice of meat ($10+), poultry ($10+), seafood ($12+), tofu ($10+), or vegetable ($10+) to a wide variety of dishes and sauces ranging from Kuala Lumpur Street curry laksa, Bangkok Street fried rice, and the Seoul Street chap chae. The Asian tapas menu features small plates of Asian classics, such as the Kuala Lumpur street satay, Beijing Street stuffed shrimp tofu, and grilled Seoul Street short ribs.
The Weekly Alibi featured StreetFood Asia.
Chef Tai Tok knows that sometimes, the best food comes from the most unassuming places. Within the open kitchen of StreetFood Asia, his award-winning restaurant, he reimagines the satisfying delicacies found in the roving carts and street-side stalls of six countries—China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, and Vietnam. True to the food's up-close-and-personal history, diners get a full view of every wok flip and sizzling flame, watching as the culinary team plates everything from wontons, fried shrimp, and kimchi to noodle-filled entrees such as pho, tom yum soup, and Bangkok street mee siam.
In addition to entertaining eyes and taste buds, StreetFood Asia also hauls in the hardware come awards season. In recent years, the restaurant has been named Best of the City: Best Restaurant That Doesn't Fit into a Category by Albuquerque The Magazine, voted Best Asian Fusion by readers in the Local IQ 2013 Smart List, and declared home to the city's best Asian noodles in Alibi's Best of Burque 2012. In addition to these wins, Chef Tai Tok and his team also earn runner-up status in the 2013 Souper Bowl Critics' Choice event, Alibi's Best of Burque 2012 Best Fusion category, and took home 3rd place in the 2012 Souper Bowl Critic's Choice