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Street Food Asia in Albuquerque Nob Hill

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The Bottom Line

Eating is about more than the food. It's about taking in a culture, and at Street Food Asia, you get the chance to "wander" different streets in various parts of Asia, picking up a dish of fried rice here, steamed dumplings and pot stickers there. As someone not likely to ever make it to Asia, I appreciate the culinary tour. Plus, the food is delicious.

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Pros

  • Variety of dishes/mix and match
  • Fusion foods
  • Tapas
  • Flavorful

Cons

  • At first glance menu confusing; be sure to ask for help

Description

  • 3422 Central SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106
    (505) 260-0088
  • Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Eat. Enjoy. 'Nuff said.
  • The urban atmosphere makes this restaurant special. Close your eyes and use your ears and nose. You're on an Asian street.

Guide Review - Street Food Asia in Albuquerque Nob Hill

Street Food Asia in Albuquerque's Nob Hill stands out for a number of reasons. Their food is fresh, delicious, and seasoned as you like. Their urban atmosphere clamors and shakes and the smells from the kitchen tell tales of other worlds. The variety of foods and the inventive ways to combine them should keep any diner coming back for more.

The menu is the most confusing part of the meal, but within minutes of studying it and talking to our waitress, we were able to navigate. (It's almost impossible to not use geographic/directional metaphors, dear reader, given how we virtually visit so many Asian cities on the menu. Apologies!) There are two main parts to the menu: Tapas and the Street Food Asia menu. Order from one or both.

We started with an appetizer of Bangkok Street Spicy Edamame ($6). Gingery and smooth, we sucked on the outside of the edamame tubes to get to the tiny buds within. We couldn't devour them fast enough. Sticky, slightly sweet and pungent, this rendition of edamame was something I never would have come up with on my own.

For dinner, two of us stuck with tapas dishes, one got a full Fried Rice meal. All portions were ample. Be forewarned that if you decide on a full meal, you might want to share it on two plates; the regular Street Food Asia meals are large.

My companion tried the Kuala Lampur Stuffed Tofu ($8), which came with mango, pineapple and vegetables. The tofu had layers of sliced mango and pineapple sandwiched between tofu, atop a sweet/salty bed of sauce. He found it delicious. I tried the Seoul Street vegetables and bean curd wok fried dumplings ($6). They came with a simple squirt of salty sauce, which was perfect with the chewy round wheels.

The full menu provides a choice of noodle or fried rice as a base, with different combinations that can add in seafood, beef, tofu, your choice. There are also a wide variety of soups and sandwiches. My companion went for the fried rice with seafood, choosing the Bangkok Street Hot Spicy dish, which included Thai spices, herbs, and a lot of veggies. ($12 base, $14 with seafood). The dish was spicy, but not overly so, and there were enough bottles of sauce choices on each table to make any spicy dish spicier. He found it delicious, the seafood perfect.

For beverages, there is wine, beer, cocktails, and many kinds of tea, via our local New Mexico Tea Company. My iced tea was exceptional. Ah, but for those who enjoy it, there is also sake. My companion had a sake that has been made since 1540. We all walked away happy, bellies full, taste buds intrigued. We'll be back for more.

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