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Asian Invasion!

Thursday 14 April 2011

30 years ago, I suspect one would have had trouble finding one good Asian restaurant within a 30 mile radius of Ashland’s Plaza. Now there are at least 5, including the recently opened Taroko, in the former Kat Wok/Motif space (62 East Main St.)

A new good choice for Asian food in downtown Ashland!

The thing that hit me is that they serve xiao long bao, also known as Chinese soup dumplings. These are sort of like regular pork dumplings, a ball of mostly pork inside a dumpling wrapper. But the wrapper is water-tight and filled with pork-y broth, which makes it a spoonful or two of soup along with the pork dumpling in one big bite. I’ve not seen these outside of major cities in the U.S., and rarely there; this is A Good Thing for the Rogue Valley.

We also tried:

* Shrimp dumplings: good, fresh, not mealy the way they can get when frozen. Herself, who is also the Eater of All Things Shrimp, rated these a 5 of 5 on the Yelp scale.

* Pad Thai: execution of pad thai is all over the map–soupy, dry, sweet, sour, wide noodles, narrow noodles–depending on the chef and local tastes. This variant is on the sweeter side, a little bit of sour, with a scattering of mushrooms, carrots, shrimp, and other veg. Good, not my favorite pad thai, but pad thai is not my favorite dish in general. The spice-averse will like this dish.

* Pattaya chicken: lightly battered chicken strips in a somewhat spicy sweet-and-sour sauce. Herself really liked the blondness of the chicken, and didn’t find it too spicy. I would have liked it darker, but that’s just me; looking at the dish, the pieces were all properly cooked (tender and flavorful chicken).

If I could give them a 4.5, I would; they’re not a clean 5 yet, but are well on the way.

We’ll definitely be back.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. bbqboy permalink
    Thursday 14 April 2011 6:41 PM

    This slipped past my radar. What space did it take over?

    • Thursday 14 April 2011 7:03 PM

      Former Kat Wok/Motif. Thanks, I’ll update the post.

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