Taco Tuesday Episode 1: Wok Asian Bistro
(Review) Taco Tuesday Episode 1: Wok Asian Bistro
144 Mary Alexander Ct,
Northville, MI, 48167
Rain or Shine, the tacos were mine!
After volunteering at the judges tent at the Inaugural Detroit Taco Festival back in August, there was one place that kept bringing in well designed boxes with elaborately decorated and Asian inspired tacos. Although I was not allowed to know which place gave which tacos, it did not take long for me to pin point where they were coming from. It was that moment that I decided to find them and try them for myself.
I get there and was impressed with the venue and how they made such an intimate space feel so open. Directly in front of me was an acoustic guitar player strumming riffs and familiar tunes at request. As I scanned the taco menu, I was ecstatic to see that one of their tacos won 2nd place in the festival contest. I was happy that two of my friends, Anter and Sherri, came to join me because we soon discovered that although the tacos were "3 for $13" we were unable to mix and match so we all agreed to order a different set of three from the options. Pictured below from top left-to-right, Anter ordered the Thai Peanut Chicken, Sherri played it safe with the Almond Orange, and since I am a sucker for Vegetarian/Vegan cuisine I ordered the Garden Street Tofu. I also got an order of the sushi inspired Ahi Poke taco since I had a little belly room.
After eating the tacos, we were greeted by the owner, Greg Richards. He began with an apology for being unable to do mix-match tacos. He explained how the tacos started February 2017 as an accident that jut so happened to work out. Well, I was going to be the judge of how well it worked out with the help of my friends.
Thai Peanut 🌮🌮🌮🌮
Meat - Chicken decorated in a peanut & Sweet chili sauce
Veggies - Thinly cut cabbage, carrot, and green onion with garnishments of cilantro and red pepper.
Kicker - Rice noodle bed
Tortilla - Fried Flour
Ahi Poke 🌮🌮🌮
Meat - Fresh, raw tuna garnished with sesame seeds
Veggies - Medley of bean sprouts, cabbage, and green onion tossed in a sriracha, sweet chili, sesame dressing.
Kicker - Cusabi drizzle
Tortilla - Fried Flour
Garden Tofu 🌮🌮🌮🌮
Meat - Tofu (not a meat but...)
Veggies - Bamboo shoots, onions, cabbage, red, and green peppers with a hint of sriracha aioli
Kicker - Cute cucumber jacuzzi filled with peanut sauce
Tortilla -romaine lettuce
Almond Orange Chicken 🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮
Meat - Chicken cooked in an orange sauce
Veggies - Broccoli, celery, carrots, and cabbage
Kicker - Mandarin oranges and almond slices
Tortilla - Fried flour
I was most impressed by the fried flour tortilla. I was used to a crispy but greasy experience and yet not only was it not greasy it was a happy place being crispy an maintaining it's thin integrity. Greg stated it is a proprietary method he uses to fry his tortillas but he did reveal that all of his utensils are geared for Asian cuisine.
Choosing this spot as my first review was a mouthful in a good way. Although I could not help but feel like the two chicken tacos felt like "Chinese food in a tortilla" I also can't help admitting that they were delicious. The calm, musical atmosphere made patiently waiting worthwhile, the staff were pleasant, and most of all the tacos inspired me to truly explore what other creative idea can be made on a tortilla or a lettuce boat...maybe somewhere out there is a taco composed of candy! Time to search!
-Tofu Taco is an award winner (2nd only to dessert 😉)
-Something special about their fried flour tortilla
-Pork choice is missing
-Cabbage and green onion were as common of a theme as cilantro and onion on street tacos
Written by Taco Des
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