It’s April 20th, how are you celebrating? Grab your shoyu and get ready, because here comes the Miami Hit List Asian Persuasion Edition! You are where you sake bomb.
1/Lung-Yai Thai Tapas
Because Thai this good is worth the wait. Promises. Their crispy mushrooms, egg-noodle filled Khao Soi Ga and spicy curries will make your taste buds do a happy dance. Welcome to flavor town, population: you. // Little Havana. (786) 334-6262.
Because Dale Talde’s mishmash of Asian-American eats answers to no one. Think pretzel wrapped pork dumplings, bacon-filled pad thai, and tater tots served late into the night, with hip-hop vibes for no extra charge. // South Beach. (786) 605-4094.
Because this Brazilian import delivers on the wow factor. Meanz dumplings filled with foie gras and filet, grapefruit topped smoked hamachi hibachi and their creamy shrimp roll. So good you may almost forget about the killer ocean views. // South Beach. Book now at Soho Bay.
Because a proper omakase meal out of a food truck is #SoMiami. Thankfully, there’s an app for that. // Wynwood. Book now at MYUMI.
Because American-style dim sum has arrived, and it’s the best of both worlds. Manned by former Yardbird chef Jeff McInnis, it features traditional dim sum bites — passed cart style, yep — along with some finger lickin’ fried chicken, dusted with green curry for good measure. // South Beach. (305) 341-1400.
Because this sexy Asian hot spot is just as much fun as it is delicious and 100 different types of Japanese whiskies on hand only add to the party. Just soak it all up with prawn-filled fried rice and crispy kale blossoms to keep the night going. // South Beach. Book now at Red Ginger.
Because Italian pasta pro Mike Pirolo shows that he also knows a thing or two about Asian cuisine. Go for the short rib chow fun, stay for the crispy duck and wash it down with a White Marlin cocktail or the appropriately named, Text An Uber. // South Beach. Book now at Bazi.
Because Miami finally has a bonafide ramen joint and she ain’t pulling punches. Hot or cold, spicy or not, pick your jam and enjoy the noodle-filled ride. And yes, carbonara ramen exists. // Coral Gables. (305) 960-7016.
Because this is robata 2.0. Smokey BBQ flavors are found at every turn in KYU’s dishes like burnt “duck ends” and beef brisket the size of a small child (lettuce wraps included). Pro tip: coconut cake. // South Beach. (786) 577-0150.
Because does it get better than sushi from the Juvia folks? Here’s the laid back brother to the swanky South Beach staple. Consider the tuna topped crispy rice and salmon honey yuzu mustard tiradito. Just saying. // South Beach. (305) 763-8355.