Your Official Deep-Dive Guide to Milwaukee’s Asian Dining Scene

Pack your palate’s bags for a trip exploring Milwaukee’s diverse and scrumptious Asian cuisines.

Our city is known for being a melting pot of western European immigrant cuisines. More recently, that melting pot has grown to include many regional Asian styles of cooking – which equates to more tantalizing diversity. For people who love bright, complex flavors, this is one of our richest culinary stories ever. From a Filipino food truck to a Chinese bakery specializing in filled buns, must-eat Taiwanese bento boxes to luscious Lao specialties, where to slurp bubble tea to how to eat soup dumplings without scalding your mouth, our compendium of distinctively delicious Asian foods is one to relish now and hold on to for future gastronomic journeys.


Culinary Warriors

Filipino food entrepreneurs Alexa and Matt Alfaro are also ambassadors of cultural identity.

Photo by Aliza Baran

Taste the Nation

Five national dishes of Asia and the stories behind them

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The Tea You Chew

Five spots to quench a thirst for bubble tea

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Bánh Mi Me, Baby

If you’re never had this Vietnamese sandwich, prepare for your world to be rocked.

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Slippery When Wet

Four noodles to know and where to get them

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How to Eat Soup Dumplings

Also called xiaolongbao, these steamed, broth-filled beauties served in a basket are a specialty of Shanghai.

Photos by Chris Kessler

Five Things to Buy at Mo’s Food Market

For bottled sauces to frozen dumplings, sake glasses to rice cookers, Mo’s Food Market is a shopping wonderland for the at-home cook.

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Trending: Poultry

The spicy, crispy chicken that has become a Korean trademark

Fried chicken wings from Merge; Photo courtesy of Merge

Friend and Pho

Pho is a Vietnamese gift to the culinary world. Here’s where to get it. 

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Market Made

Put your foot on the brake as you’re nearing 59th and North.

Photo courtesy of Mekong Café

Finding Fusion

Franklin’s Sweet Basil takes a creative approach to Asian street eats and other fare.

Panang curry and tom yum soup; Photo by Chris Kessler

Passport to Laos

Now there are more places than ever to find traditional and fusion Lao cuisine.

Alex Hanesakda holding a plate of sticky rice, sliced grilled pork and papaya salad from SapSap; Photo by Aliza Baran

Sweet Treats

The irresistible delicacies of West Allis’ Lucky Bakery

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Raw Beauty

I’ve never had better sashimi locally than at Kyoto, where each bite is a revelation of freshness.

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Passage to China

The Chinese – and Chinese-fusion – restaurants that should be on your must-visit list

Hot pot and shaved beef tendons at Sze Chuan; Photo by Chris Kessler

Taste of Taiwan

A Downtown food court restaurant serves the hard-to-find specialties of this island nation.

Three-cup chicken; Photo by Alamy Photo

Hawaii by Stomach

Ono Kine Grindz, the small Hawaiian shop and restaurant open since 2010, is a goldmine for island culinary treasures like ahi tuna poke and char siu (BBQ) pork.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.