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Issue Date: April 2010


AsiaTown

The St. Clair-Superior neighborhood’s AsiaTown district offers a variety of authentic Asian cuisines and the ingredients needed to bring a taste of the Far East and Southeast Asia to your kitchen table.
Kayla Gatalica, map by Sarah Cucciarre

1 Tak Yuen Tong : Put your trust in the healing properties of nature at this Chinese herbal supplement store. Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave., Suite 108, 216-781-1838

2 Li Wah Restaurant : The decor might make you think you’ve entered the Imperial Palace. Order the Peking duck, served with pancake, hoisin sauce, green onion and cucumber or go for build-your-own dim sum plates, offered daily until 3 p.m. Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave., 216-696-6556

3 Americana King Pang Marketing : After 17 years of business, this gift shop is still packing in a great selection of imported merchandise. Pick up a pair of painted wooden chopsticks for just $2.75. Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave., 216-771-0088

4 Angkor Jewelry : Wear the gemstone the Chinese have revered since 3,000 B.C. for its simple beauty and harmonizing energy. Jade is found in pieces from earrings to necklaces. Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave., Suite 106, 216-737-0808

5 Good Harvest Food Market : Live crabs click their pinchers at the meat counter. Buy fresh produce such as bok choy and golden Korean melons. 3038 Payne Ave., 216-861-8018

6 Wonton Gourmet and BBQ : This place can conquer any rumbling tummy, especially late at night. Step outside your usual fare with the spicy fish plate. 3211 Payne Ave., 216-875-7000

7 Seoul Hot Pot : Bold flavors betray the quiet setting at this Korean restaurant. Bring a date and order a dish for two, cooked tableside. 3709 Payne Ave., 216-881-1221

8 Koko Bakery : Bubble tea is served hot or cold in flavors such as almond or strawberry. Not a fan of the chewy tapioca pearls? There are plenty of authentic Asian bakery favorites to sample. 216-881-7600, 3710 Payne Ave

9 Tink Holl Market : This large market has an impressive selection of produce and seafood, such as whole fresh fish. The tea aisle is a gold mine for tea-lovers. 1735 E. 36th St., 216-881-6996

10 Tap Studios : This art gallery offers jewelry-making workshops, including the chance to design your own wedding bands. 1667 E 40th St., Suite 3B, 216-773-8277, tapstudios.com

11 China Merchandise Exhibit : Buy almost anything at almost any price: A 3-foot-tall resin Buddha will set you back $459.99, or just go for the 99-cent palm-sized Buddha. 3620 Superior Ave., 216-391-2222

12 Bo Loong : This Chinese restaurant offers karaoke every night starting at 10 p.m. A full bar loosens even the most timid set of pipes. 3922 St. Clair Ave. NE, 216-391-3113

13 Siam Café : Thai, Vietnamese or Chinese food? Can’t decide? You don’t have to here. You can’t go wrong with the Pad Thai, a savory peanut-flavored noodle dish. 3951 St. Clair Ave. NE, 216-361-2323

14 Zygote Press : The only print shop and cooperative of its size in Ohio offers classes and art exhibitions in its 2,000-square-foot gallery. Up next: The juried ArtsquARTer exhibition, June through July. 1410 E. 30th St., 216-621-2900, zygotepress.com

15 Asia Food Co. : The neighborhood’s go-to grocer since 1987 offers fresh bakery items and live seafood. Its teahouse offers pho and heaping rice dishes. 3126 St. Clair Ave. (Moving to Asian Town Center in mid-April, 3820 Superior Ave.), 216-621-1681

16 1 Pho : People keep coming back to this beautifully restored building to wrap their chopsticks around tasty noodles in steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho. 3120 Superior Ave., 216-781-1176


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