Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Asian Niches



At first blush the Wuxi ribs presented tactical problems too, but a few stabs with the chopsticks made it clear that the meat was going to fall right off the bone. The server said the ribs were among the most popular dishes; I can see why, starting with their appealing looks--a plate of glistening short ribs with a deep auburn color. They taste delicious with the kind of complex, multilayered flavors that result from slow cooking and many spices. Spicy here does not mean hot, as in flaming chilies; it is more nuanced and mild. That finesse was apparent in the dumplings, too. I'm a fan of giant dumplings and was well pleased with the Taiwanese pot stickers since they were, in fact, huge: long cylinders rather than crescents, stuffed with minced pork and sauteed, but not at all greasy. The dumplings had a lovely balance of textures and fairly neutral flavor; a soy-based dipping sauce bursting with minced ginger adds pizzazz.

The ambience encourages the quick in and out rather than extended dining (especially at lunch, when there are very reasonably priced specials). The service on three visits was terrific, and the servers, enthusiastic ambassadors for Taiwanese food, are very helpful at recommending dishes. One night our young waitress patiently translated the Chinese-language specials as best she could (and we ended up ordering a plate of delicious yard-long beans sauteed with ginger and garlic). That spirit of eager collaboration makes navigating the fare an agreeable adventure.

Asian Legend

516 E. William 622-0750

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6  ·  next page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Music nerds
Patrick Dunn
Avram Fefer and Michael Bisio
Just a double bass and a horn
Piotr Michalowski
Make America Great Again, by Tim Athan
Karen's Trail
Karen McKeachie's tragic death is speeding completion of the Border-to-Border Trail.
Brynn W. Raupagh
A Dean Departs
Aaron Dworkin cuts short his tenure at SMTD
Eve Silberman
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Ma Lou's
Ypsi chicken
Lee Lawrence
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
A New Owner at Juicy Kitchen
The Todoroffs step back from their healthy-food creation.
Eric Olsen
Nightspots: Ravens Club
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
Volik championship May 22 to 28
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017