Friday, May 18, 2012

Chicago Eats - Sunda New Asian

Pan-Asian cuisine in River North.

Spicy Tuna and Jalapeno Crispy Rice
Take some rice. Pan fry it, throw on some soy-sauce glaze, and top it with spicy tuna. The spicy tuna was pretty light, using a on oil to spice it up as opposed to a mayo or cream based solution. The rice was definitely different, and a nice way to start the meal.

Pig Sticks
Pork belly on sticks. Sweet glaze. Red cabbage is an Asian Slaw. It all worked and it's definitely a good alternative to the Adobo Braised Pork Belly if you're looking to try a few different things on the menu.

Duck Hash
 Crispy fried egg and duck, what's not to like?

Pork Adobo Flake Fried Rice
Awesome fried rice. Maybe a hint of truffle oil (they love truffle oil here at Sunda, which I normally shy away from). Wish they put in two eggs instead of one.

First Visit: 

  • Crispy shrimp "toast" and spicy tuna "jam" - Nice, fun dish. The shrimp were definitely ground up within the "toast", but this was delicious. Definitely something to get instead of edamame for a starter.
  • Miso bronzed black cod - Fork-tender and flavorful, a perfect complement to the pork belly.
  • Adobo braised pork belly - Sorry for the terrible photo, but the serving size was enormous, and one of my favorite pork belly dishes of all time.
  • Lychee and raspberry sorbet - Light and refreshing, this was a perfect dessert for the time (90 degree summer heat). It was gone before I knew it!
The portions here at Sunda are pretty generous. I definitely over-ordered my second time around, but it was worth it to try some different things on the menu. With all of the new Asian restaurants opening up in the area like Roka Akor and Red Violet, Sunda isn't as popular as it used to be, but it's still cranking out pretty good food.

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