You Choose: Asia Asia Foodhall
Each week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us
Venue: Asia Asia Food Hall, 10 Pershore Street, B5 4RU; Website
Choice: We'll have to get back to you when we've tried it ALL
So good they named it twice, Asia Asia Food Hall is — in the most conventional of turns — an Asian Food Hall. Across two floors, choose from Cantonese, Thai, Japanese and even food from the Uyghur region of China — the western, Muslim part. Or much better idea: don't choose, take a crew, and order from all the independent traders, eating together on the communal tables. We got slurpy over Sakumen's pork and prawn wontons in soup (£7.80), while we sent our +1 off to navigate the Asian beer bar. On top of the names you've already tried, happy, hoppy Snow was the surprising pick, not by us, but rather, the whole world — it turns out it's been the best selling beer globally since 2008. Via duck rice (£7) from Phat Duck and lamb skewers (£4) from Afandim, our biggest hit thwacked us respectfully in the mouth and continued to do so until our final bite. Bangkok Cafe's pad kaprow (£7.50) is a right-amount-spicy stir fry with holy basil and the crispiest of fried eggs. It's the best Thai street food we've tried in the region and the closest we've got to what Thailand actually tastes like. But whatever you fancy, from teppanyaki to a matcha macaron, go and support this unexpected innovation on the Brum foodscape. Take cash to load up the card you order with. And the best advice we were given: do a full circuit before you order anything. Cheshire Cat sort of stuff.
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