Chinese cuisine

Review: Asia Blue Serves Sleek, Modern Food in Missouri City | Culture

Much has been said in recent years about the centuries-old tradition of American Jews of eating Chinese food on Christmas, when many other restaurants and businesses are closed.

However, the pool of people enjoying Chinese food has never been completely limited to those who are not part of the Christmas celebration. And more and more, people have started to incorporate various Chinese take-out dishes into their holiday meals.

Author Lillian Li once written that “Chinese restaurants have succeeded in becoming as culturally American as Santa’s milk and cookies.”

A nod to this trend and tradition, my first meal after spending Christmas with my family was prepared by Asia Blue of Missouri City, an Asian fusion restaurant that opened in 2019. The menu at Asia Blue covers much of the continent, from Japanese and Korean options to Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese and Thai classics.

According to the restaurant’s website, its name is in part a nod to Elvis Presley’s song “Blue Christmas” and Asia Blue aspires to be a beacon of hope for people who are homesick or long for loved ones or places that are meaningful to them.

I ordered a sample of popular Chinese entrees, including Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce ($ 5.95), Salt and Pepper Chicken Popcorn ($ 6.95), and a “Four Delicacy Braised Dish” ($ 8.95) containing beef brisket, a soy-marinated egg, seaweed and tofu or tofu.

The Chinese broccoli was steamed and meant to be dipped in the oyster sauce, although I wouldn’t recommend the oyster sauce unless you have a very high tolerance for salt. The brown, syrupy sauce isn’t very fishy at all, but it has an earthy, very salty taste that I found overwhelming.

The popcorn chicken was crispy and tasty. It’s been seasoned with lots of garlic and made even better with a spicy chili sauce sprinkled with dozens of chili seeds.

The most interesting way to experience a variety of flavors of Chinese cuisine was the last of the aforementioned three dishes – the appetizer sampler with cold beef brisket, soy marinated egg, seaweed and tofu. I never thought I would enjoy a beef brisket served cold, but its gelatinous texture is probably best enjoyed this way. The soy marinated salted egg was hard-boiled and sliced ​​in the shape of a half-moon. The seaweed slices looked and tasted similar to green beans.

Before trying Asia Blue, I hadn’t had good experiences with tofu. To my surprise, the fennel, star anise, cinnamon, pepper and cloves that make up the “five spice beancurd” almost tasted and textured like a sweet flan or pudding, offering a sense of balance to an otherwise tasty dish.

While it’s disappointing that Asia Blue’s stylish food court remains closed, I remain optimistic that the quality of its food served in person could possibly hold up much better than its current take-out price.

Asia Blue

Address: 4899 State Hwy. 6 Ste. 101-C, Missouri

Dining options: Takeout, delivery via Grubhub, UberEats

Hours: 11 am-9:30pm every day

Entrance fees: $ 9.95 to $ 13.95

Welcomes children: Yes

Senior discount: No

Alcohol: Yes

Healthy options: Curry and vegetable noodle soup ($ 12.95)

Show Star: Braised dish four delicacies

Evaluation: 3.5 out of 5 stars