The 5 most exotic Asian restaurants in Brussels
1) Old Boy
Named after a popular South Korean film, this relaxed Asian canteen lovingly evokes the mood of Thai family meals. The interior is bright and modern, with an open kitchen and stools at the counter. The cooks prepare delicious traditional dishes including classic bao buns filled with chopped pork, and Peking duck pancakes. No booking so you may have a short wait.
Belgian-Korean chef Sang-Hoon Degeimbre runs this intimate bistro occupying two floors of a narrow house in downtown Brussels. It has a relaxed designer interior with colourful vintage tables and stools. The food is served Korean style in a series of small bowls accompanied by a long wooden spoon. The cooking is inventive, based on ideas the chef has picked up on his travels.
3) Hong Kong Delight
A tiny Chinese restaurant that most people walk straight past. It may look like a simple snack bar, but this place serves some of the best Cantonese food in town.
4) Dam Sum
This is a lively new place to eat dim sum opposite the Eglise de la Trinité. The interior is noisy and bustling, with red and black furniture, graphic art and elegant ceramic bowls. The menu lists various soups and noodle dishes, but the main thing to try is dim sum filled with soup. A fun place to stop off for lunch on a tour of Ixelles art nouveau or Rue du Bailli design shops.
5) Au Bon Bol
An authentic Chinese noodle house down a quiet street near the Bourse. The noodles are handmade as you wait, while the soups are delicious and filling. It gets crowded downstairs, but you can usually squeeze onto a table upstairs, where you are surrounded by a lively crowd of students, young couples and Chinese tourists.
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