Seafood Splurge at Asian Cafe Express

Categories: Chow Bella, Laudig
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Chinese New Year and a friend's birthday were a good excuse to hit up Mesa's Asian Cafe Express for an over-the-top seafood lunch. Some of my clever friends figured out that you can buy whatever you like from Mekong Plaza (right across the street -- and the fish department is amazing) and bring it over to Asian Cafe Express, where chef Michael Leung will transform it into something fit for an emperor.
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We started off with fresh whole sardines, fried into hot, crispy snacks that we drizzled with chile-flecked sauce.

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​Ultra-tender clams and chunks of green pepper were coated in Leung's outstanding black bean sauce.

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​Salt-and-pepper crabs, cracked into big pieces, were a challenge to eat, but worth it for the sweet meat hidden inside.

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​We loved the fresh green pea leaves so much that we ordered a second plate. Bits of garlic made it scrumptious.

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​I have no idea how many cups of tea I had over the course of this feast -- maybe a dozen?!

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​And the highlight of the meal was lobster, cooked with green onions and ginger, and served on a bed of crispy noodles. The noodles soaked up the sauce and had an appealingly toothsome texture. 

I can't think of a better way to start off the Year of the Tiger.


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