While strolling along Franklin Street the other night, my husband and I discovered a new Asian restaurant called Mei Asian. It’s a quaint, little restaurant near a clothing store and where the Bank of America used to be.
The décor is lovely with deep rust colored walls and modern artwork adorning the walls. There is a little bar in the back of the restaurant. The restaurant is family owned by Mei and her husband. Their two little daughters are often seen in the back of the restaurant drawing pictures, or playing on their computers.
The menu features Malaysian, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. I was thrilled to see the Malaysian dishes, so we started our meal with an appetizer of the Indian Roti. The bread was fried and wrapped into a cone so you could scoop the curry into the bread. The curry had chunks of potatoes, meat and peas. There is a reason this is considered Malaysian comfort food!
Both of us were interested in having soup and this place has lots of great choices for Pho, and other hearty soups. My husband ordered the curry soup and I got the Malaysian won ton soup.
The curry soup was the perfect soup for a cold, chilly night. The curry really warms you up. It was a beautiful soup with a nice sprig of Thai basil In the middle of the soup. It had big pieces of shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, egg noodles and tofu made this soup seem kind of like a Pho, but it didn’t have a beef broth base.
My Malaysian won ton soup was by far the best won ton soup I have ever had! It was a large bowl with won tons, ample large pieces of pork, bok choy, green onions and vermicelli noodles. You need to use your chop sticks to eat the noodles.
We came back a couple of weeks later with our good friends, Susan and David, to have a wonderful feast! We started with the Malaysian-style Hokkien Mee, which featured Chinese greens, fried Udon noodles, a sprinkle of green onions with tofu.
Next we had the Tofu Satay, which had big pieces of fried tofu on wooden sticks that you dip in a spicy peanut flavored sauce. Mei Asian does a great job working with tofu and this dish was no exception.
We tried the Malaysian Tofu Satay in a tofu lettuce wrap. The tofu was nicely marinated in a peanut-based sauce and chopped into little cubes.
Our friends had the Tom Yum Noodle soup, with tomatoes, coconut milk, baby corn, mushrooms, bean sprouts and rice stick noodles. It had a nice spiciness to it and was warm and filling.
I had the Pad Thai, which was so fresh and delightful. The egg noodles provided the base with green onions, bean sprouts, and a generous sprinkle of peanuts.
My husband had a curry dish with egg noodles, bok choy, snow peas, mushrooms, carrots, water chestnuts and baby corn. Everything was so fresh and flavorful. This is a little gem of a restaurant! I can’t wait to eat here again!
Mei Asian is located at 143 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and is open Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. And from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., on Friday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. And from 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. And from 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. And on Sunday from noon – 9:30 p.m. You can like them on Facebook to find out what their latest specials will be.