We’ve reached a pivotal moment in our nation’s history where it has become increasingly crucial to show our support for the AAPI community. While there are many ways for you to make a positive impact, there’s something very special about getting to know your community and learning about what makes different cultures so unique.
Food is one of the most beloved cultural values there are, and while it differs from place to place, it’s quite universal in the way it brings us all together. Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite Asian-owned spots in town where you can enjoy an incredible meal and give directly to the Asian community through your patronage.
Our Favorite Asian-Owned Restaurants
At China Mama, every piece of the restaurant experience is meant to elevate your meal. The service is attentive and the dining area is enjoyably intimate, making for a memorable visit all around. From fresh tea brought out in a teapot to the delicious dumplings you’ll order later on, the mouthwatering blend of flavors you’ll encounter will surely have you making a return trip.
If juicy, tender chicken is on your mind, this hidden gem is the place for you. Ok Chicken is known for having some of the best Korean fried chicken in town. If you ever find yourself at Greenland Supermarket, you’ll definitely want to stop by! (We also wouldn’t blame you for going out of your way just to place an order. It’s that good.)
At Taste, you can expect to amplify your taste buds thanks to an impeccable menu and the perfect selection of seasonings and sauces. Tofu, porridge, and savory seafood are only a few of the tempting offerings that could round out your perfect meal. Indecisiveness is normal – just remember, no one is stopping you from ordering seconds!
Hanu Korean BBQ
Bringing an authentic taste of Korea to the table with an added flair, Hanu Korean BBQ offers dozens of drool-worthy menu items and superb service to match. From pork belly to steak as well as seafood, soups, and veggies, you’ll find yourself coming back again and again for another unique BBQ experience.
Perfect for larger groups (or anyone who’s really hungry!), jenniPHO routinely provides generous, delectable servings of pho that never disappoint. With spot-on service and a truly dedicated staff, the jenniPHO team is eager to continue perfecting their craft and promises to always satisfy your taste buds.
If you’re looking to introduce a friend to the Las Vegas food scene, Izakaya Go is one of the best spots to decide on. Whether you’re craving tapas, ramen, or skewers, this bar has it all. Diners especially love getting their grub on during happy hour for equal satisfaction at a discounted price!
For some of the very best authentic udon in the Las Vegas Valley, you’ll want to stop by Cafe Sanuki! After COVID-19 closures brought business to a temporary halt, shop owners took advantage of an opportunity to innovate and added additional offerings to an already-impressive menu. With new servings ranging from sushi to snow ice, there’s always something delicious to indulge in.
Sushi Neko is an AYCE sushi lover’s dream. With a fun, laid-back atmosphere and extensive sushi menu, the possibilities for a great meal are virtually endless. If you’re not up for an endless course, though, check out the appetizer menu for some smaller, equally-delicious plates!
If you’re looking for a chill venue where you can enjoy a night out with some friends, Space BBQ is an excellent choice! With a tasty menu, refreshing beer and sake selections, and karaoke stages galore, there’s never a dull moment at this Pacific Asian Plaza hotspot. P.S. We’ve got our eyes on their mini hotpots and savory skewers.
Hobak Korean BBQ
Inspired by a specific Korean street style from the 80s, Hobak Korean BBQ aims to foster an environment where nostalgia and authenticity can meet for a rich, flavorful meal. Customers are able to watch their meat be prepared in front of them, adding a little something special to their experience. This space is a trusted local favorite with some of the best BBQ in town!
What do you get when you combine a fresh bakery, refreshing drink menu, carefully-crafted presentations, and an Instagrammable environment? Gabi Cafe, of course! A sister property of the aforementioned Hobak Korean BBQ, Gabi is just a hop and a skip away in the same plaza, so you can get your dessert on or make a drink run after your meal.
Island Malaysian Cuisine
Attention to detail, exceptional customer service, and a relaxed environment come together to create a fabulous meal at Island Malaysian Cuisine – and that’s before the food even hits the table! With a lengthy menu that includes a number of delicious combos and shareable plates, you really can’t go wrong with anything you order here. We recommend the coconut fried rice, which also includes some yummy shrimp and chicken amidst an alluring blend of flavors.
For even more amazing suggestions, check out our previous blog posts on some of our favorite local Thai restaurants and a few spectacular spots to grab some fresh tea!
Other Ways To Make A Difference
The drive to support the Asian community doesn’t end with leaving a restaurant. Here are some other ways in which you can take direct action and make a difference.
Make a monetary donation.
There are numerous organizations fighting for AAPI equality and justice, such as APIENC, Asian Pacific Fund, Asian Mental Health Collective, and The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. You can also donate to fundraisers dedicated to victims and their families, which can contribute to necessities like legal aid, hospital bills, and memorial costs. While not everyone can afford to make these contributions, a little bit can go a long way in helping others seek justice or reach a safe environment.
Speak up in social situations.
If you feel safe in doing so, stepping up against hatefulness as you come across it has a major impact. This often means having difficult conversations with friends and family as well as strangers. If you don’t feel safe stepping in, there are still other actions you can take, like calling attention to any hateful and/or violent incidents, documenting what you can, and submitting a report. You can report incidents directly through the Stop AAPI Hate website.
Spread the word.
It’s crucial to raise awareness of the injustices faced by members of the AAPI community. Additionally, it’s always helpful to share any resources you learn about with others. The more awareness there is, the more action can be taken in creating a safer, more welcoming environment for all.
ZOOO is proud to be an Asian-owned business! Our mission is to help local businesses thrive and work to strengthen the fabric of our community through collaboration and awareness. If you’re curious about how ZOOO works and want to learn more about our goals, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Together, we can fight to #StopAsianHate.