Jesse Wong's Asean Bistro
8775 Centre Park Dr.
Columbia, MD 21045
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Sushi, Pan-Asian
Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM; Friday 11 AM to 11 PM; Saturday noon to 11 PM; Sunday noon to 10 PM. Open for brunch Sunday noon to 2:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Starters, $1.50 to $8.50; entrées, $8.95 to $28.95
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Good for Groups
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As if the concept of Asian fusion weren’t dubious enough, the misspelling “Asean” is likely to bring out the skeptic in many diners. But chef Jesse Wong is more traditionalist than tinkerer, upscaling his plates primarily by relying on higher-quality meats and fishes than most noodle houses and by displaying a sure hand with stir-fries.
The sprawling menu comprises many genres (Cantonese, Szechuan, Malaysian, Burmese) and cooking styles (dim sum, curries, noodle dishes, banquet presentations), affording diners a variety of possible experiences. You can eat lightly on small plates, such as wontons in red oil and chicken in lettuce cups, or have a special-occasion blowout featuring either of two showstoppers: tea-smoked duck with steamed buns or Peking duck with pancakes. The setting, with low lights and comfortable chairs, is more restrained than the name suggests.
Also good: Hot-and-sour soup; Kowloon shrimp; black-pepper shrimp.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.