Bob Garner samples Zanyu Traditional Asian Noodles by Italian Chef | North Carolina Weekend | UNC-TV

Bob Garner samples Zanyu Traditional Asian Noodles by Italian Chef | North Carolina Weekend | UNC-TV


– [Bob] Michael
Bongiorno spent a lot of time working as a corporate
chef for Hyatt in Asia. So why did he and his wife
Cresen choose Asian noodles as the theme of their first
personally-owned restaurant, after settling in
North Carolina? – That’s what I like to
eat, so I love noodles, I’m Italian background, pasta. When I got into Asia, I just
gravitated towards noodles. If I’m in the country of
origin, and I’m in Thailand and I wanna learn a Thai
dish, best place to learn is from a Thai chef, so I learned
all the things I like to eat so that basically the rest of
my life I can eat these dishes and they can be as
authentic as they can be by me being taught by
somebody from that country. – We have a couple
of noodle dishes, one spicy, one not so much. We have some smaller plates,
like this tuna tataki. We’ve got spring rolls, we
have some steamed buns with some shrimp and some pork
belly in there, I can’t wait. This is one of the
most popular dishes. This is khao soi noodles. They are already spicy, and
you can kick that up a notch. This has chicken in
it, sliced chicken. It has egg noodles
at the bottom, and then there are
crispy noodles on top. There’s all kinds of other
good garnishes and so forth in there, but khao soi
noodles was right up at the top of the list as far as
their most popular entrees. [delighted moaning] Oh, good chewy noodles,
and then these crispy ones, which fly everywhere
when you bite into them. Oh, that is really, really good. Zanyu features a couple of
very popular steamed buns, shaped like mini tacos,
one of them with shrimp and a sriracha
mayonnaise, the other with shredded pork belly and
sweet Asian dressing. Pork belly is also the
centerpiece of the milder of the two main noodle
dishes, pork belly with ramen noodles in
Japanese miso soup. And this is the
caramelized pork belly. There’s several
big hunks of that. That is so rich, so
complex in flavor. Pork belly is really
hot these days. [delighted moaning] One of the touches I loved
in this dish was the creamy, Asian-marinated,
soft cooked eggs. Oh man, that tuna
looks fabulous, too. Tuna tataki, have a look. That has a nice, laid back
sesame seed flavor to it. Hard to improve on that. These are harumaki
vegetable spring rolls with a chili lime vinaigrette. I honestly believe
that’s the crispiest spring roll I’ve ever tasted. Boy, is that good. I found Zanyu’s blend
of Italian heritage and Asian flavors to be
just like their dishes: inspired and creative,
and you will, too. – [Deborah] Zanyu
Asian Noodles is at 8450 Honeycutt Road in Raleigh’s Lafayette
Village, and they’re open for lunch and dinner
Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, give
them a call at 919-803-8340, or go online to
zanyunoodles.com. – Well, that’s it
for tonight’s show.

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