Pan-Asian food is widely considered as contemporary comfort food among millions of Americans. The enduring popularity of Mooncake Foods then doesn’t come as a surprise considering that it offers home-cooked Asian comfort food. Think of the dishes here as the result of a food lover’s desire to combine the culinary influences of his Chinese mom’s cooking and his Spanish Brooklyn’s culinary preferences.
The Mooncake Foods prices reflect its goal of offering comfort food to its customers – these are affordable enough that indulging in your favorite comfort foods every day is possible. Most of the dishes are relatively healthy, too, but not in a way that will make you question whether you would have been better off with an organic green juice.
Below are the latest Mooncake Foods menu prices.
|Edamame With Sea Salt||$5.95|
|Cold Jicama Spring Rolls||$6.95|
|Vietnamese Summer Rolls||$6.95|
|Grilled Squid With Curry Lime Sauce||$8.95|
|Chicken Wings With Honey And Soy||$9.95|
|Lobster & Mango Summer Rolls||$9.95|
|Shanghai Pork & Shrimp Wontons||$9.95|
|Peashoots & Roasted Garlic||$9.95|
|Crawfish & Shitake Mushroom||$9.95|
|Grilled Chicken & Avocado Salad||$14.95|
|Grilled Chicken Buckwheat Noodle Salad||$14.95|
|Grilled Tofu & Buckwheat Noodle Salad||$14.95|
|Lemongrass Shrimp & Rice Noodle Salad||$14.95|
|Seared Tuna & Arugula Salad||$14.95|
|Agedashi Tofu & Rice Noodle Salad||$14.95|
|Asian Pear & Chicken Sausage Salad||$14.95|
|Avocado & Watercress Salad||$14.95|
|Spicy Thai Steak Salad||$14.95|
|Broiled Salmon & Mesclun Salad||$15.95|
Sandwiches & Heros
|Steak & Roasted Peppers Hero With Garlic Dill Mayo||$12.50|
|Grilled Chicken Hero With Napa Slaw||$12.50|
|Grilled Pork Chops With Mango Chutney||$12.50|
|Smoked White Fish Salad Hero||$12.50|
|Spicy Tofu Banh Mi||$12.50|
|Vietnamese Pork Meatball Hero||$12.50|
|Pulled Pork Sandwich With Curry Lime Bbq Sauce||$12.50|
|Garlic-Grilled Veggie Sandwich||$12.50|
|Tuna Burger With Wasabi Mayo||$12.50|
|Spicy Hoisin Fish Taco||$12.50|
|Broiled Salmon & Field Greens Sandwich||$15.95|
|Grilled Pork Chops With White Wine And Soy||$14.95|
|Grilled Chicken With Garlic Lime||$14.95|
|Curry Chicken Stew||$14.95|
|Octopus & Spinach Noodles||$14.95|
|Grilled Lemongrass Shrimp||$14.95|
|Short Ribs Shanghai Home-Style||$14.95|
|Roasted Veggies & Korean Chili Paste||$14.95|
|Sliced Steak With Cilantro & Ginger Chimichurri||$14.95|
Dinner Specials (After 5 Pm)
|Tuesday - Lobster Sandwich||$19.95|
|Wednesday - Tuna Steak||$19.95|
|Thursday - New Zealand Lobster Tails||$19.95|
|Friday - Grilled Fish With Scallion And Ginger Oil||$19.95|
|Salmon Roe Rice||$6.95|
|Cold Sesame Cucumbers||$6.95|
|Napa Cabbage Slaw||$6.95|
|Key Lime Pie||$5.95|
|White Chocolate Mousse Cake||$5.95|
|Chocolate Chaos Cake||$5.95|
|Lemon Mint Iced Tea||$3.00|
|Jasmine Magnolia Iced Tea||$3.00|
|Fresh Ginger Iced Tea||$3.00|
|Lemon Lychee Iced Tea||$3.00|
|Basil Lime Rickey||$3.00|
|Thai Iced Tea||$3.00|
|Green, Black, Herbal, Hot Teas||$3.00|
|$15.00 Per Person||$15.00|
|$16.00 Per Person||$16.00|
|$18.00 Per Person||$18.00|
|19.00 Per Person||$18.50|
|$20.00 Per Person||$20.00|
|$22.50 Per Person||$22.50|
|$25.00 Per Person||$25.00|
|$27.50 Per Person||$27.50|
|$30.00 Per Person||$30.00|
|$32.50 Per Person||$32.50|
|$35.00 Per Person||$35.00|
|$37.50 Per Person||$37.50|
|$40.00 Per Person||$40.00|
|$42.50 Per Person||$42.50|
|$45.00 Per Person||$45.00|
|$47.50 Per Person||$47.50|
|$50.00 Per Person||$50.00|
|$75.00 Per Person||$75.00|
|$100.00 Per Person||$100.00|
|Whole Pig Roast||$495.00|
The first Mooncake Foods restaurant was opened in 2003 in Soho. At present, the chain has restaurants in the Financial District, Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen – truly, a testament to the right culinary path it’s taking.
What They’re Famous For
Mooncake Foods may initially look like an Asian restaurant and in many ways, it is. But it’s also a rebel in the sense that it doesn’t conform to the traditions expected of an Asian restaurant – here, there are no woks, fryers, processed meats, and heavy sauces. Instead, the dishes are prepared in a healthier way – grilled, steamed and roasted – while the ingredients used are fresh and organic, when possible.
Such dedication to quality and freshness is evident in the flavors of every dish. According to the management, the chefs and their assistants make many of the ingredients from scratch, such as the chicken stock for the soups, and make many of the dishes by hand like the wontons and dumplings.
Keep in mind that all the Mooncake Foods restaurants offer home-cooked Pan-Asian food in a casual setting.
Why Eat Here
The first thing that strikes customers when they enter a Mooncake Foods restaurant is its conspicuous family-friendly look and feel. The retro-diner décor has a warm and welcoming effect, even with the secondhand chairs, the Formica-topped tables, and the diner stool. While the décor was largely the result of a shoestring budget when the owners opened their first Mooncake Foods location, it has been retained for the most part because of its appeal.
The affordable prices belie the fact that the dishes at every Mooncake Foods restaurant is hearty, lip-smacking delicious. Most, if not all, of the dishes are priced between $5 and $10, so it’s easy for students, young professionals, and families watching their budgets to enjoy a full meal without informally declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Mooncake Foods restaurants are all wellsprings of flavorful sandwiches, salads and appetizers from springy wontons filled with snow-pea greens, fresh jicama-stuffed spring rolls, and sweet and spicy chicken wings. Here, customers enjoy the wide range of light, vegetable-driven, and filling dishes – and there are no starch-heavy, greasy, and oily dishes either.
Of all the dishes, it’s arguably the green sauce that’s at the heart of nearly every meal in the restaurants. It’s a spicy green sauce with a tangier flavor than Sriracha, as well as more addictive so you will want to have it delivered to your doorstep, too.
And the dishes are so delicious that many people actually take advantage of the fast, easy and convenient delivery services although dining in the restaurant is preferable. There’s the Whitefish Salad Banh Mi, a savory sandwich made of fresh baguette with jalapeños and pickled vegetables; it’s a mess to eat but most must-have foods can be messy to enjoy. The Miso-Glazed Salmon Plate is a Mooncake classic – broiled salmon with slightly sweet miso sauce, served with rice and salad, and with a green sauce topping; add salmon roe if you’re feeling fancy.
The Crawfish Dumplings have a good chewy wrapper and generous filling, which complements the green sauce well. Don’t ask what’s in it so long as it’s among the best dishes at Mooncake Foods. The Shanghai Wonton Soup isn’t your run-of-the-mills wonton soup – it has a richer flavor but lesser oil so every spoonful brings comfort to your hungry soul.
If you’re looking for the best Asian fusion food in Soho – or in other areas where a Mooncake Foods restaurant is present – then go for Mooncakes and get it at unbeatable prices. Yes, there are also soy-free and dairy-free options, as well as several dishes that vegetarians will lap up. As for the drinks, the Mooncake Foods restaurants offer beer and wine as well as soft drinks and the like.
Emphasis must be made that only cash is accepted for payments. The restaurants are only open for lunch and dinner, as well as open only from Monday to Saturday; closed on Sundays. Reservations aren’t necessary and all the restaurants offer delivery and takeout services.
As an Asian eatery, a Mooncake Foods restaurant may not be able to accommodate large groups so keep it in mind. There are no outdoor seating, Wi-Fi access, and television for entertainment. But you’re here for the food so these things are minor inconveniences.
To learn more about Mooncake Foods or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.mooncakefoods.com.