How to travel, but in Uruguay: where to try Asian flavors in Montevideo – 22/05/2022

Among the gastronomic proposals that have multiplied in recent years Montevideothere is variety and Uruguayan palates are increasingly encouraged to try more.

Bibimbap, takoyaki, ramen, dumplings, baos, jjamppong, Peking duck, kimchi jjigae, yuringi and many others are the strange and difficult names to pronounce or slightly exotic dishes that the average Uruguayan is used to, but which timidly began to be seen in different letters restaurants specialized in flavorings asians.

On this note, some of these places where you can travel with flavors without leaving Montevideo.

Myeong-ga, Korean flavors in the Old Town.

The korean restaurant Myeong-ga has a menu as varied as it is difficult to pronounce for those not accustomed to the language, and on the menu next to each dish there is a photograph so that the diner can see what it is, beyond the description they make. .

Among the many, they offer the traditional bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables); jjamppong (a spicy noodle, seafood and vegetable soup); kimchi jjigae (kimchi soup with pork, tofu and vegetables).

Myeong-ga.  Photo: Facebook Myeong-ga
Myeong-ga. Photo: Facebook Myeong-ga

Myeong-ga is located at 1367 Citadel, Old City, and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 18:00 to 23:00. On Sundays they are only open from 18:00 to 23:00. I’m on Instagram as @restaurantemyeongga.

Wantan, Chinese canteen in Punta Carretas.

The Chinese restaurant Wantan opened in late 2019 in Punta del Este and in 2021 they opened their second location, this time in Punta Carretas, Montevideo.

With an atmosphere that makes you feel like you are on the other side of the world, with some walls covered with magazine and newspaper clippings written in Chinese letters and the ceiling with red paper lanterns, everything hints at the Asian country.

Among the dishes they serve are the chaomin of vegetables, chicken, pork, squid or shrimp on a base of noodles; chicken, shrimp or rice-based vegetable chaufan; wok chicken with peach; pork wok with tamarind sauce; and the latest addition to their menu is Peking Duck.

Wantan, Chinese canteen.  Photo: Facebook Wantan
Wantan, Chinese canteen. Photo: Facebook Wantan

The Wantan store in Montevideo is in Héctor Miranda 2427, open on Tuesdays from 20:00 to 12:00 and from Wednesday to Sunday from 13:00 to 16:00 and from 20:00 to 12:00. They can be found on Instagram as @wantancantinachina.

An Asian canteen.

With its menu, Cantina Asiatica offers a journey hand in hand with flavors such as its ramen (Japanese noodle soup, which has its variations and can be meat, vegetarian or vegan); dumplings (empanaditas that can be stuffed with meat or vegetables); baos (steamed buns that can be stuffed with vegetables, chicken, pork, etc.); takoyaki (white fish balls battered with panko); chicken kara age korean-style sweet and sour crispy chicken miniatures with sesame seeds) and more.

Asian canteen.  Photo: Facebook Asian Canteen
Asian canteen. Photo: Facebook Asian Canteen

Cantina Cantina Asiatica is located in the Prado Market, in Joaquín Suárez 3217. It opens every day from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 16:00. I’m on Instagram as @ cantina.asiatica.

Arariyo, a trip to Korea.

The Arariyo restaurant offers traditional preparations of Korea, among which we find the japchae (cassava noodles sautéed with vegetables and pork); meun-tang (fish soup with vegetables and tofu); haemul buchu jeon (seafood pie, squid, shrimp and mussels); mapo tofu (homemade tofu sauteed in a hot pepper sauce with chili oil, ground pork and green onion); or bulgogui (thinly sliced ​​wide steak with various vegetables and a sauce made from soy sauce, plum, ginger, sesame oil and apple, served with rice).

Arariyo.  Photo: Facebook Arariyo
Arariyo. Photo: Facebook Arariyo

Arariyo is in Bartolomé Miter 1587, Ciudad Vieja. They are open from Friday to Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00 and from Tuesday to Saturday from 19:00 to 24:00. I’m on Instagram as @ arariyo.mlh.