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The Asian District of Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma City has a number of different districts and areas that we think our readers would love exploring.  That’s why we’re going to start a series of articles discussing each of these areas and what they have to offer visitors.  We’ll be doing one a month, and this month we’re shining a spotlight on the Asian District.

OKC’s Asian District is both old and new.  It’s new because it hasn’t been promoted as such for very long.  It’s old in that it’s been around forever, and while it hasn’t been officially named, people have referred to it as the Asian part of the city for years.  The Asian District mostly follows Classen Boulevard.  It starts at 23rd street and runs up to 36th or so.  It extends over to Western in some areas.  It features many Asian restaurants, shops, and hosts cultural events.

The center of the Asian District is Super Cao Nguyen, a giant supermarket.  Here, you’ll find some of the best Asian foods.  If you love cooking Asian food or want to experiment, this is where you’d go to find your ingredients.  You can also purchase some prepared foods here, too, plus Asian beverages, desserts, cooking supplies, and decorations.

In addition to the Super Cao, there are a number of other places to shop in the Asian District, including Luxury Hair Design, Hong Ngoc Jewelry, Rosa’s Bridal Photos & Videos, and more.  The small shopping strip attached to Super Cao has many shops and a few restaurants right there, so you can do all your shopping in the same area.

Speaking of restaurants, you’ll find tons of Chinese, Vietnamese, and other cuisine in the Asian District.  One of my favorite places to eat is Lido Restaurant.  They have a wide variety of food, and everything is delicious.  They’re prices are quite affordable, too.  Grand House is another great restaurant, and they have a really fun Sunday dim sum option.  On the other side of the Asian District, you’ll find Sushi Neko and Musashi’s on Western Ave.  They’re more expensive, but the food is incredible.  You’ll even get a show at Musashi’s as the cooks prepare your food right at the table while tossing around knives and other items.  There’s also Mr. Pho’s Noodle House, Happy BBQ, Café De Taipei, and the Lang Bakery in the area.

 

Want more info about the Asian District?  Read some of these blogs!

Doug Dawgz has some images of the Asian District and a post about its history.

News OK has a blog about the Vietnamese presence in the district.

The Southern Living blog has a short blog on Asian foods in OKC.

Diana Winslow blogged about the destruction of the Golden Phoenix, an Asian District restaurant that burned down in January of this year.

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