Delicious pan-Asian creations inspired by all of the major Asian cuisines and Bubble Tea combine at the Noodle House and Kung Fu Tea restaurant in Princeton. Talented entrepreneurs Bonnie and Hua Yeung, with their business partner Kin Lam, completely transformed the inside of a former restaurant into one of Princeton’s go-to spots for the popular bubble tea and Asian dishes that cross many cultures. The bubble tea counter is up front with table service in the middle and rear of the building for food and drinks.
Centrally located on Princeton’s Nassau Street between Palmer Square East and Witherspoon Street, almost directly across from the Nassau Hall gate of Princeton University, this two-year-old eatery is informed by the staff’s experience running Asian restaurants in other states for many years. Chef Hua Yeung brings a lifetime of culinary experience to bear in his personal, updated interpretations of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese classics.
Featuring local ingredients whenever possible in season, Chef Yeung is adventurous with ingredients, including Korean kimchi in Chinese and Japanese inspired dishes, while Chinese five-spice-powder shows up in a Japanese ramen dish, as well as a beef dish under the Chef’s Specialties menu.
“We saw a large Asian population in the Princeton area, people from many countries, so we thought the area would be perfect for our new venture,” Bonnie Yeung said. “We see about half of our restaurant customers from the Asian culture, while the bubble tea is very popular with students from Princeton. We’re not mixing cultures, just offering variety.”
Kin Lam echoed the pan-Asian influence saying, “We offer a little bit of several cultures and we change our menus seasonally, especially in the summer when there is more local produce.”
Vietnamese Pho dishes come in at least 12 varieties featuring meat, seafood, and vegetarian options. A Chef’s specialty, Grilled Pork Chops, sounds western, but is actually a Vietnamese take with a special barbecue sauce, stir-fried cabbage, rice, an egg and pickled radish.
Ten variations of Japanese ramen grace the menu, while more than a dozen Asian-inspired rice bowls include the always popular chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp. Chef Yeung’s inspired take on traditional rice bowls include varieties with eel, curry katsu, kimchi chashu, and vegetarian options.
Popular appetizers include gyoza (Japanese dumplings), a scallion pancake, hot and spicy crawfish, and Szechuan beef tendons. The staff is happy to meet dietary needs and the menu always includes a number of vegetarian choices.
Bubble tea appears to have originated in Taiwan and comes in many varieties including one style mixed with ice that resembles a slushy. Often including tea, some versions are made with juice. Bubble tea can also include milk, many different flavorings, jellies, puddings, and tapioca pearls. Fruit can be added to the tea to make a punch. The bubble part of the name comes from the froth created when the drink is shaken.
Noodle House and Kung Fu Tea will meet your food and drink needs with eclectic menus featuring the best of all major Asian cuisines, right in the center of Princeton.
Noodle House and Kung Fu Tea, 80 Nassau Street, Princeton. 609-688-0108. www.noodlehouseprinceton.com.