Asian Plus is a casual restaurant serving Malaysian-inspired food, namely, Hainanese chicken rice. It’s located in the basement of the recently refurbished 1788 Mall on Nanjing Xi Lu.
This is a revival for Asian Plus. It first opened at a collective space called The Market in 2016 and did a whole slew of Southeast Asian favorites—ancient history, that. They’ve reopened to focus on Hainanese chicken rice, and have added a few localized twists.
Malaysian Food at Asian Plus
Their star dish, the Hainanese chicken is great. The meat is wonderfully tender and the soy sauce mix tasty. The rice, both colored blue (which is superfluous but aesthetically pleasing) and regular, cooked in the essence of the poached chicken, is a requisite with the chicken.
Adding a spin on their chicken, they also have a Koushui Hainan Ji (¥38), coating it in numb and spicy chili oil and sesame peanut sauce. It’s a drool-worthy Sichuan twist.
They have a katong-style laksa (¥28). It’s a curry-based noodle soup with a liberal use of coconut milk. Here they use thick vermicelli and serve it with bits of chicken, boiled egg, and tofu.
Laksa is a tough one to pass judgment on. I’ve eaten enough laksa to know that no two shops serve the same bowl. It’s a divisive dish! That said, Asian Plus’ version of laksa isn’t my favorite, but it might be for some.
The rest of the menu includes an assortment of side dishes, including braised intestines and the like, vegetables, and more noodles.
It’s super cheap. It’s a great spot for those living nearby, delivery, and a quick meal. Definitely get a whole chicken to go if you have enough mouths to feed.
Address: B-15, 1788 Mall, 1818 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Wulumuqi Bei Lu 南京西路1818号1788广场B-15, 近乌鲁木齐北路