Sample Asian cuisine this Thursday at CAB’s Taste of Asia event

Takanami will offer xxx -- photo by Alan Light, via flickr creative commons
Takanami will offer their Dynamite Roll, made with salmon, avocado, shrimp and scallops. — photo by Alan Light, via flickr creative commons

Satisfy your late-night hunger craving this Thursday, April 9, as the Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosts Taste of Asia, a celebration of Asian food and culture at Old Brick (26 E. Market St.) at 10 p.m.

Taste of Asia will highlight foods from various Asian cultures and demonstrate the diversity we have right here at Iowa. The menu is extensive, and includes foods from restaurants all over Iowa City, including Uncle Sun’s, Takanami and Oasis. Sample bites from Japan, China, India, Thailand and many other Asian countries. Savory, spicy and sweet selections will all be present, so even the most picky taste buds will have a chance at delectable satisfaction.

The event is meant to coincide with Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, which takes place in April and is organized by the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center. Events are held all month long to celebrate Asian cultures and discuss issues currently faced by Asian and Pacific-Americans.

Laura Wang, the Cultural Director of CAB, says events like this can offer students a different perspective on other cultures.

“As an Asian-American myself, I rarely get to hear narratives of the Malaysian student experience or learn about East Asian cultures in a non-stereotypical way. This month offers that. It’s inspiring to get to play a role in such an important conversation.”

There is no set schedule for Taste of Asia, so patrons can drop by whenever they are free. Food will be served until 1 a.m., and attendees can try their hand at crafts and listen to music. The playlist was created by Cultural Committee member Qiqi Shi, and features popular music from countries all across Asia. Students will have the chance to practice origami, calligraphy, sushi rolling, lantern decorating and henna — with excellent teachers present for the duration of the event.

This is the third year of CAB’s annual Taste of Asia, and they are preparing for an even larger crowd than past years. The event is free and open to the public and will run from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Old Brick.

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