Thursday, September 20, 2018

Quick Bite: Oi Asian Fusion

Adobo Bowl at Oi Asian Fusion
I tried Oi the other day because it seemed like an ideal lunch stop: intriguing Asian-fusiony protein-and-rice bowls at a reasonable price. I ended up slightly disappointed.

I ordered the Adobo Bowl ($9), which the girl at the counter said was the most popular. It comes with braised pork belly, adobo sauce, soft boiled egg and scallions. I splurged an extra 60 cents for garlic rice instead of regular.

Good news first: the pork belly itself was really good, tender and crispy with the right level of fattiness. The egg was just runny enough to add a nice creaminess to the mix. The scallions were tasty as expected and provided a little freshness to offset all the pork... just not quite enough.

The adobo sauce was a little on the sweet side, but the main issue with this bowl—and I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out—is that it actually went overboard on pork belly. This was just crying out for some sautéed broccoli, maybe a few fried garlic chips, something to add more variety and balance all that heaviness. I'm also about 95% sure they forgot about the garlic rice—either that or there was only enough garlic in there to be detectible with scientific instruments.

This really wasn't that bad. The flavors were mostly good, though it tasted increasingly like sauce near the end. But leaving Oi, my first thought was that I felt like I had a rock in my stomach, and the second was that they were close to an awesome dish, but not quite there. I may well return since there's a lot of other stuff on the menu, but I'm not feeling any sense of urgency.

Score: 5.5 out of 10 (Fair)

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