at Tin Drum Asia Cafe

I was invited to Tin Drum Asia Cafe in Roswell last night and boy, am I happy I accepted that invitation!  The cafe is well-lit and is meant to evoke the streets of Hong Kong.  Since I’ve never personally been to Hong Kong, I’ll have to take their word, based on the decor.  I had  the house brewed iced tea – a mixture of black, green blackberry jasmine and passion fruit teas; quite yummy! 

My meal started with the Coconut soup, which was tasty, and did not contain protein, but probably has chicken stock as the base (I noticed it is not available as a vegetarian option, hence the guess on the chicken stock).  Next came the Crab and Cheese Spring roll with a sweet and sour dip.  Of all the things I tasted, this was not my favorite; not to say it isn’t good, but (for me) there are better options on the menu, like the Panko Crispy Shrimp Tacos……..this is what will take me back to Tin Drum Asia Cafe.  LOVED LOVED LOVED the Panko Crispy Shrimp Tacos!  Two fat shrimp are coated in panko and flash fried and served in a flour tortilla with a little rice and smooth & cool  wasabi cucumber cream sauce.

The Pad Woon Sen (Woon Sen is a type of glass noodle served in the dish) is a nice comfort food; this particular Pad Woon Sen is a family recipe.  I enjoyed it, but will probably only order it on rainy or cool evenings.

I really enjoyed the Mango Stir-Fry.  This particular stir-fry was served with chicken.  The chunks of chicken are big and juicy and slightly crispy and tossed in a sweet chili sauce with fresh mango, basil. onion, and jalepenos and served over rice.  I adored the contrast of the firm chicken with the soft mango and the contrast of the heat from the jalapeno and the sweet mango.  I would definitely order this dish again!

The Tin Drum Curry was very flavorful, but not nearly hot enough for my taste, and I would like more of the sauce to eat with the lovely, fluffy rice.  By the way, this dish can be ordered H-O-T, and that is just how I’ll order it next time!

They saved the best for last………..the Tikka Masala!  YAY!  double YAY!  Now, this is what I’m talking about!  I waited all night on this dish, and it was so worth the wait.  The chicken was sautéed with Indian curry sauce and topped off with beautifully diced tomatoes and cilantro and served over Tin Drum’s fantastic rice.

Some important facts I learned about Tin Drum:

The chicken they use is from local farms that are concerned about the human treatment of their chicks.  I. AM. SO. HAPPY!

They have an excellent gluten-free menu, and the owner is very passionate about offering allergen free alternatives.

About half of the entrees can be vegetarian.

All items are made fresh to order.

No item on the menu is over $7.75.

So, here are the things you might want to eat at Tin Drum Asia Cafe:

Panko Shrimp Taco, Mango Stir-Fry, Tin Drum Curry and (especially) the Tikka Masala.

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