Mangosteen @ Fresno

April 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

There is a brand new restaurant opening this coming Thursday (Apr 24)  in Fresno (at old Kim’s Vietnamese restaurant by Shaw and Fresno).  It boasts dishes from China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam (a smorgasboard of Asian cuisine).

Here is a snippet/excerpt from an article by Joan Obra for Fresno Bee. Thanks Joan!
As for Mangosteen, it’s the brainchild of Douglas Huynh and Tami Lin, a brother-sister team with lots of restaurant experience. The two grew up in Fresno, where Huynh worked in restaurants while going to school.

Both landed in the Bay Area. Huynh worked in information technology and Lin is the executive chef of Le Méridien San Francisco hotel. With their mother getting older, Huynh decided to move back to Fresno. He’ll manage the restaurant; Lin will remain in San Francisco, but she’s helping train the staff.

The two collaborated on the menu, which aims to modernize traditional dishes from China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, Huynh says.

“We’re trying to get the best food from every region,” he says.

Inspiration comes from their family’s Vietnamese dishes, as well as Lin’s experience overseas. For example, she says she’s lived in Singapore and traveled extensively in Malaysia.

Expect to see lots of different spring rolls and noodle soups, braised baby-back ribs seasoned with toasted rice powder and an olive oil-and-lime juice vinaigrette, Malaysian fried chicken (one of Lin’s secrets), and mango shrimp, Huynh says.

The restaurant doesn’t have its beer and wine license yet, so it will open with drinks such as avocado and mango milkshakes, boba teas, iced tea spiked with lemongrass, and Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk.

Mangosteen also will have a dessert bar, serving ice creams in flavors such as lychee, durian (a Southeast Asian fruit), avocado and green tea, Huynh says.

At about $10 or less, the entrees are priced to draw a crowd. “We’re trying to keep the price very affordable,” Huynh says.

The restaurant isn’t quite finished; the tentative opening date is April 24. Hours will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays- Thursdays and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays.

The answering machine isn’t hooked up yet, but Huynh says he already has the restaurant’s number: (559) 229-8300.

You can read here full article at this link….http://www.fresnobee.com/columnists/joan-obra/story/1316490.html

I am hoping for authentic dishes like curry laksa, roti pratha/canai, Penang Prawn Mee to Chicken Satay. My family and I will try the restaurant this coming Saturday…and I will let you know! Update! I did not make it to Mangosteen due to scheduling conflict. I am really looking tasting their dishes. Oh please, Mangosteen or in Malay (we called it Maggis!) – please be the one, so I don’t have to drive up to SF or down to LA anymore!

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My boy! My Curry Laksa

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