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The Golden Age of Beer in Dallas
May 12, 2022
Owners (and couple) Yasmin and Braden (the chef) Wages started brewing beer for their Thai-Vietnamese restaurant in 2014. This was a time when Dallas’ craft beer scene was still learning to walk and talk. (There were fewer than 100 independent breweries in all of Texas then.) So the Wages took it upon themselves to launch a nano-brewery inside the West Village location (since moved to its Southlake outpost). All the better to engineer beers perfectly paired with Asian cuisine.
Find six styles, including Bia Hoi, a clean and refreshing Vietnamese lager made with rice and pilsner malt that goes with just about anything, especially on a hot day. The Jungle IPA is a dry-hopped hazy with juicy, tropical flavors. Thai PA, Malai’s house IPA, is perhaps the most culinary and ambitious of the set: lemongrass, ginger, galangal, kaffir lime, turmeric, coriander, and hops aplenty stand up to green curry or simply stand alone as a well-crafted beer...
The 41 Best Brunch Spots in America
March 28, 2022
Thai and Vietnamese cuisines may not seem like they’d translate well to brunch, but anyone doubting the deliciousness will be thoroughly convinced from the very first bite. Awaiting your stamp of approval: Thai Eggs Benedict with coconut biscuits and Thai chili hollandaise, Congee with chicken and egg, and Banh Mi French Toast. In fact, request those dishes in that exact order and you’ll have one of the best three-course meals imaginable. All-day Sunday happy hour is just a bonus.
The Absolute Best Brunches in Dallas Right Now
March 22, 2022
Like any major city, Dallas is home to an abundance of quintessential restaurants that have served as culinary hubs for generations of locals and visitors. Of course, we’re also privileged to enjoy an ever-evolving dining scene that never ceases to surprise. So every time we update this trusty bucket list, we always aim to include a mixture of longtime staples and recent additions, as well as specific dishes and drinks that are so iconic they deserve their very own moment in the spotlight.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With These Green Foods!
Texas Today - NBC DFW
March 17, 2022
Today is St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to celebrate than by eating all green everything! Texas Today executive producer, Jessica Grose, joins...
Beef Tenderloin Drunken Noodles at Malai Kitchen - The 30 Most Essential Food Experiences in Dallas
February 22, 2022
Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao) can be found on every Thai menu in town—and the world over, for that matter—but the absolute best version in Dallas-Fort Worth merges our love for top-quality steak and spicy noodles. The dish starts with wok-seared flat jasmine rice noodles in a peppery soy sauce that’s tossed with succulent beef tenderloin, Thai basil, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and plenty of Thai chilies (you can even request more if you crave heat). It can also be ordered with shrimp, tofu, or chicken, but for our money, the beef’s where it’s at.
Celebrate National Soup Month At These 9 Restaurants
Southlake Style Magazine
January 21, 2022
Boasting a variety of large and small soup servings, Malai Kitchen has several options when it comes to its soup offerings. Whether you try the Thai coconut soup, the Thai lemongrass soup with shrimp, the sweet and sour vegetable soup or the Vietnamese noodle soup with either beef or chicken, every spoonful packs a flavorful punch.
12 Prettiest Places to Eat and Drink in Dallas
December 12, 2021
There’s no question that beautiful surroundings make dining experiences more memorable... Ever since Braden and Yasmin Wages opened the first Malai Kitchen in Uptown’s West Village 10 years ago, the wood pergolas on its patio have been a recognizable feature. Those and the bright orange patio furniture mark a restaurant that brews its own beers to drink with from-scratch Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.
The same pergolas (and signature orange) call out the newest location in the retail complex on Luther Lane, the fourth for Malai Kitchen. All locations have similar design elements, and each displays a custom artwork by local artist Michael Sutton. Photos taken by the Wages on their travels throughout Southeast Asia also figure prominently in each restaurant. Textured wood elements bring nature indoors, which perfectly suits the menu full of dishes made with locally-sourced, fresh ingredients.
18 new restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas Morning News
November 10, 2021
Malai Kitchen is now open and selling Southeast Asian food at a second Dallas address, in Preston Center. The shop run by husband and wife Braden and Yasmin Wages is well known for its bánh mìs, drunken noodles and peanut-crusted trout. They also brew beer.
Where to Celebrate National Pad Thai Day
Texas Today - NBC DFW
November 2, 2021
VIDEO: Inspired by Southeast Asian flavors, Malai Kitchen offers a modern approach to Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, a favorite for many...
Malai Kitchen set to open in Preston Center next week
Preston Hollow Lifestyle - Advocate Magazine
October 25, 2021
The fourth location of Malai Kitchen will open in Preston Center soon in the former Bartaco space. The restaurant, owned by husband-wife duo Yasmin and Braden Wages, serves Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Menu items are made from scratch whenever possible — everything from the curry paste, fresh-pressed coconut milk and sriracha...