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In February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic officially locked down the U.S., UB Preserv’s chef de cuisine Nick Wong of Houston, Texas received an odd reservation cancellation.

“We got a call on Valentine’s Day about somebody wanting to cancel Easter brunch with us, citing coronavirus. The reason was a shock to me, because none of the other major restaurants in the area fielded any calls about reservations being cancelled due to coronavirus. And me, being a Chinese-American head chef of this restaurant with a somewhat Asian menu — it was just terrible.”

And just days before national shelter-in-place laws went into effect, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council executive director Manjusha Kulkarni found herself at a salon seated next to two women loudly discussing the “kind of food” Asians eat, and making false claims that Asian Americans brought COVID-19 to the

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Lido Chinese Restaurant to close after 30 years in OKC Asian District

The rumors are true: Lido Chinese Restaurant, 2518 Military Dr., will close next week when March ends. 

Much to the chagrin of my esteemed colleague Steve Lackmeyer, the 30-year-old restaurant that helped build the Asian District as we know it today is packing up its wonton soup, it’s claypots and vermicelli bowls and calling it a career.

Since December, rumors have swirled around social media about the future of the restaurant. Owner Eric Ly spoke with me briefly last week and confirmed he planned to close at month’s end.

“It’s time,” he said. “Thirty years is a long time.”

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Affects of COVID

A yearlong pandemic certainly took a toll, and frozen underground pipes earlier this year that disrupted service did not help. 

I’d hoped to sit down with Eric for a longer interview, but his

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What is Umamicart? This company is changing Asian grocery shopping

Andrea Xu always found it difficult to find all the Chinese ingredients she wanted to cook with in grocery stores and markets. So, earlier this month, the 28-year-old launched a streamlined online grocery service called Umamicart with hundreds of Asian products all in one place.

Growing up in Spain with Chinese immigrant parents who owned and operated a Chinese restaurant, Xu was used to enjoying her family’s cuisine at home. But out at Madrid’s markets, it was nearly impossible to find the products she craved.

“My parents served Chinese food, but they had to conform to what is it considered Chinese food in Spain, they had to have certain things on the menu,” Xu told TODAY Food. “For Umamicart, I wanted to create something that’s not determined by something else. Getting rid of that undo definition is part of this.”

Andrea Xu as a girl with her mom
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Denver’s Meta Asian Kitchen celebrates tradition with food

Every order comes with Chinese red envelopes. Some will have $2 and others will have golden tickets that can be redeemed for a free entree.

DENVER — We’re in the middle of Chinese New Year and as we welcome in The Year of the Ox, we’re sharing how a husband and wife team is sharing their favorite traditions and hoping to bring a little luck into this new year.

“Chinese New Year is one of my favorite holidays,” said Doris Yuen, one of the owners of Meta Asian Kitchen in Denver.

For Yuen and her husband, Ken Wan, this time of year carries many different traditions.

“I would eat a lot during Chinese new year growing up,” said Wan.

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And as the owners of Meta Asian Kitchen, it’s no surprise a lot of those are centered around food.

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