Buns, belly and Cuban sriracha at Overtown’s Soi Chinese
Buns, belly and Cuban sriracha at Soi
Soi Chinese Kitchen
645 NW 20th St, Miami
Hours: 10am-10pm Monday-Saturday, 4-10pm Sunday
Prices: Appetizers $7-$8, buns $8, entrees $10-$14, rice and noodles $6-$14
F.Y.I. Beer and wine. Free parking in the lot on Northwest Sixth Place. Daily $12 build-a-bowl lunch special, noon-3 p.m.
The name of Overtown’s Soi Chinese Kitchen is a play on soy, meaning“I am” in Spanish, and on soy sauce. Soi also means a narrow lane or alley in Thai, perfect for this Overtown spot across from the UM LifeSciences & Technology Park.
Come here for dumplings, buns, lettuce wraps, satay, fried rice, noodles, char siu ribs, stir-fried shrimp in Cuban sriracha sauce (made in Homestead in small batches) and guava-glazed pork belly. There’s a takeout window plus several patios, and Soi Chinese Kitchen also delivers to downtown offices and condos.
Owner Oscar Ferreira is a Cuban American who brought modern Chinesehome after living in San Francisco for a few years . He met chef Angel Vergara through a mutual friend. Angel was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Orlando, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and came to Miami for the hospitality-management program at Florida International University. The kitchen crew also includes Isramil “Izzy” Almonte and Hong Kong-born Erick Luo, who learned Spanish working in Panama.
Shrimp Rangoon brings wonton cannoli stuffed with chopped crustaceans in creamy soy sauce with mango foam. Steamed buns are folded around sautéed shiitake mushrooms with truffle butter or pork belly with apple jam and pickles.
Wings are battered in a mix of flour, cornstarch, beer and vodka for a crisp crust. Signature dishes include pan-seared tofu with bok choy in ginger-garlic-soy, honey chicken thighs with long beans, and hanger steak in spicy sake-soy glaze.
End with guava Bundt cake or Nutella tucked in a bun with seared banana slices.
- Bánh mì and bubble tea are on the menu at 545 Degree Café in Davie
- Ayesha's Kitchen near Kendall makes Indian food approachable to all
- Turkish delights fill the menu at Lokum in Miami Beach
- Cay Café’s changing menu presents a stylish lunch option at DCOTA
- Worship fresh seafood and steak at Surf & Turf in Brickell
- Sound the alarm for Fireman Derek's Pies in Wynwood
- Telva Bakery, Viva Mexico offer sweet cakes and savory tacos in Miami
- La Mancha's munchies are Portuguese and Brazilian in downtown Miami
- Cake Thai Kitchen in Miami specializes in Bangkok-style street food
- Norman Love Confections sweetens Valentine’s Day