AAPI Month is a month where we recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. The first Japanese immigrant arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843, and in 1990 May was first declared AAPI month. Two years later, in 1992, it was declared as a permanent commemorative month that would be celebrated annually.
The celebration of the achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans is something we should be doing throughout the entire year, however—not for just one month. AAPI-owned businesses nationwide were the most negatively impacted throughout the pandemic, and there are tons of these businesses that contribute to the culture of Boston that we can be supporting every day. Here are 10 AAPI-owned restaurants to support in Boston:
Chef Asia Mei mixes traditional East Coast and Asian flavors at Moonshine 152, the perfect spot for fans of late-night, funky food. Open for brunch and dinner until 1:30am, it’s a great spot to wake up with cinnamon french toast sticks or party at night with rotating Jell-o shot rounds.
Find it at 52 Dorchester Ave., Boston.
Yume Wo Katare in Porter Square is not just a ramen shop- it’s also a dream workshop. They specialize in Jiro-style bowls and will make things easy for you when deciding what to choose. Their decadent broth is made from slowly simmering pork bones for over 24 hours, and the thick noodles are also made in-house. After the meal, the staff may ask you to share your hopes and aspirations. The ramen is so good, you’ll almost certainly feel inspired!
Find it at 1923 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
This Thai restaurant serves tapas-style dishes that are deliciously fun to share. Even when they opened at the hight of the pandemic in 2020, Mahaniyom was just so dang good that word-of-mouth has catapulted them to success. Our favorites include the rambutan salad, beef massaman, and their funky cocktails!
Find it at 236 Washington Street, Brookline
Bao Bao serves up wonderful fresh-baked pastries with a modern twist at this Chinatown establishment. You can get buns, egg tarts, and cakes in a variety of flavors – plus, you won’t want to miss their fantastic bubble tea selections, too!
Find it at 84 Harrison Ave., Boston.
8. Baldwin Bar
Delicious signature cocktails? Check. Venue is inside a historic mansion? Check. Delectable Sichuan cuisine available on the menu? Also check! The Baldwin Bar has it all- need we say more?
Find it at 2 Alfred St., Woburn, MA
10. Banh Mi Oi
Banh Mi is one of the best darn sandwiches that you can eat in this world, so it’s no surprise that Bahn Mi Oi is a must-visit spot in Roxbury! Their sandwiches are made with the most delicious French baguettes and fresh ingredients – it’s a takeout option you’ll feel great about afterwards.
Find it at 1759 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA
[featured image: Wusong Road]