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New Milwaukee cafe, bar serves Asian ease and comfort food

Milwaukee Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson cuts the ribbon with AN OX Cafe owners Johnni Sihavong, his wife, Sia Xiong; and Maysee Herr, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce CEO; Lafayette Crump, Milwaukee commissioner of city development; and Terrence Moore, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Business Development specialist, during the the grand opening at AN OX Cafe on West Hampton Avenue in Milwaukee on Feb. 2. Johnson used the opportunity to unveil his economic development proposal.

A pair from Laos recently opened a cafe and bar that serves Asian comfort and ease food stuff on Milwaukee’s northwest side. 

Sia Xiong and Johnni Sihavong named their new organization AN OX Café after their birth calendar year: the Chinese zodiac 12 months of the ox. 

The cafe specializes in Lao and Thai cuisines, and features starters, salads, soups, curries, noodles, entrees and a hot fudge s’mores cake for dessert, according to its menu

Sihavong said one particular of the most preferred salads so considerably has been the Larb ($15.99), a “meat salad” that has slender-sliced beef, rice flour, refreshing lime juice, purple onion and fresh mint. For soups, he recommended the pho ($15.99), which is designed with rice noodles, beef soup, beef, meatballs and tendons. 

A preferred entrée has been the volcano chicken ($16.99), he claimed, which characteristics evenly breaded chicken breast served on a mattress of sautéed cabbages and carrots and topped with the restaurant’s particular volcano sauce.