Food Terminal Brings Malaysian Street Food to BuHi in Atlanta
At Food Terminal on Buford Highway, the Sweet Hut Team fuses Malaysia’s colorful and diverse food traditions into a unique menu and wide array of dishes. Amy Wong and Howie Ewe, the illustrious owners of Atlanta’s three Sweet Hut Bakery and Cafe locations and Top Spice, are originally from Malaysia, where Wong first experienced the food industry in a noodle-selling kiosk. Wong and Ewe have translated their early experiences in Malaysia into the flavorful street foods featured on the Food Terminal menu. The food is a blend of various Asian culinary traditions, including flavors and dishes from India and a range of different regions in China.
The Food Terminal setting is high-ceilinged and spacious, clean and crisp with an industrial, modern edge and bright yellow accents. The menu reads like a magazine, offering huge variety with appetizing pictures to illustrate the dishes.
Order the “Grandma Wonton BBQ Pork,” which, as Jane Ewe told me, is her grandmother’s original recipe. This Cantonese dish consists of noodles, wonton, bean sprouts, onion, bok choy, and shallots tossed in a savory sauce and served with melt-in-your-mouth barbecue pork. According to Jane, it tastes just like her grandmother’s dish, and she loves sharing it with Food Terminal visitors.
Another must-try is the “Cheese N’ Cheese,” which is essentially exactly as it sounds: cheese on cheese on cheese that is then fried with rice. The dish arrives in a hot skillet, which quickly fries a mix of Cheddar and mozzarella cheese, rice, egg, and smoked bacon, grilled spam (an interesting and tasty addition!), corn, onion, and peppers. After a minute or two, the rice turns delightfully crispy. Mix the cheese, rice, egg, and veggies together to create a cheesy fried rice bowl unlike any other.
If you want a less cheesy but even more unique fried rice, try the “Nori Nori,” which has an ample serving of roe atop the rice and egg base. The roe adds a satisfying additional crunch to each bite.
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If you’re still hungry after eating these sizeable dishes, order the mango dessert (untitled but depicted on the small hanging table menu). Served in a glass, this dessert features flavorful mango ice cream perched on top of fresh mango cubes in a succulent sauce with small tapioca balls. The textures and the sweet mango flavors provide a perfect cornerstone to a meal at Food Terminal. Along with your dessert, sip a bubbly raspberry soda, which includes fresh slivers of raspberry. Or try the mango sticky rice, which offers a sweet, fruit-filled alternative.