Chinese New Year and a friend's birthday were a good excuse to hit up Mesa's Asian Cafe Express for an over-the-top seafood lunch. Some of my clever friends figured out that you can buy whatever you like from Mekong Plaza (right across the street -- and the fish department is amazing) and bring it over to Asian Cafe Express, where chef Michael Leung will transform it into something fit for an emperor.
We started off with fresh whole sardines, fried into hot, crispy snacks that we drizzled with chile-flecked sauce.
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