An oft-repeated complaint of Santa Fe foodsters goes something like this: “There’s no good Asian restaurants in this city.”
There are a few familiar follow-ups to this not-so-bold statement. Someone might lament the 2016 closure of the beloved Mu Du Noodles, or the subsequent shuttering of Talin Market, with its popular weekly dumpling and ramen bar. Then, they might throw out a caveat, confessing that they are, however, stoked about the recently opened Mampuku Ramen.
But the common sentiment is one of judgmental disappointment, especially if that person moved to Santa Fe from a larger city. There is little recognition of the fact that Asia is a gigantic and diverse continent, and that no one goes around saying anything equally sweeping like, “There’s no good European food in this town.”