Boba Fusion Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in Stillwater. Family owned, serving up homemade, outstanding Asian Fusion cuisine.
My first visit to Boba Fusion Cafe was in August when my dad was in town. It’s on the east side of town in a strip mall next to the older Wal Mart. For a long time I had no idea Boba Fusion Cafe even existed, because it’s towards the back of the strip mall. However, my friend Ming always raved about it, and he would never steer me wrong when it comes to food. My dad and I took a chance, and had a fabulous experience.
Ming and I made plans to go back to Boba Fusion Cafe in early September, but I should have known better than to plan a long lunch at the start of football season. On most days it was all I could do to run out and grab a quick to-go meal somewhere. Two weeks ago we finally made a date to meet for lunch.
As I said earlier, Boba Fusion Cafe looks pretty sketchy from the outside–definitely no curb appeal. For a long time I honestly thought it was a space that wasn’t even open. The restaurant itself is simple but quite spacious, seating about 100. On the left side of the space is a dessert counter, order counter and kitchen, and a specialty drink station is at the back. The station for soft drinks and condiments is between the counter and main dining room. The owners and staff are very friendly, and on my last visit the cashier was really accommodating, helping us decide what to order. You order at the counter, and then they bring the food to you.
The Boba Fusion Cafe menu is pretty simple, featuring appetizers, entrees, noodles, and fried rice. Most of the food is made from scratch, which I love. They also offer daily specials, but when they run out, they run out.
On my last visit, they had sold out of house-made dumplings, and I vowed to not let that happen again. You can choose from pork or vegetable dumplings, and we went with pork
These were fantastic. Lightly fried, full of flavor, and scorching hot. The sauce was very simple, and delicious as well.
Ming always gets the fried noodle roll. I had never heard of it, but who am I to question something fried?!
Oh my gosh, these are phenomenal. Freshly fried, huge puffs of noodles. I seriously could have eaten all of them myself, even after splitting the dumplings. The sauce is condensed milk; yes, that silky, sweet, rich deliciousness. It’s a very unique sauce that works so well with the noodles.
Each entree comes with 2 sides of the day. They only prepare 2 sides, so there really aren’t any choices. One was a bok choy and carrot mix. We weren’t sure what the other side was, and went back and forth on whether it was zucchini or cucumber. We never figured it out, but both were delicious.
Ming got the sesame chicken
Sesame chicken is normally deep-fried, so this was a pleasant surprise. Ming confirmed that Boba Fusion Cafe fries very few entrees. I tasted a piece, and it was excellent. Some heat from the peppers, but not overpowering.
I went with the spicy chicken
I believe they use chicken thighs rather than breast, because the chicken was extremely tender and juicy. Thighs have more fat, and therefore stay more tender during the cooking process. I like the large cut of the peppers and onions, and they are a perfect tender-crisp. The sauce was much spicier than I expected, but the rice toned down the heat.
Ming asked for a large side of rice with his entree. I didn’t think about it until after we had started eating, but I should have done that too so I could take some home to make fried rice. I made sure to save most of my rice, which was still a generous portion. But next time I know: get the bigger bowl.
Ming is friends with the owners. Let’s be honest…Ming is friends with everyone, and he eats here pretty much weekly. One of the staff was giving him grief for not ordering the special. However, Ming doesn’t usually arrive until about 2PM, and by then the special has sold out. I don’t know how he eats that late, because if I’m not eating by 12:30 I’m about to gnaw my arm off.
So our next visit to Boba Fusion Cafe will be during regular lunch hours. And I’m getting the special. And of course the fried noodle rolls.