Press

  • Boston Magazine: 2019 Best Drunk Food (June 2019)

    Come for rotating Jell-O shots; stay for the funky food, served until 1:30 a.m. nightly. Peckish? Nosh “party tots” smothered in a mélange of sweet-and-spicy sauces. Ravenous? Crush a personal-size meatloaf topped with loaded baked-potato “aioli.” See full article

  • South Boston Online: Moonshine Still Shines (January 2019)

    From delectable vegetarian dishes to satiating naughty hangover cures, there is literally something for everyone to love, including the late night noshers (kitchen’s open ’til 1:30 am daily, bar open ‘til 2am). While menu items may change seasonally, one thing that hasn’t changed is Asia’s secret to success: exquisite food and cocktails served in an unpretentious, cozy atmosphere by friendly, knowledgeable staff, led by one of the most talented chefs the Boston scene has seen. Shine on, Moonshine. See full article

  • Five questions: Asia Mei (August 2017)

    Asia and I snagged a table at Moonshine 152 and chatted about feeling lost in life choices, accepting the inevitability of death, and finding “the zone.” And of course she answered Five Questions. Meet Asia. See full article

  • Nikkei Asian Review: New England chefs give recipes a flavor of Asia (July 2017)

    Growing numbers of Chinese-American restaurateurs in Boston are recreating traditional Asian recipes with fresh New England produce, reflecting the rich multicultural history of food in the northeastern United States. See full article

  • Wicked Bites: Moonshine 152 (Boston, MA) (August 2019)

    Kylie McCoy is at Moonshine 152 in South Boston for some delicious and creative twists on some of your favorite dishes. She sits down with Chef Asia Mei to get the lowdown on some of her fantastic creations, like her Award Winning Fried Chicken! See full article

  • Phantom Gourmet: Asia Mei from Moonshine 152 (September 2016)

    Chef Asia Mei from Moonshine 152 in Southie talks about her restaurant's street food inspired menu, including nachos, tacos, fried rice, and butterscotch pudding. See full article

  • The Boston Globe: The perks of being a restaurant regular (September 2016)

    You have a favorite restaurant. The staff greets you by name. You’re seated at a preferred table. That specialty cocktail you like? It’s en route before you’ve ordered. Complimentary small dishes appear. Ah, the joys of being a regular. See full article

  • Improper Bostonian: Boston’s Best Industry Hangout (July 2016)

    It’s not hard to see how Moonshine became a hit with hospitality types. Chef/owner Asia Mei brings soul to the space that formerly housed the Franklin Southie (where she honed her skills early in her career), a dim and discreet sanctuary amid the neighborhood’s ostentatious new developments. And a late-night menu, served until 1:30 am, keeps post-shift tipplers sated with oysters and jalapeño crab rangoons. File under: very full moons. See full article

  • Zagat: South Boston's 9 Hottest Restaurants (March 2016)

    Chef Asia Mei brings together American East Coast cookery, Far East flavors and a penchant for street food under one roof. The result? Tantalizing snacks like lamb meatballs with habanero-date jam, jalapeño and crab rangoon with spicy honey, and Korean BBQ tacos with Asian pear kimchi. See full article

  • Thrillist: Millennial chefs who are Changing the face of the industry (January 2016)

    Growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, Asia Mei knew she didn’t want to be an office drone -- but cooking wasn't always in the picture. She got a degree in economics and biology while working as a stuntwoman in LA during the summer, but ended up skipping her graduation ceremony to search for a job in Boston that would teach her how to cook. See full article

  • Boston Globe: Boston’s 50 best new restaurants (January 2016)

    Southie’s answer to Trina’s Starlite Lounge is open late and serves brunch featuring a weekly Ron Swanson special, named for chef-owner Asia Mei’s favorite TV character. Edamame hummus and jalapeno crab rangoons, “Mama Mei’s” pork noodle soup, Korean barbecue tacos, elegant pork and fish dishes, and burgers and butterscotch pudding all find their way to the table at an unpretentious neighborhood spot. See full article

  • Phantom Gourmet: Moonshine 152 (November 2015)

    As the owner of Moonshine 152 in South Boston, Asia Mei is one of the city’s best young chefs. But she certainly hasn’t taken the most traditional path to get to where she is today. See full article