December 2, 2023


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New Milwaukee restaurant, bar serves Asian comfort food

Milwaukee Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson cuts the ribbon with AN OX Cafe owners Johnni Sihavong, his wife, Sia Xiong; and Maysee Herr, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce CEO; Lafayette Crump, Milwaukee commissioner of city development; and Terrence Moore, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Business Development specialist, during the the grand opening at AN OX Cafe on West Hampton Avenue in Milwaukee on Feb. 2. Johnson used the opportunity to unveil his economic development proposal.

A couple from Laos recently opened a restaurant and bar that serves Asian comfort food on Milwaukee’s northwest side. 

Sia Xiong and Johnni Sihavong named their new business AN OX Café after their birth year: the Chinese zodiac year of the ox. 

The restaurant specializes in Lao and Thai cuisines, and features starters, salads, soups, curries, noodles, entrees and a hot fudge s’mores cake for dessert, according to its menu

Sihavong said one of the most popular salads so far has been the Larb ($15.99), a “meat salad” that has thin-sliced beef, rice flour, fresh lime juice, red onion and fresh mint. For soups, he recommended the pho ($15.99), which is made with rice noodles, beef soup, beef, meatballs and tendons. 

A popular entrée has been the volcano chicken ($16.99), he said, which features lightly breaded chicken breast served on a bed of sautéed cabbages and carrots and topped with the restaurant’s special volcano sauce.