Social distancing parking lot dinner from Mora Asian Kitchen

The Chicago Foodie Sisters, while we live about 40 minutes apart each have kids and busy jobs, try to get together regularly for lunch or dinner. We love to dine out and enjoy each other's company. In fact, the last day before quarantine the two of us met up at an adorable tea room in Merrillville, Indiana where we were one of only three guests that afternoon. They'd had 20+ lunch cancellations. We were in our own cute little room and we washed and sanitized our hands often during the day. 

So after about six weeks of not seeing each other, we decided it was time - even if we had to stay far apart. We decided we'd both enjoy dinner from one of our very favorite spots, Mora Asian Kitchen in Bolingbrook. We placed our orders for curbside pick-up at the same time and then drove to the adjacent parking lot near the movie theatre, which was completely empty as most of the Promenade outdoor mall is closed.

We parked a few spaces away and dug in with our windows down. I brought a little stool to balance my food on and packed a plate. We had a loud conversation across the lot. My niece and nephew were in the back and we waved back and forth. Even though we couldn't give each other hugs it was so nice to see their faces. And the food, as always, was amazing. 

Mora Asian Kitchen has three family meals available. I ordered the Hot Platter, which came with Adobo Pork Belly Fried Rice (2 orders), 8 lumpia, 8 pot stickers and 8 crispy Korean wings. I also had some of their delicious honey walnut chicken and some maki rolls. It was quite a bit of food! The Hot Platter is just $29.

Other family meals include a sushi platter with two classic rolls and two signature rolls for $40. My absolute favorite is the Little Piggy roll with lobster, jalapeƱo, asparagus, bacon jam and tempura crumbles. A third option is the Hawaiian Platter for $18 that comes with a choice of Huli Huli Chicken or Pork Belly, Spicy Tuna or Shrimp Tempura Rolls, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and Coconut  Rice. A number of their regular menu items can also be ordered.

Mora Asian Kitchen is also doing some fun cooking demos online where you can purchase all the ingredients you need from the restaurant and then follow along at home to make your own delicious dishes.

I'm so glad this favorite spot of ours has stayed open and that we were able to meet there. It's been a crazy time, but comforting things like this are what get you through it - delicious comforting food with someone you love, even if they are several feet away.

627 E. Boughton Rd.

Currently open 4-8 p.m. for curbside pick-up/carryout.