Yelo is a celebration of Southeast Asian flavors, inspired by the childhood memories yet interpreted in modern ways by Chef-Owner Alex Au-Yeung, 2022 James Beard Awards Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas. Debuting in 2020 as a pop-up concept, Yelo opened at its current Katy Asian Town location in early 2021, next door to Au-Yeung’s critically acclaimed Malaysian restaurant, Phat Eatery. The color yellow inspires, uplifts and illuminates, which Yelo’s menu reflects, full of inviting, hand-crafted dishes inspired by beloved street foods that Au-Yeung enjoyed growing up in the multicultural city of Hong Kong. Saucy curry fish balls, juicy dumplings, hand-pulled noodles and youtiao, or Chinese doughnuts, are all prepared using fresh, local ingredients. Eschewing the strict parameters of “authentic cooking,” Au-Yeung shows respect for traditional regional techniques while adding his own creative flourishes to comfort food favorites.