Whether you're a devoted meat-eater or a die-hard vegetarian, Asian food has flavors and dishes to accommodate any taste. Here are some of our favorite Asian restaurants near our Springs at Apple Valley and Springs at Egan Drive luxury communities.
When you visit Taste of Thaiyai, chances are good you'll see owner Nyi Htun, who is at the family-owned restaurant seven days a week. Customer favorites spring rolls and cream cheese puffs are a great way to start your meal. Entrées include a full assortment of curry dishes along with Northern-style traditional Thai grilled sausage served with Thai salsa. Taste of Thaiyai opens at 11 a.m. all week long.
Ooka is a new addition to the local dining landscape, but it's already been earning rave reviews from delighted customers. The owner has been a chef since he was 17 years old living in his native country of China. His Asian fusion menu includes an extensive sushi list as well as entrées ranging from pad Thai to Peking-style pork. Ooka serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner seven days a week.
Pan-Asian food meets the fast-casual trend at Umami Bowl, recognized by the Apple Valley Award Program as a restaurant that has "achieved exceptional marketing success" in the local community. The menu features a dozen wok-fried dishes with your choice of protein, and you can add dumplings and a soft drink for only $3. Get a drink to go with an order of bubble tea, made with fruit or milk and tapioca balls. Umami Bowl opens at 11 a.m. every day but Sunday.
People come from miles around to enjoy the delicious Thai flavors at Spice. Try their signature sweet tamarind stir-fry with your choice of meat, seafood or veggies. The chefs are happy to customize your dish to accommodate preferences for gluten-free, low-sodium, meat-free or dairy-free. Their five-step lunch special, served on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., includes an entrée with your choices of protein, side dishes and rice. Spice opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week.
The restaurant's namesake, David Fong, grew up in the business working at his parent's restaurant in Bloomington. Since 1996, he's been carrying on their tradition for fine Chinese food and excellent service. The menu includes traditional Chinese dishes such as chow mein, egg foo young and lo mein. "Chef's Favorites" are highlighted by D. Fong's Triple Delight, which is shrimp, beef and chicken stir-fried with Chinese vegetables. D. Fong's is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Sunday.
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