When it’s takeout night, naturally a large majority of us reach for the Chinese menu. However, you may be missing out on a number of great dishes if that’s the only type of Asian cuisine in your repertoire.
Next time hunger strikes, leave the takeout menus behind and head out to a restaurant! Pan Asian cuisine is a combination of Asian food such as Chinese, Japanese, Thai and more, and can be found at plenty of sophisticated restaurants throughout Metro Detroit. Try one of the following for a tasty and authentic meal:
Inyo, 22871 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, uses fresh, seasonal ingredients in all of its dishes. Inyo offers lunch specials Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try the Curry Chicken Katsu (a hot sea stone bowl with slow cooked Asian curry, carrots and onions in beef broth) or Inyo Ginger (with your choice of chicken, shrimp or beef).
Dinner offers Lemongrass Chicken (served with Asian veggies) and Crispy Beef (breaded and fried in a sweet honey ginger glaze). There is an endless list of specialty sushi rolls, including the Vegas (with spicy tuna, salmon, grab meat, eel, white fish and avocado) and Manhattan (shrimp tempura with baked eel, crab, avocado, cucumber and egg).
Pacific Rim, 114 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, doesn’t waste time, starting off with excellent appetizer choices like Saigon Spring Rolls (filled with tiger shrimp, taro and vegetables) and Vietnamese Beef Wraps (marinated beef tenderloin sautéed with red onions).
As for the entrees, consider ordering the Quinoa-Crusted Scallops (served with coconut jasmine rice and carrot lemongrass sauce) or Korean Marinated Rib-eye (served with sesame crispy rice, sautéed veggies, quail egg and Korean chili sauce).
Mon Jin Lau, 1515 E. Maple Rd., Troy, is known for its authentic recipes from China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, so if authentic and fresh flavors are what you seek, this restaurant will deliver.
For lunch, try the Cashew Shrimp (with chili peppers, mushrooms, snow peas, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts) or Mon Jin Lau Fried Rice (a combo of shrimp, chicken and barbecued pork).
When it comes time to order your main course, Pine Nut Chicken (with wood ears, Tiger Lillies, asparagus, water chestnuts, scallions, bamboo shoots, peppers, mushrooms and ginger garlic sauce) and Mandarin Crispy Duck (served with snow peas, ginger and garlic sauce) are all good choices.
By exploring Pan Asian or Asian fusion restaurants throughout Metro Detroit, you’ll expand your palate and you just may discover your new favorite dish! You can always go back to your usual carryout joint next weekend.