A well-known aspect of Asian and Asian American culture is food, or more specifically, the different traditions of Asian cuisine and cooking. The popularity and fusion of high-end Asian cuisine quickly gained recognition along America’s west and east coasts and has since migrated toward the Midwest. After the opening of Sushiya, the first Japanese restaurant in Kalamazoo, numerous Asian chophouses have surfaced in the surrounding community.
In July of 2014 Wild Ginger, an Asian fusion restaurant serving a tasty collection of Asian, Japanese, Korean, Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines opened. With wild and unique dishes on the menu such as sushi quesadillas and Philly cheese steak egg rolls, Wild Ginger has created a unique, contemporary Asian flare in the heart of Portage, Michigan.
“It’s just a passion I’ve had doing fusion food. I like to experiment,” said Andrew Lum, who co-owns the new restaurant with his father, Lee. The family also owns two Kalamazoo restaurants, Spice & Rice and Buddha’s Belly.
As Wild Ginger co-owners, Lee and Andrew Lum believe in using natural ingredients and avoid the use of MSG and other unhealthy ingredients, instead opting to offer gluten-free, vegetarian, mild and spicy options. With the mission to serve all types of customers, Wild Ginger offers a large menu to satisfy all palates, while concurrently creating a diverse experience for all customers.
Aside from mouth watering entrees, Wild Ginger also serves Maki and Sushi on its large menu, along with an ample selection of specialty rolls, such as the Kzoo Roll and Bronco Roll. The sushi offered is reasonably priced and range from $4 to $14 depending on the contents of the roll.
For entrees on the traditional menu the prices ranged from $10 to $16, while the fusion menu ranges from $13 to $25, which is a reasonable price for the quality and large quantity of the food served.
Every aspect of my experience was enjoyable. The entrees were served fairly fast and the staff was attentive and helpful. The portions of the food were generous and could be split between two people. Overall, the flavor exceeded my expectations.
Wild Ginger is located at 639 Romance Road in Portage, Michigan and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.