Taste Of Asia ~ I hate to say it, but it is one of the better Asian restaraunts around these parts. The best, I don’t know, but I’m sure to some people it is. Their food is good… I could even say DAMN GOOD.
But I won’t.
Taste Of Asia to me, instead is a place to get great Asian food for the current exchange rate of the U$ Dollar.
When you’re as pessimistic as me, it’s easy to be negative. But when Main Kwong’s can give you the same amount of food for $4.85 – one has to wonder.
But Taste Of Asia does offer: Chinese – yummy, Sushi – awesome, and Thai – (insert expletive here)
(The link is for the South Charleston location but the menus are the same at the Teays Valley location.)
All On ONE menu. NOW they even have a Japanese Steakhouse in Teays Valley. Yes!!! You can pay to have someone throw food at you while you try to catch it in your mouth. Usually while surrounded by people you do not even know. Obviously doing stuff that you would not try at home, or if your kids tried it at home, you would beat the tar out of them. Don’t lie to yourself – when was the last time you congratulated them on throwing food?? Yet you will pay good money to have the Japanese chef throw a shrimp at you? Why Is That?? (note to self: future Fork You post – “Why do I pay to have this Asian guy throw food at me?” )
I’m writing this review for all of us that have significant others that love to frequent these places that have good and sometimes great food, but yet the food – to you – leaves something more to be desired and is a little on the steep side. (or maybe you’re just not hungry for it at the moment) Like you my friend… I think this place (Taste Of Asia) has good food, but rarely is it for me. There’s not an item on here I would not love to eat – it’s just that nine times out of ten, I’m just not hungry for some pork, or chicken, or noodle, dressed up in teriyaki or moo goo gai pan for a cost that may be over $10. Just don’t want it this time. I would rather have an overpriced rib, and some crunchy french fries, but my better half wants Asian.. when I want St. Louis Ribs…
So what do you do when you are forced into such a decision, or more specifically when you are forced to eat at Taste Of Asia in Teays Valley? I have found the secret.
When you are not as hungry as your significant other, or when you are budget conscious and just want to impress your date by taking them to an establishment like this, or even when you just want some great tasting Asian food for not much $$. Here’s what you do…
(this may apply to several other establishments of other cuisines but my studies can not confirm the actualities of those places)
Simple: just order off the Appetizer menu. If you like Taste Of Asia, you know that there are 300 different items. “Pu Pu Tray”, “Princess and the Dragon”, “Spicy Tuna Roll”, “Roll me over Roll”, etc.. hundreds of Japanese, Thai, and Chinese dishes, not counting the varioius Sushi, and such. What’s a man to do?
On two different occasions now, I’ve done this…
ORDER EGG ROLLS!!!!!! TWO. For a total of $2.50 ($1.25 each) you can get two huge egg rolls, each is as large as that pile of rice they put on your plate. You don’t need to order the plate of duck, or some other thing.. if you’re like me.. these appetizers are just as good.
If not that, and that is the best deal in my opinion, try a dish of Sushi – spicy tuna roll is $5.99 for 6 pieces – and if you’re honest with yourself, you will say, yes that was quite filling. Although they have some funky sushi… the spicy tuna rolls have, like, croutons or something.. weird.
Soup… that’s another good option…
But for the best deal… just order some beer, and two egg rolls.. (if you order three, you will not be able to eat them all… That is true, I’m fat, and I can’t do it. I can eat all of the “King & I” for about $10, but I cannot eat 3 eggrolls for $3.75 what gives?) Tell them to bring it out with your partner’s dinner. This part of telling them when to bring it out will be the most difficult, as the only thing positively authentic is the fact that no one in here seems to understand English on the first try,
Beverages – Do NOT ORDER SAPPORO. (unless you actually do not respect your $$ ) It’s $6 for the large can of beer. Stick with the Domestics… They’re not cheap, but if you plan it right you’ll survive long enough to buy your date something worthwhile – say a box of Sour Patch Kids at the movie theatre.
Susan, I think, gave this joint like Six Forks… I can’t really do that… But I will say if you like Asian cuisine, try this place out, it’s clean, it’s usually quick, you get chopsticks, and a fortune. WHOOOPIIII… but it is definitely worth trying. There’s enough variety on the menu to keep you coming back… (unless you are trying to spend less than $20, if so go someplace else or follow my advice above)
I’ve never eaten here for lunch, but typically for both of us, dinner would normally run about $45 for two. Yes we do consume beverages – probably too many, but if you follow my advice above, you can get out of there for $20 +/-. Trust me, the EGG ROLL is the KEY.
Overall, I give the Taste Of Asia in Teays Valley 3 Forks… but I give their Egg Rolls 5 Forks.
1 Liberty Sq
Hurricane, WV 25526