Thursday, June 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Local Restaurants: Asian Teriyaki offers Eastern Fusion deliciousness

Residents on 64th Street may have noticed a recent change in the neighborhood, with brand new Asian fusion restaurant Asian Teriyaki replacing Hong Kong Lui’s. While Asian Teriyaki may sound limited in scope, the restaurant actually offers a wide array of all things eastern.

“We’re much more than just Asian teriyaki,” said Ken Baker, who owns the restaurant with his wife Hyong Baker.

The restaurant combines a blast of Asian fusion from all over the east, including Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese foods.

Everything from southeastern cuisine like fresh spring rolls to egg rolls to, yes, traditional teriyaki can be found at the new restaurant, and all of it is made with care.

“[Hyong] insures it’s done right,” Ken said. “She pushes the [employees] to make sure everything is just right.”

Asian Teriyaki opened last January, replacing Hong Kong Lui’s location at 759 S. 64th St.

“We were very fortunate this facility was available,” Ken said of the location, which has been the location for several teriyaki restaurants over the past several years, which made all the amenities of a restaurant already present.

“We didn’t have to start from scratch; we didn’t have to build something from the ground up,” Ken said.

The building is the perfect location for a walk-in, family owned diner with a great atmosphere, in an area where sit down restaurants are difficult to find.

“My wife takes pride in the product she puts out,” Ken said.

Asian Teriyaki’s “secret weapon” resides in the form of Hyong’s sweet and sour sauce, which she learned in Korea and refined with experience of years working in teriyaki restaurants all around the country.

Although the Baker’s pride themselves on creating a unique Asian fusion menu, they have made sure to retain some of the more popular items from Hong Kong Lui’s.

Asian Teriyaki is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, offering both take out and sit down dining.