By: Mary Crafts-Homer
I love Asian food, but many of Asian restaurants use too many processed foods and MSG. Some lack kitchen cleanliness, and most of them have so many things on the menu that they can’t possibly do them all well.
I was thrilled to try a new Chinese establishment — TemptAsian — making its home in American Fork next to Costco in The Meadows area (where the borders of Lehi and American Fork merge). The first thing I noticed was the trendy upbeat design of the restaurant with inviting colors and decor.
However, what really sold me on the restaurant were the people and the food.
This wonderful culinary family was originally from Hong Kong where they joined the LDS Church. After leaving Hong Kong to seek a better life, they lived several places and finally made their home in American Fork.
The father is the chef and lovingly makes everything from scratch with his own sauce recipes and creations. I could immediately taste the difference between his sauces and typical bottled sauces of other restaurants. The mother works the cash register and spins around the restaurant in her wheelchair to make sure everyone is happy and loves the food. And the daughter, Samantha, is an absolute delight as she works tirelessly to support her family’s dream while being a student at UVU.
The menu is clearly labeled for easy ordering and designates “spicy,” “gluten-free,” and “popular.” Here are my favorites that will keep me coming back for more: Singapore Rice Noodles, Lemon Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken (not just the nasty red glaze you find in some Asian restaurants), Peking Beef Filet (soooo tender), Black Pepper Beef, and the mouthwatering Walnut Shrimp.
I really like that most of their dishes can be ordered gluten-free, including the batter-fried items. And if you really like potstickers the way I do, you will love these homemade bundles of flavor. And at $4.20 for six, you can order plenty.
TemptAsian is the perfect restaurant for lunch when you need service to be quick and fast, and also for dinner when you want to sit at one of the back booths and taste everything on the menu.
Can you tell I like this place?
As always, my reviews are proud to support locally owned restaurants that feature innovative cuisine with healthy ingredients — run by good people who earn our business.
Remember to fill your life with scrumptious food and joy.