Grand Rapids is home to dozens of incredibly delicious Asian restaurants. From Taiwanese, Indian, Korean, and Vietnamese, there is a diverse and tasty offering of authentic Asian cuisine in West Michigan.

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed foodie with a never-ending desire for Asian food, or you’re new to the unique cuisine, you won’t want to miss the second annual Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival on Saturday, June 9 at Rosa Parks Circle from 11 AM to 10 PM.

The second-annual Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival 2018 will showcase the rich cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Photo Credit: Regina Grover

The Festival:

Grand Rapids’ Asian-Pacific Festival will feature an assortment of ethnic foods from local Asian-Pacific restaurants, cultural entertainment, and family-friendly educational activities. The festival is free to attend with options to purchase food and beverages.

Food is a big focal point of the festival because as Festival Director, Ace Marasigan says, “Food is communal and it’s what brings people together at the table.”

The festival’s food vendors will feature a variety of flavors, textures, and ingredients from Asia and the Pacific Islands. “You can learn so much by tasting and experiencing different cuisines from other countries. It opens up conversations, and by seeing our differences, we also find our commonalities,” said Marasigan.

Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival may only be one day out of the year, but these food vendors also have restaurants whose food you can enjoy all year round.

The Food:

Take a look at these local Asian-Pacific restaurants that will be featured at the upcoming Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival:

Indian Masala (Indian)

  • Address: 5769 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 to 3 PM and 5 to 10 PM; Closed Mondays
  • Ordering Options: Dine-in, take-out, and delivery options are available. Check out their website to view their menu, or to order online.

An authentic Indian restaurant, Indian Masala, has dishes for those who seek vegan, vegetarian, and all-meat options. Fan favorite menu options include the Bhindi Masala (vegan), Malai Kofta (vegetarian), and Mixed Tandoori Grill.

Waan Waan Sweets by Bangkok Taste Cuisine is located within Bangkok Taste Cuisine's downtown location.

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Waan Waan Sweets by Bangkok Taste Cuisine (Thai)

  • Address: 15 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Hours: Monday to Friday 11 AM to 9 PM, Saturday from noon to 9 PM, and closed Sunday.
  • Ordering Options: Check out  the lunch menu and dinner menu. Catering options are available.

Waan Waan Sweets by Bangkok Taste Cuisine is famous for their Thai rolled ice cream. This made-to-order treat is a street-food sensation in Thailand and across the United States.

Grab a cup of the “small ice cream rolls” in flavors like strawberry banana, strawberry shortcake, cookies and cream, and Thai iced tea. For extra fun and flavor, top off your ice cream with extras like condensed milk or mochi.

First Wok (Chinese)

Did you know that First Wok is West Michigan’s oldest Chinese restaurant?

Visit one of First Wok’s three locations:

  • First Wok - Southeast: 2207 44th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508  
  • First Wok - Cascade: 6740 Old 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • First Wok - Alpine: 3509 Alpine Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

"Boba" is also known as "bubble tea," and is essentially milk-based and/or fruit-based teas.

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Café Boba located in Bamboo Studio (Asian Fusion)

  • Address: 4314 Division Ave S, Kentwood, MI 49548
  • Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11 AM to 8 PM and Friday to Saturday from 11 AM to 9 PM
  • Ordering Options: Check out their Facebook page to view the menu.

Take an art class or book a private painting party with friends at Bamboo Studio and enjoy a handcrafted boba from Cafe Boba to add to the fun!

Boba is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit or milk, and toppings such as tapioca, fruit, and jelly are often added to the mix. Cafe Boba serves a wide variety of boba options, appetizers, sandwiches and sushi for unique Asian fusion offerings.

Emonae Korean BBQ (Korean)

  • Address: 6246 28th St SE, Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Hours: Friday from 11 AM to 10 PM, Saturday from noon to 10 PM, Sunday from noon to 9 PM, Tuesday to Thursday from 11 AM to 9 PM.
  • Ordering Options: View their menu, and order takeout or delivery. Dine-in options are also available.

Emonae Korean BBQ is an experience: Grill your own Bulgogi (marinated ribeye), Dak Bulgogi (marinated chicken breast), Samgyupsal (Korean bacon), veggies, and more. Emonae also offers prepared meals like Bibimbap (mixed rice) and Kimchi Ramen.

Angel's Thai is located in downtown, just off Rosa Parks Circle.

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Angel’s Thai Café (Chinese and Thai)  

  • Address: 136 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 AM to 9 PM, Friday 11 AM to 10PM, and Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 PM.
  • Ordering Options: Click here to view the menu and signature dinner dishes. Dine-in, carry out, and catering options are available.

Angel's Thai Cafe has a large menu filled with soups, curry entrees, noodle dishes, and desserts. For an authentic treat, try the Mango Sticky Rice Wrap, which is mango and sweet sticky rice wrapped in a banana leaf and topped with coconut cream sauce. Yum!

Visit Experience Grand Rapids’ website for a full list of local and unique restaurants in Grand Rapids, and mark your calendars for additional ethnic festivals taking place this year.