Michelle Aw has loved food and cooking ever since growing up on a farm in the small town of Kampong Langkap in Malaysia, where her grandparents relocated after migrating from China.
“Langkap is small and friendly, a bit like Stone Ridge,” she said. “I have my mom and a lot of other family still there, and I go back every year to visit. I have great memories of growing up there.”
ASIA SERVES UP CHINESE, CURRY, SUSHI, THAI, ASIAN FUSION SPECIALS, AND UNIQUE COCKTAILS
After studying at Stamford College Malaysia, Aw relocated to Flushing, Queens and worked in accounting before moving to the Hudson Valley and pursuing her passion for food.
She opened the unpretentious but delicious Kingston Wok on Ulster Avenue in 2003 and started serving up some of the best Chinese food in town. When the old French Corner restaurant in Stone Ridge came up for sale in 2012, she and her partner bought and renovated it to create Asia.
Asia is something a little different, offering Chinese, curry, sushi, Thai, Asian fusion specials, and a full bar, and it did not take long for folks from
Ulster County and the surrounding area to fall in love with the friendly atmosphere, well-executed and reasonably priced offerings, and delicious cocktails.
The menu features a diverse range of delicacies from the east, such as crispy red snapper filet with Thai chili sauce, Korean-style spicy chili soft tofu, and fresh sushi specials to please any palate. Be sure to try their Thai young coconut juice, their Mai Tai, or their lychee martini, and don’t pass up their house-made dumplings.
“Good food! Good staff! Clean place! Good ambiance! I will definitely come back to this place,” said a visitor from
“We love supporting local artisans and promoting what they create.”
Jersey City in her five-star review on Yelp.
“I like Stone Ridge; it’s such a nice small friendly town,” said Aw. “I love meeting new friends—I have a lot of good friends here now—and I love making customers happy.”
Her business philosophy is simple: offer a sampler of various Asian cuisines, well prepared and served with a smile.
“We don’t compare ourselves to anybody,” she said. “We just do our best to make people happy. Everyone should do what they love most, and I love to cook and serve good food.”
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