MUSKEGON, MI – Yum Yum Sushi in Muskegon offers more than just rolls stuffed with rice, fish and veggies.
The small walk-in restaurant sandwiched in a strip mall on Henry Street features a jam-packed menu with dishes from Japan, China and Thailand.
Owner Weiwei Liu said the fusion of flavors was inspired by a former teacher who lived in Japan for 10 years and ran a restaurant in the United States.
“He combined Japanese sushi with American flavors to create some delicious sushi rolls,” Liu wrote to MLive/Muskegon Chronicle.
Liu worked in the food business for about a decade before venturing out and opening Yum Yum Sushi. He moved to Muskegon from Chicago with his parents and wife to launch the restaurant, located at 2739 Henry St., in 2016.
“I want to make dishes that I am good at, so I thought it more convenient to open a restaurant of my own,” he said.
With more than 60 varieties of sushi on the menu, Liu recommends customers try a deep-fried roll to taste both Japanese and American cuisine.
A deep-fried Nina Roll combines eel, crab meat, cream cream, masago and eel sauce for $9.25. Another cultural blend is the Mexican Roll that includes spicy crab meat, cucumber, shrimp, avocado and sauce for $8.45.
Sushi staples like cucumber rolls, Philadelphia rolls and California rolls are available for $3.50 to $5.50.
Other popular items are the sweet, sour and crispy General Tso’s Chicken which is $9.45 for a large serving. It’s often paired with fried rice, which Liu says is made fresh every order with a Japanese fish seasoning to add a “special flavor” to the classic recipe.
Yum Yum Sushi also serves noodle soups, lo mein and five Thai dishes, including two curries, two fried rice meals and pad Thai.
Liu said his goal is offering the Muskegon community “reasonably priced and tasty food.”
Yum Yum Sushi is open Mondays and Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Orders can be placed online at yumyumsushi123.com, by phone at 231-563-6111 or in person.
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