Paul Ke

Jo McGarry
By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Friday - May 16, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast |

Paul Ke
Paul Ke

Paul Ke is co-owner, along with his brother-in-law, Ben Cheng, of Wild Ginger, an Asian-inspired restaurant on Waialae Avenue. Hoping to offer a menu that highlights some of their own favorite styles, the two offer a menu of Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Vietnamese-inspired cuisine.

Age: 37

Occupation:Co-owner of Wild Ginger Asian Cuisine and Dai’ichi Ramen and Curry

Where were you born and raised? I was born in China and I grew up in Hawaii. I’ve been here for the past 20 years.

What started your interest in cooking?

My first job was in a restaurant, and I discovered that I really loved to cook and to reinvent the kind of dishes from my childhood.

What kind of food did you eat growing up?

A mixture of Malaysian dishes and Thai and Chinese food - the food we serve today at Wild Ginger is a reflection of the kind of food my family ate and the kind of food I cook at home.

Describe the dishes at Wild Ginger.

They’re a mixture of Southeast Asian styles. We don’t use any MSG and we make everything from scratch using fresh ingredients each day. We combine a lot of different flavors - on the menu there are dishes from China, Thailand and Malaysia - and we have a lot of vegetarian options, too.

What are some of your personal favorites?

Our spicy mango shrimp and our crisp red snapper, which is a whole fish filleted and served with sambal delight - a chili pepper condiment that we make ourselves.

Where do you like to eat when you’re not working?

Yanagi Sushi.

How do you relax?

When I can, I go home to spend time with my two young sons before they go to sleep.

Toughest part of owning a restaurant?

Definitely making sure that everything is right - that things are done the way customers want, and keeping everyone happy.

With whom would you most like to have dinner?

Jackie Chan.


E-mail this story | Print this page | Comments (0) | Archive | RSS Comments (0) |

Most Recent Comment(s):

Posting a comment on requires a free registration.



Auto Login

Forgot Password

Times Supermarket


Wine And Dine Hawaii



Tiare Asia and Alex Bing
were spotted at the Sugar Ray's Bar Lounge