Red Lantern Asian Fusion brings the flavors of the Orient to Yelm

SSeriously, there’s nothing better than Pad Thai on a Friday night. Or any night. Maybe you’re craving crab ragoons or mi quang. You can get all your favorite Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes at Asian Fusion Red Lantern at Yelm.

Tiffany Lin moved to the United States in 2000 from Taiwan. She graduated from South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) with a degree in Culinary Arts. Her husband, Hung Pham, is originally from Vietnam and came to the United States in 1995. Since then, he has lived in Thurston County.

With her cooking degree, opening a restaurant made sense. And coming from two Asian cultures, it also made sense to use recipes they know and love themselves. So, in 2018, Red Lantern Asian Fusion opened its doors at Yelm. A place to get your favorite Asian dishes under one roof. “We wanted to bring more dining options and great dining experiences to Yelm,” Tiffany says of why they decided to open a restaurant.

A sister restaurant to the Lemongrass Café in Tumwater which serves Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, Red Lantern makes all of its sauces from scratch. “that’s why it’s so unique,” ​​Tiffany shares. “Our cooking is made with love. We use good quality ingredients. We always love to see customers enjoy the food and service we provided.

Brandon Pham holding a plate with two spring rolls
The whole family helps out at the restaurant, even their young son Brandon Pham. Photo credit: Tiffany Lin

And the restaurant is a real family affair. “My son, Brandon Pham is always trying to help and visit customers,” Tiffany says of her young assistant. “He loves talking to customers and inviting the kids to play if they come over for dinner. He always likes to open the door for customers when they leave. Moreover, the beautiful interior, both pleasant for a date or a special occasion, but also inviting for family dinners, was designed by Dao Pham, Tiffany’s brother-in-law. “People love the design,” says Tiffany.

A Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant under one roof

You might have a hard time deciding what to order when you head to Red Lantern Asian Fusion. They are open for lunch and dinner and offer a wide range of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Imperial rolls, chicken satay, Thai fried rice, pad Thai, Mongolian beef and curries galore are just a few of the options. They also offer tofu as well as several vegetarian options. “They love everything on the menu,” laughs Tiffany when asked about customer favorites. She adds that customer favorites are Seafood Delight, Red Lantern Chicken and Pineapple Curry.

Do you like sweetness? Do you like the heat? They have a large on-and-off spice scale and go piping hot, so you can get the spice you like when you’ve finally decided what to order.

Three bubble teas sitting on a table at Red Lantern Asian Fusion in Yelm
Red Lantern Asian Fusion offers bubble tea to perfectly accompany your dish. Photo credit: Tiffany Lin

Are you a bubble tea lover? You’re in luck because Red Lantern Asian Fusion offers bubble tea to perfectly accompany your dish.

Red Lantern Asian Fusion: Community Matters

The owners of Red Lantern Asian Fusion truly believe the community matters and give back whenever they can. “We love helping the community,” Tiffany shares. They did Dollar for Scholars with Yelm High School and helped with multicultural events at Yelm Timberland Library. They support the US Martial Art Center and have taught classes at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, including a spring roll class, a sushi class, and a bubble tea class.

The Red Lantern Asian Fusion in Yelm offers dining and takeout options. Find their menu, their opening hours and much more on the Red Lantern Fusion website.

Asian Fusion Red Lantern
10501 Creek Street SE, Yelm
360.458.1500

tables and chairs inside Red Lantern at Yelm
The beautiful interior of the Red Lantern Asian Fusion was designed by Dao Pham, Tiffany’s brother-in-law. Photo credit: Tiffany Lin
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