What happens when outstanding Asian cuisine and a pandemic are combined in the brilliant brain behind foodie favorite Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Scottsdale: Ling’s Wok Shop, a flexible new dining concept.
“The pandemic gave us an opportunity to capitalize on a changing marketplace,” says President and CEO John Banquil. “Even though we are not 100% sure how our industry is going to change, we know it’s going to change. Having a dynamic model like Ling’s Wok Shop allows us to remain flexible and provide our guests with the kind of dining experience they are seeking.”
For more than a decade, Ling & Louie’s has been revered as one of Scottsdale’s top Asian restaurants. Using traditional Asian cooking techniques and ingredients in non-traditional ways, Ling & Louie’s has a reputation for creating bold, exciting flavors that appeal to all tastes. After modifying operations to survive and prosper through the COVID-19 pandemic, Ling & Louie’s team decided to use their newfound skills to create a new concept.
The wok-centered kitchen at Ling’s Wok Shop ensures the food is fresh, clean and healthy. The culinary team has modernized wok cooking to maintain the integrity of the premium ingredients and to keep the freshness and snap of the vegetables.
“When you use quality ingredients like antibiotic-free chicken breast, dry-packed scallops and grass-fed beef, you want to let the flavors speak for themselves,” says Corporate Executive Chef Greg Smith. “We simply highlight these ingredients with our signature, house-made sauces and fresh vegetables. The wok adds the right amount of magic to create something special.”
Operating as a fast-casual restaurant during lunch — when guests are always on the go — Ling’s Wok Shop will provide fast, consistent and delicious menu options that are healthy and convenient. During happy hour and dinner service — when guests want to relax and unwind — Ling’s Wok Shop operates as a full-service restaurant, providing friendly and knowledgeable service with a slightly expanded menu as well as a full bar of hand-crafted cocktails, expertly selected wines and local beers.
With an established menu at Ling & Louie’s featuring many local favorites, the team felt those favorites should be part of the menu at Ling’s Wok Shop as well. Dishes like the New Wave Pad Thai — a modern spin on the classic Thai dish — and Ling’s Seafood Hot Pot — a dinner choice of a savory green curry seafood dish filled with scallops, salmon and jumbo shrimp — found their way onto the menu at Ling’s Wok Shop, along with new dishes for patrons to try.
Ling’s Wok Shop opened in September 2021 in the Hayden Peak Crossing shopping center on the southeast corner of Hayden Road and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale.
“Our goal is to ensure long-time fans can enjoy their favorites, while also giving them an opportunity to venture out and try something new and exciting,” explains Banquil. “We’re going all in to give guests a bold, fresh taste of modern Asian cuisine.”
Ling’s Wok Shop
20511 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
|Buddha’s Belly with Beef
Mushrooms, onions, asparagus, green beans, radish, Thai basil and traditional stir-fry sauce
Cauliflower with sesame-soy glaze, gochujang aioli
|Thai Quinoa Salad
Fresh greens, red bell peppers, edamame, fresh herbs and Thai peanut dressing
$10; with Jumbo Shrimp (pictured): $15