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Flavors of Southeast Asia Flourish at Tumerica

Rhodes Town, Ohio – Drivers on Todd Avenue may overlook the Tumerica Asian Soul Kitchen, where owner-chef Hendricks Muhammad creates great flavors in a small kitchen.

Tucked away in a small square just north of Ultium Cells’ new factory, this restaurant is one of Mahoning Valley’s most interesting dining spots.

Drawing on influences from Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China and Korea, Muhammad uses some traditional French techniques to create his own unique Southeast Asian cuisine. The chefs don’t cut corners, preparing everything in-house, cooking appetizers to order, and eyeing colorful presentations. His 12-year-old son, Dion, is the only staff member.

Born in Indonesia, Muhammad literally has a world of experience. Professionally trained and educated as well as self-taught, he has worked in kitchens on cruise ships, New Orleans, and several other global food capitals.

It made him proficient in the food of many lands. The result is a rare find in the region, sold at popular prices, and served in a humble yet welcoming atmosphere. Reggae music plays in his dining room, adding another layer to the cultural fusion.

Tumeric Teriyaki Chicken.

Just one glance at the menu reveals its diversity. Appetizers include General Tso’s Chicken, Malay Curry Laksa Noodles, Chicken Mi Goreng, and Teriyaki Chicken.

Seafood sides include sesame-crusted salmon teriyaki, coconut Thai shrimp noodles, seafood udon noodles, and Singaporean shrimp noodles.

Beef and chicken satay with peanut sauce, pepper steak stir-fry, rendang ribs, and udon beef stir-fry are also available. Specials are posted daily, including an Asian burger with house-made coconut buns.

The light meal menu includes crab rangoons, chicken dumplings, egg rolls, and a variety of sushi.

Muhammad came to Youngstown four years ago and settled here with his wife from the Mahoning Valley, whom he met in West Virginia.

His career includes Executive Chef on American Cruise Line’s river cruise ships in the Western States. Executive Chef at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. Other restaurant jobs in Los Angeles, West Virginia and Erie, Pennsylvania. And, simply put, Austintown’s Hollywood he’s gaming his racino.

Working in the kitchen is just one part of the hilarious chef’s hospitality experience.

“Most of the time I was a bartender.

Muhammad did not find working in a front-of-house restaurant satisfying and gravitated to the kitchen early in his career.

The exterior of the restaurant in a small strip square on State Route 45 in Lordstown.

After he and his family settled in Boardman a few years ago, the chef felt it was time to strike out on his own. Said.

He took the name of his restaurant from turmeric, a healthy spice at the core of many Asian dishes. Turmeric is used to flavor most of his dishes, along with candlenuts and galangal. increase.

“Everything you eat in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia has turmeric,” Muhammad said, adding that the spice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Healthy eating is a top priority for the chef, and he incorporates that mindset into what he puts on the table.

“Eating our food doesn’t give you heartburn,” he said. “No MSG, salt or cornstarch.”

A strong believer in healthy natural remedies, Muhammad also sells imported Asian and African spices, roots, powders and plants, which can be seen in the Tumerica display case.

The restaurant caters for lunch and receives dozens of orders each week from many Koreans who work at Ultium Cells.

He’s also open late on weekdays enough for people to pick up dinner to take home.

Hours of operation are Monday noon to 5:30 PM. Tuesday and Thursday from 11am to 4:30pm. Wednesday from 11am to 6pm. Friday 9am to 1pm and 3:30pm to 7pm. Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

The restaurant is located at 6100 Tod Ave. SW. Call 234 600 5988 or website.

Above: Hendricks Muhammad sits in his Tumerica Asian Soul Kitchen.

Copyright 2023 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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