Food Chicken Kung Fu fried rice Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Wok In Motion in West Des Moines.

Chicken Kung Fu fried rice Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Wok In Motion in West Des Moines.

Satisfying sushi at Wok in Motion

Published on June 18th, 2013 | by Laura Billingsley

Restaurants in West Glen Town Center have come and gone, but Wok in Motion has remained a constant presence since 2006. This cozy spot serves up fried rice, noodle dishes and specialties like firecracker shrimp and sesame chicken. A full sushi menu is also available, and a four-seat sushi bar allows diners to observe the chef.

A number of two-person tables give the dining area an intimate atmosphere, as do the red pendant lights. Wooden awnings over the kitchen and red paper lanterns above the sushi bar add a touch of Asian flare.

We were quickly seated upon entering. I quickly opted for the sushi side of the menu with the Manhattan roll ($11). My dining partner decided on kung fu fried rice with chicken ($7.50). The fried rice, pan fried noodles and lo mein dishes let the diner select vegetable, chicken, beef or shrimp.

A few of the sushi roll prices are higher than I was used to for similarly named rolls, but when my Manhattan roll arrived, it was larger than I expected. In addition to the kani, cream cheese and cucumber inside the roll, the outside was layered with cooked eel and avocado and drizzled with a sweet brown sauce. It looked nice on the plate, and the sticky rice, creamy avocado and crisp cucumber combined with the eel to create a hearty roll.

My dining partner’s fried rice contained peas, carrots, corn, green beans, fried egg and large chunks of chicken. Unfortunately, it also contained a few hard lumps of rice, but the flavor was good, if a tad bland. After ordering, we overheard another diner being asked if he wanted the fried rice spicy, an option we weren’t offered that also wasn’t noted on the menu.

The portion of fried rice filled a large dinner plate and would likely be enough for most people. While satisfying, one Manhattan roll isn’t quite enough for a meal (at least for me) so my companion and I decided to share both the roll and the fried rice, creating a nice lunch-size serving.

Everything on the Wok in Motion menu is available for takeout, but the laid-back atmosphere and large bottled beer and sake selection make it an enjoyable spot for lunch, after-work drinks and appetizers, or a weeknight date.

Our receipt

Manhattan roll $11

Kung fu fried rice with chicken $7.50

Total with tax: $19.61

Wok in Motion

Where: 5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 140, West Des Moines

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday

Info: 564-7888,

About the Author

Laura is contributor to Juice Magazine.

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