Aw Dang Asian Cuisine
When customers ate the desserts his wife Hua “Dang” Clarke cooked at restaurants where she worked in the past, they exclaimed, “Aw dang, this is good!” Gary Clarke said.
When they were looking for a name for their restaurant in Schertz, their son, Jason, suggested the colloquial phrase. Hua’s nickname also references the reddish color once cast upon her hair, and daeng, which means “red” in Thai.
The Clarkes opened Aw Dang Asian Cuisine in June 2006, serving American Chinese and Vietnamese dishes.
“It’s a culmination of all of the restaurants she’s worked with,” Gary Clarke said.
They met in 1974 at Korat Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand, where he was stationed. She was 17 and worked at a coffee stand in the same hangar where he worked. On Oct. 17, 1974, they paid $5 for a marriage certificate and wed. They also have a daughter, Teedaa, a registered nurse like her brother.
Gary Clarke retired as a master sergeant in 1986. Hua Clarke said after working 30 years in the restaurant industry, she wanted a place of her own. When they took the plunge, they had support from their friends, Robert and Gwyneth Johnson, who the pair calls “Mom and Pop.”
Their big day was almost delayed when a water pipe burst and flooded the room hours before they were scheduled to open. Gary Clarke told his wife they might have to push the date back.
She said no, they were going to press on and welcome their customers. When the patrons arrived, they dined as dehumidifiers and large fans dried the space.
“This is my dream,” she said. “I have a little angel helping me. I love what I’m doing.”
Gary Clarke said their goal was to provide a nice, homey, pleasant experience for their customers he called “an extension of our family.”
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- We’d like to invite you to come down to Aw Dang Cuisine, where it is our goal to provide you with superior Asian cuisine and an enjoyable dining experience. We offer a mouthwatering menu that features a variety of specialties prepared with the highest-quality ingredients. enjoyable dining experience. If you’re in the mood for great food in a clean, comfortable & welcoming environment, come dine with us today. You’ll be glad you did!
A delightful establishment! Nice atmosphere. The topiaries at the front door provide a beautiful welcoming. The food was very good, freshly prepared and served hot. My husband had shrimp with vegetables; the dish was filled with fresh vegetables and a considerable amount of shrimp. I enjoyed the Kung Pao chicken. This is by far the best Chinese food I have had in a very long time. The crab rangoons were the best I t… view more
Stopped in for dinner, just the wife & I. She had the large “”enough for a meal”” hot and sour soup. I had a cup of the same with my meal. The hot and sour soup is simply delicious! The best anywhere. Service was good. Had a new waitress that took a little time, but we were in no hurry, and the orders came out just as we asked for them. We changed up the order of things a little and she did just fine. The f… view more
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Both eating in or take out the food is prepared fresh and is out of the kitchen quickly.
Been there twice and greatly enjoyed it. I had the sesame beef and the orange beef (wonderful). My wife had a Viet dish with lemon grass, and she loved it. Good service, atmosphere.