Our Signature Papaya Bowls

Our Story

When renowned restaurateur Jay Wang dreamed up the idea behind Papaya Asian Street Food, the concept was simple: traditional Asian street dishes, quick, simple and full of flavor. In January 2021, the restaurant was born, and Des Moines’ dining landscape has never looked the same since.


Papaya’s mission is all about bringing fast, healthy Asian food to the people. Our menu is packed with fresh, quality ingredients and authentic recipes bursting with flavor. Pick one of our chef-created bowls for flavors you can’t get anywhere else, or venture out into one of our savory banh mi sandwiches. Add a freshly brewed Vietnamese coffee or Japanese Sapporo beer to take your palate on an international taste tour. At Papaya Asian Street Food, we believe in preserving the old but knowing the new.

A drink cup with the Papaya logo on it