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By Christina Ruotolo
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

No matter what time of day I go into China Wok in Winterville, the energy is always lively and upbeat and the aroma is always on point. The ting of spoons against the side of woks, the ring of phones, the symphony these motions commence as meals are made, packaged, and sent out as registers ring up at a miraculous speed. Located at 711 Thomas Langston Road, China Wok has remained a popular stop for lunch, dinner, or any meal in between. For over ten years, owners and brothers, Eugene and Yutian Wang have been serving up a variety of dishes to the masses. On average, they serve an estimated 1000 people a week between dine-in, take-out and delivery, so that should tell you how much people like their food. They deliver to homes in Greenville and Winterville with wait times under an hour. Eugene and his brother moved from China to the United States when he was in middle school and they have been working hard ever since. Both brothers have put their heart and soul into their restaurant and food prep. They recently updated their location by adding new tile floors and walls as well as providing a new, welcoming, visual digital menu which makes for easy navigation when ordering.

For many people, Chinese food is comfort food. It's warm, cozy and familiar. It’s fast, affordable, and most of all flavorful. China Wok specializes in these familiar flavors serving Hunan, Szechuan, and Cantonese cuisine and has over 110 options to choose from.

Piggybacking (no pun intended) off last week’s Hot Dish, let’s continue to celebrate the Chinese New Year which just kicked off yesterday. We are celebrating the Year of the Pig, but this week, we will also celebrate some of the other dishes that have made Chinese food popular in the United States.

Let’s start with an appetizer like the fried dumplings served with pork and a bright, rich ginger sauce. Last week, we sampled steamed dumplings which I mentioned were eaten during the Chinese New year and represent wealth in the coming months. I was thinking we could all use some more wealth right out of the gates of 2019, so I opted for fried dumplings this week. I love dumplings because they are little bites of happiness. They are crunchy on the outside, soft and tasty on the inside from the lightly seasoned pork and vibrant ginger sauce. An order of eight only costs $4.99 and if you are in the mood to have a tapas party for your next book club, dinner, or Super Bowl party, grab these for sharing. Or, maybe you like the crispy vegetable spring rolls filled with julienne seasoned carrots and celery that are great dipped in sweet duck sauce. The veggie spring rolls are only $2.29. They have fourteen appetizers to choose from, so if it’s the day before payday and you don’t want to eat Ramen again, then just pull out $10 and you can choose a few appetizers to fill you up. Other appetizers I love are the fried wontons, Crab rangoon, shrimp egg rolls, or Beef Teriyaki.

Next, I tried a dish that I have never tried before, Mei Fun, which are entrees made with rice noodles. In Chinese culture the noodle is said to represent a long life. They are served at birthdays, special gatherings and after the birth of a child as a way to honor the child or person and to wish them a life that is long and full. The longer the noodle (unbroken), the longer the life. Last week I gifted you with wealth and the pig, and this week I grant you a long and fulfilling year by eating the Singapore Rice Noodles with curry. Curry is an aromatic spice that when used in dishes not only adds a rich, yellow-gold hue, but adds a depth of both heat, a touch of sweet and a bit of spice to any dish you add it to. This dish combines roasted pork, chicken and shrimp with carrots and sliced Bok Choy. The meats and vegetables are sautéed with the curry and other spices and mixed in all those luscious thin rice noodles. The flavor had a nice natural woody quality and the noodles were light and filled me up. Singapore Rice Noodles with curry is #39 on the menu and costs $8.39.

Lastly, I tried one of their most popular dishes, the Chicken with Broccoli. They take grilled chicken, sliced broccoli and chunks of sweet carrots and toss them in a thick, soy-based brown sauce. It's the perfect dish to try if you are new to eating Chinese. It's flavorful and filled with two of America's most popular comfort foods: chicken and broccoli. It has a well-balanced flavor that is warm and inviting. It's #62 on the menu and costs $5.79 for a pint, $8.99 for a quart, or order as a lunch special with fried rice for $5.79 between 11am-3:30pm seven days a week or $7.79 for the dinner special.

No matter what you select off the menu, you are sure to find the right dish to fit your mood and your taste buds. Now that I have gifted you with wealth and a long life, you need to go support local restaurants in your area and enjoy some delicious food at China Wok in Winterville. And for those of you who still go to Chinese restaurants with family but don't particularly care for Chinese food, you can order off the American menu which offers items such as fried chicken wings, chicken nuggets, fried crab sticks and even fried scallops. So next time you are hungry, strapped for funds or need a lot of food for a dinner event or even off-site catering event, check out China Wok in Winterville. For more information visit their website www.chinawoknc.com or call 252-756-3311.

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