Thursday, November 3, 2011
But as my dad has long told me: never make assumptions, they're always wrong.
And, as usually happens at places like this, she told me the two most popular dishes were the orange chicken and kung pao chicken. Since the reader had recommended the former, that's what I ordered. She asked what kind of soup I would like and I said hot & sour.
1) Cold egg rolls. This is pretty much the only way you can screw up egg rolls in my world, and these are the only egg rolls I don't enjoy.
2) Warm egg rolls that were fried much earlier. They may be warm but they are not at all crispy. Think of the egg rolls that have been sitting in the steam trays at Panda Express for who-knows-how-long. They get the job done if I'm hungry enough, but they are always disappointing. (Curiously, if you take them home with you and stick them in the fridge, they are often better eaten completely cold.)
3) Egg rolls that have been recently fried but have almost no flavor whatsoever. These require a tasty vinegar sauce or sinus-blasting mustard to make them good, otherwise they are just average, full of stringy cabbage and other bland ingredients.
4) Egg rolls that are hot and crispy and tasty. Golden China's egg rolls are a perfect example of this, as are quite a few other egg rolls that I love.
5) The best. These have just been fried in front of you, the oil burns your fingers and probably your mouth, but they are so damn good you don't mind. My cousin June's egg rolls and the egg rolls at the Portland Saturday Market are the only two I can think of offhand that belong in this category, although I have probably had two or three other orders in my life that would have received this exalted ranking if I'd thought of it at the time.
These egg rolls belong in the third category.
I could only eat about half the chicken and the waitress boxed up the rest for me to take home.
I really liked Wok Master. If it were closer to me I could see myself going there much more frequently and trying out their different items. But being where it is and being how many similar places there are in the San Gabriel Valley, I realize it might be quite a while before I make it back.
Posted by JustinM at 10:54 AM