market research showing that it is old people like us that watch daytime television and that’s the reason for an unending parade of health-related ads. Can I tell you that I can’t be held responsible for what happens if I see one more ad featuring Doug with mesothelioma or the guy who’s used catheters for fifteen years or the guy with COPD with the elephant sitting on his chest? It’s not that I am unsympathetic with peoples’ problems. I just don’t need to see these commercials run on what seems to be an endless loop.
What does this have to do with today’s blog? Nothing. I just wanted to vent. And in a future blog I may just vent about Jim Bob and the rest of 19 Kids and Counting. Or about John and Kate Plus Eight. But I will admit to unhealthy fascination with The Real Housewives of New Jersey. And maybe this is the place to own up to liking Abba’s music.
Well, this is the first time I have started a blog with a digression. On to the important stuff.
As with pizza, we can’t go too long without Chinese food. But could good Chinese food be found in the land of the red and green chile? We’ll find out. A Google search brought forth a few options, and of these, Wok seemed to be the most promising. Not because I could find laudatory reviews, but because the menu seemed best suited to our interests.
Wok is located in a bare bones U-shaped strip mall (far right in the photo below). (Can a U-shaped mall be called a strip mall? Or does that term only apply to an assembly of businesses attached linearly?)
And the walls were hung with art that looked somewhat Middle Eastern to us.
And adorning a wall in the back were masks that appeared to be Asia meets Mexico lucha libre wrestling.
We both started with a small (looks pretty large to me) bowl of hot and sour soup that was thick with large chunks of tofu, mushrooms, and egg threads in a delicious broth. After the first few spoonfuls, we thought that the soup wasn’t very hot (as in peppery).
We chose three appetizers to go with our soup. First was an order of Lettuce Wraps with Chicken. We first had these at the Ginger Café in Gilroy, CA, and they have been a favorite ever since. I think that Wok’s version used ground instead of minced chicken.
Next came an order of Wok Spicy Dumplings, an item that I am unfamiliar with and can’t find any on-line reference to. But these were amazing. The small tureen contained six meat fill dumplings that were seasoned with garlic and ginger and floating in a spicy broth. The broth had a reddish tint which leads me to think that the spice came from a Chinese chile paste.
Our final plate was the Spicy Cold Sesame Noodles, which I must admit was not the best version of this dish that I have eaten. First, it wasn’t really spicy. Second, it was rather dry. Maybe I should have spooned some of the spicy dumpling broth over them.
I consider it to be a successful meal when three of four dishes and ones that you would order again without hesitation, so Wok earns a solid 4.0 Addie rating.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.