Secrets of Wonton Soup

Roast Pork Wonton Soup ($2.25)

The dinner we had at China Garden last night was great and I was most impressed with their rice and customer service. Below are several pictures so you can see what we had.

There were just a couple other cars parked outside when we arrived, but I am sure this is only because we chose a Wednesday night to visit. It immediately felt very quiet and intimate. The interior of the restaurant is decorated mildly and felt spacious. We were asked by a young woman whether we would like a table or booth, and then were lead to our booth.

All the booths have a glass over their table cloth for protection, which also doubles as an ad space for their restaurant and even a request to “Like” them on Facebook.com. There was also a really cute promotion for a Valentine’s Day dinner for two; the entrees are served on heart shaped plates.

While it is customary in American restaurants to serve bread at the table, Chinese restaurants often give “crispy noodles”, which you can dip in Duck Sauce. (Complimentary)

I really like Wonton Soup and it’s very important for me to try it at every Chinese restaurant I go to (this way I know if I can pick it up when I feel sick (like chicken soup, wonton soup makes me feel better). Anyway, they were good. A little bland (could use a little salt), but I did not add salt and instead ate it as is. The wontons were soft and didn’t taste as if they had been sitting out.

Roast Pork Wonton Soup ($2.25)

Note: I used to work at a Chinese restaurant as a teenager and their wontons were prepped daily and placed in the refrigerator for cooking the next day. At the beginning of the work day they were cooked (boiled like pasta) then sat in a bowl separate from the broth. When the item was ordered, the noodles were then combined with the broth and fresh chives in a bowl and served. If you ever get wontons that are too soggy it means they have it altogether and it is not combined to order. Alternatively, if the wontons are rubbery (more tough) it may be that they were sitting out for too long (without moisture or steam).

For our entrees, Ruben ordered Roast Pork Egg Foo Young ($7.95 which includes white rice) – think Chinese omelette. I ordered Roast Pork Fried Rice and an Appetizer order of Chicken Wings.

Roast Pork Fried Rice ($7.25)

The rice was REALLY good. It was cooked just right and even the meat was tender. I fully enjoyed the half order I was able to eat – China Garden gave a portion that can feed 3 or 4.

Chicken Wings, 8 pieces/4 whole wings ($5.95)

The chicken wings were good also. These also tasted fresh and made to order. If you like wings at a Chinese place, these will not disappoint.

Leftovers from our food to take home: Steamed rice, chicken wings,
Roast Pork Egg Foo  Young and Roast Pork Fried Rice

As you can see, there was plenty of food for the two of us with our orders – enough to take plenty home. This could be lunch for two! Ruben had half of his Egg Foo Young so this is to show how much he got.

The total of our meal was $27.21 – this includes the above and a Sweet Tea for me; Ruben just had a water.

Related Links:
China Garden’s Official Website (complete with online ordering option)
China Garden’s official Facebook page

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Have a great day! 🙂
Zulaika H.

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