Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wokworks Review

A few months back, the GF and I were in the mood for Asian noodles, but not exactly itching for the prototypically mushy noodles that accompany an order of Americanized Chinese takeout. Hearing good things about Wokworks, we decided to hop on DiningIn and see what all the fuss was about.

Spicy Asian Pickles [$1.95]
Pickles, chili 

We started off with the spicy pickles. While a pittance of a portion, they were crisp and sweet, with spice that came through on the finish.

Jalapeno Brussels Sprouts [$4]
Brussels sprouts, gluten-free soy, jalapeno

I'm a brussels sprouts fiend so naturally, we had to order these. While I missed the touted heat from the jalapenos, the sprouts had nice bite and were well seasoned. Thankfully, they weren't overly salty from the soy.

Crispy Edamame Dumplings [$4.95]
Peanut sauce

The edamame dumplings were nice - incredibly crispy with a creamy essence within. They were topped with some green onions and sweet black sesame seeds.

BBQ Pork Belly Sliders [$5.95]
Steamed buns, pork belly, pineapple salsa, cilantro

Regular readers know that the pork belly buns were a must order for me. The gluttonous pork was well-braised and had a lightly sweet glaze. The dish itself could have used more texture, with the soft, pliant buns rendering each bite soft on soft. I could have used more pork as well - perhaps double pork a la Momofuku? Still, the accompanying pineapple salsa and cilantro brought some bright balance to the heft of the pork.

Build Your Own Tall Wok [$10.95]
Lo mein, chicken, snow peas, mushrooms, bok choy, crispy shallots, roasted almonds, Blackgold teriyaki sauce 

But what is Wokworks really known for? Their stir-fried noodles! We elected to build our own, with chicken, lo mein noodles, and a melange of various veggies.

These noodles weren't mushy at all and thankfully had life to each bite. They were well-coated with the requested Blackgold teriyaki sauce and the multitude of accompanying additions helped to create a hearty dish.

Overall, Wokworks delivered an experience that was well above the standard Chinese takeout you might order on a random night. Do try their stir-fried noodles. I also wouldn't hesitate to order the pork belly buns again!

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