Okay, go ahead. Hurl out the obscenities. Hang on, let me save you the trouble - what the heck are you doing Sherman??? Manchu Wok??? What's next? New China Kitchen? Hmmm... That sounds like an idea... Okay, the reason I'm blogging about Manchu Wok is not because I've run out of ideas. Rather, due to the fact I mention it so much in my posts, I felt it would be a good idea to do a whole post dedicated to one of the most well-known North Americanized Chinese food court outlets. Honestly, if one went in with the right expectations, Manchu Wok could actually be alright. As much as I enjoy authentic Chinese food, I do the occasional meal at Manchu Wok and I accept it for what it is. Now, in a perfect world, if there was a Kent's Kitchen in every shopping mall, I would probably choose it over Manchu Wok, not necessarily that it makes better sweet & sour pork; but it has a wider range of items to choose from. Hey, one can only take so much fried meat in multi-coloured sauces.
After a few unsatisfying Americanized Chinese meals, I have a new found appreciation for Manchu Wok. No joke! Due to the generally high-turnover, the food is usually (and I say usually) fresh. Yes, they do take shortcuts which in turn makes their food greasy, but with KFC flanking them on one side, you really can't win anyways. These 2 separate meals from Manchu Wok yield crispy veggies, moist meats with plenty of flavour. Yes, my ancestors are probably rolling over right now... And yah, I'm sure some people are rolling their eyes. I frankly don't give a damn. I accept it for what it is and no, I really do not mind eating it. You can't hate something because everyone else wants you to.
- You know what to expect, which is generally decent eats
- Decent portions
- Yes, it's true, this is not real Chinese food
- Heavy on the sodium