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claytonsmum Mar 21, 2007 09:02 AM

When will House of Wong be open again? They closed last April to reopen in a new location in Bridgewater.... not open yet - the construction looks delayed. I MISS it so much - we used to go there almost every Friday night. I am not a Chinese food expert - I can't even tell you the specific cuisine there. All I know is that their egg rolls, Chicken and Broccoli and pan fried vegetable dumplings were to die for! Any place with similar food anyone knows of? To keep us sane until the reopening? All the other Chinese we've tried in its place has stunk... :( HELP!

  1. The Engineer May 5, 2008 01:35 PM

    HoW is now open, on 28 (Union Ave) in Bridgewater. It is NO BIG WHOOP whatsoever! I've been watching this storefront (just down the street fom me) for months based on the enthusiastic comments in this thread, but after all the anticipation... its just another American-style Chinese restaurant. I hate the term but it fits: Whatever.

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      Ted in Central NJ May 7, 2008 01:02 PM

      I have to agree with both xtalguy and with The Engineer. My former SO is Chinese, so I became very familiar with authentic, well-prepared Chinese food. We ate at House of Wong ONCE at their Somerville location, and we sadly concluded that their food personified what bad, Americanized Chinese food is all about.

      If you are not familiar with authentic Chinese cuisine, you might be satisfied, but not "wowed" by the place. If you have any experience with "the real thing", House of Wong is not for you.

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        dj487 May 8, 2008 09:56 AM

        Ted -- Do you have any suggestions, then, for good Chinese food in the Somerville or Bridgewater area? We like Ling Ling in Basking Ridge. Probably "Americanized" a bit too, but most places are. The food there is pretty tasty and not swimming in "goopy" sauces.

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          Ted in Central NJ May 10, 2008 03:04 PM

          Unfortunately, no. I either go to NYC for good Chinese food or I go to some of the Thai restaurants in Central NJ when I want something of an Asian nature.

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        XPgirl May 11, 2008 10:43 AM

        I agree. I ate there this past week and thought it was completely subpar. From my first taste of the hot & sour soup -- no heat, no tang, and just a flour-y taste -- I knew the place would be a disappointment.

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        tracker4x4 Nov 1, 2007 09:47 AM

        I went to the Golden Palace last Friday and asked if they were affiliated with House of Wong. The guy said House of Wong sold the business to his brother who is temporarily working at Golden Palace until the new House of Wong opens. Food was just like House of Wong.

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          claytonsmum Mar 17, 2008 10:12 AM

          HOUSE OF WONG REOPENING! - Yay!!! 475 East Union Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. (908)685-0357 - Opens March 18th, 2008.

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          fubes914 Oct 2, 2007 09:40 AM

          Hey you want to go to Golden Palace. Its the same family as House of Wong. The food is so good. Make sure you try the beef. :)

          Golden Palace Restaurant
          400 US Highway 206
          Bedminster, New Jersey 07921-1500
          ph: 908.781.6800

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            s61974 Apr 10, 2007 09:03 AM

            I love House of Wong too and have been searching for the new location since last April when they closed. Can you tell me where in Bridgewater the new House of Wong is supposed to be. I cant wait for it to open again as there is no other place in the area like it.

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              claytonsmum Jun 16, 2007 02:56 PM

              its supposed to reopen on 28 in Bridgewater, in between Finderne Ave. and Chimney Rock Road...

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                defeated Sep 6, 2007 03:04 PM

                Does anyone by chance know if they've reopened yet? We're coming back east for a visit that just won't be complete without some House of Wong.

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                  claytonsmum Mar 17, 2008 10:13 AM

                  They are reopening March 18, 2008 at 457 East Union Ave in Bridgewater! :-)

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                  The Engineer Nov 9, 2007 08:10 AM

                  there are 2 new buildings going up across from the firehouse in the area you described, but the only signs up so far are Drug Fair and Dunken Donuts. (Like the area needs either of these) Is this where H of W will be?

              2. ambrose Mar 22, 2007 08:27 AM

                You might check out Wasabi on Main Street which describes itself as an Asian restaurant. Hopefully they have some Chinese items on the menu.

                And if you can switch to Thai until HofW reopens, there are several Thai restaurants in Somerville and nearby. There is one on Davenport, one on Main and of course Origin on Division. Origin, however, is French/Thai and your pocketbook might not permit you to eat there once a week, i.e. it's expensive.

                There's also a Thai place in the shopping center at the Somerville circle and yet another one over on Prince Rogers Road, between the Commons and the Bridgewater library.

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                  flourgirl Apr 10, 2007 09:13 AM

                  We recently had takeout form the Thai place on Prince Rodgers and it was AWFUL! We were actually pretty upset about it because the place is not inexpensive and the food we got was mostly pretty atrocious. Not to mention miniscule portions. We are not going back. (This was not the first time we've had food from there - and in the past it was pretty good.)

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                    xtalguy May 4, 2008 05:20 PM

                    You must have caught them on a bad day. I've lived in BW for a long time, and Thai Chef is one of my favorite places (20 years in NYC before then, so I do know what Thai food tastes like). They also have a branch in the Somerville Circle that has the same menu and high quality and is usually less crowded.

                    BTW, House of Wong is strictly frozen-dinner Chinese food--not worth crossing the street for.

                    1. re: xtalguy
                      ambrose May 4, 2008 06:21 PM

                      You do know that this thread is over one year old.

                      The restaurant flourgirl referred to is Thai Kitchen, not Thai Chef. Thai Kitchen, which is still going strong, is on Prince Rodgers Road. Thai Chef, on Main Street in Somerville, recently closed and was replaced by Splash of Thai.

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                        Ted in Central NJ May 11, 2008 03:33 PM

                        Although xtalguy erred on the name of the Thai place on Prince Rodgers Blvd. (it is Thai Kitchen #1, not to be confused with Thai Kitchen #2 on the Somerville/Raritan Circle, or Thai Kitchen #3 on Rt. 206 in Hillsborough), I agree with both of his points.

                        Thai Kitchen is actually one of the most reliably good Thai restaurants in the area, and House of Wong is...just not worth the price of gas that would be used to drive there for their "faux" Chinese food.

                2. ambrose Mar 21, 2007 07:54 PM

                  I am truly shocked and dismayed that you have been eating Chinese food! Don't you know it's bad for you? Full of salt and fat - hmmm, maybe that's why it tastes good.

                  http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/diet.f...

                  Of course, Mexican and Italian may be even worse.

                  Have you tried Wasabi in Somerville? I have not been yet but it's supposed to have different Asian foods, not just Chinese. If you can substitute Thai until HofW reopens, then there are several spots in town. One on Davenport (the best in my opinion), one on Main and a pseudo-Thai spot on Division. The last is Origin, which is French/Thai, but it's a little pricey to eat there every week.

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