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I finally made it back to Wuling this past weekend for lunch. They actually did a great job remodeling! The place is still really “interesting”, but I found it clean and welcoming (no secret knock needed). The food, luckily, is as good as I remembered. The two of us ordered beef noodle soup, prawns with lobster sauce, and sesame cold noodles. The waitress brought out a few complimentary side dishes too that were excellent – sautéed eggplant, marinated sweet and spicy cucumbers, and some bean sprouts. All were very good. The noodles were not homemade but had great texture, and the beef stew was very flavorful. The prawns were nice and fresh and the sesame noodles were so good we ordered another one to bring home for later.

Like I’ve said before, this place is different and interesting. It’s not your typical restaurant, but it’s a fun experience. The owners said they’re trying out lunch and dinner, with karaoke only after 8 or something. So if you’re like me and don’t like to sing, or hear other people try to sing, you can now enjoy the food in peace.

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  1. Do they have a website? How are the prices? Is the menu online? Thank you!

    1. is it under new ownership? saw a sign that said grand re-opening this morning.

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      1. re: kc72

        I doubt they have a website since they hardly have a sign. There were only around 10 things on the menu, though I can't remember them right now. I'll have my parents pick one up for me if they go this weekend.

        Yes, they're fairly new owners. My parents have been going karoking there for over 15 years, but I guess the original owners sold it to these new people about a year ago and they've been trying to remodel etc since so they can turn it into more of a restaurant during the day.

        1. re: calalilly

          What are their prices like? Is that beef noodle large enough to share?

          1. re: kc72

            I think most items were around 8 bucks. Good portions, depending on how much you eat, I do think you can share the noodles, but I'm a big eater.

      2. here is the menu, i wonder if anyone can read it if not i will try again it

        http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk...

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        1. re: ThaDu

          Thanks for the scan! Good to know the lunch specials are good M-Sa

          1. re: kc72

            http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk...

            1. re: ThaDu

              is that different than the 1st scan?

              1. re: kc72

                it is the same. i am redoing it due to unable to see the menu. i am still learning how to post pic

        2. I also liked the beef noodle soup, a very rich beefy broth with some beef and tendon, pickled mustard and napa-like cabbage. Mildly spicy without a strong soy or chili bean paste flavor, but with a hint of sichuan peppercorn. Not at all oily, especially compared to Spices! 3. Most of the dishes/soup noodles are $7-9. It looks like a fairly Taiwanese menu. I definitely saw pork chop rice and lu rou fan (or maybe noodles). I was also served a dish of three different side dishes- minced green beans and pressed tofu seasoned with mildly sweet mostly savory (black bean?) flavor; sauteed mustard green (fresh); and a fresh chili radish (not as pickled as the stuff you buy in a jar or plastic bag).

          I thought it was very good and promising. The interior is nice and new, in a Karaoke bar kind of way.

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          1. re: twocents

            I went here again and found it to be very good once more. Tried the pork chop noodle and the braised pig knuckle noodle. Both had very nice flavors, comparatively mild compared to a lot of places, but clean and not at all oily. Compared to, say, Spices III, it's less strongly flavored but much less greasy and much fresher tasting (pork chop noodle). The braised pig knuckle was all about the skin and gelatin, relatively little meat, in a very Taiwanese sweet soy braise. Once again 3 sides were served: stir-fried eggplant (v. good), seasoned boiled peanuts (g), seaweed salad (v.g). Also, a bowl of savory egg/chicken broth soup with bits of napa cabbage, which was itself quite satisfying. Check it out.

            1. re: twocents

              I went to a friend's Red Egg and Ginger party this weekend at their house and found out the caterer was the chef who used to own/work at Wuling. She's doing catering and home delivery, cool concept. They said they were working on a website but you can email them at taiwanchef1@gmail.com if interested. Curious who's helping her out since her English wasn't that good, but she was very nice.

              We had braised pig feet, which was as good as I remembered it from Wuling. Supposedly it's good for a nursing mother. Also she made Mandarin Sauce Pork, Shanghai Rice Noodles, a sauteed spicy cabbage dish, whole fish and a few other things. Food was really good, and we got to eat it all without going to a restaurant.

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              Wuling
              10561 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

              1. re: calalilly

                Yelp is reporting that Wuling no longer serves food. Has anyone been there lately?

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                Wuling
                10561 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

                1. re: ernie in berkeley

                  No more food, they took down the food banner awhile ago. Looks like the former owner/chef is just doing catering now.

                2. re: calalilly

                  Slow day at work today so I just did a google search for Taiwan Chef and found this: http://taiwanchef.net/

                  I'm hopeful it's the former Wuling chef. Any chance people have tried this? I'm thinking of emailing them and seeing what I can order for delivery this week.

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                  Wuling
                  10561 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

                  1. re: calalilly

                    The email address on the website is the same email address you have listed above -- so same person.

                    1. re: kc72

                      Duh, good point. I saw the phone number and forgot about the email.

                      I just sent them an email so will see how it works out!