Super Wok in Cary NC: How I love thee
What does one do when your spouse wants to order only items we've already tried and I'm on a quest to try every item on the extensive menu? Since I was already in the doghouse I took one for the team and we ordered items we'd already had.
Dan dan noodles: just amazing. Hot and porky. Oily and smoky. All this for $4.95.
Pork dumplings in chili oil: these are consistently good, though I quibble the sausage is a bit small.
Three pepper chicken: I love this dish. The three peppers are (I think) chile oil, red pepper flakes and a green pepper like a poblano or something smaller. I asked for this dish "hot" and it was incendiary. The chicken was dark meat, as it should be in a dish like this.
Salt and pepper squid: this dish never does much for me but the kids like it. It's not too spicy. They bread it which doesn't make sense.
Rice cakes with stir fried pork: this dish is just great. When we ate at Momofuko in NYC, we had a similar dish. It's a non spicy pork dish which contrasts with the dan dan noodles and the chicken. Very good stuff
When the ball and chain lets you break out, try the pork belly and greens (I forget exactly what they call it on the menu). Oh....my. Thinking of it makes me drool on my keyboard.
We've had all of those dishes except the last one. We request they put the dumpling sauce on the squid, which the kids love. We've had a couple of their call-ahead dishes, the lobster with ginger and scallions and the chinese BBQ spare ribs. The flavors are so much bolder at Super Wok-- and Wendy is a trip!
LOL. We have friends like that who love Super Wok but will only order the same 3 or 4 dishes over and over again. Not that they're not all great dishes - I just want to keep trying more and more things there. My solution has been to keep on going with a different set of people. The Spouse most frequently, but also a constant assortment of friends and business colleagues. That way I can still have my dumplings and 1 or 2 other new dishes.
Try the pork and smoked tofu. I'm no tofu fan but I think I could eat this dish 3 times a day.
Btw, I went twice for lunch two weeks ago with different people and ordered the chili sauce dumplings each time. The sauce was still lick your plate clean good, but each time the dumplings seemed more doughy than usual. Anyone else notice that?
Further exploration into the Super Wok menu:
App: Pork and Beef Tripe: According to my server, this cold app is actually beef tongue and beef tripe sliced in a classic chili oil sauce with chopped peanuts and topped with parsley. Very very good. Spicy. If you like offal, this is like crack but more porky. I realize that not everyone likes offal, but this dish is stellar.
Entree: Spicy Beef Gristle: I've been wanting to order this dish since I first saw it on the menu. With a name like gristle, it has to be good and it is, it really is. The gristel is tendons in a brown garlicy sauce served over bitter greens. While the gelatinous texture may turn some off, I think this dish is a real winner, largely due to the bitter greens balance. The dish really pairs well with a hoppy IPA, BTW. Moderately spicy.
Entree: Ma Po Tofu: The sauce is fiery and garlicy. Filling dish. I like it but it is not my favorite. For the best bite, get some stuff from the bottom as well as the top. When we order take out, we always get dan dan noodles. Ma po tofu is a contender, but ultimately not able to dethrone dan dan noodles as a staple on our order.
Have eaten at Super Wok twice now. The first time we had the Lotus Root with Pork Belly, Dan Dan Noodles, Pork Dumplings, and some Noodles (thin but forgot name). I was very impressed. The second time, we got the Crab Rangoon, Egg Drop Soup, Black Pepper Beef and a spicy Sichean beef dish (forgot the name again). This is by far the best Chinese food I have had in a long time. Authentic and tasty. Now I am getting the craving again....
I'm curious, was the Crab Rangoon, Egg Drop Soup, and Black Pepper Beef on an "American" menu? I live in Charlotte but plan on eating at Super Wok next time I'm up that way. I never thought of those dishes on a Szechuan menu, but I've only been to one "authentic" Szechuan restaurant. (HINT HINT If anyone is interesting in opening one here they will make a killing!) Charlotte is very jealous of Cary in this regard....
Did take out last night. Mmmmm
Dumplings in chili oil
Fried Egg plant pudding
stir fried pea shoots
Rice cake noodle with pork
kung pao chicken
All delicious; while there is so much stuff to try, like pork belly with lotus root, I would HAVE to get the rice cake noodle again. So addicting. The Fried eggplant pudding was really good too, just kind of filling. It is hard to eat everything without getting too full :-)