Reno: Authentic Chinese soup at Jia's Wok
- SteveTimko Aug 7, 2010 08:01 PM
I found some tasty, authentic Chinese food in Reno and it's worth sharing with other Chowhounds. It's at Jia's Wok on Plumb Lane, in the same shopping mall as the now closed Moscow deli.
I learned about it when I saw a positive review for Jia's on a website I guess we're not supposed to name here on Chowhound. I was surprised because I had tried the food at Jia's Wok when it was at Park Lane and at a second location they had on Prater Way in Sparks and neither seemed that good. It's Americanized food they make in advance and serve out of a hot tray. But I went today and tried the spicy beef soup and it was excellent.
I told them I liked spicy food and they didn't fool around. This was really spicy.
The spice mostly comes from a dried red pepper you stir into the soup. They also have a fresh green pepper that adds some zip. They also add onions and cilantro, slices of meat like you get in Vietnamese pho and cubed beef like you get in stew. The noodles are big and tasty. I can't say they're hand pulled but they're excellent.
The soup is a steal for $6 a bowl.
Perhaps Yimster will stop by Jia's Wok next time he is in Reno and give the place an official once over instead of getting claims of authenticity from a gweilo like me.
The woman I believe is the owner said this is the recipe for soup from her home city in China. She said the name but I couldn't understand it. She said it is about an eight-hour drive from Sichuan.
477 Plumb Ln
Reno, NV 89502
477 E Plumb Ln, Reno, NV 89502
We're going to be back in Reno next week. We will defintely check it out. And, hey, it's cooling down to about 90, right? Perfect cool weather for some soup. Thanks, Steve.
We haven't eaten there yet but I did stop in to see if they had a to-go menu which they don't. Talked to the ladies and was impressed with them. I told them about ordering "chow mein" in Manhattan from a take-out place and getting what I later found out (thanks CH) was Americanized Chinese food. Meat, brown sauce, sprouts, etc but no noodles. Wondered why they asked if I wanted steamed rice or refried. They got a good laugh out of that and assured me that wasn't what THEY consider chow mein.
We live at Lake Tahoe and our upcoming travel schedule is active but I sure do hope that you're around when we are --- or vice versa.
ETA: They DO takeout, just don't have a menu.
No, definitely not at the level of Ark's. And now I have to retract my hand pulled noodles comment, since the Ark noodles are in another universe.
But I stopped by last week for another meal and got the beef and tomato and it was pretty good. And coming from a gweilo, surprisingly authentic for Reno.
Well, I managed to get Yimster to try the soup at Jia's Wok. I'll let him describe it, but he thought it was good. Yimster asked for wheat noodles instead of rice noodles. It's something I'll consider next time. July isn't the best soup weather, but Jia's Wok is certainly worth your consideration if you want authentic Chinese soup.
This was Yimster's soup, beef with wheat noodles
This was my soup, beef with tofu and peanuts
477 E Plumb Ln, Reno, NV 89502
Well it is authentic, time and effort went into the making of the broth. It had a depth in flavor which many spices, meat and vegetables were used along with hours of slow simmering. The beef was well braised but still had enough texture to be toothsome. The pickled mustard green lent a nice touch. As good as the soup was the noodles were very plain. Just dry noodles nothing like hand pulled or house made with machines. With all that said I would return if I an ever in Reno on a cold day. But like Steve Timko a bowl of hot soup on a July day is not exactly my bowl of soup.
Glen I think you should go. I too almost left when I saw the stream table of Chinese food. But the soup are worth a try. Tomato Beef in next on my list.