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Enthusiastic Thumbs Up For Wang's in Somerville

crowdingthepan Dec 5, 2010 10:09 AM

The ongoing renovations a Qingdao Garden sent my wife and me to Wang’s Fast Food for the first time, yesterday. We were rewarded with one of the best meals we’ve had in recent memory. After grabbing a six pack and walking a dozen blocks in a whipping cold wind, the grubby mauve shag carpet and fake brick wallboard in Wang’s warm dining area were exactly what I was looking for.

We ordered the leek pie, shrimp and pork dumplings, pork and fennel dumplings, and thanks to Lipoff”s specials menu translation ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7113... ) we were able to request the clay pot spicy meatballs. The leek pie was much thicker than the version I’d had at Golden Garden, like a delicious oversized Chinese empanada. Both types of dumplings were wonderfully juicy, and I was particularly impressed by the moisture in the pork and fennel version because the filling is very veggie heavy. I’ve read some other comments about too thick skins on Wang’s dumplings, but I didn’t find that to be the case at all. The hot pot was loaded with well seasoned pork meatballs, cabbage and cilantro in a spot on simple, rich stock.

My wife and I almost always bring several bags of leftovers home from our Saturday culinary adventures, but as you can see from the lack of remaining food in the aftermath pic, we were pretty enthusiastic about our meal. I’m looking forward to eating my way through the rest of the menu.

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Qingdao Garden Restaurant
2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Golden Garden
63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

 
 
 
 
 
 
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  1. FastTalkingHighTrousers Dec 5, 2010 10:38 AM

    Whoaaaaaa ...never tried the leek pie but it looks and sounds delicious!
    Thanks for the report and the awesome pics. Wang's is my favorite restaurant in Somerville!

    1. Luther Dec 5, 2010 05:29 PM

      Nice pictures, thanks

      1. lipoff Dec 5, 2010 06:17 PM

        Glad you had a great deal. Wang's is still one of my absolute favorite restaurants.

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          rknrll Dec 5, 2010 07:33 PM

          For next time, there's a liquor store right there on Boner Block.

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          1. re: rknrll
            enhF94 Dec 7, 2010 01:47 PM

            Finally, a short name to encompass the magic of that block.

            You can bring alcohol to Wangs? Did I miss some blue-law change?

            Let's all follow crowdingthepan's example and include more pix in our reports. Me especially.

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            Grammaton Dec 6, 2010 01:39 PM

            My first experience with their leek pie was a last minute add-on to use my CC. So glad I did. Moist on the inside, crispy on the outside. And I'm not even a veg fan.

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              nasilemak Dec 6, 2010 01:51 PM

              i love the fact that you could purchase a bag of their lovely frozen dumplings and cook at home.

              1. tatsu Dec 6, 2010 04:50 PM

                The leek pie looks similar to Golden Garden, filling wise. I looks like more noodles, where as GG has more egg and leek. GG's is more or less two pies per order, quite filling on their own. The dumplings, I guess I prefer mine with folds. I think it's a better shape because it holds more filling, not as likely to break, and it's nice to look at.

                I have never tried Wang's for some reason, it's a bit distant for me, and perhaps the name put me off for some reason. But your pictures are making me reconsider! Nice shots!

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                Golden Garden
                63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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                1. re: tatsu
                  crowdingthepan Dec 7, 2010 05:22 AM

                  The leek pie filling is more or less the same as GG's (ironically enough, no leeks). Both apps are good, but different.
                  If memory serves me, the dumplings at Golden Garden are also not pleated. I'm thinking that the Northern style boiled dumpling makers don't bother with fussy aesthetics because I didn't see any pleats on the dumplings I've had at Unique Chinese Food, either.
                  And yes, the name had my wife and me giggling like a pair of twelve year olds through the whole meal.

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                  Golden Garden
                  63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

                  Unique Chinese Food
                  145 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02446

                  1. re: crowdingthepan
                    tatsu Dec 7, 2010 11:54 AM

                    You are correct, I looked at my photos and no pleats on GG's. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tatsuuuu/4949713955/in/set-72157624735741785/

                    I do pleats on mine however. I learned from a gal from Tianjin.
                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tatsuuuu...

                    That last photo set is basically a photo recipe on dumplings if you are interested. It is a ton of work however, and basically it's sooo worth it to buy them frozen from your favorite place.

                2. galangatron Dec 7, 2010 04:12 AM

                  how were the spicy pork meatballs?

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                  1. re: galangatron
                    crowdingthepan Dec 7, 2010 05:36 AM

                    The meatballs were similar to the filling you'd find in a pork dumpling. It looks like I forgot to mention that the hot pot had glass noodles in it, too. Very good!

                  2. StriperGuy Dec 7, 2010 05:57 AM

                    I have heard some people in Somerville are very fond of Wangs.

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