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Aug 16, 2012 09:22 AM

Remember "Nankin" Chicken Chow Mein? Found "Wangs" in "Tonka even better.

Been searching for years and years for good 'ole Nankin restaurant type chicken chow mein (with the little bits of ground pork in it) and a couple of weeks ago I stumbled into "Wangs Chinese Restaurant" and was amazed how good their chicken chow mein was, I was stunned actually. Might even go out on a limb and say it's better than Nankin's. They are working on putting up a website (under construction) but love their take out . Generally when you order dine in, everyone's dish comes out with the chow mein on top of the noodles already with a side of rice (pay $1 more and get their fried rice with the chow mein, good!) but I prefer a seperate bag noodles with mine that's why I prefer take out. Please let me know what you think, it's worth the trip!

Wangs Chinese Restaurant
10928 Greenbrier Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305

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  1. The old Nankin was before my time, but there are three restaurants that supposedly have Nankins recipe: Uptown Cafeteria & Support Group, Asian Bistro, and Red Dragon. Wangs does sound delicious, but I just thought I'd mention it in case you wanted to continue your quest.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      Was hoping to hear from you TDQ, you seem to know food and food culture well. Thanks for the referrals and since the Nankin was before your time, I'm guessing you're in your 30-40's?

      1. re: Royboy1256

        Oh! Sorry I wasn't clear. By "before my time", I meant "before I moved to MN". I'm a relatively recent transplant here. But, people talk about Nankin frequently on Chowhound, even though it's been gone for years. Sorry I missed it!


        1. re: Royboy1256

          I am in my early 60s and just talking about the "Nankin" make my mouth water, and I can't stop thinking about the inside of the "Nankin" the friendliness of the staff and the scenery was out of this world. I truly hope that some one can direct me to a restaurant where I can find the Nankin style Chop suie chow mien.

        2. re: The Dairy Queen

          Yes, Asian Bistro in Woodbury! The owner, Brian, is a direct descendent of the original Nankin owner, and he has kept the classic Chow Mein recipe alive and well!

          1. re: Kunzieo

            I was thinking of taking my mom there, but they are closed for renovation.

            1. re: Kunzieo

              Important question: Is it worth the drive from Mpls. to Woodbury? I ate a few times at the Nankin as a kid, and we thought it was great!

          2. I want their sweet & sour sauce! They should bottle it, it was fantastic. We'd go there and get bottles of the stuff to take home and bake it over chicken.

            1. Last year I went to Wangs twice. The first time was okay, the second time was terrible. Too bad because I moved to Minnetonka and it would be really convenient.

              I'm thinking of trying Wok in the Park.

              1. My mother used to talk about going to the Nankin for their chow mein when she was a kid during WWII. Her family would take the train from their small town in nw Wisconsin to visit my great-grandfather who was a resident minister at an old folks home in NE Minneapolis. They would take a streetcar downtown. My mother even told me the number of the meal she liked, but I don't remember what it was, maybe a number 3?