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Raymond Wong of the Late Wong's Eatery [West Bloomfield Twp MI]

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In the labor day spririt of observing who built the original infrastracture of America, I went to Shangri La for dim sum today (small joke without getting too political!).

A very nice, affable elderly gentleman seated me and made sure I was well taken care of (in addtion to to the owner, Nancy).

I introduced myself and asked his name, and he said his name was Raymond... "nice to meet you Raymond."

In a subsequent discussion I had with him, he mentioned that he had been in the restaurant business for many years, and recently came out of retirement to work at Shangri La. He said he had a restaurant in Windsor.

I don't remember how it came out, but he said his last name was Wong... and as quick as I could be after several wines, I put two an two together, and said "Wong? As in the venerable Wong's Eatery?"

He said "yes... that was my restaurant!"

I told him it was an honor to meet someone of his stature in the local foodie community.

This ins't a terribly meaningful/educational post, but if you happen to stop in to Shangri La you might see if he is there and say "hi" to him. I think he would appreciate being recognized.

Bob

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    1. re: rainsux

      Good catch rainsux! Thanks.

      West Bloomfield location on Orchard Lake Road and Maple Road. It's the only location that I go to, so I tend to forget that they have 2 other locations.

      Bob

      1. re: BobRe

        Well, He appears at Midtown during the week and did our CH sponsored noodle and dumpliing dinners at Midtown in 2010/2011 and even his mom did most of the dumplings. RS met and knows him and is playing possum... He is dim sum master at Orchard Lake on weekends but Midtown otherwise (according to Wong).

        1. re: goatgolfer

          > playing possum ...

          Nope. Genuine question re: where he was working.

          WRT to possum: Eat Mo' Possum!

        2. re: BobRe

          I've heard the Middlebelt location is now closed.

      2. Thanks, Bob!

        Loved Wongs of Windsor back in the day. The food was great. First time I had duck, birds nest and crabmeat rangoon.

        I've been to Shangri La in WB for a regular meal and was less than impressed, but figured I must have ordered the wrong thing or hit on an off day since it's been reviewed so favorably here. I'm in that mall four plus times a week (Yoga Shelter, not a compulsive shopper - not usually anyway). I'll try the dim sum this weekend.

        And if anybody has a menu recommendation for future reference for a takeout or a meal that's not dim sum, I'd appreciate it your suggestions.

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        1. re: Rosedale

          My experience with Shangri La is the same as yours Rosedale.... I like the dim sum very much, but in the few times I have ordered off the regular menu, was underwhelmed, so I have only been going there for dim sum.

          One of my favorite dishes at Mon Jin Lau in Troy is Spicey Seafood Noodles. It's pan fried noodles with shrimp, scallops, lobster, asparagus, baby corn, and onions in a black bean sauce. It's awesome.

          I asked Nancy, the owner of Shangri La if they have a similar dish and she said they do. I am going to go some evening soon and try it.

          On Saturday, one of the dim sum items I had was clams in black bean sauce, and loved their black bean sauce..... I'm hoping that their noodles and seafood in that black bean sauce will be nearly as good as Mon Jin Lau's.

          Bob

        2. I looked at the menus on-line, but they don't list dim sum. Is dim sum only served on weekends/holidays?

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          1. re: Niki in Dayton

            No Niki.. it is served everyday... 365 days a year I believe... really!

            And they are the only place in the Detroit area that I know of that does cart service during the week. Other local dim sum restaurants do cart service on weekends only, with perhaps menu ordering for dim sum available during the week.

            I believe the cart service is from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM every day. You can order dim sum off a list from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

            1. re: BobRe

              Thanks so much! I will definitely check it out while in the area, and of course, report back.