China Wok on Fordem - the worst Chinese take-out in Madison?

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China Wok on Fordem - the worst Chinese take-out in Madison?

Postby equuspower » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:47 pm

I have had my last meal from China Wok on Fordem. When I first moved into the neighborhood about 7 years ago, they provided pretty respectable "Chinese style fast food". In the last couple of years I've noticed a steady decline in the quality. After not going there for several months, I decided (being tired and hungry) to give them one more chance. What I ordered was flavorless (though it had a lot of those small hot, red, chili peppers), full of corn starch, and the only vegetables (in a dish labeled "vegetarian") was frozen peas and carrots. How do I know they were originally "frozen" peas and carrots? Other than by the taste, by the too green color of the peas and the perfectly square diced carrots!

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Postby blunt » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:51 pm

The garlic sauce tastes burnt.
Ick.
My favorite midrange Chinese fastfood lastely is Asian Express by Riley's.
My litmus test?
The egg roll.
I'm not a huge fane of most Chinese egg rolls---give me Vietnamese or Thai.
But these were delicate (!) and moist.
Coy, yet aggressive.
And the garlic sauce never tastes burnt.

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Postby massimo » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:04 pm

blunt wrote:Coy, yet aggressive.


This, about an egg roll. I love it.
You do this for free, blunt?

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Postby Chemical Boy » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:37 pm

There is no reason to go to China Wok since Great China, the best chinese take-out Madison has ever seen, is just a few blocks up the street.

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Postby equuspower » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:06 am

And why is that, Chemical Boy? You wouldn't happen to have a stake in Great China, would you? Tell us why you like it.

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Postby TAsunder » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:40 pm

China Palace is close too, and likely better than both. Plus they don't put up fully painted cars on random streets. Or is that not china wok?

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Postby Learned » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:54 pm

That's China Wok. I'm looking at you, red car parked on Johnson Street for the last 7 years (at least).

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Postby blunt » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:57 pm

massimo wrote:
blunt wrote:Coy, yet aggressive.


This, about an egg roll. I love it.
You do this for free, blunt?


Not on purpose.

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Postby lysander » Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:18 pm

Learned wrote:That's China Wok. I'm looking at you, red car parked on Johnson Street for the last 7 years (at least).

Ok, is that a delivery vehicle, or is it just parked as a permanent movable billboard? I remember some controversy (that spawned a city council bill) not too long ago.

Its one of those things that's been there so long I stopped noticing it.

But on the issue of good Chinese-ish food, I thought one of the Asian places nearby was recently written up as being really good. Thanks to their easily-distinguishable names, though, I have no idea.

Oh and equuspower, those carrots are supposed to be sqaure. They're grown like that and imported at great cost. The real frozen ones are the crinkle-cut carrots. It's all the same, though, from the back of a white-with-red-lettering Asian Food Supply truck, the ONLY place to serve 'Asian' restaurants. Like Sysco, only less variety.

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Postby Chemical Boy » Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:20 pm

equuspower wrote:And why is that, Chemical Boy? You wouldn't happen to have a stake in Great China, would you? Tell us why you like it.


I have no stake in the resturaunt, other than hoping that it stays open. I've never had a bad meal there. The prices are cheap, the food comes fast (and a bit greasy, though I don't trust chinese take-out that isn't greasy) and their Mongolian Chicken is sublime.

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Postby blunt » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:19 am

BTW: I still have the original menu from when China Wok opened.
It promises "Mandarin, Szechuan, and Human Cuisine!"
Could I get some chopsticks and extra soylent green sauce?

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Postby TAsunder » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:59 am

blunt wrote:BTW: I still have the original menu from when China Wok opened.
It promises "Mandarin, Szechuan, and Human Cuisine!"
Could I get some chopsticks and extra soylent green sauce?


Huh? Human cuisine would just mean food prepared by humans. Much like french cuisine does not contain annoying deodorant-less women with hairy armpits in it.

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Postby Marvell » Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:04 pm

TAsunder wrote:
blunt wrote:BTW: I still have the original menu from when China Wok opened.
It promises "Mandarin, Szechuan, and Human Cuisine!"
Could I get some chopsticks and extra soylent green sauce?


Huh? Human cuisine would just mean food prepared by humans. Much like french cuisine does not contain annoying deodorant-less women with hairy armpits in it.


I take it you never saw Delicatessen.


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