Filipino restaurant Magic Wok has reopened after a strip-mall fire, just in time for the new year, and it’s as good as ever, says elmomonster.
Pinakbet, “a stir-fry that eats like a stew,” is chock-full of all kinds of veggies: yellow squash, bitter melon, eggplant, okra, and string beans, all pulled together with the flavor punch of fermented shrimp paste.
Bistek tagalog, or thin-sliced marinated steak glazed with a garlic-soy-vinegar blend, is pleasantly chewy and a little dry, halfway between jerky and fajitas.
Pancit sotanghon is fast food, Filipino mom-style: stretchy glass noodles stir-fried with green beans, pork, and tofu.
Note that the decor hasn’t changed either: the same red pleather seats, cramped booths, and complete absence of music.
Magic Wok [Artesia-ish]
11869 Artesia Blvd., Artesia