Hello Cinci Chowhounds,
I went to the Oriental Wok that is part of the Hyatt Regency in Hyde Park this weekend, and liked their Chinese food, even though it was relatively expensive.
I had their crab cakes and potstickers as appetizers.
The crab cakes had a decent amount of crab in them, but the breading and cooking style made them oddly 'oriental' flavored and made me wish I was eating the crab cakes at the Chart House instead. Not bad, but...
The potstickers were pretty bad, thick rice flour wrappers with very little meat inside. Sad. They provided a decent dipping sauce and some nice dark hot chili paste on request, but they either need to put more meat in them or use a thinner wrap, or both! ^L^
I then ordered two entrees, the Twice Cooked Pork and the General Wongs Chicken, both requested as 'super extra spicy' (I say, "Chili paste, two times, in the wok!") ºLº
The Twice Cooked Pork was excellent, nice and hot, lots of cabbage, complex flavor, I was very happy. I will order this again!
The General Wongs Chicken was good, but not very spicy, and I found the pieces of chicken way too big. Once I cut the large pieces of chicken up in four to six pieces and stirred in some chili paste the waiter brought me, I was much happier. Plenty of chicken by the way, just in pieces that were too large.
Certainly not as inexpensive as I am used to for Chinese food, but the quality was so much higher than I have found in the other Chinese restaurants I've tried near Amelia, I was quite pleased overall. (I am a recent transplant from Santa Cruz CA, where I could get Chinese food this good at half the price.)
And you had better like the color red, and dim restaurants, or you won't like the Oriental Wok in the Hyatt Regency in Hyde Park! ^L^
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