The ongoing renovations a Qingdao Garden sent my wife and me to Wang’s Fast Food for the first time, yesterday. We were rewarded with one of the best meals we’ve had in recent memory. After grabbing a six pack and walking a dozen blocks in a whipping cold wind, the grubby mauve shag carpet and fake brick wallboard in Wang’s warm dining area were exactly what I was looking for.
We ordered the leek pie, shrimp and pork dumplings, pork and fennel dumplings, and thanks to Lipoff”s specials menu translation ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7113... ) we were able to request the clay pot spicy meatballs. The leek pie was much thicker than the version I’d had at Golden Garden, like a delicious oversized Chinese empanada. Both types of dumplings were wonderfully juicy, and I was particularly impressed by the moisture in the pork and fennel version because the filling is very veggie heavy. I’ve read some other comments about too thick skins on Wang’s dumplings, but I didn’t find that to be the case at all. The hot pot was loaded with well seasoned pork meatballs, cabbage and cilantro in a spot on simple, rich stock.
My wife and I almost always bring several bags of leftovers home from our Saturday culinary adventures, but as you can see from the lack of remaining food in the aftermath pic, we were pretty enthusiastic about our meal. I’m looking forward to eating my way through the rest of the menu.
Qingdao Garden Restaurant
2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478