For my birthday I wanted to go to Wong King with my friends. On route, we recieved a call that the place was closed for a private party. (It was fate: now I have en excuse to go for Dim Sum!)
So, we detoured south to the Gold Garden on 82nd Avenue (3016 SE 82nd Ave) where we had a pretty good meal previously (and whose lounge is noted for it's stiff drinks and a happy hour that runs from 11am to 8pm with $1.50 well drinks).
We arrive and our friends have staked out a big table. We are only one of two non-Chinese groups there. The restaurant was busy the entire time we were there.
It took a while for the server to get to us (it was busy and I think there were only 2 servers). The waitress was very nice. We asked what vegetables were available and she told us the four or five choices. We settled on Chinese brocolli. She suggested a soup (Seafood with winter melon) which was very good with big chunks of real crab and prawns.
The eight of us had:
Appetizers: crab puffs, crispy duck and barbeque pork (My 4 year old loves crab puffs!)
-Sauteed chinese brocoli with garlic
-Mongolian 2 Kinds
-Chicken and shrimp in "birds nest" (The birds nest was a basket of noodles. This was under conch on the menu but there was no conch in the dish)
-Seafood soup with winter melon
-Chicken with Honey Walnuts (you definitly need to go in a group to order this because my husband described it as: "fried chicken with frosting!" it was yummy but you need to balance it with other dishes)
-Salt and pepper squid
-Curry Beef hot pot
Dishes came out about two at a time which was nice. We got to eat all the fried foods while they were still hot. The curry beef was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. My favorites were the Chinese Brocolli and the Salt and Pepper Squid.
I don't know if this is the best Chinese food in town, but it was way better than most I've had in Portland. It for sure wasn't the usual carrots-onion-celery-chicken-in-brown-goo. My friend said, "I haven't really wanted to eat Chinese food in a long time, but now I do!" The meal was reasonably priced as well. Our total was $91 for the 8 of us.
There are a bunch of specials written on a board in Chinese. I suspect these are mostly seafood since the prices were higher than the regular menu prices. Maybe on a less busy night we will pester the waitress to translate these for us.
(And thanks to Nick for his scan of the Wongs King menu. I printed that out to take with me. It was definitly an inspiration!)