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Wang's Somerville

lissy | May 21, 200707:27 PM     17

A group of us headed to Wang's tonight on Broadway in Somerville and as usual, we had a ball and ate lots of great food. We started by ordering a bunch of their homemade dumplings: Pork with leek, chicken with chinese cabbage, shrimp and pork, and chinese vegetables. I think each plate of dumplings was around a dozen pieces which meant we each got to try every type (especially those of us who hadn't started our evenings at KO Prime with apps!). My faves were the pork with leek (I took a bag of 50 frozen home for $12.60) and the shrimp and pork. We also started with the scallion pancakes and the vegeterian leek pie which I had never had before and really liked. I thought it might be more like a scallion pancake but this was more of a stuffed pie versus the pancakes which had the scallions mixed in. We then moved onto (I think) the spicy chinese cabbage which I thought was similar to kim chee and the cucumbers in garlic sauce which were light, garlicy and refreshing and a nice contrast to some of the spicier food we ordered. We also got a shredded pork with plum sauce that truth be told, I never would have chosen to order on my own but was one of my favorite dishes of the night. Next was a very spicy shredded beef with peppers that I found delicious but a wee bit hotter than I prefer and the shredded potato in vinegar sauce that almost seemed as though the potato was raw (it might have been blanched). It too had spicy pepper in it that for the most part I thought flavored the dish nicely but when actually biting into the peppers was HOT HOT HOT. Anyway, as the night went on and this dish sat, I liked it better than at first with the vinegar really soaking into the potatoes. We also got some sort of tofu dish that I'm sure someone else will comment on. The service was great, efficient and friendly. The highlight of my night was my trip to the bathroom through the kitchen where I saw them making all those fabulous homemade dumplings. When I ordered my batch to go, they made sure to tell me to boil and not steam them...thanks for the tip...I needed that! Anyway we brought in our own beer and wine and the total bill for each of us was $11...no one could believe it! Thanks friends and chowhounds for another fun and fabulous night! Oh and I almost forgot we also ordered one of the nightly specials which was a crispy fish stick with sesame sauce but to me tasted like a general gau's and I didn't love this.

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