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Wang's, Somerville: What a BUMmer

opinionatedchef | May 14, 2014 09:43 PM

We have enjoyed Wang's Pek Ravs for years and still do, but last week,when pressed for time, I ventured out to see if they could make any other excellent dishes(as good as Fuloon?) I found CH threads praising Wang's from a number of years ago, but I couldn't find anything recent, so I took a chance. BIIIIG mistake.
My order:
Spicy Chinese Cabbage
Smoked Tofu with Pork
Peking Meat Sauce Noodle
Moo shi pork
sesame noodles
crab rangoon
Mystery flavored chicken

The truth is that out of all those dishes, only the Mystery Flavored Chicken was good/fine/edible.
The crab rangoon had SUGAR (significant sugar) in them, and thick stale yellow wrappers. I threw them out. Ditto the cabbage which simply tasted like sauteed cabbage doused w/ hot sauce (and a one-dimensional hot sauce at that.)
The moo shi was a huge portion but had no pork to speak of and just had an overall flavor of blech, maybe 'canned' is the descriptor. The sesame noodles had a tiny bit of sweetish sesame sauce and slivered flavorless cukes, screaming out for soy etc etc. As you could guess, the PMS noodles were overcooked and overly sweet, though big in portion.The Smoked Tofu wuth Pork had no discernable flavor.
The chicken had no cilantro or mystery flavor that I could detect but it was real and fine.

If any of you think highly of Wang's, I urge you to finagle a car and go to Fuloon in Malden, where you can have WONderful versions of these dishes and many more unusual ones, and you will leave with a big smile on your face. (And Chili Garden in Medford Sq. is also fairly close to you.)

This is the kind of 'Chiinese food' drek that makes me feel horrible for the poor unsuspecting students that order Wang's when they are just beginning to learn about this potentially amazing cuisine .

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