MasalaWok® is a Casual Asian and Indian Diner featuring best of Asian and Indian dishes. Asian menu features a blend of typical Asian and Indian inspired Chinese dishes. Indian menu features traditional curries prepared with fresh herbs and seasonings, and meats cooked in tandoor oven.
“Yao Fuzi is an ode to ‘Shanghainese,” proclaimed the Dallas Observer, “the cuisine of that highly Westernized and stylized port city Shanghai, facing the East China Sea.” That may be music to the ears of anyone who has traveled to China, but for everyone else, well, they can simply follow their nose. The mingling aromas of fresh ginger, dried chili peppers, and hoisin sauce all echo the chefs’ commitment to using regional Chinese flavors. These ingredients appear throughout the noodle dishes, homemade dumplings, and stir-fried beef, chicken, and seafood entrees that fill a menu that Zagat rated as “Extraordinary to Perfection.” To accompany the cuisine, Yao Fuzi features an impressively diverse selection of drinks that includes specialty martinis, sakes, and a number of different teas. Much like the menu, Yao Fuzi’s décor manages to embrace the restaurant’s Shanghai roots. One entire wall of the intimately-lit dining room is decorated with glass-encased scrolls of Chinese calligraphy. These same characters appear on some of the frosted glass panes that divide a handful of tables, creating a sense of privacy for those who like to sing to their food.
Handpicked mangos; ramen imported from Japan; high-grade nishiki rice; 32 original sauces, all made from scratch. These are a few of the unique, high-quality ingredients that chefs at Mr. Wok Asian Bistro have at their disposal. So they never use trans-fats to create flavor—there’s no need. The fresh ingredients make for tasty, healthy Asian dishes all on their own, allowing guests to enjoy classic dishes like Peking duck and potstickers without fear. Of course, the real ingenuity lies in the restaurant's modern signature dishes, which surprise palates with their creative twists. For instance, a crispy wonton bowl bears the creamy mango shrimp, while Ton Chung soup combines the rich flavors of wok-fried pork, mushrooms, and scallions into a single bowl. And, in lieu of veggies, bananas and chocolate fill a crunchy spring roll shell, a swap that, like forgetting to thaw cocktail weenies before a party, turns a classic appetizer into a dessert.
When you come to Lion City Chinese Cafe, expect to show some paper. The restaurant is cash only—and, according to customer reviews, it's worth every bill. Serving Chinese and Singaporean cuisine, the restaurant keeps a simple décor, but offers a complex taste. Dishes range from fried rice noodles with chicken or shrimp to sambal fried fish and curry puffs.
Veggie Garden draws on the traditions of Punjabi and North Indian cuisine, discriminately spicing authentic vegetarian dishes to awaken the flavours of vegetables, cheeses, grains, and legumes. The menu seduces both herbivores and those who adhere to steak-shaped food rainbows alike with dishes such as the South Indian specialty masala dosa, a rice-and-black-lentil pancake stuffed with potatoes and spices ($8.99). Entrees include the mutter mushroom, sautéed with green peas in butter before being dressed in onions and tamarind sauce ($7.99). The baingan bharta ($9.99) mashes smoked eggplant with spices, onions, and tomatoes and is served with a side of residual good karma from Mother Earth. Palates enlivened by the eatery's delicately incorporated spices can change directions with desserts such as kheer kesari, a rice pudding swaddling saffron and nuts. Between bites, Veggie Garden's free WiFi encourages plant gnashers to hop online to check on their virtual organic farms.
"Long live the king of all Dallas-area Chinese restaurants," wrote the Dallas Observer about First Chinese BBQ, going on to call it, "the measuring stick by which all other Chinese restaurants in the burg are compared." One glance at the whole barbecued chickens, ducks, and pigs that hang in the kitchen window of this venerated standby makes it easy to see why it has sustained a loyal following for more than 30 years. As the name implies, crispy marinated meats are the primary showstopper here, and may be served atop steamed rice with egg or simply catapulted into an eager diner's open mouth. But First Chinese BBQ is hardly a one trick operation. The menu encompasses everything from noodle soups to hot pots with lamb and sugar cane, and new items frequently pop up.