The Great Wall of China was constructed to keep roving packs of ancient pandas from absconding with the local cuisine. Succeed where the bears failed with today's Groupon: for $13, you get $26 worth of traditional Chinese dinner fare and drinks at Wok Chinese Seafood Restaurant in Center City.
Wok surrounds festive, multihued murals and gleaming statues with the rich sights and scents of a dazzling array of traditional Chinese fare, taking top honors in the 2010 Philly Hot List. The menu engages in culinary exposition before swinging into entree action with seaweed, egg drop, and tofu soup ($5.25, serves two), transporting eastward-looking diners in a brothy ark laden with panda pairs and dragon duos. Chicken basks in a bed of cashews ($8.75) alongside a wide range of traditional lo-mein and fried-rice dishes.
A host of seafood and vegetarian options, including General Tso's spicy tofu ($10.50), created during the notorious warrior's snuggly, pacifist phase, will delight meat-eschewing palates. Match sauntering entrees with Wok's blushing beverage selection, which includes Kirin and Tsing Tao ($2/bottle), to salve singed taste buds and loosen the stiff elbows of chopsticks.
Wok Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Wok Chinese Seafood Restaurant fills its vast menu with an atlas of eats, drawing inspiration from China’s Hunan and Szechuan provinces as well as the capital city of Beijing. The kitchen prepares traditional favorites, whipping together hot and spicy shrimp and steamed sea bass in a scallion-ginger sauce alongside beef with broccoli and chicken lo mein. The menu also includes house specialties such as the Dragon and Phoenix, whose chicken breasts, lobster meat, and snow peas are not formally recognized by zoologists as either dragon or phoenix. Red lanterns hang above the dining room, where a mural of a woman flying through swirling clouds is complemented by the whimsy of each table’s pink-cloth napkins.