You know how there are those restaurants where everything they put on your table you want to bury your face into it? That place is Wok Show for me.
I discovered this place a few years ago when I moved to the neighborhood, and I’ve pretty much had to limit how many times I go there a week ever since. Always mysteriously dark from the outside, don’t let that deter you! Upon entering, you’re immediately hit with a waft of Zhenjiang – Chinese black vinegar used for dipping their famous dumplings, or jiaozi. On weekends the tables are usually full of patrons enjoying lively conversations, and the dishes stream in a constant flow from the kitchen tucked in behind the bar.
The two brightly lit rooms with walls covered in mismatched artwork feature a mixture of smaller tables and large round ones with lazy Susans in the middle for sharing, making this place ideal for big groups.
The menu is quite lengthy, and they have an excellent variety of cold and hot starters (get the Chinese cabbage smothered in Szechuan pepper and garlic) and mains (the mapo tofu is exquisite), but you definitely don’t want to skip the dumplings! They recommend a portion of 20 per person. Trust me, you will eat them!
– book ahead for larger parties.
– don’t bother with the boiled. You’re on vacation – go with the FRIED!!
– get a variety of dumplings plated separately so you can tell them apart!