Asian Wok Express, St. Albert

Go to any food court in any shopping mall here and I guarantee that you will find a place selling food that is partly Chinese and partly Canadianized/Westernized concepts of Chinese food. You know the ones I’m talking about – those places that pour neon coloured sweet and sour sauces onto dough-covered chicken balls and lemon chicken covered in radioactive yellow sauce. Some friends came up with a term for this Westernized Chinese food – Chestern. (Mostly to tease me but I’m copyrighting it here so I own it now. Ha!)

The Asian Wok Express, located inside a strip mall right next to St. Albert Road, is one such place. A friend and I stopped in there to have a quick meal and I was interested to see that a constant flow of people – mostly doing take out – kept the kitchen staff busy. Service was very attentive and friendly.

Asian Wok Express

Asian Wok Express

My friend was craving some fried food, so an order of spring rolls was on the list, as well as a bowl of hot and sour soup.

spring rolls

spring rolls

The spring rolls were fried just right and tasted fine, but wasn’t anything special.

hot and sour soup

hot and sour soup

The hot and soup soup serving was quite large, and probably could have fed two people. It was nicely spiced but the texture was a little too thick and gloopy for my taste.

satay Shanghai noodles

satay Shanghai noodles

I had satay-flavoured Shanghai noodles. The flavour was great with a hint of heat, and there were plenty of chicken pieces that also held the flavour well. My one criticism was the amount of vegetables in the dish as the ones you can see in the photo plus a few more pieces were probably all I got on the plate. A dish with so many noodles need more vegetables than that.

So all in all, the food was relatively decent. Would I make an effort to go back? Probably not, but if I was in the neighbourhood and wanting Chestern I would not hesitate to stop here.

Asian Wok Express
1 Hebert Road, St. Albert

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Chinese parties

A friend asked for ideas about Chinese food her family could order for her mom’s big birthday bash. My suggestions that are under consideration:

  • crispy roast pork, possibly a whole pig instead of just chopped pieces (siu yook)
  • bbq duck
  • from T&T – cold appetizers like pickled daikon radish and carrots, spicy deep fried tofu, jellyfish and jai (Buddha’s Delight)
  • spring rolls
  • Chicken and pineapple fried rice, fried noodles, and vegetable dishes from Double Greetings
  • a cake and red bean buns from Garden Bakery or Hong Kong Bakery
  • fresh made deep fried tofu and maybe some dessert tofu from Ying Fat
  • almond cookies

Dang it, now I’m hungry.

Chinese New Year – part 1

Chinese New Year food

Chinese New Year food

Tonight is Chinese New Year eve, and I went to a family dinner. Managed to take a quick shot of some of the food that was eaten this evening. Missing from the photo was roasted duck, a dish of whole steamed fish, a dish of stir-fried shrimp and sugar snap peas, a dish of stewed lotus root and pork, and soup similar to shark’s fin soup but using pollock as a substitute for the shark’s fin.

Pictured from the top left, counter clockwise:

  • poached chicken (broth was used to make the soup)
  • sesame balls and deep fried pork balls
  • spring rolls
  • homemade deep fried shrimp and fish balls

Oh my poor, poor diet!

Next, the food I’m making for dinner #2.