Monrovia: Craft Beer and Chinese American Food at Wang’s
Wang’s Place in Monrovia recently went through a remodel and update. The 30+ year old restaurant is now serving craft beer, specialty drinks and a blend of new and old favorite menu items.
Wang’s serves dumplings two ways; either steamed or pan fried. I preferred the steamed ones but the pan fried ones make for better presentation. Either way, make sure to try the dipping sauce.
I love that Monrovia has a brewery now. We tried 6 different beers from the micro brewery, Pacific Plate Brewing, the smallest brewery in the area. Known best for their Horchata Stout, we also tried their Agave Wheat, Ardenns Amber, Cardamon Ginger Saison, Copa de Oro and Widowmaker IPA.
The table’s favorite was the Cardamon Ginger Saison and Widowmaker IPA. I’ll have to visit their taproom soon.
Of the different stuffings for the bao (buns), I actually adored the fried tofu best. Rich, savory and perfect texture to go with the fluffy bun. Also, it was great with the beer. Wang’s also has Peking duck, BBQ pork, hoisin-glazed beef, sweet and sour chicken. You can get tofu wraps instead of the bao as well.
If beer isn’t your thing, Wang’s does have specialty cocktails. I would not recommend craft cocktail nerds to investigate the list too closely. You might disagree with Sprite in your martini but this works for the area and food.
Salad at a Chinese restaurant? Why not? This one is great at Wang’s with simply dressed greens.
Of course, salad helps when you prepare to gorge yourself on a ton of protein. I love my chicken wings and these plump juicy ones from Wang’s would be great to have at the bar while enjoying some beer.
I couldn’t help but order the lychee mojito. It reminded me of the days when lychee “martinis” were all the range. It turns out mojitos work better with lychee. The fruit and the minty combo caused many others at the table to order one.
When the kimchi duck fried rice hit the table, there were a lot of oohs and ahhs. That fried egg was beautiful. Wang’s fried rice is something I’d actually order again and again. There was the right balance of meat, veg, rice and egg.
The bao showed up again with the Peking Duck. People had fun making these Chinese tacos by dabbing a little hoisin sauce onto the bun and making a sandwich out of the duck, scallions and cucumber.
If you want some more vegetables, the stir-fried dish of veggies has everything! Broccoli, snow peas, cabbage, mushrooms and carrots make up this colorful dish.
Wang’s borrows a little from other Asian cultures which we saw with the kimch in the fried rice. And now tempura ice cream. But that seems like an American invention. The treat was done very well. I found myself having more than a couple of bites.
The next time I’m in Old Town Monrovia, I might just have to stop in for tofu bao, duck fried rice and craft beer.
© The Minty 2014