WHAT IS A BOWL-SHAPED PAN TYPICALLY USED IN CHINESE COOKING?
Last week my inquisitive self, decided to find out the meaning of “WOK” after I went to eat at this place called China Wok, and I think my decision was slightly motivated after I read the previous article on the blog. I mean a lot of us who are food or culinary savvy might have thrown the word around carelessly but then I thought to check its definition and I found…
Wok: A bowl-shaped pan typically used in Chinese cooking.
I ooooh-ed at “Bowl-shaped pan”, and aaaah-ed at “typically in Chinese”.
So on this Tuesday afternoon, my Uber ride pulled into the premises of this warehouse looking structure with great parking space, quite unusual for a lot of Island restaurants, so I got more inquisitive to have a feel of the inside.
I knew I would have a few minutes to explore as my dining buds Pitan and Chukwuma were yet to arrive. I waltzed up a few steps with a signage above that read “China-Wok Restaurant and Grill”; upon walking in I am welcomed by the signature red at their front, common with Chinese restaurants. Till this day I still wonder what’s with Chinese and the colour red?
Oh, did I mention this place is Nigerian owned? I was fortunate to run into their manager and I managed to quiz her a little, just to get a glimpse of their “why?”, I noted the owner is an ardent lover of Chinese food, hence The Nigerian owned Chinese Wok Restaurant, a man needed Chinese food at his beck and call, so hey, why not open one, right?!
The location is pretty serene and just a perfect fit considering that it’s closely situated near Banana Island which is home to quite a number of Asian expats, so yes, this passed for a good location. Anyway, I walked into the restaurant and for a moment I felt like I was in a local Chinese parlour. When you get inside here, you definitely won’t fail to spot the mini bar, it’s basically just at the entrance, with high stools where you can chit-chat over a couple of drinks or shots.
I absolutely appreciated the set-up of the restaurant; the furniture arrangements, four cornered wooden block tables that encourages conversations amongst one another, especially during group dining. Most definitely encourages group dining, extended family gatherings over food notwithstanding, there’s room for smaller groups of say four, and I think I would typify this restaurant as upscale casual.
Meanwhile I am trying to soak in the ambience of wooden décor, a few TV displays here and there, serene, and scoping at the see-through kitchen, well more like viewing an ongoing demo of what seemed like a customer’s order which I suppose also promotes hygiene in the kitchen because the customer gets to see how their food is being made. At my point of gawking around, a waiter walks up to me asking what I’d like to order.
The menu was not mindboggling, however comprehensive and safe to say the pricing was just within the regular Chinese food range you would find around Lagos. I am browsing through the menu, just in time Pitan and Chukwuma arrives. We go ahead to order for what seemed like The Last Supper.
The restaurant’s Spring rolls variety of Vegetable, Chicken and Beef, accompanied with sauce and veggies, Chicken Wings, Special Fried Rice, Singapore Chicken Noodles and Stir-Fried Prawns in Hot Basil Leaf with Chapman and Water.
We dug in, and booooy we had foodgasm moments.
Pitan did most of the photography, Chukwuma did most of the eating, while I did most of the restaurant’s observations and chit-chatting.
We definitely loved it here. The Nigerian waiters seemed to know quite a lot about their dishes, how to plate and serve, and they were quite friendly.
Well, I know that Chinese restaurants are widespread in Lagos, but if you happen to drop by at China Wok, use the comment section and let us know what you think about here and if it correlates with my experience 😉
CONTRIBUTOR: Buki Kolade
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