One of Josh’s favorite Chinese food dishes is pork in garlic sauce. He even knows how to say it in Mandarin, so that if he doesn’t see it on the menu, he can still try to order it. Whenever we go out to a Chinese restaurant with my family, my parents always make sure that it’s one of the dishes that we get. With that in mind, my brother suggested going to Super Wok for dinner, a Chinese restaurant near his home that serves really good pork in garlic sauce.
The restaurant is also located in a strip mall and kind of looks like a hole in the wall takeout joint. It was pretty packed though, which was a good sign. We ordered a bunch of different dishes to share, including the touted pork in garlic sauce. It really was a very tasty version, with tender shreds of pork and a nice thick, spicy garlic sauce.
Pork in garlic sauce
The stir fried spicy tofu homestyle, however, was a complete disappointment. It looked pretty good, with triangles of fried tofu mixed with broccoli, carrots, baby corn, snow peas, mushrooms, and other vegetables. Unfortunately, the flavor was totally off. It was sour and very weird tasting, nothing like other versions of homestyle tofu that I’ve had, and it wasn’t just different, it tasted gross. None of us enjoyed this dish.
Very weird tasting homestyle tofu
Another disappointment was the fried fish cut like a squirrel tail in sweet and sour sauce. It looked neat, with two fish filets cut so that it cubed and curled, kind of like squirrel tails. However, it was either over fried or just had too much coating and not enough fish, as it was very hard on the outside and not very meaty on the inside. The sweet and sour sauce was standard, but I couldn’t get past the bad texture of the fish and the hard crust.
Fried fish cut like a squirrel tail
A much more successful dish was the intestine hotpot, which had chewy but tender pieces of intestine stewed with assorted vegetables in a ceramic hotpot. The dish was a little spicy and a nice mix of textures. There were a lot of bamboo shoots in the hotpot, which normally I don’t like, but it worked well with the rest of the components. Even Josh enjoyed this dish, and he typically doesn’t eat intestines or tripe or anything that’s super chewy.
The stir fried squid with scallion was also not too chewy, which was a good thing. It had kind of a pleasantly bouncy texture, and the squid was slightly peppery in flavor.
Stir fried squid
Last but not least, we had peking style pork chops. It’s similar to General Tso’s or sesame chicken, with crispy pieces of pork covered in a sweet and sour sauce, but it’s not overly sweet and cloying. This is a dish that I grew up with so it’s one of my comfort foods. The sauce is great for spooning over rice, and it has kind of a barbecue/orange flavor to it.
Peking style pork chops
Overall I thought the food at Super Wok was hit or miss, with very high highs and very low lows. The pork in garlic sauce and the peking style pork chops were some of the better versions that I’ve had but the homestyle tofu was pretty bad, as was the fried fish. However, we really didn’t try that many things from the menu so I don’t know whether the restaurant excels in American style dishes or in more authentic Chinese dishes. From what my brother tells me though, good Chinese restaurant choices are limited in his area. So if anyone has a recommendation for a good Chinese place near Raleigh, let me know!
1401-L SE Manyard Rd.