Review: Golden WokAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Fishers, IN
8350 East 96th Street
Fishers, Indiana 46037
We’ve been doing a lot of Chinese takeout place reviews here recently and that is a good thing, but I always appreciate knowing about good Chinese food. That said, have you ever tried to find one that actually delivers? It seems like it would be an easy task, but when you live in the Castleton area like I do, it’s really not. On a recent Saturday, I was having auto issues and therefore was kind of tied down to having food delivered because I didn’t feel like cooking. I didn’t want pizza, chicken wings or any other sort of concoction that a pizza delivery place would offer and I was feeling like Chinese, so I embarked on a quest to find a place that delivered. After calling five different places, I finally found a place that delivered: Golden Wok. I had Golden Wok years ago, so technically this is not a “new” review, but since it has been so long, I would classify this as basically a first time offering (later when I got their menu after the delivery, it said they were under new ownership, so it ends up that this could be classified as a new review).
What I Got: Roast Pork Lo Mein combination dinner; $6.99. Includes entree, pork fried rice, egg roll and egg drop soup.
I’ve discussed how I test out a Chinese place on a first time visit before on this blog and using that criteria (“staple” dishes like General’s chicken or Lo Mein), I decided to order one of my basic standby orders, Roast Pork Lo Mein. As you can see from the picture above, the Roast Pork Lo Mein combination comes with quite a variety of food and frankly, it comes in HUGE portions. On the size-to-value scale, you definitely are a leg up on the competition here.
Unfortunately, that’s where any legs up ended because this food wasn’t even average. It wasn’t horrible, but I would classify it as below average. If a “C” grade is average, then I give this a “C-”. The Roast Pork Lo Mein itself was bland, dry and the meat was tough. The pork fried rice faced the same problems and that was not appetizing at all as it was as if I was chewing on crunchy, not fully cooked rice as opposed to soft, pillowy rice as I would prefer. The egg roll was also one of the greasiest egg rolls that I’ve ever had in my life and I honestly felt like taking a shower after eating it to get all the grease off of me. Yuck. The only thing that I found even remotely appealing about all the options was the egg drop soup and frankly, it was just average at best. It lacked salt (a recurring theme in ALL the items) and the broth was a thick texture, which was unexpected and sort of odd. The best compliment I can give the soup was that at least it was hot.
Would I Buy It Again? No. Huge portions are a good thing sometimes when they are good, but in this case, all the huge portions did was give me more bland, flavorless food to eat. I definitely was not excited after this meal and I don’t think anyone else would be either.
The problem here is that it may be the only delivery option in my area and that could be a major problem. Does anyone else know of Chinese places that deliver in the Castleton area? I’d be indebted for life if someone could help me out here because I’m sure this won’t be the last time that I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to go get my own Chinese food.