By Shereen Siewert
WAUSAU — It isn’t every Chinese restaurant where you can conceivably feed a family of four for under $25, but that’s precisely the case at Hot Wok Chinese Express in Schofield.
Now, to be fair, we weren’t a foursome when we tried Hot Wok this week for the first time. There were only two of us. But the amount of food we were served could have easily fed four. And with such a wide-ranging menu, there’s little chance of walking away without finding something that will please even the pickiest eater. For families with hungry kids, that’s a definite plus.
Hot Wok offers delivery through 715Delivery.com, but we decided to order over the phone and pick our food up to take home with us for a night of watching the Olympics. It was ready in 15 minutes, which was exactly the amount of time it took us to get our coats and boots on, get out the door, and drive to the restaurant. Perfect timing. (And we didn’t miss the half pipe competition.)
My husband and I both love Chinese food, but we can never agree on which appetizers to share. Luckily, the prices at Hot Wok are so reasonable, neither of us had to compromise. We wound up with vegetable spring rolls ($3), fried dumplings ($6) and crab Rangoon ($4), a staple for both of us. And we were not disappointed.
The spring rolls were exactly as expected; the crab Rangoon was plump with filling, and the dumplings were hearty and satisfying enough that they truly could have been a meal in themselves.
Another thing my husband appreciated was the amount of spicy mustard included with our order, which he loves to eat with his crab Rangoon. No skimping there, that’s for sure.
For our main dishes, my husband chose the sweet and sour pork ($7), only because he gets it so often that he wanted to compare the quality. In the combination dishes, Hot Wok substitutes plain fried rice instead of steamed, which is something we both appreciated since we’re not big white rice fans. So we chose combination meals for both our main courses.
The sweet and sour pork was exactly as you’d expect it to be: lightly deep fried, not too much coating, and plenty of sweet and sour sauce to go around. The portion was easily large enough to serve two.
I’m more of a beef person, so I ordered the hot and spicy beef combination plate ($7). Again, the portion was large, with huge chunks of perfectly seasoned meat with just enough kick to make me happy. The vegetables were also cooked just right, with a bit of crunch that keeps the entree from being soggy, even the next day.
And, as I already mentioned, there were plenty of leftovers for the next day. In all, the bill came to just around $25. Seriously, for all that food? You just can’t beat the price.
Hot Wok Chinese Express
829 Grand Ave
Schofield, WI 54476
Delivery is available through 715Delivery.
Editor’s Note: This unbiased review is sponsored by 715Delivery, which offers delivery from Hot Wok Chinese Express and a variety of other Wausau-area restaurants.