Sep 242008

Cuisine: American, Chinese,

Restaurant Features: On-Site Parking, Counter-Service for Take Out

Location: Roseville, MN

Address: 1163 Larpenteur Ave W St Paul, MN
55113-6382 (651) 488-6687

Links: Google map


Atmosphere: House of Wong is a large restaurant located within a large strip-mall in Roseville.  The restaurant is long and narrow shaped, with several high-backed booths that run all the way to the back of the restaurant. The taller booths give you a sense of privacy and the way they are placed might make you forget the restaurant is as big as it is. The decor of the House of Wong is more casual and homey than sophisticated Asian, but the hand-carved wooden doors and  handful of Asian vases serve to remind you this is indeed, a Chinese Restaurant.


Menu: Appetizers include Egg Rolls, Cantonese Chicken Wings, Fried Potstickers, Szechuan Wings, Chinese Barbeque Pork, Crispy Chicken Fingers, Jumbo Golf Shrimp, Meat Wontons, Cream Cheese Wontons, Shrimp Toast, Fried Chicken Livers, and Onion Rings.

The House of Wong has several variations of Chow Mein including Meat, Diced Chicken, Sliced Mushroom, Subgum, Chicken Mushroom, Chicken Subgum, Shrimp, and Barbeque Pork.  Lomein entrees are made with either Chicken, Barbeque Pork, Beef, Shrimp, or the House of Wong Special Lomein.

Fried Rice specials include Chicken, BBQ Pork, Beef, Fresh Shrimp, Special Fried Rice, and Meatless.  

Chinese Chicken dishes include Sweet & Sour, Sesame, Orange, Moo Goo Gai Pan, Chicken and Broccoli, Chicken Almond Ding, Kung Pao,  Szechuan, Chicken in Garlic Sauce, General Tsao's, and Curry Chicken.

Beef Dishes include Beef & Broccoli, Beef & Snow Peapods, Beef Pepper Steak, Mongolian, Kung Pao, Szechuan, and Mandarin Beef.  Pork entrees include Sweet & Sour and Sesame.

Vegetarian and Seafood plates include Gulf Shrimp & peapods or Broccoli, Szechuan Shrimp, Kung Pao Shrimp, Triple Kung Pao, Hunan Triple Crown, Szechuan Vegetarian Tofu Stir Fry.

You can also get a  Noodle or Rice Bowls topped with either Mandarin beef, Teriyaki Chicken, Szechuan Garlic Chicken, Pepper Steak, Chicken Almond Ding, Kung Pao Chicken, Beef and Broccoli, and Szechuan Vegetarian Tofu.

There are a number of combination plates as well.

Besides the large amount of Chinese dishes, House of Wong also has several American Items on their menu with Entrees such as Hamburgers, Fresh Roasted Turkey, Grilled or Breaded Pork Chops, Leg of Pork, Pork tenderloin, Frilled Round Steak, Cod Filet, Baby Beef Liver, Sauteed Chicken Breast, Breaded Pork Cutlet, Jumbo Golf Shrimp,  Hawaiian Ham Steak and Fried Chicken.

Sandwiches include Triple Decker Club, Grilled Cheese, Cold Turkey, Hot Turkey, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Ham and Cheese, Chicken or Tuna Salad, and Fish & Chips Basket.

You can even order Italian entrees like Spaghetti, Meat Lasagna, Mostaccioli, Chicken Parmigiana, and Fettuccine with Chicken and Broccoli.

The homemade pies at House of Wong include Banana Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Silk, Apple, Custard, Pumpkin, and on Sundays there is also Carrot Cake.

Price guide: Prices vary depending on whether you dine-in or order take-out.  Take out prices seem to be a couple $$ less.  Appetizers $5-10  Chinese Entrees $8-14 American Entrees $10-16

What we ordered: We started with the Shrimp Toast, which was fabulous! The bottom was made with a piece of cocktail-sized bread and then large pieces of shrimp were butterflied, seasoned, and then placed on top and then battered and deep-fried.  What a delightful combination of textures! The toast was crispy yet the top was light, fluffy and crunchy.  Served with hot mustard and a mild sweet and sour sauce.  I have only had shrimp toast at a handful of restaurants and I think House of Wong has the best :)


We also ordered the Barbeque Pork appetizer.  Unbelievably good!  The pork was so tender you could cut it with a fork and the outside was glazed with a sweet sauce, complimenting the natural flavor of the pork.  This is a must-have every time I visit the House of Wong!


We also had the Pork Fried Rice, which had large pieces of the Barbeque Pork that I like so much.  The  rice was so hot it was steaming and my photo ended up turning out blurry.  Sorry I didn't take a better one! The rice was deliciously flavorful with green onions, scrambled egg, mushrooms and bean sprouts and the portion was  very generous. 


We also tried the Egg Foo Young with shrimp and mushrooms.  I am not typically a big fan of egg foo young, but this was really good! There was a nice mix of both vegetables and shrimp.  The sauce was on the mild side.


We also ordered the Beef Tenderloin Lomein.  This was a generous portion of thin, pan-fried noodles with stir-fried pea pods, onions, carrots, bean sprouts, and thin slices of beef tenderloin.  This is a mild dish that compliments each of the individual flavors of the ingredients.


We also had the Orange Chicken.  The portion was pretty large with several pieces of crispy, batter-fried chicken.  The sauce was very thick and tasted very strongly of orange.


Service:  Our visit was right at the beginning of the dinner rush and we were lucky enough to get a table immediately- (You can almost always expect a short wait during the dinner rush because the House of Wong is very popular! ). Our server was very nice and very busy attending to us as well as her other tables, she was very attentive to getting refills

Overall Impression: House of Wong has been one of my all-time favorite Chinese restaurants since I was just a toddler.  You get large portions for the money the food is consistent and the quality of the meat is always very good.

  35 Responses to “House of Wong- Roseville, MN”

  1. I started eating there with my family in the 1950’s, it was such a treat. Now I live in Wis. but we still drive in for there great food several times a year it also brings back old memories.

  2. Wasn’t the original House of Wongs on Lexington in the Lexington Plasa?

  3. Just had the best crispy chicken sandwich ever, at the House of Wong.
    I highly recommend it.
    Doesn’t get any better than that.


  5. still looking for senior discounts as we are the group supporting 90% of the restaurants-where are they
    or are we indeed not in any recession because people are forking out over $40/even lunch

  6. When we were kids (five of us kids) every Sunday night we would put in our order for Wongs. We loved it especially my dad liked the chow mein. Now 50 years later I just sent my husband there tonight. Still love it!

  7. I love this plce it is only 2 minutes from my practice. I have had patients dinners there..

  8. I don’t know what they are using for “chicken” in their fried rice and chow meins……………it’s mushy square pieces of something. Very dissapointed.
    Otherwise, we LOVE the food there !

  9. In response to Pork Fried Rice’s comment on 12-31-2010

    >>> but 15 to 20 years ago they had a Uber pork fried rice chef… Man I would buy enough to last days at a time. I went away to the Army came back a few years later and it was not even close to the same. Does anyone know what happened to their old chef from lets say the 80′s through the early 90′s?<<<

    If you want to know about the old chef there from the 80's through the early 90's then it would have been more than 15 to 20 years ago. The restraurant's probably being run by the new crew now. The chow mein chef from years ago passed away. The fried rice chefs used to work there probably also passed away. You are talking 50 years of history there.

  10. In response to J’s comment on 2-24-2010 >>>they do NOT reheat their chow mein…all the old chow mein is thrown out of the end of the day, there is no way that we would ever serve old chow mein<<<<

    What they do is to wash the gravy off the old chow mein with running water at the end of the day, then place it in the refridgerator. Then the mix the old chow mein with the new one the next day.

    As for the other comment about they still charge you for a bad meal, that doesn't surprise me at all. "no waste" and "you order, you pay" has been H.O.W's long standing policy. It seems like still no change after all these years.

  11. how do we purchase card offer @ TLC just before 4 pm? thank you’

    • 12/8 Where are the senior discounts? Most of the restaurants are making big on us, esp. during the day. Do I have to keep supporting Dennys who offers 20% daily? Your dinners are not in my budget any longer
      and to those commenting on the fried rice; ask to have it made healthier or split it so you do not consume 2000 calories


  13. The House of Wong is a great place to eat a good meal!

  14. I Love The House Of Wong! Great Food, Great Service, I’ve Never Had A Bad Experience!

  15. We have been going to the House of Wong almost since it was opened almost fifty years.ago. We live on the s.w. suburbs now, but we still get to the House of Wong at least once a month. We always have had great fresh meals and we have tried several other Chinese restaurants and we can find none that can beat the meals and value.

  16. My Family & I have been going to House of Wong in Roseville for many years. I was wondering if it is at all possible to receive coupons for discounts at the Restaurant. My Mother in her 80’s loves House of Wong as we do & hope it is possible to receive discounts in my email listed above. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you ever so much.
    Randee Melander & Family

  17. What happened to there pork fried rice? The current one is ok, but 15 to 20 years ago they had a Uber pork fried rice chef… Man I would buy enough to last days at a time. I went away to the Army came back a few years later and it was not even close to the same. Does anyone know what happened to their old chef from lets say the 80’s through the early 90’s?

  18. i worked at house of wong two times for over seven years , the management and owners are very professional and work very hard , the other resturants that i have worked at here in ok are not up to their level and i currentley work at the marriot and previosly worked at a so called world class casino ,but casinos are not as focused on the resturant buisnes as a sole owner would be , the chinese resturants here dont even come close to house of wong for taste or presentation. so for all of you complainers i would like to see you run a resturant from 10 to 10 everyday and see what your outlook is then.

  19. I cannot stop thinking about the Chow Fun, my hubby and I are having our 4 year anniversary, and told him that is all I want.

  20. can you join us friday Julu 16 at 1pm for the Ramsey County Senior Citizen of the Year?
    The event is held at the Ramsey County Fair on friday July 16th 1pm.

  21. We live in Maplewood near Rice St. and we never receive any coupons from your Restaurant. Our neighbors in Roseville get them whenever you send them out. We go to your Restaurant all the time and many times we bring friends so it would be nice to have some coupons. Thanks

    • Hi Kathy,
      FYI- The Twin Cities Restaurant Blog is not affiliated with house of Wong. You will have to directly let them know you would like coupons. There isn’t anything I can do about that.

  22. This is a response to civicexr123 comment…I also work there…and they do NOT reheat their chow mein…all the old chow mein is thrown out of the end of the day, there is no way that we would ever serve old chow mein. Get your facts right man before telling lies online about us…

  23. House of Wong is a fabulous restaurant. No their soup is not from a can, they make it home made every day! I think you’d be able to tell if it was from a can. If you want soup go to Eddington’s :) They are so caring on customers needs, they will make stir fry’s to order. I don’t think since they have changed hands that they are skimming on anything… my husband and I still get a huge portion of food for a very decent price. I’m sure some one has had a bad experience at just about every restaurant there is. I have been going to House of Wong for years and know the Wong’s personally and can honestly say they truly care about their customers and their business. Most of the servers are very friendly and know the customers by name which is always inviting. Go in and how a wonderful meal at house of wong,you will love it! :)

  24. The past few posters who bash House of Wong must be talking about a different restaurant. My experience with House of Wong – (over 30 years) – has been nothing but fabulous. The number 6 combination is my favorite.
    In fact, I’ll be stopping there on my way home from work tonight – (hence the reason I found this post – since I was looking for their menu online.)
    So shame on you to the H.O.W. bashers – this restaurant is the best in town.

  25. If your going to go eat at House Of Wong I suggest you not order there chicken chow mein because I use to work there and I watch how they made it. House of Wong used the same old chicken chow mein every day. They just reheat the old ones that are left over from the day before or after. I use to eat chow mein every day but till I saw that I stop but its up to you.

  26. I’ve been eating at the House of Wong for over 40 years, and the things I always get–chicken chow mein, chicken fried rice, egg rolls, and chicken egg foo yung–are the same as they’ve always been, in the same portion sizes…not to mention delicious. Guess I don’t really care about the soup. I can make soup at home. I don’t go to a restaurant for soup.

  27. My Wife and I have been eating at the House of Wong for over 20 years now. We both grew up in the neighborhood. Unfortunately they have changed hands now. They’re skimming on the food portions, cutting corners, and using less quality food. Their soups are no longer home made and comes straight out of a can. We rarely eat there anymore, only if we’re hard up.

    • All of House of Wong’s soups are still made from scratch, however I do agree with you that they are starting to fall away from their old traditional taste.

  28. My wife and I have always had a wonderful experience over the past five years that we have lived in Roseville. I am sorry that your experience was not as pleasant as the 2-3 three times a month over five years that we have enjoyed the varied menu and wonderful service at the House of Wong. Actually, the House of Wong is the oldest family owned restaurant in Roseville.

  29. I disagree. We had a poor dining experience this past weekend at House of Wong. I ordered broiled cod, it was under cooked & tasted awful. I immediately notified our server who graciously removed the price of that meal from our check. Surprise ! I reviewed my on-line back account , only to discover I was charged twice, two different amounts. I called & faxed the restaurant manager who stated ” our server’s can’t decide not to charge for a meal”. She then asked for my credit number ” to search for the charges”. I also notified my bank about this matter. I have previouly dined at House of Wong, poor experiences !! I will not be returning. Don’t waste money or time at this restaurant.

  30. I love the House of Wong!! The lunch combo’s are one heck of a deal. :)

  31. I love the House of Wong! The American food they serve is actually really good too.

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