Cuisine: American, Chinese, Dessert
Restaurant Features: On-Site Parking, Counter Service for Take-Out
Location: Roseville, MN
Address: 1163 Larpenteur Ave W St Paul, MN 55113 (651) 488-6687
Hours: Daily 11am-9pm
Links: House of Wong Website * House of Wong on Facebook * 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: Appetizers $4-7 Entrees $8-12
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, crunchy and somewhat greasy. It was served with hot mustard and a mild duck sauce. I have only had shrimp toast at a handful of restaurants and I think House of Wong has the best :)
We also tried 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 and is especially good when dipped in the spicy hot mustard and duck sauce. Yum!
We also had the Pork Fried Rice, which had several small pieces of the barbeque pork that I like so much. The rice was deliciously flavorful with green onions, scrambled egg, mushrooms and bean sprouts and the portion size was very generous.
We also ate the Shrimp and Mushroom Egg Foo Young. I usually love this dish at House of Wong but on this visit the shrimp seemed kind of fishy and the sauce was very very salty. It wasn’t the worst but it wasn’t nearly as good as the many other times that we have had it over the years.
The entree that we tried was the Lomein with Beef Tenderloin. The order came with a huge pile of stir-fried Cantonese egg noodles that were cooked with a sweet hoisin sauce with slices of onion, pea pods, napa cabbage, bean sprouts, slices of carrot and several big pieces of beef tenderloin.
Every entree comes with a free dessert and I chose the Custard Pie, as I do nearly every time I visit House of Wong. It is thick, rich and creamy; a perfectly set custard with a bubbly browned top. Love it!
Service: Our visit was at dinner time on a Monday and the restaurant was busier then you would expect so early in the week. We were greeted by the friendly young host who brought us to a booth after asking our preference. We waited a few minutes before we were greeted by our server, who took our drink order right away, followed by our order for appetizers. The appetizers were brought out about ten minutes after we ordered, the entrees came out about 15 minutes later. Some of the minor requests we had seemed to take longer than necessary but overall it was good.
Overall Impression: I have been eating at this restaurant for 30+ years now and while the service can be hit or miss, the food is consistently good. It isn’t gourmet Chinese, but it is what I would consider Chinese comfort food since I have been eating at House of Wong since I was a toddler. Large portions and good quality meats and veggies.