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Asian Café Restaurant
2316 Bel Air Rd
Fallston, MD 21047
I hope you guys didn't forget my review of Chinese takeout joints? The best way is to test if the takeout place is descent is to try their fried rice. The rice must be "Al Dente" not over cooked and not undercooked, just right and it must have that wok aroma called "Wok Hay." Well, Asian Café does. I ordered the small size of roast pork fried rice and to my amazement, there were nice size pieces of roast pork, egg, onion, peas and carrots. The fried rice wasn't too salty or over salty, just right and that's what I prefer. Of course, everyone has varying taste.
The small order was enough for one person. Mind you, its the "Wok Hay", that stir fry wok aroma that did the trick. You ask what "Wok Hay" is. It's hard to describe but working at obscene heat temperatures, with the constant stir frying, adding the condiments like soy sauce, sugar etc... the combination of everything creates that aroma in the food. It was wonderful and delicious. I didn't have to add anything to my dish.
The man in charge and owner is Dan, ask for him and tell him Chef Woo Can sent you. He friendly, cordial and will custom make any dish you want. There is seating there, so enjoy a hot meal, fresh, why wait until you get home. You lose some of that "Wok Hay" flavor.
By the way, don't try stir frying at high temperatures. It will ruin your non stick pans but if you have a high carbon steel wok.
Rating I give for the fried rice is a 5 on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent.
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com