A Friday night trip to Box Hill to catch up with Ling and Noah meant a visit to Wong's to sample their set banquet including lobster chow mein. We met up there and Ling and Noah were already seated and ready to dig in! This is one of their regular haunts but they'd never had the lobster so we were all in for something new.
We started off with shark fin soup but I doubt it was shark fin. The usual thick gloopy Chinese soup. This was followed by main dishses of salt and pepper chicken ribs which were crunchy and tasty and appetisingly golden in colour. The sweet and sour pork was also up there in appearance stakes and although we pretty much knew MSG was present in everything, we still tucked in and enjoyed.
The lobster chow mein was done in spring onion and ginger and the noodles that soaked up all the dishes was yummy. The lobster itself was somewhat tough and chewy though and lacked a seafood flavour. The Hainanese chicken was delicious - soft and silky with a light soy and chilli sauce. Finally the sea cucumber and braised mushrooms dish was also pretty good. Steve and I felt that the dishes were not as good as Pacific BBQ and Seafood Restaurant but we also concede that if we had ordered the same amount of food there it would have been a lot pricier.
There was definitely enough food for us all and the banquet was well priced at around $50 per head. Steve avoided the sea cucumber dish and Noah avoided the lobster and portion sizes were still large enough so that everyone enjoyed a decent amount of what they liked and wanted.
Sadly after this meal, we all fell sick the next day. This dinner was consumed Friday evening and by Saturday afternoon, Ling, Noah and Steve all fell ill to gastro and I joined them on the Sunday. Whilst we cannot be 100% sure it was down to this meal, it does seem pretty flukey that we all experienced the same symptoms. The ever witty Ling has renamed this place Wong's Yucky Bar!