Wen Xin Chinese Restaurant
Wen Xin is yet another of those small, family-run spots that is located well away from the restaurant hubs. For the past couple of years, this has been a favorite of the Friday Lunch crew. And after all the numerous visits, Wen Xin stands out as maybe the most consistent Chinese restaurant we’ve come across.
It is an exceptionally clean establishment that obviously takes pride in keeping everything spotless. I normally don’t mention cleanliness so early in a post, but this has got to be the shiniest menu ever made!
Their extensive and well presented menu tends towards traditional Chinese. I really need to make an effort to venture into the more unique dishes on offer. On this trip, we stuck with the favorites.
To me, this is a perfect example of how Hot & Sour Soup should be made. Still-crunchy carrot, bamboo and wood-ear funghi…tender, lean strips of pork in a not-too-thick broth spiked with black pepper, garlic and vinegar served so damn hot that you have to blow on the last spoonful.
The Singapore Fried Rice Noodles is one of our must-have dishes. Vermicelli noodles tossed in curry and chile paste loaded with plenty of prawns & BBQ pork. In most places, the prawn count would be in the neighborhood of 7 to 10. At Wen Xin, there must of been a pound!
The Sweet & Sour Spicy Ribs are phenomenal! Big, tender chunks of almost-lean pork, served on the bone, smothered in a sweet chile sauce amid big chunks of garlic, pineapple, peppers and onion. The Food Gods were smiling upon us that day, my friends. Mmm.
Beef and Green Onion Hot Pot. A perfect ending to a very well-rounded meal.
Wen Xin seats about thirty or so. It gets quite busy and noisy around lunch due to the high school down the road. Even though we were the last table seated, the food remained spot-on. The service is always friendly and at less than forty bucks, some real good value to boot.