Walk down the street in New York City and you are sure to come in touch with some type of exotic food from a place you have never visited. The unique aromas are bound to draw you in, and challenge everything you knew about flavors and tastes. For Des Pheby this was an adventure he wanted to make available in England, and thus the idea for Wok & Go was born.
“I got home from a trip to New York in 2007 reeling with a sense of opportunity and excitement about the myriad of quick, casual, convenient dining experiences on offer,” he said. ”I wanted to recreate authentic, Asian cuisine in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. For me, the answer was Wok & Go, a tasty, healthy, fresh and nutritious Asian food.”
Now, with more than a dozen branches in the United Kingdom, Wok & Go has made it across the Mediterranean to its first international home, right here in Kuwait. In the Al Hamra Luxury center, businessmen and shoppers on-the-go now have a Pan-Asian option that is guaranteed to be quick, fresh and delicious.
The first thing you will notice about the delectable noodle bar are the wok stations right next to the counter, where chefs toss different types of noodles, rice, meats, vegetables and sauces. With no back kitchen at the restaurant, you can be sure the food will be fresh made to order.
We started off with some of their delicious appetizers, and strongly suggest you do the same. The Volcanic Shrimp, classic crispy battered fried shrimps with a coat of delicious volcanic sauce, can be ordered mild, spicy or hot. Or go Thai with their Vegetable Spring rolls. The mushroom, glass noodles, onion, bean sprout and carrot are wrapped in delicious dough and deep fried for a perfect light and crispy start to your meal. Dip it in their amazing sweet chili sauce and it’s bound to be a crowd pleaser. Want something Thai but different? Try the Chicken or vegetable Tung Tong (Thai for “money bags”). These crispy purses are filled with water chestnut, sweet corn and mushroom or chicken, depending on your order.
For our favorite though, we went to China for their delicious Fire Cracker Prawn. These king prawns are wrapped in a crispy wonton, and the first bite will undoubtedly surprise you. The wontons are stuffed with delicious sweet peanuts that make each bite pop with flavor. Each box contains six pieces. We suggest you order one for yourself, and another for everyone else.
If you are looking for something a little lighter to start try the Wok & Go Special Soup, a creamy seafood soup with shrimp, vegetables and bean thread noodles. Or, try one of their delicious salads. We opted for the crab salad of romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce and avocado mix accompanied by an amazing special dressing with a refreshing citrus twist perfect for a meal starter.
As good as the appetizers are, your taste buds are in for a real treat with their main offerings. All the dishes come with their delicious jasmine and basmati rice or noodles. The question is, how do you like it? We chose the popular signature dish, Mongolian beef, and it was perfect. The delicious pieces of flank steak were perfectly cooked with a bit of crispiness right around the edges. Green onions and garlic caramelized in dark sauce added a sweet flavor that boosted each flavor in the dish. White meat and seafood lovers will not be left for want with dishes like the classic sesame chicken, sweet and sour chicken and Szechwan shrimp or their Yaoguo Shrimp, made with a cashew sauce and topped with roasted peanuts and cashew nuts.
For some diners rice mixed with lots of delicious ingredients is the perfect meal, and at Wok & Go you can pick from their chicken, vegetable, shrimp or beef fried rice. All are made with a mix of vegetables, egg and rice and tossed in the wok right in front of you.
The crème de la crème, what makes Wok & Go the Rolls Royce of noodle bars, is the endless possibilities of types of dishes. While there are eight preset menu options like Black Bean Beef Noodle made with egg noodles, beef, green pepper and Asian veggies and smothered in their rich black bean sauce, or their traditional Pad Thai made with rice stick noodles, Pad Thai sauce with chicken and Asian veggies and crushed peanuts.
Or, you can make your own box. Choose from five different bases including rice, vermicelli noodles, thin or thick flat stick noodles or egg noodles. Then add three proteins: squid, crab meat, shrimp, chicken or beef and your choice of vegetables. To make sweeten your dish, add a perfect sauce. Try the sweet chili or sweet and sour, or spicy with Thai Green or red sauces, or go earthy with their delicious oyster sauce.
Whether you decide to dine in at Wok & Go or take your meal to go, don’t be surprised when your fresh, delicious, MSG-free meal comes in a swanky blue box. The box is your freedom ticket to enjoy Wok & Go wherever you are. Take the meal to a park, back to your desk or the beach. No matter where you enjoy your meal, Wok & Go will be that healthy and delicious choice that will keep you coming back for more.
Wok & Go is located in the Al Hamra Luxury Center, 3rd floor Food Court. For delivery call them at 2220 2225, or through www.talabat.com . Find more about Wok & Go at www.wokandgo.me , or follow them on Twitter and Instagram or on Facebook.