Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Golden Wok - Medford, Oregon

Vietnamese grilled chicken noodle soup
We found out this restaurant prior to our arrival at Medford. Reviews on Yelp showed that they serve pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). Hubby is a pho fanatico. His passion is to try pho where ever he goes. So even though I may have doubt about this restaurant in Medford, Oregon, I took down the name anyway as an option.

Later on I found out that it was down the road where our hotel was located. A big plus. So we decided to give it a try.

We got there around 8 pm. But parking lot was empty. We walked in and restaurant was empty as well. Normally I would suggest to leave and find another restaurant. But we were tired after hours of driving and at a foreign place. So I thought what the heck let's give it a try.

The restaurant was surprisingly spacious with booths style seating on either side of restaurants with more tables in the middle. I wonder if they ever get that busy. We were seated on one of the boots.

We looked through the menu and decided on egg roll for appetizer, grilled chicken noodle soup for me and pad see ew (Thai style fried rice noodle) for hubby. The menu mostly consisted of Chinese dishes but it had small selection of Vietnamese style noodle soup and some Thai style noodle dishes.
Thai style stir fry rice noodle

I had low expectation for the noodle soup but was looking forward to enjoy the egg roll. Maybe that's why it came out a big disappointment. The egg roll was very greasy and looked unevenly deep fried. The sauce that came with the rolls didn't help much to improve the flavor.
Egg roll

My noodle soup was better than expected. The soup was flavorful without packing too much MSG. The grilled chicken though didn't taste or look fresh. It tasted like day old grilled chicken. I finished all the noodle but only touched a bit of the chicken. We had long trip the following day and I didn't want to take any risk of food poisoning.

Hubby's stir fry noodle looked very homely with only a bit of oil used. Normally this type of dish would look shiny due to the extra oil being used to avoid the noodle sticking to the wok. But the noodle was a bit hard and not very fresh. The taste was okay but lacking the smoky flavor that comes with high heat stir fry. One big plus was the portion given. In the end, we had to take that to go and used it as breakfast.

Golden Wok
718 S Riverside Ave
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 858-1668