Friday I took a much needed trip to Lakeland to visit with my friends James & Roberto. James and I took architecture classes together at UF, and he has been one of my closest friends ever since.
For dinner that night we did takeout from their local China Wok restaurant. It was the typical Chinese restaurant with coy fish painted on the wall and a golden Buddha statue. Their menu was huge! I decided on the “Happy Family” – one of their specials with a little bit of everything, including roast pork, scallops, krab meat, chicken, shrimp, and beef with water chestnuts, snow peas, broccoli, baby corn, and bok choy.
Both James and his brother ordered the Chicken Lo Mein combo platters with pork fried rice and egg rolls. James’ mom had the spicy Hunan Double – beef and shrimp with broccoli, snow peas, bok choy, green pepper, red carrots, onions, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. And Roberto chose the Chicken Chow Mein.
Since we spent over $25, we were eligible for a freebie! We picked a quart of the sweet & sour soup.
It took a few minutes to get our food, but I’d rather know that it is freshly made than get my food immediately and know it was just microwaved. We brought our meals back home for a lazy Friday night watching Masterchef Junior (I think I may have gotten Roberto addicted to that show…)
I will say that my “Happy Family” deserved its name – I was very content with my choice. It had a nice variety of meats, and the portion size could feed a family! For takeout Chinese food, it was some of the best I’ve had.
China Wok is located at 3686 Harden Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803 and is open 10:30am – 10pm Monday through Thursday, 10:30am – 11pm Friday and 11am – 10pm on Sundays.