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April 11, 2003 - Image 108

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-11

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The Best Of Everything


Whet Your W.O.W..

Everybody loves Raymond Wong's pan Asian
eatery on Woodward.



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East 14 Mile Road. West of Van Dyke.
Warren, Michigan

comes to W.O.W. for
ew occupants at its
Raymond's stir-fried lobster.
location have been
Governor Jennifer
true restaurant own-
Granholm was dating her
ers ... Now finally,
husband-to-be when she came
an honest-to-goodness real
to Wong's Eatery and
restaurateur might have one of
today, is a customer with him
the best chances at making it a
go. ,
Pan-Asian cuisine, which
W.O.W. (Wong's of
Raymond serves at W.O.W.,
Windsor) on Woodward, one
commands attention on every
traffic light south of 14 Mile
Local Columnist level of foodservice ... What
Road in Royal Oak, has this
started out as blending
very distinct advantage over
Chinese ingredients with American
most of the previous ones that opened
foodstuffs has evolved, hopscotching
and closed ... (Roman Gate, Juke Box,
nations and undergoing a metamor-
Avenue Diner, Oakland Grill, America,
phosis all the time.
Little Daddy's, etc.).
Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean,
Raymond Wong is the same gent
Singapore, Chinese and Indonesian fla-
that had Windsor's Yummy House in
vors appear in many incarnations ...
the late 1970s ... and then remodeled
Sometimes, they accent an American
in 1980 into the Wong's Eatery that
concept or they fly solo ... traditional
became a favorite of so many movie
dishes reinterpreted by chefs like
stars, ball players, show biz celebrities,
Raymond's brother, Harry, and
politicians, etc.
Yul Brunner claimed that the Peking
To be sure, Asian flavors are poised to
Duck Raymond used to make for him
become as prolific, if not more so, than
was the best of any he had ever had ...
Raymond still serves it at W.O.W., with Italian and Mexican food, the numbers
one and two ethnic cuisines respective-
one-day notice.
Kirk Gibson, a regular customer, had
Many of Raymond's pan-Asian dishes
his wedding rehearsal dinner at Wong's
trend toward the unusual side ...
Eatery ... The former Detroit Tigers
W.O.W is the only restaurant that
star and present bench manager, still
serves live scallops ... and
the West Coast mussels
appetizer, $7, are not seen
on this side of the coun-
One of the items, from
an old recipe, is also not
to be found ... lamb
shank braised. with ginger
soy, Chinese red wine,
anise, Szechwan pepper-
corn spice, etc., $12 ...
Even the excellent real
Dover sole steamed with
ginger and scallions, and
served cut up, $24, is
unavailable elsewhere ...
Seldom seen is the whole
crispy braised Silk
Chicken Cantonese-style,
$18, a popular dish in
China ... one day notice.
One of the items, Lun-
De Mare, is a two-and-a-
half-pound whole saltwa-
Raymond Wong serves one-of-a-kind Asian delicacies.
ter pickerel or sable



steamed with a black bean or ginger
sauce, $12 per pound.
You won't find many of these dishes
on the W.O.W. menu, but they are
available just by asking ... If the wait-
persons don't know, simply ask for
.Try the deboned pickerel meat
minced with shiitake mushrooms and
sun-dried shrimp stuffed back into the
whole fish ... El-lade steamed or crispy,
$28 ... one day notice.
Or the beef roll appetizer stuffed
with shrimp paste, $12.
Steamed bamboo mushrooms stuffed
with a scallop mousse, is a dandy, $16.
Children love the crispy chicken or
duck sauteed in a wok.
Unlike numerous pan-Asian restau-
rants, the prices at WO.W. are quite
reasonable ... Nine-ounce filet mignon,
$15; rack of lamb (4 bones) Raymond
style with a peanut sauce, is a wonder-
ful dish, $15; lamb shank, $14 ... 15
poultry or beef entrees are $10 ... 10
seafood items are $14, shrimp with lob-
ster sauce, $15 ... eight vegetarian dish-
es are $8 or $9 ... Some of the chef's
specials like pan-seared yellow fin tuna
or salmon are $12; pan-seared sea bass,
$14; Hong Kong steak and sizzling beef
tenderloin, each $15, etc.
W.O.W. is a seven-day-a-week restau-
rant ... lunch and dinner five days ...
Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-11
p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m.-
1 a.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.;
Sunday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Raymond says he is the first to intro-
duce the very popular lettuce wrap ...
which he serves accompanied with any
meat, vegetable or seafood ... begun by
him in the 1970s at his Yummy House
in Windsor ... He also has a lettuce
wrap with sun-dried oysters, water
chestnuts, bamboo shoots and shiitake
mushrooms chopped together and
wrapped in the lettuce, $10.
One of the most requested items at
Wong's Eatery in Windsor, was
steamed or stir-fry lobsters ... They are
also big at W.O.W., 1 lb. $20; 5 lbs.
and up, $12 per pound.
He is noted, too, for customizing a
meal to include whatever a customer
feels like eating.
W.O.W. buys very few things already
made ... It makes its own crispy soup
noodles, shrimp balls, shrimp paste,
sauces, etc.
People love the Lake Winnipeg pick-
erel, whole and filleted in miso sauce,
$14 ... and the whole squab, braised or
crispy, $14.
All prices listed are for dinner ... but
the same dishes are available at lunch,
too, at a lesser cost ... plus complete

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