The Wood Green Chinese Restaurant.
Every now and then you came across a place that surprises. The Wood Green Chinese Restaurant is one of them. You can easily pass by the place, not even knowing it’s there. But it is and if you find yourself going in there’s nothing much to see, or for that reason write about.
A rectangular place, with crowded cheap tables and chairs. A food ordering counter at the far end. Old faded photos of strange food stare at you from the walls. Nothing special, nothing macabre.
And then you see them. The Chinese. Not the waitresses, the people eating in this place. Picking at their duck, slurping the soup.
Now I always said that a good Chinese place is where the Chinese eat. And this is one of them.
You place your order at the counter and pay in advance, take-away style, take your little cutlery tray, soy and chilli oil should you care for any. There are soft caned drinks. Tea and coffee. No alcohol, but for a small fee you can bring your own. Sit and wait. And stare at other people eating away.
The food doesn’t take long to arrive, and when it does it lands on your table in a “Soho” manner. Just a plate placed in front of you. You might get a “thank you” or “eat” or even a smile but even without any of these it doesn’t matter. FOOD is the word in this place. I’ve had many dishes from the menu, disliked I did NONE!
Shredded pork with pickled vegetables, hot&sour soup (just a touch too sweet), Szechuan king prawn, crispy pork belly, big bowls of noodles with pork and soup…It’a all exceptionally good.
I could rent a table at The Wood Green Chinese restaurant. For a week. For the rest of my life.