Chinese, Thai, Asian
I came dangerously close to driving right past Wild Rice, a cool and contemporary-looking takeout/eat-in spot with Chinese and Thai food. The place is nearly hidden from street view, its entry facing the rear parking lot of a strip mall.
I pulled in to have a look and grab the menu; the costliest item was $11.95. What intrigued me wasn't so much the cold sesame noodles, the kung pao chicken or the Thai cashew shrimp. No, my eye traveled immediately to the roster of meal-sized noodle soups.
Right now, I'm planning a visit to Lake Grove for a bowl of roast pork mei fun noodle soup. And/or seafood egg noodle soup. Maybe also chicken dumpling noodle soup. In fact, there are 14 soups ($6.95-$7.50) from which to choose. Lots to think about.
Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun: noon-10 p.m.
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A photo on the to-go menu of the new Wild Rice Premium Chinese & Pan-Asian Cuisine in Lake Grove was tempting enough to draw me back -- on the eve of Hurricane Irene. The power shot was of a heaping bowl of roast pork mei fun noodle soup.
It was worth the drive to this casual new takeout and eat-in spot for that soup alone. Peppery broth. Lots of baby bok choy. A tangle of thin rice noodles. And, best of all, plenty of juicy, smoky altogether delicious hunks of Chinese roast pork.
Seafood soup (some shrimp, calamari and too much surimi) with tender shrimp dumplings and egg noodles was OK, but not in the same league.
For dinner, later that night, I warmed up a takeout order of Thai mango chicken. Not bad. What was truly delicious was a vegetarian item -- diagonally sliced Japanese eggplant in a robust garlic sauce.
Wild Rice Premium Chinese & Pan-Asian Cuisine, 2801 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove, 631-648-9494.
Photo: Roast pork mei fun noodle soup at Wild Rice.