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First Bite: Wong's Gourmet BBQ & Cantonese Cuisines

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Sik-y Leung, owner of Wong’s, holds a plate of Walnut Shrimp in front of barbecued duck, chicken and squid.

By CHRIS SHERMAN

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 6, 2001


Looking for something different -- or very familiar -- in Chinese food? How about barbecue? The cooker here renders all kinds of meats moist and juicy, kissed with smoke and a little sugar. They do well by the usual pork and brisket and go to town with whole duck, chicken and small octopus.

Wong's, popular with Orlando's Chinese community, has opened a small place in the cluster of Asian businesses at Evershine Square in North Tampa with an emphasis on authentic cooking with minimal style or decor.

Menu includes bun and other Vietnamese dishes, but the bulk of the menu is Chinese, with an emphasis on hot pot, Cantonese favorites, noodle dishes, soups and seafood. Judging by my fresh clams in a potent bean sauce infused with star anise, I'll try more from the sea as well as the smoker.

For hungry Chinese food fans, the winds from the east are blowing in our favor at last.

Wong's Gourmet BBQ & Cantonese Cuisines, 8502 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 936-7388. Prices run from $6.40 to $14.50.

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