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Address, hours & details via Isthmus; reviews at Yelp (of East location); China Wok Buffet on Urbanspoon

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JM ate the beef and pea pods with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Prawn Amazing with a Pepsi.
We split an order of crab rangoon.
The bill was $26, or $13/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave China Wok an A- (see our grading rubric).

China Wok's front door

The final stop on our China-restaurant marathon, China Wok didn't disappoint. Nestled in the kind of strip mall in which you'd find a Madison public library branch (except that this is Middleton), they have a small dining room, which was empty (as per usual). We observed a steady stream of take-out customers, however. Our experience was also enlivened by the sounds of someone's kid playing and singing in the kitchen.

JM found the veggies in his beef and pea pods to be done to perfection. The dish recalled the times he and his mom would split such an entree from the Happy Wok in Eau Claire's Oakwood Mall on Sundays after church. Maybe some Sunday soon, they'll try it again.   Of course China Wok was much better than Happy Wok. 

The rangoon were good but as far as "China X" restaurants go, they didn't place at #1.

As for the seductively named Prawn Amazing, it totally is. It's a dozen huge shrimp, broccoli, and other veggies lightly dressed in a tangy sauce with mustard overtones. It yielded plenty of leftovers (again).

We're exactly halfway through the C restaurants.

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I would possibly go so far as to say the food was excellent... Great egg drop soup... but I found HAIR in the bag with the crab rangoon... didnt quite taste the same nor did it taste like MY hair... a bit of a ruined experience...

China Wok (East) is definitely, without question, the best Chinese food we've had in Madison. We'd always been happy with the AmFam Happy Wok, but China Wok blows it away. The veggies in the garlic pork were perfect, and the pork was done up like brisket, with a smoke ring and sliced on the bias. The General Tso's, always a good test for us, was crispy and flavorful. The rangoons were a-ok.

Don't know why you guys always order crab ragoon, I just happen to know Chinese people outside of the States have never heard of such a thing... btw I'm from China

There is no emoticon to represent the shock I feel at your statement.

Just teasin', buddy--yes, we all know that crab rangoon is not Chinese. If you've read this blog for a while, you'll note that the authors acknowledge this as well.

Does this mean that if we find them tasty, we can't order them? If you could point me to the nearest restaurant representing Fakeistani cuisine, I'll order them there.

Ha, just saying that you guys probably have been missing a lot of really good dishes... btw did you try those hot dishes in Fugu? they are GREAT

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