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Local Flavor - A Taste of China

Oct 25, 2013 09:55AM ● By tina

Howard Wang's Bul-Go-Gi lettuce wraps, $10.

Trendy grill Howard Wang's opens in Southlake

Pad-thai, lemon-chicken and stir-fry lovers, rejoice: Eight years after Howard Wang’s China Grill opened its first location in Dallas’ Preston Hollow — followed by another in Uptown — the upscale, contemporary Chinese restaurant has finally made its way to Southlake. Conveniently located in the Shops of Southlake near Central Market, Howard Wang’s opened its doors this past July, ensuring Southlake and the surrounding areas will be able to enjoy fresh Chinese cuisine close to home.

All of Howard Wang’s recipes are unique family creations, which set the restaurant apart from other well-known Chinese eateries. The extensive menu features a variety of generously portioned and well-priced appetizers, including edamame ($5), spicy Sichuan steamed wontons ($7) and salt and pepper calamari tempura ($7), plus main dish signatures like peppercorn spiced soft-shell crab ($22), lobster stir fry ($28) and Wang’s beef tenderloin ($22). Traditional favorites (i.e. orange peel-flavored stir fry), broth noodles (chicken and shrimp wonton) and vegetarian dishes (Asian eggplant) round out the list of flavorful options.

The Texas summer heat was at its peak when we dined at Howard Wang’s in late August, so we appreciated the restaurant’s cool and comfortable atmosphere providing a much-needed sanctuary from the intense temperatures. Tall ceilings, plush, rich décor and cozy seating also made for an inviting dining space. In search of a light and refreshing lunch, we opted to start with steamed pork pot stickers ($7) — a welcomed alternative to chicken — plus a small hot and sour soup and a small wonton soup with chicken and shrimp ($3.50 each). For our main courses, we selected two of Howard Wang’s signature salads — the ahi tuna ($12) and the peanut soba noodle ($8). Served with shrimp and chicken, the peanut soba noodle salad was also topped with fresh cucumber, cilantro and drizzled in a spicy peanut sauce, while the ahi tuna salad came as a bountiful bed of seared meat, spinach, red onions, cucumbers, red bell peppers and pickled ginger with a side of tangy ponzu vinaigrette dressing.

Let’s not forget about libations: Be sure to sample Howard Wang’s premium sake and Asian beers when you dine for lunch or dinner. The restaurant’s dessert menu is also not to be missed — mango sorbet, fried vanilla ice cream and green tea ice cream with honey banana tempura ($7 each) are just a few of the Wang family’s special sweet treats. So this fall, if you find yourself stuck on where to enjoy a romantic date night or where to take the family for a leisurely weekend lunch, skip the burgers and pizza and visit Howard Wang’s for a delicious taste of China.