Thursday, March 13, 2008

To Fong's, Thanks For Everything

So Lesley and I have found the Draper jackpot of Chinese restaurants. Sure, that's a narrow category to start with, but we love this dump. It's not in line with the Biggest Loser competition, but what the heck, sometimes you gotta live a little. One of Lesley co-workers said he likes this place, so we thought we'd give it a try. We arrived and asked some random person leaving with takeout if it was good. He said yeah, and that they'd take good care of us since there was no one else in there. We thought he was joking. He wasn't.
We were the ONLY customers in the restaurant. I'm not exaggerating. It was just us and the Fong boys. We took a picture to prove it. This was around 8 p.m. on a Thursday night. We walked in and were greeted immediately by one of the hosts. They sat us down and brought us these chips. It's some sort of fried won ton type stuff served with sweet and sour sauce. It's Chinese chips and salsa essentially. Very good. Then our awkward waiter came. His English wasn't the best and he was amused/offended (I couldn't tell which) when I asked him if he was Mr. Fong. He wasn't. And he really didn't get what we were asking when we wanted him to recommend something, but that's what gives Fong's its character. Poor English, awkward service, and GREAT food.

We went with the sweet and sour pork and their walnut shrimp. It got to us about 4 minutes later (the chefs weren't too busy). The walnut shrimp is the best shrimp dish I have ever had in my entire life. I couldn't get over how good it was. Really. It floored me.
This may be a random/boring post, but we thought we'd share our recommendation with you. Think of it as another installment in our Travel Tips. So if you're ever in Draper and get the craving for some Chinese food, or just need a good family doctor (see sign), just swing by Fong's. You're guaranteed to have a short wait, great recommendations from the staff ("pork good"), and amazing food. It may be a hole in the wall and the lack of customers may scare you, but take our word for it, Fong's is worth every awkward moment.Satisfaction guaranteed.


Ev & Whit said...

I love Fong's. We have one here. Whit does not like Chinese, it kills me. We are going in a couple weeks when we are in draper. -Ev

Adam said...

You know what I love? The 5 Chinese brothers. Remember that book? That book was awesome. For some reason your description of the waiter reminded me of the brother that swallows the entire ocean.

Becky and I had a similar experience when we were in West Valley once. We decided to try this hole-in-the-wall Mexican place, and it too was very awkward.

The difference? The food was awful. To this day Becky gets queasy whenever anyone mentions Pico de Gallo.

The Winns said...

I'm starving. I'm so sick of veggies that I am almost willing to drive to Draper for some of that yummy shrimp! When will this contest end so I can eat yummy food again? By the way I'm sure they were in the kitchen laughing at you guys taking so many pictures!

The Smith Family said...

We will take your restaurant recommendations... Iggys was a delite!