Restaurant Review: Hot Wok Cafe

Delicious Local Chinese Food


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Delectable Chinese Orange Chicken with orange rinds, bell peppers and onions. Served as a main dish after a soup or egg roll appetizer.

The stereotypical white box, neatly sealed, placed within a plastic bag for convenience. Steam rises from the corners of the box. It sits alone on the dining room table, and I, the purchaser, am eager to tear into it’s delectable contents. It has earned would 4 out of 5 stars for the excellent customer service, delicious food, and adequate serving method.

It is none other than Chinese food from Hot Wok Cafe, ordered online and delivered promptly to my door by a friendly man in good spirits. The prices weren’t exactly the cheapest- main courses hung around the $8-9 range, and mine was $8, but the sides were incredibly inexpensive ($2), and upon receipt I found that the amount of the food for the money was decent. There were a number of payment options listed online as well; credit card payment, payment upon delivery, and if I recall correctly, debit card payment. All in all, it was a simple enough process to order online.

It was my first time having ordered from this place, however, and I was unsure of what to expect. Reviews online varied, and yet, my craving for food could not be satisfied by anything other than this particular restaurant. I simply had to try it.

So far, so good; delivery had taken 20 minutes from the time I placed my order, and the food arrived hot and ready, with plenty of extras such as utensils, egg rolls, a fried treat, crunchy noodles, and of course, fortune cookies.
First, I opened my Wonton Soup, carefully sealed with a plastic lid. A strong, pleasant aroma rose from it. I found it was well seasoned with green onions and generously blessed with not one, not two, but three beef wontons.

Fortunately, the soup and wontons were as savory and delicious as they smelled and appeared.

Finishing the soup, I moved on to the main course, a large bowl of orange chicken with a side of steamed rice, made traditionally with bell peppers, orange rinds, and onions, all of which looked fresh and well-cooked. I was worried that perhaps the flavor would be too overwhelming, but biting into the food, I found an almost perfect balance of flavors. The tanginess of the orange combined with the sweetness of the peppers had been attained in the meal. It was, for lack of a better word, awesome.

When I finally finished the main course, I went on to the egg roll. Unfortunately, it did not meet the standards of the rest of the food as I would have hoped. It wasn’t cooked all of the way when I bit into the middle, but I reheated it to ensure it was cooked, and found it was still yummy regardless. I tried the small treats and fortune cookies afterwards, and they were also quite good.

In summary, the meal was delicious, and I found little to nothing lackluster or lazy about the preparation of the food. In short, I would highly recommend Hot Wok Cafe to anyone craving Chinese food.

If you would like to order online, you may do so at the following website, or alternatively, visit the physical restaurant at the following address. Hot Wok Cafe is open from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M., and has a delivery radius of 6 miles.

Hot Wok Cafe Chinese Restaurant
1420 Cypress Creek Rd,
Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 331-1100