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Side Wok Cafe 1087 Broad Ripple Ave.

This is one business among many in a strip mall on the main drag in Broad Ripple. That may be why we never hit it up before now. Had I known what was in store for us I would have wanted to go sooner.

They offer lunch specials similar to other Chinese joints in town but we ordered from the regular menu. We each ordered a pork egg roll for $1.60. It was a pretty good roll, however I forgot to take a shot of it. I could have eaten another one. The first thing I noticed was they serve everything in and on disposable ware. Even the cutlery is plastic.

We each received a large paper plate of white rice for our entrees. This place doesn’t skimp on serving size.

That haze in the upper left hand corner is steam from the food. That was how fast the food came out.

I felt a need for pork in black bean sauce.

Usually pork in stir fry are in small pieces. This was large slices of pork loin. Two to three inches in diameter and one-quarter inch thick. A delicious surprise.

I understand Pat’s hesitation about a return visit as he lives a distance. I am only a few miles away and am in the area at least once a week. Also they are built for carry out. The amount of food we were served was crazy and the quality was as good as any in Indy. Each of our lunch dishes were $8.45. Two people could easily share one of the entrees. I am sure some folks may be turned off by the paper plates and plastic forks but it doesn’t bother me a bit. I consider it a testimony to the tenderness of the meat that a plastic knife can cut it. So the utensils shouldn’t be a negative so large the tasty food can’t over come.



Side Wok Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

4 responses

  1. Wow, that’s a lot of veggies! Sorry they were out of mushrooms. My son hates them, but we keep telling him he’ll like them when he matures. But a nice, crisp peapod can make the meal, too. It does look steaming hot. We find that most places are so chintzy with vegetables, but not that place. Do you ever get bamboo shoots in yours? They always taste canned wherever we go, and that can ruin the whole flavor profile.

    February 3, 2018 at 11:14 am

    • No I don’t get bamboo shoots when I eat out. I like the little corn which I hardly ever find. Pat’s dish had corn in it. I was jealous. I like building stir fry dishes at home. Chopping and cutting and filling little bowls with stuff waiting for the final assembly. Great fun.

      February 3, 2018 at 11:31 am

  2. I agree with your commentary on the utensils. I’ll eat there. I love the idea of take-out, too, because he can drive around the block while I pick up. Parking in Broad Ripple, Oy!
    Stir-fry is a favorite here and I am also generous with my, the rice.

    February 3, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    • The strip mall is by the 3 Wise Men Brewery so there is plenty of parking. There is also an Indian joint and a Mexican joint as well as a head shop and liquor store. So they have most wants covered.

      February 3, 2018 at 4:42 pm

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