What secret diner thought of Wing Wah Chinese restaurant

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I have frequented Wing Wah many times and in many ways you know exactly what you are getting when you eat there.

Let’s be clear – Wing Wah is not fine dining. This is an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet that costs just £16.99 for adults. And you can make £16.99 go a long way if you’re hungry enough.

You know from the get-go that there will be some culinary compromises at Burton’s restaurant, but it delivers exactly what it promises – mountains of fried, salty, and sweet goodness stacked in multiple layers.

I’m not afraid to say that I have a huge appetite at the best of times – often prioritizing quantity over quality – but on this occasion I starved myself all day in preparation for a night of pure indulgence at “Wingies”.

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The wacky charm of the place showed as soon as I entered the restaurant area, where there was a display case full of covid masks for sale.

It was covered in love hearts and offered customers the chance to buy a box for £10. Speaking of masks, every member of staff wore one, which was nice to see, even though the covid restrictions are now over.

And the staff were really enthusiastic when they brought treats to the tables where someone was celebrating a birthday, warmly singing happy birthday to them.

It was especially heart-warming when their enthusiasm made a learning disabled lady’s night near where I was seated.

A word of warning if you’re looking to eat later in the evening on weeknights – food starts being cleared around 8.45pm, with most trading happening earlier.

On the drinks side, a range of cocktails, mocktails, beers, wines and the usual selection of soft drinks are available. Hats off to the San Miguel – bustling straight from the pump and refreshing as heck.

First phase of the five-step Wing-Wah plan



The duck pancakes were a great start.

My usual plan of attack at Wingies boils down to a five-step approach – duck pancakes; teppenyaki; starters; sector; ice cream and chocolate fountain.

Ready to fill my boots, I queued around one of the two giant serving areas, which was full of trays containing all manner of Chinese restaurant standards.

I only went to one place – the duck pancake stand.

The duck was good quality and succulent, subtly spiced and complemented by the crisp slices of cucumber and other greens.

However, what really lifted the course for me was the plum sauce – it was really, really sweet and tasty.

The pancakes themselves broke after assembly, but that may have more to do with my bullish approach to a china shop loading them rather than their overall integrity.

I treated myself to a side of chicken yuk sung for good measure – minced meat with Chinese spices and crunchy bits inside a lettuce leaf. It was quite solid and tasted as it should.

Teppenyaki



Secret Service at Wing Wah, Burton.  The tappenyaki region.
The tappenyaki is fried fresh in front of you.

Traditionally, this is my favorite course at Wingies. While the trays are full of pre-cooked dishes in sauce, the teppenyaki sees fresh ingredients being fried in front of you on a hot plate.

You line up, choose from a selection of meats, fish and vegetables – including chicken, steak, shrimp, salmon, onions, peppers and mushrooms – and watch the chef fry them with tasty noodles.

When I visited he put oil, butter and teriyaki sauce on while he sizzled.

I enjoyed tasting the fresh fried food, having sprinkled crispy onions and chilli oil on top of the huge pile on my plate.

A word of advice though: don’t overfill your plate. Mine had so many different meats, fish and vegetables that a soggy, watery – but quite tasty – liquid covered the bottom of my plate.

I also noticed that next to the teppenyaki stand was an ice cream teppenyaki, which allowed you to customize your ice cream dish with a range of sauces and sweets, and a pancake stand. I had to prioritize and decided not to try these features.

Starters



Secret Service at Wing Wah, Burton.  Starters.
The fried goodness of the starters.

That’s when I stocked up on everything fried – prawn toast, chicken balls, spring rolls and all kinds of bites.

I added two salt and pepper ribs and two ribs in a sticky, sweet sauce for good measure, along with salt and pepper chips, curry sauce and a sweet and sour dip.

As I mentioned earlier in the article, you get what you pay for in this regard.

The chicken meatballs were a bit soggy and the shrimp toast topping wasn’t exactly cordon bleu, but the flavors were good and it was quite satisfying.

On the other hand, the ribs really punched above their weight and practically fell off the bone, such was their delicious tenderness.

Sector



Secret Service at Wing Wah, Burton.  A huge plate of main dishes.
The pipes were stacked.

It was probably the most uncoordinated plate of food I’ve ever built.

I went up to the service area and perused the options – chicken or beef with black bean sauce, chicken curry, sautéed vegetables, Singapore chow mein, egg fried rice, Chinese roast beef – and I decided that I wanted just about everything. .

A serving of egg fried rice proved useful for soaking up the sauce, which soaked my plate and confused my palette.

The standout portion came in the form of the roast beef – it was truly beautifully cooked and seasoned with five Chinese spices.

The rice and noodles were also of a surprisingly high quality and the curry and black bean dishes tasted as they should without blowing my mind.

Ice cream



Secret Service at Wing Wah, Burton.  The chocolate fountain.
The Glory of the Chocolate Fountain.

At this point, I felt great and full, but you can’t visit Wingies without sampling its advertised chocolate fountain.

I took a good look at the dessert options – chocolate cake, creme caramel, jelly, sponges and custard and so much more.

But I stuck to my original plan – whippy style ice cream smothered in chocolate fountain goodness.



Secret Service at Wing Wah, Burton.  Cake and ice cream.
Cake and ice cream – not a bad way to end the procedure.

I decided not to lavish sweets on top of the creation, with enough sweetness already present to satisfy my taste buds and cleanse the palette.

I did however have a slice of chocolate cake for a taste and it was soft and moist.

*Staffordshire Live make secret visits to restaurants, takeaways and cafes with a view to providing a fair, balanced and accurate report on customer service and the food on offer. Our hope is that, for the good of the business owner and the customer, we can report positively on the places we visit. However, if our experience is not 100% positive, we are required to report exactly what we find.



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