Lucky Wok’s success is all skill, freshness

Amy Zhang and her family bring a proven recipe for success to Bremerton with the Lucky Wok restaurant on Callow Ave. - Photo by James Mange
Amy Zhang and her family bring a proven recipe for success to Bremerton with the Lucky Wok restaurant on Callow Ave.
— image credit: Photo by James Mange

If Bremerton’s newest Chinese restaurant, Lucky Wok is a runaway hit, luck won’t have anything to do with it. The owners and operators, the Zhang family, have a history of success. Open only two weeks, Lucky Wok is bringing a fresh taste to the West Sound area, serving Chinese food the way it’s supposed to be.

The Zhangs own three restaurants on the East Coast, and manager, Amy Zhang, just moved here a month ago from Willow Grove, Pa., just north of Philadelphia. Two of Zhang’s uncles head up the kitchen staff, and two of her cousins also help run the restaurant in the same style that has made the family’s other establishments successful.

The Zhangs are used to running an open kitchen, proving they have nothing to hide in their food preparation, and freshness is the theme. Although the Bremerton location’s structure didn’t allow for the wall separating the kitchen from the dining area to be removed, the family still functions on a “Fresh is best” basis.

“We cook different food, and we cook it in a different way,” Zhang said. “Everything is cooked fresh to order. If you twice cook it, it will taste dry. You don’t taste the fresh.”

That’s why Lucky Wok not only cooks up take-out orders fresh, and also makes sure food doesn’t sit at the buffet table too long. The offerings available at the buffet also change daily, giving customers the chance to try the many wonderful dishes on the menu. Diners can still get it hot off the wok even if they’re ordering from the buffet if they just put in a request and are willing to wait the few extra minutes it takes.

The menu includes all the traditional Chinese favorites, and is highlighted by a number of dishes including lobster and scallops, and the coconut shrimp is a particular favorite. The egg foo young is cooked in a different way than most West Coast establishments, without any flour to give a lighter taste with more flavor from the meats and vegetables.

Another feature making Lucky Wok special is the homemade egg rolls and spring rolls. Since they’re made fresh at the restaurant, they’re flavorful and flaky, not greasy.

“Every day business gets better,” Zhang said. “Once people eat here, they always come back. And they bring friends, because they tell them we do something different.”

The Zhangs have also done something different to the inside of the restaurant, giving it a major facelift from its previous incarnation. Lucky Wok is clean and bright, with many new tables and chairs, and half-walls dividing up the dining area, offering patrons a more private experience while dining in.

More than 100 choices are offered, including a dozen of the Chef’s Specials. Daily specials are also available all day, letting customers pick their entrees at a low price, and include free soda or soup.

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