Main Kwong Chinese Restaurant – East End, Charleston, WV
Well today I thought I needed something more substantial than Ramen Noodles for lunch. But in deciding to stay with the Asian cuisine, I told some co-workers we were going to put an order in for what is in my opinion the best Chinese Food in the Charleston Area – “nuff said”.
I’m talking about Main Kwong on Washington Street in Charleston. This little joint is within walking distance from work. So at about 11am, I rounded up some co-workers, delegated one to make the actual call. (I hate making the call because I can never really grasp what it is that I’m ordering or being told yet when I have to do this, they still manage to get my order correct – amazing)
Nevertheless at 11:45 we begin our walk and arrive there about five minutes later. Once entering this place you are bombarded with the hustle and bustle of a real Chinese environment I think… (Hey I live in the sticks, the only foreign country I’ve been to is Canada and the most foreign place I’ve been is Boone County WV.) The phone is ringing, people are yelling and somehow work is being done. Makes you wonder how a large construction project runs over there?
Normally the small seating area ~ approx eight small booths ~ are packed with students from Charleston Catholic – so if you’re wanting to eat in, you have to beat that lunch crowd. However during the summer months, there’s usually a table to be had. But it’s cramped and I enjoy going back to my office for a nice relaxing meal. Plus the walk helps me justify what I’m about to do to my recently departed $4.85.
I almost always get L21 – Kung Pao Chicken, and for the previously mentioned $4.85 I get about 2lbs of this concoction and rice along with a bowl (not cup but a bowl) of Hot & Sour Soup. Best deal going. I should and could easily split this up into two meals, but who the heck want’s to do that???? Binge Baby Binge (can purge later). I also get this extra spicy but today, I think I forgot to have the order procurement specialist order it that way.
For those that don’t know, or most likely do not even care, Kung Pao Chicken (or is it Poa??) is chicken with veggie chunks in some sauce but the special ingredient is “Peanuts”. yummy… whatever it is, this meal makes my day. Hot and Sour Soup is also my favorite. The Hotter the better.
Typically Main Kwong’s lunches are right around the $5 mark, and you get plenty of food. As I said, I enjoy stuffing my face so I go against my better judgement and eat all of mine – hey after all mom told me to clean my plate… but this meal and most others are easily enough for two servings… leftovers for dinner?
There’s about 7000 different items on the menu, I won’t even pretend to say I’ve tried them all or for that matter even read them all.
Again, it’s the best there is in my opinion, especially for Chinese – very unlike that other Main place in South Charleston. BTW, and this is a rumor that was told to me so I have no clue if it’s true or not… But someone told me that these two Mains used to be one in the same but had some irreconcilable differences? Anyone clear that up?
I could easily give Main Kwong’s 5 forks. I like to think that I would hold out for a real exceptional place before doing so. But for a take out lunch at such a cheap price and such a massive quantity of excellent tasting food…
I have to give Main Kwong’s the much deserved (and I’m sure to be debated) FIVE FORKS!!!!!
They busted my cherry on the five fork award. (But Dan and Susan didn’t post this until after we went to shmc. Editors are a pain.)Main Kwong 1407 Washington Street East Charleston, WV