*** To see how Golden Chopsticks did in the Salt and Pepper Chicken Wing Challenge - go here.
I've got a special place in my heart for well made American Chinese food; after all I was literally raised on the stuff back home in Hawaii. If you've been to a Filipino Pot Luck in San Diego recently, along with the lumpia and pansit, you've probably had these:
Those are salted pepper chicken wings ($5.75) from Golden Chopsticks. These are like crack, once you start eating them there's no stopping! Crunchy, salty, garlicky, with a slight sweet taste, these are addicting. Luckily for us, Golden Chopsticks is located in National City a pretty good distance away, in the same mall as Ohana Family BBQ and Seafood City. I guess if I had to categorize GC, it would be Filipino-American-Chinese Food.
As with most food in the Filipino community, there's been great debates and conversations over who makes the best salt-and-pepper wings, there are some who say that Mandarin Canton in Chula Vista makes the best, but the over-riding opinion is that GC makes the best. The first thing you'll notice when you enter, is that most of the customers are Filipino. Also, no one's using chopsticks, spoons and forks are the norm here, they don't bother with chopsticks unless you ask, or if you look like us..... The other thing you'll notice if you go on a weekend, are the endless stack of trays ($25.00/tray - 60 pieces) and styrofoam containers of wings lined up for pick-up. This weekend we decided to partake of other items on the menu, in addition to (of course) dem' wings.
We started with the Shrimp "Chow Mein"($6.25):
I'm not a great fan of the style of noodles used, but this dish is nicely flavored, and large shrimp are used. I actually liked these.
The next dish was the Sizzling Shrimp/Beef/Chicken, one of the most expensive dishes on the menu ($9.25), but the very friendly Waitress (she's Chinese, if you need to know) recommended it:
Flavored with garlic and black bean, and placed on a metal plate and sizzled, this dish was pretty good.
The last dish was the Tofu with Brown Sauce ($5.50):
This was the blandest dish, in need of more aggressive seasoning. This dish actually tasted much better the next day(mmm-leftovers!!!), but I think I'll pass the next time.
With a large bowl of rice and a pot of tea - $33.00, not bad! And we've got lunch and tonight's dinner with the leftovers. We did finish all the wings though, and probably could have gone through another order....Yes, I'm still the same person who loves Ba Ren and China Max, but I really think that Golden Chopsticks also has a place in there somewhere.
Some Notes on Golden Chopsticks; I'm pretty sure they use MSG, so if you're hyper-sensitive to it, you may want to take a pass. The service is very friendly, and very quick. Don't forget those wings....
1430 Plaza Blvd #E/22A-23A
National City, CA 91950