Wu Chow opened a few weeks ago, backed by the same group that runs Swift’s Attic, and is the answer to Austin’s almost nonexistent Chinese food. With their sophisticated space, creative cocktail menu, and authentic dishes, Wu Chow is quickly becoming a top restaurant in Austin.
For me, Asian food usually pairs with white wine, and there are few good options in the sub $50 range, which is most welcomed! The descriptions of the dishes on the menu are a little lacking, so be sure to ask some questions. I got the sense the servers were still learning some of the menu items as well, but they helped us pick some great dishes.
The Shanghai Soup Dumplings are not to be missed! You eat them by picking them up from the top, as to not burst the soupy dumpling bottom, place in soup spoon, top with red wine vinegar and ginger, and then slurp away! These are the best dumplings I’ve ever had. We were told there is one person that makes about 4,000 a week. They put a limit on how many you can order, they are that good.
Honey Pecan Prawns are lightly fried, and glazed with a sweet honey sauce. They are large, tender, and a more generous portion than expected. Wu Chow Special Fried Rice is also very good, a large portion of fried rice with three of four different proteins. Most of the dishes came with white rice, so we had quite a few bowls of rice on our table, much more than we could finish.
Dry Fried Green Beans are crunchy, a bit spicy, and flavorful with garlic and some sort of fermented veggies. We also enjoyed the Scallions Hugging Beef, very tender in a salty oniony sauce.
I love the texture of the Two-Faced Crispy Noodles. With chicken, beef, and a ton of vegetables, these crispy noodles are gently softened by flavorful broth to give them a nice chewy quality.
We enjoyed everything we tasted, and will definitely be back to try some of their dim sum for Sunday brunch. I could see stopping in for happy hour regularly to slurp up those delicious soup dumplings! (Seriously, get the soup dumplings.)