Egg rolls have always intimidated me, but I am not a picky eater. So I knew the day would come when I would face the staple of Asian appetizers.
I placed my preconceived feelings aside and put my best foot forward to judge who in Oswego makes the best egg rolls.
China Wok, 4542 State Route 71
My first stop was China Wok. When I entered the establishment, a draft of cold air blew my way. The interior of the eatery was chilly so I decided to take my order to go.
Seven minutes after placing my order, I received a freshly fried roast pork egg roll. I figured it would be warmer if I ate inside my car. To add to the inconvenience, I was disappointed to see that opportune fortune-telling cookie was not provided with my order.
I laid out a few napkins in preparation to dig in, with high hopes this roll would hit the greasy spot. I split the appetizer in two and took my first bite. The mixture of vegetables was not the freshest or the best. The cabbage overwhelmed the roll and I could hardly taste any other ingredient, especially the pork.
After a few more bites of the chunky egg-based roll, I still felt hungry, dissatisfied, and guilty for consuming 113 calories of unappetizing food.
THE GOOD: Nothing.
THE BAD: The roast pork egg roll was overwhelmed with cabbage.
Mason Wok, 2735 Us Highway 34
The next spot I stopped at was Mason Wok. I placed my order for a shrimp roll and paid about the same as the previous eating establishment, an inexpensive $1.45. And I was glad to see a fortune cookie with my Asian appetizer.
After preparing for the small eats with plenty napkins, I broke the roll in two and dug in. This egg roll had a bit of a crunch on contact, giving it a more distinctive flaky taste. The vegetable blend of cabbage and celery was just right. The stuffing blended well with the shrimp and tasted delectable. The combination was not bland or over seasoned.
THE GOOD: The combination of vegetables and seafood filling, paired with the crunchy yellow crust made for a delicious egg roll.
THE BAD: Nothing.
Panda Express, 2630 Us Highway 34
My third and final stop was Panda Express, where I ordered the chicken egg roll. This roll looked thin and lanky in comparison to the others I ordered at the more authentic Asian eateries.
Once I broke the roll in two, I could see a blend of cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, green onions and marinated chicken. This egg roll actually tasted the way it sounded, like a chicken egg roll. It was good, but not authentic tasting and was over seasoned.
THE GOOD: The egg roll was mediocre tasting.
THE BAD: The egg roll was not authentic tasting.
THE WINNER: Mason Wok makes egg rolls authentic and fresh and keeps their service customer friendly. The chopped vegetables, flaky dough exterior and seafood combination makes them the egg roll winner in Oswego.