Who's The Oswego Egg Roll Pro?

Three Asian restaurants compete for the best tasting Asian appetizer.

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.

, 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.

, 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.

, 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.

Steven Jack April 01, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Dianna, Thanks for your comment. The idea behind Chowdown Showdown is to pit three restaurants against one another. Usually, a chain restaurant like Panda Express is thrown in to highlight the difference between "authentic" cuisine and what the chains serve. Also, very sorry to hear about your Tuscany experience. Yours is the first bad report I've heard.
Karin McCarthy-lange April 01, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Dianna - IMHO, I have tried every chinese restaurant in Oswego and Chan's is still my favorite. I have also tried many (not all) Chinese restaurants and take out in the area - 5, 10, 15 mile radius and still come back there every time. Chan's also delivers to my subdivision in Oswego because they are right on the East border of Aurora and Oswego - in Oswego school district. They are closer to us then driving over to Orchard Road. Being an adoptive family of a child from China and having traveled to China in the last 6 months, we are always on the look out for great Chinese food locally. I just couldn't let this article get by without a word about Chan's because they are absolutely delicious and really nice people. I sincerely hope you stop by and try their food and have a better experience than you did at Tuscany.
Dianna Hunter April 01, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Hey, thanks for the all comments folks. It was my first Patch posting. I will be sure to try Chan's. As a newbie, I didn't realize these Chowdown Showdowns were supposed to only include 3 restaurants at a time ... I just thought an Orchard road business was forgotten about. Perhaps my experience with Tuscany is because it was lunchtime. Although the minestrone was not terribly authentic and my side salad had a slice of orange/yellow that did not resemble a tomato in any way, shape or form, I must admit that my portabella sandwich ranked pretty high. I would love to see a family restaurant make it in that location.
Rebecca Kalule May 22, 2011 at 02:27 PM
If you leave on the east side of Oswego (close to Aurora), the best takeout in my opinion is East Asia Palace off of Farnsworth and Route 34. I have been ordering there for years, and they also do delivery. The food is always fresh especially the meat and the vegetables. Often I find that takeout restaurants use products that taste like they have been re-heated. I have to say that I am not a big fan of Mason Wok, but I know a lot of people are.
Michele Cronsell May 22, 2011 at 04:22 PM
No. 1 China on Douglas next to Kmart is decent. The place next to Dairy Queen is disgusting, however.


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