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November 21, 2007 / Tony

Lunch at Great Wall

Great Wall is a small Chinese restaurant tucked into a strip mall on South University Drive in Fargo.  Upon a recommendation from my friend Melissa, I thought it was  worth checking out.  I went for lunch and boy was I happily surprised.  The food was outstanding.  I ordered Crab Rangoons and the Hunan Beef.  The Rangoons looked like this:


They were light and cripsy and not at all greasy.  The filling had just the right amount of crab as well as the welcome addition of scallions.  This last bit elevated the dish to something really special by complementing the crab and cutting through the fat of the cream cheese.  They were perfect.

My entree was just as good.  (2 side notes here: 1)  Yes, I ate way too much for lunch.  2)  For some reason, WordPress won’t accept the picture of my entree, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.)  It consisted of beef, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, broccoli, peas, and baby corn.  The beef was wonderfully tender.  It often happens that the beef at a Chinese restaurant is stringy or fatty or both.  But at Great Wall, it was simply tender, lean pieces of beef.  The vegetables were also perfectly cooked.  Nothing was overdone; nothing was soggy.  They were simply perfectly crisp-tender and that’s just good cooking.  They were cut correctly and added to the wok at just the right moment to ensure they were cooked right.  I appreciate attention to detail like that.  The sauce was pleasantly spicy and was a nice complement to the rest of the dish. 

Great Wall is most likely the best Chinese food you’ll have in the Fargo-Moorhead area.  It is definitely worth your time.  It can be found at 1617 South University Drive.  The phone number is (701) 232-8288.  It is open for lunch and dinner.  Takeout is available.


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  1. melissa / Nov 5 2008 7:21 pm

    they have a drive thru too!

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