Regarding Chinese Restaurant Names

While we were back east, my brother and I discussed our shared appreciation for funny Chinese restaurant names, most of which don't seem to have been updated since the 1950s.  We reached the conclusion that a good Chinese restaurant name combines any of the following terms:
  1. Yummy
  2. Golden
  3. Temple
  4. Wok
  5. Lounge
  6. A monosyllabic Chinese-sounding name, e.g., Chang, Wing, Tong
(e.g., Yummy Golden Wok, Shin's Golden Wok Temple, Yummy Lounge Garden.)

In addition, the restaurant must advertise "Chinese and American Food" as its culinary focus and it must be totally unclear how it stays in business.

While driving back from the tax lady yesterday, I passed a joint on Woodstock called "Wong's Garden" - that was a marvelously concise example of a really great Chinese restaurant name.

P.S. B and I took Plan C to the playground at Overlook Park today and experienced a classic Oregonian moment: playing with our kid in the freezing drizzle.

P.P.S. Comparable classic Oregonian moment: hosting a potluck last weekend in which 3/4 of the couples/food-providers showed up with some variation on lentil or chickpea soup.

1 comment:

hardcori said...

Wong King on Division has great dim sum!