Monday, April 02, 2007

Chung Wah

3859 Superior, Cleveland, Ohio.
Weird place—not great—food not great. The “sea food” is artificial—fake seafood! Really FUNNY, but not great tasting. Cool booths. Mean (but funny) employees.
--RR 1989

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Weren't they closed by the board of health because their chicken was actually alley cat?

Anonymous said...

I remember coming here with friends after the bars closed. this was in the early '80s, and to a bunch of just-out-of-college kids the food was great -- so long as you were really, really drunk! good memories, mediocre food.

Anonymous said...

It was a wonderful wacky place to go when you were high and starving. Food was so so, but the ambience was 'amazing' back in the late 70s!

Anonymous said...

Chung Wah existed for a long time! Used to go there with my parents in the Fifties! Different location than the one pictured. We got great food back then, as my Dad would ask to get whatever the cooks were making for themselves. Real Chinese food, not Hong Kong/American food. I think the old owner's daughter owns Li Wah, one of the better restaurants in Cleveland. Had Dim Sum there today!

dolly said...

they had the best egg rolls they have been closed for years someone recently posted the recipe for the egg rolls on face book. I ate there everyday as a child on my way back from petrie pool we would knock on the back door and the chef's would give us a free egg roll or a fortune cookie or a order that went bad. good child hood memories there

Jack Wu said...

Hi I am the great grandson of the owners. I grew up here We did not close because of the board of health. The pictured location was never used and it was always the red brick building by the tracks. The recipe for the egg rolls was never released and have not been made since the place closed believe me I have tried. The owners daughter does not own Li Wah. Oh and the amazing american women that ran the front that was my Mom. Best part was the night crowds from stories I have heard. Thanks Cleveland for making my family have memories of you.

Deborah said...

Chung Wah was the best. I can't even eat most Chinese food today because it doesn't compare with what we used to eat there. My Dad, a musician started going there after gigs. It was always the most requested choice for birthday dinners. I remember once (I think I was 8 or 9) the cashier motioning for me to come up to the register. She gave me a beautiful pair of blue silk embroidered slippers. Such wonderful memories!

Jana Caja said...

Loved this place. My family has been desperately trying to find the banana candy they used to give out for years. We scour every candy shop we can find.

Dennis said...

To Jack Wu;

Chung Wah had great food. My parents took us there all the time in the 1960's and 1970's. We also ate there late at night after getting off work at our family's night club in Cleveland. I still remember your Grandfather sitting at a table late at night counting receipts and doing the books on an Abacus !

Dennis