ON THE MENU
• Crab rangoon — $6
• Fish ball and bamboo fungus soup — $14
• Spicy shrimp stir-fry — $17
• Smoked bone-in duck — $16
3585 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 108, Duluth
• Open since: April 5
• Owner: Zhijun Kuang
• Location: Wok Rock is located near the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, in between the Chick-fil-A and Bank of America.
• Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
• Atmosphere: The inside of Wok Rock is decorated from several scenes in the Chinese culture. There are pictures of people fishing in a lake, pristine mountaintops and the countryside.
There are live bamboo shoots in pots along the windows and a golden lucky cat that sit on the open bar.
Diners have a choice of dining in one of two rooms. The room to the left has several windows and 35-year-old black wooden tables with ornate carvings. The other room is a little more modern with black and white stencil paintings on the walls.
All the art work on the walls was created by muralist Ty Ball. He completed the entire restaurant in one week.
Each table is set with a plate, bowl, napkin and re-usable set of chopsticks.
When the weather warms up, there is an outside patio with several tables and bright red umbrellas.
• Menu: Wok Rock serves both authentic and Americanized Chinese food.
“The authentic food is more popular,” said co-founder Dawn Kuang. “It seems like it’s an increasing trend that Americans are starting to try food from the other menu.”
Not to confuse people, the owner decided to make two menus. One serves American classics like General Tso’s chicken, sweet and sour chicken, and moo shu.
If you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone, there are some more exotic choices. There is pork blood in one the dishes, pork intestines in another and tripe in another.
The two most popular dishes from the authentic menu are beef on toothpicks and the salted pepper crispy fish filet. The beef is covered in spices, skewered and cooked. The fish is fried and served with cooked jalapenos.
For those in a hurry, Wok Rock offers a to-go bundle. Guests can order meats (one, two or three), a side and a soup. The more meat ordered, the higher the price. The only catch is that to-go bundles must be paid in cash. No joke. It’s cash only.
Patrons order bubble tea and it comes with an extra treat inside. At the bottom of the glass, there are tapioca pearls that pop when you sip them up the straw, hence the sensation of a bubble.
There is also soda, tea and Ginseng UP with flavors like apple, ginger, lemon lime and grape.
• Things you might not know: Wok Rock was originally located in Lawrenceville for approximately four years.