Let’s face it: Chinese food gets a bad rap. As tasty and convenient as those tiny white take-away cartons of pork fried rice, ginger chicken, and delectable veggie dumplings are, they often come with more than a tinge of suspicion. What exactly is in that General Tso’s Chicken sauce, anyway, that’s so addictive? Better to not ask questions: Skip the head scratching and head to new Wyckoff restaurant T.S. Ma Chinese Cuisine.
This awesome new Asian restaurant in Wyckoff follows a “Fresh, Healthy & Authentic” philosophy that has made its original Upper Montclair location so successful. In keeping with their approach of offering the best quality food available, they use no canned ingredients and prepare fresh marinades and soups daily.
We stopped by recently with the kids for a Friday night feast and the place was packed. After a short wait (note to self: definitely make a reservation next time!), we were seated in the modern, light-filled dining room. While we checked out the extensive menu of mouth-watering favorites (which, FYI, has a special kids section featuring chicken fingers and fries, for fussy ones), our friendly waitress stopped by to welcome us with a complimentary order of crispy noodles and sides of hot mustard and duck sauce.
To start, we ordered a Shrimp Spring Roll and a Vegetable Spring Roll ($2.75 each), both of which had the perfect balance of crispy outer shell and delicious filling. We also spooned up an order of Wonton Soup (traditional or veggie, $2.95), which was great. I noticed a woman next to me enjoying a very large bowl of soup that looked outstanding which later realized was one of the Asian Noodle Soups ($11.95 - $13.95); it comes loaded with fresh vegetables and your choice of meat and looked perfect for sharing or to eat as a meal on its own.
For our main course, we decided to share a variety of dishes, including Shrimp Lo Mein ($13.95) and, of course, General Tso’s Chicken ($17.50). All were good, but the latter was BEYOND—perfectly crispy, delicious sauce, and just the right amount of heat. The portions were very generous, with enough left over for one or maybe even two additional servings. Of course, we had to get our greens on as well, so we went with an order of Sautéed Broccoli in Garlic Sauce ($11.95), which was prepared just right: not too soggy and tender florets with just the right amount of crunch.
Suitably stuffed, we persuaded the kids to forgo getting green tea ice cream for dessert (next time!), but like at the end of all good Chinese meals—yup, you guessed it—we were treated to a fortune cookie. Cute!T.S. Ma Chinese Cuisine
637 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff (201) 891-8878 Reservations recommended B.Y.O.B.