I would like to add a personal commentary to my Brother Magnum’s very eloquent description of our most recent Quest to Kwong Ming in Wantagh. While I am often described as the “silent” Mee, there is sometimes a need to speak up so that a balanced commentary is achieved. Yes, Kwong Ming is not going to go down in history as the BEST Long Island has to offer.
It was my first time there and I really don’t see myself heading back in the near future. BUT, I really don’t think I could categorize it as the worst either. Prior to our journey to Kwong Ming, those who were aware of our impending Quest rallied about their praise of Kwong Ming and the dishes that we would receive. I was very excited about going there based upon that alone. And, you know what? I could see why many like it.
I am not comfortable trying to dismantle a neighborhood staple which has obviously served its community for many years. If it was really that bad, they would have gone out of business long before we walked in. Like the comfort you achieve from a favorite watering hole, it is great to go somewhere nearby that you can get standard Chinese fare on any night of the week and feel that you belong.
I will not become a Chinese Food Snob that says “It’s either the greatest or it’s dirt”. The Quest goal is to cross the country (or local communities if that is all the funds we can muster for now) to locate the best in Chinese restaurants. We forget that the best may be more than what we put in our stomachs. It may be the feeling you get that you can get pretty good food, pretty close to home, for not a lot of money. There is room for a middle-of-the-road place and that is good. That is why we rate our meals on several factors. Unfortunately, those factors can be skewed based solely on overemphasizing one factor when compared to other restaurants we have traveled to.
The food at Kwong Ming was”eh”, i.e. not my favorite. But having had much worse, I could be comfortable there if I lived closer. So, in closing, Kwong Ming, not great, but ok.
Humbly submitted for your approval.
Mee Gonzi Biao
CHOW FOR NOW