Date: July 1, 2007
Times Visited: Countless
My sister and I have a joke about vandalizing New Season‘s slogan that says “Friendliest store in town” to “Friendliest store in the world.” That will give you an idea as to where this review is going.
If you’ve only got $5 and want a warm meal, or two, go to your closest New Seasons and hit up their wok bar. You grab a metal bowl and start filling it up with all sorts of noodles, veggies, tofu, nuts, whatever you want to make up a stir fry. When you get to the counter they give you a choice of a sauces to mix it up. Many of their sauces are vegan and are clearly listed.
Alright. Now you have the basic idea, so back to the beginning with the tips. When you choose
your stir fry items start with with the more fluid items first. I always go for noodles first, tofu next, then if I am going with some smaller vegetables like corn and peas, those go in next to to fill in the gaps made by the tofu. Broccoli is almost always a constant in my stir fry so I will make a ring of broccoli around the bowl to help keep additional items in – remember you can pile the bowl as high as you want.
My top choices are: rice noodles, tofu, extra garlic, broccoli, purple cabbage, onions and green beans (which always go on top because they are unruly!)
When you pick out your stir fry sauce remember you can always combine two or more. My recent choice is half shanghai and half thai peanut. You can always add extra spice, pickled ginger and sesame seeds at no extra cost. Add rice to the meal for an additional 50 cents. If you do this, always ask for extra sauce!
The outcome of your choices thus far does not end here. Unfortunately, the outcome is dependent on the chef that day and that’s why they get a 4 out of 5. Sometimes you’ll receive a huge pile of wonderful food with crispy tofu and perfectly cooked green beans still with their crisp. Other times you will receive tofu that is only hot and broccoli that is a bit too mushy.
No matter the outcome of your food, it’s worth it. If you fill your bowl right you will get two or three meals for the week. Remember you don’t always have to get it to go, New Seasons has a little seating area waiting for you.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Addresses and Hours: There are stores in all sections of the city