A year into their opening and massive subsequent success, Anusha Bawany reviews one of Karachi's hottest eateries and explains what makes it one of her favourite spots in town
Karachiites, if any of you have found yourself lost in the back alleys of Khadda Market and somehow stumbled across Chop Chop Wok, then consider yourself at the end of the rainbow! Nestled in a quaint little corner of the city’s most happening part of town, this eatery serves up some of the most authentic and delicious food around town.
Walking in, don’t let their tiny space throw you off. While there may only be seating for about 20 people in total, their kitchen works at an exceptional pace that keeps the foot traffic on the go. With an open kitchen where you can watch your food fire up on the wok, the small restaurant size works in keeping the vibe of a fast food joint, while serving up food that is stellar quality. When the line is too long, you can go for take away and enjoy the classic Chinese box takeaway packaging, which only further adds to the charm.
At itâ€™s base, Chop Chop Wok has a simple menu and concept, yet you are spoiled for choice. In three easy steps, you create a dish that works for your palette and flavour profile. First things first, you pick between rice or noodles, which you would think would be easy, but off the bat you are left greedy and wanting both. Once you know what you want – in my case, it’s always the brown rice – you select your flavour. Here is where your journey begins. Each of the six flavors (Thai, Cantonese, Oriental, Japanese, Vietnamese and Pan Asian) has it’s own unique twist, so the choice truly depends on each individual. Lastly, you add your protein and voila! Your personalized dish is ready! Me? After much experimentation I have found the dish for me. I always go with Pan Asian brown rice with chicken. But that’s the fun; you can play around till you find that one combination that hits the spot.
However, they do have a few classic and signature ready made dishes that should not go unnoticed. Their wasabi prawns are one of the best in town, with a kick of heat that gets your tastebuds watering. Their black pepper beef is another massive hit, with itâ€™s complex flavors that come together for a truly memorable dish. And my personal favourite is the Thai Green curry. The aroma alone transports you to the streets of Bangkok, where you can smell the coconut curry and blend of herbs and spices.
All this, made with fresh ingredients and at an affordable priceâ€¦ So you ask, what’s the catch? Well, surprisingly, there is none. With two passionate and driven entrepreneurs working hard behind the scenes, there is no wonder that one year down, Chop Chop has yet to let me down. From day one, they have kept everything – from their quality and quantity, to their dedication to serving their customers – up to mark.
As Chop Chop Wok aims to take their massive success and make it bigger, I can’t wait for their second branch to open on Saba Avenue. They aim to open doors to a larger scale operation for their second location, at the cusp of their first birthday, and you can bet team Sunday will be there to celebrate! g