By Brittany Llorente
VERO BEACH -- Authentic Chinese food can be hard to find, but one restaurant in Vero Beach makes it a sure thing.
Shandong Noodle House's culinary delight is courtesy of owner and Chef Mike Yeung.
Mr. Yeung, who trained under his father in Bangkok, learned how to make the noodles and include the traditional spices to make every dish as genuine as one ordered in China.
The flat noodles made by Mr. Yeung every morning are a favorite in the restaurant and are used in most dishes.
The cozy restaurant allows you to settle in and enjoy the mellow atmosphere, and the pleasant wait staff made the experience that much better.
We started off the delectable meal with the shrimp, pork and chive wontons, recommended to us by the waitress.
The wontons did not disappoint. The shrimp actually overpowered the pork, and both were well seasoned and well accented by the chive. The wonton skin was the best of any wonton that I've ever eaten. The skin was thin and tender, allowing for the flavorful combination of the filling to burst through.
"Everything I make is fresh. I make the wontons as soon as you order them," Mr. Yeung said. "Most places will make everything in the morning and the thicker skin helps the wontons last longer. You don't have to worry about that if they're made to order."
My entrée was braised beef, with finely shredded carrots and peppers, served with a brown sauce.
The carrots and peppers were cooked perfectly, and the brown sauce only added to the flavor of the dish. The beef was light and crispy.
My companion ordered sweet and sour chicken, and enjoyed the light coating of batter on the very fresh chicken and the sauce.
The accompanying fried rice to each meal was teaming with bits of egg and vegetables among the traditional dish.
The restaurant also offers daily specials.
Shandong Noodle House is located at 2089 Indian River Blvd., Vero Beach. For more information or a takeout order, call (772) 257-6775.