In the short time since its opening, Wok Boyz has become an iconic corner in the foodie hub of Sheikh Zayed Road, and this claim to fame is mainly owing to the larger than life graffiti wall that adorns its front facade.
The colorful work of art has been touted to be the most Instagrammable wall in Dubai; quite a feat for a completely home-grown newbie concept in a market that is saturated with the world’s best.
The only downside of this place is the alfresco seating. Indoors, they only have space for one squished table for two, and given the UAE summers, the restaurant therefore heavily relies on Zomato orders.
My little girl Farasha and I got there a little past 5 (think late lunch, or very early dinner). The humidity was at a tolerable level, and they had industrial-style fans to keep us cool.
The menu is a four-fold leaflet, and features a number of starters, drinks and a customizable ‘box’ for which you need to pick out your main carb, preferred proteins, sauces and vegetables.
For starters, I would highly recommend their Korean Spicy Wings. Messy as it is delicious, these wings are fiery good and full of flavor.
My other favorite was the Wok Boyz signature starter, their Street Tofu; battered tofu deep-fried a golden brown and stir-fried with crisp garlic bits. Loved dunking these in the accompanying soya sauce mixture, and also doused mine in hot chili sauce.
For the mains, I put together a standard ‘box’ mix for my little one. Her’s featured egg noodles with chicken, plump shitake mushrooms and Japanese Sizzle sauce (a teriyaki sweet soy sauce that is recommended for kids and people who can’t stand chili heat). The flavors worked well together, but I must say the portion sizes here are huge! This ‘box’ is enough for three kids, or two adults.
I decided to make my main carb quinoa. I’ve never had quinoa off a wok, and absolutely loved it. I went for the spiciest sauce on the menu, which is the Wok Boyz Gangnum Style Korean sweet and spicy sauce. I added shitake mushrooms, broccoli and baby tomatoes to the mix, which proved to be a great treat.
We ended our meal with a serving of Thai Mango Sticky Rice. By this point we were far too full, and had a big bag of leftovers packed up that sufficed for lunch (and a bit of dinner) the following day.
Love the concept! Everything is served in takeaway cutlery, and the ‘box’ is reminiscent of Asian noodle boxes that are so popular in the West. The service is great, and I will surely be more of a regular during the cooler months. For now, there’s always ordering online via Zomato.