Consider Andy Sheung, 46, the outgoing owner of Dot Wo restaurant in Edmond. That he is here, and what he does so well, contributes to a marvelous combination of food and service.
Dot Wo means “reaching for the peaceful.” And the motto for Dot Wo, according to Sheung, is “Have fun.”
His San Francisco-style eatery at 63 SE 33 in Edmond has been voted “The Best Chinese Restaurant” in Oklahoma by The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Gazette and the Edmond Evening Sun.
The restaurant has been in business since 1995 and at its current site for more than four years.
Dot Wo has dine-in, take out and catering.
He insists that everything in the restaurant is fresh, neat and clean; and the food is always fresh.
Employees must have smiling faces, regular haircuts, manicured fingernails and clean uniforms at all times. All tables are neatly organized in rows and customers are treated like family.
Of course, all of this is nothing new or different for Sheung.
The affable, friendly father of four is a graduate of Hong Kong Polytechnic University — with a degree in aerospace engineering.
After immigrating to the United States in 1980 to be with his parents and brother, Sheung earned an Oklahoma State University degree in accounting.
He never originally thought of the restaurant business, but such a career fit his outgoing, gregarious personality like a glove.
Sheung tries to know customers by their name and what they like to eat.
“I enjoy working with people,” he said.
Authentic Chinese cooking is boiled, sautéed, stir-fried, roasted, grilled, deep fried, Pan-fried, and steamed, he said.
"American Cooking" is kind of deep fried and grilled, such as "Sweet & Sour Chicken" and "Chicken Chow Mein that is more ‘Americanized’,” he said.
“When we mention San Francisco style — that means we know how to cook,” he said.
Janet Lim is Dot Wo’s manager. “She helps me handle the customers, and our wait persons,” Sheung said.
He considers his family “quite ordinary.” His wife is Andrea, and children are Eugenia, Sabien, Damien and Ryan.
Sheung loves his native Hong Kong, but to immigrate to the United States gave him new opportunities and kept him far away from mainland China. His dislike of Communism is evident in conversations with Sheung.
It’s not unusual for natives of Hong Kong to emigrate to North America and Europe, he said.
“I came to Oklahoma right after I finished my courses from Hong Kong Polytechnic." He learned Chinese cooking along the way.
The restaurant has 140 seats and three private party rooms for up to 36 people.
Restaurant staff will give customers a personal pair of new “chop sticks” and keep and clean them each time those customers come to Dot Wo.
“We want our customers to have fun,” Sheung said.
Family dinners range from $8.95 to $9.95. The $8.95 includes an egg roll, crispy chips (fried wonton) and rice. The $9.95 meal is served with vegetable soup, an egg roll, fried shrimp and rice.
Dot Wo also has “good stuff” that isn’t necessarily “on our regular menu,” he said.
Yet, customers can create their own special dishes by using the following:
Select your own sauce, and then choose four items from the following: carrots, broccoli, snow peas, baby corn, water chestnuts, celery, Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, Chinese mushrooms, bamboo shoots, green peppers, cabbage, green beans, tofu, yellow onions, mushrooms, baby bok choy and napa.
And, the dish can be sautéed or steamed with sauce on the side. Sauces include: brown sauce, Szechuan sauce, or hot pepper sauce.
Dot Wo restaurant has white wine, red wine, blush wine and imported beer that includes Tsing Tao, Sapporo, Corona and Foster.
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday
11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday