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The Search is Over

April 8, 2009

spring-rollsA couple of years ago I set out to determine where to find the best eggrolls in the area.  I ran into one major problem, the fact that most of them were so good that it was quite difficult to pick a winner.  So, I just sort of settled on a top-list and left it at that.  That is until yesterday.

I have found the best of the best, at least in my humble opinion.

Sy-am Garden, at the corner of 10th Avenue and Thomas turns out eggrolls to die for.  Crispy on the outside, both creamy and crunchy on the inside with just enough ground pork for a perfect finish.  After eating eggrolls for years in this town, I was completely blown away.

And this was after driving these little jewels all the way across town in their little styrofoam palace!  I would declare Sy-am’s eggrolls the peak of Asian cuisine, except for one small little problem.  Their spring rolls are even better.

In size and shape, imagine a bratwurst on a bun wrapped in wax paper, and that is the size of Sy-am’s spring rolls.  Under the translucent wrapper is a balanced meal arranged so beautifully you might want to just look at it rather than eat it.

Eat it, trust me — it tastes even better than it looks.  I don’t know how that is possible, but it is true.  Rice noodles, shrimp, pork, veggies, cilantro and something called “Asian Meatloaf” have party in your mouth after being dipped in peanut/hoisin sauce.

You get two of these enormous tastes of heaven for $2.95!  Just the spring rolls would make a great  lunch.  But if you insist on delving into the rest of the menu, that is no problem there, everything is freshly made and delicious as well.

The meat of Sy-am Garden's menuSy-am is an absolute chowhound’s delight.  It is slow food at it’s finest, with each dish constructed by hand after it is ordered (including the eggrolls and spring rolls!).  Because of that, if you are in a hurry, you might want to call ahead so your slice of heaven will be waiting for you.  You can call them at 298-1254.  Or just show up a couple of times.

While I was there, a gentleman who works a few blocks away showed up and the young man taking orders looked at him and said, “You are here for the chicken curry, right?”

The gentleman looked confused and said, “Well, I would like to order some, yes”

“I know, guys from your office come in here all the time for that.”

Turns out someone had discovered Sy-am and took the chicken curry back to the office which has resulted in a steady stream of customers since then.  But, the gentleman was told, the beef curry is even better, or even the vermicelli curry (Qhawb poob).

Everything I have had there has been stunning, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Sy-am Garden
1040 South 10th Ave.
Wausau, WI 54401
715/298-1254 phone

Hours – Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. heidi permalink
    April 9, 2009 9:47 am

    they look amazing. i thought spring rolls traditionally were meatless. guess i won’t be able to indulge. nice photo as well!

  2. Colleen Ziemer permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:02 pm

    This is our (hubby and my) favorite restaurant. Every dish is made to order, so special requests (ingredients left out, ingredients added, degree of spiciness) are rarely a problem. I’ve never been to a restaurant more willing to accomodate customer requests.

    I’ve been to many big-city thai restaurants that charged twice the price and weren’t half as good, nor were they nearly as friendly and inviting.

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