Tang's Asian Buffet
By Liz Richell
A funny thing happened on the way to lunch the other day. It was rather late, so we headed to a Chinese place that had been in business on 17th Street for years. Surprise – it changed hands recently, and is now Tang’s Asian Buffet. Well, nothing ventured and all that, so we went on in.
One rather expects the customary “lunch special” of two or three entrees and rice, but this is not so at Tang’s. It is laid out in true buffet style – with more than 60 choices. There are at least four soups; egg rolls, potstickers, pizza; plenty of fresh salad ingredients; chicken wings, baked chicken, chicken in mixed dishes; shrimp baked, shrimp peel-and-eat, shrimp in mixed dishes; salmon; fish; beef spiced, beef mild, beef in sauces; pork barbecued, pork sweet and soured, pork in mixed dishes; veggies – edamame, whole mushrooms, green beans, potatoes; a whole sushi selection; and of course, rices and noodles. Toppings, sauces and dressings abound at their own station.
If you haven’t taken several passes and stuffed yourself to an uncomfortable level, there are also several desserts, including tasty pastries, tapioca pudding and soft-serve ice cream.
All of this abundance is priced at $10.49 for lunch, $14.49 for dinner and $15.49 all day on Saturdays and Sundays, when special treats like crab legs are added. Prices for children aged 3-5 are $5/$6.50/$7, and for those 6-10, are $6/$8.50/$9. You may buy food to go in a regular box, a meat box or a seafood box, economically priced per pound, according to choices. Tang’s does not have an alcohol permit, so drinks are limited to sodas, iced or hot tea and juices.
Tang’s Asian Buffet is at 17631 17th St., Tustin, telephone (714) 832-3338. It is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. When you can’t quite decide what you are in the mood for, give Tang’s a try – there’s enough variety here for anyone’s taste buds.