Ma's C3 is a lunch plate that includes pork chow mein and pork fried rice. Photo by Rebecca Scott

Chinese favorites at Ma's Restaurant

Friendly service and well prepared Chinese food await customers at Ma’s Restaurant in Central Point.

The extensive menu offers Chinese, Thai and American options. Each section contains multiple dishes, along with a long list of lunch and dinner combinations.

My mom and I ordered vegetable spring rolls (4 for $6.25), teriyaki chicken sticks (4 for $6.95), chicken chow mein with pork fried rice ($7.95) and the C3, which included pork chow mein and pork fried rice ($6.50). My mom started her meal with hot and sour soup, and I started with egg flower soup.

When the appetizers came next, the crispy and caramel-colored exterior of the chicken sticks made me want to dive right in. Each stick offered a burst of teriyaki and was perfectly cooked. Pink sauce and hot mustard sauce came on the side, but the flavor of the chicken didn’t need any enhancement. The vegetable spring rolls were tightly wrapped, golden brown and blazing hot. The insides overflowed with vegetable filling and the outside wasn’t greasy.

My mom’s order of chicken chow mein was piled high beside a bed of fluffy fried rice. She detected a fragrant taste in her rice that was a satisfying contrast to the other flavors. The chicken was thoroughly cooked, but not dry, and the noodles were well seasoned.

The pork chow mein was also well prepared, but I would have enjoyed more eclectic flavors in the pork and noodles; I thought they lacked seasoning. I mixed in the pink sauce with the chow mein for more flavor. The pink sauce was thick and silky with notes of sweet and savory. I liked the soft texture of the fried rice and how it mopped up all the delicious juices from the pork and noodles. I appreciated the hefty amount of egg in the rice, because that’s similar to how I prepare it at home.

Ma’s Restaurant is a good spot for a casual lunch or dinner. The restaurant was busy within 30 minutes after it opened the day we visited. The menu lists a meal for every taste, including an appetizer plate ($10.75).

Ma’s Restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, at 212 E. Pine St., Central Point. They have a second location in Shady Cove.

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