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Beckley Edition: Merry Land Express

By Candace Nelson - 9:41 PM

Merry Land Express

Merry Land Express
in Beckley is a Chinese restaurant that serves up standard Chinese-American fare.

Merry Land Express

The menu does have some interesting items that you might not see everywhere like fried bananas sesame balls and even curry chicken.

Merry Land Express

They do have a buffet available but I opted for some takeout options.

Merry Land Express

The first thing that we started out with was the fried cheese wontons which are always go to for me because they are delicious and each place does them just a little bit differently. I think that I'm the only person who doesn't love the actual fried portion of the wonton so I really appreciate the foldover style as opposed to pinched style because I feel like you get more filling. These were good but I do miss the crab that is often found in other wontons. The egg rolls were standard and had a lot of cabbage filling.

Merry Land Express

I also ordered the sesame shrimp, which is shrimp, breaded and fried, covered in a spicy, sweet sauce with sesame seeds on top. I have been avoiding chicken that tends to be stringy or chewy because it's just not sitting well with me lately. But shrimp kind of avoids those issues. I do wish that there was a little bit less breading. because that can overtake the flavor. But otherwise, I still enjoyed this dish. I liked the sauce. And I really like the little bit of texture that the sesame seeds add.

Grade: B

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