By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Other | Issue: September 2013
Hao Zheng, owner, Blue Phoenix Buffet in Owasso.
With seven buffets, including three hot bars, two fruit and salad bars, one sushi bar and a Hibachi grill, the owners of Blue Phoenix Buffet & Sushi like offering traditional Chinese food as well as Americanized versions to their customers. “I like to cook,” says Anthony Jiang, who co-owns the popular Owasso restaurant with his business partner, Hao Zheng. “I also like introducing traditional Chinese food to American people.”
According to Jiang, “Traditional Chinese food is not that easy to cook and many restaurants in America don’t carry it. We want to make our customers happy and at the same time, help them to learn about traditional Chinese food.” Tremella lotus seed, a sweet soup, is one example of a traditional Chinese food that involves a lengthy process to prepare. However, it is a very healthy dish – and very tasty.
Jiang began his restaurant career 11 years ago in New York when he was working for someone else. Eventually, he decided to go out on his own so he could offer more of the traditional Chinese food. Opening in Owasso seven years ago, the restaurant is not only known for its good food, but also for its family-friendly atmosphere, offering a wide variety of food to please even the fussiest of eaters.
For only $7.50 per person, lunch diners can enjoy the Blue Phoenix buffet and sushi bars, six days a week – Monday through Saturday – from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for that price,” he says. Diners can also take advantage of the grilled chicken, shrimp, beef, crab meat and grilled vegetables available at the Hibachi bar, which is included in the lunch price.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m. each day, diners can enjoy a dinner buffet for an all-you-can-eat meal for $12.95. “This price includes our seafood buffet,” he says. “We offer crab legs, crawfish, frog legs, oysters on the half-shell, clams, shrimp, grilled salmon, catfish and calamari.” Fourteen different sushi rolls are also offered, including rolls made from shrimp, crab, eel, salmon and various veggies such as avocado and cucumber.
“We have been told by our customers that we have the best seafood buffet variety in the Tulsa area,” says Jiang. “Our crab legs are high quality and larger than what most restaurants offer. We want our customers to see the difference.”
The dinner buffet, which is offered seven days a week, is available until 10 p.m. “It is available all day Sunday,” he says. “For the price of $12.95, you not only get the seafood buffet and 14 different choices of sushi, but we also offer the regular food bars and the Hibachi bar. That’s a great deal for an all-you-can-eat buffet.”
In addition to the buffet, Blue Phoenix also offers a menu, including to-go food. From appetizers like egg rolls and crab rangoon to soups, fried rice, lo mein, vegetables and a variety of entrees, including shrimp, beef and chicken, you can order in or take it home. It’s your choice. The buffet menu is also available for take-out.
For those who want to host a party and provide Chinese food, Blue Phoenix has three party trays available. A $25 tray includes fried rice, lo mein and vegetables. For $30, you can order a tray to include any of the available chicken or beef dishes. Any shrimp dishes are included in the $35 party tray. One tray will feed four people, according to Jiang.
Whether you dine in, order take-out or purchase a party tray, the owners of the Blue Phoenix Buffet & Sushi want you to enjoy your food and experience their culture.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.