T.S. Ma: Healthy & Delicious!

T.S. Ma Chinese Cuisine is the Chinese restaurant you have always wanted to visit. The different spin on both traditional Chinese dishes and their own creations you find here revolves around two words: healthy and delicious. “Our dishes are created using only very fresh and high quality ingredients,” states owner Thomas Ma.

For instance, you will never see canned water chestnuts or baby corn; only white meat chicken tenders or flank steak are used when the recipe calls for either chicken or beef; and the highest quality rice vinegar is used. Thomas states, “We try to use healthier vegetables like jicama instead of water chestnuts.”

At T.S. Ma, they never serve gloppy sauce thickened with cornstarch. Healthy canola oil is used instead of soybean oil, and in a very interesting twist, you find that in recipes that call for sugar, maple syrup is used.

Former New Yorkers may remember T.S. Ma in Manhattan adjacent to Madison Square Garden in the 80’s. It was in 2006 that Thomas brought this winning proposition to New Jersey, first on Bellevue Avenue in Montclair, and then in 2016 a second NJ location was opened in Wyckoff. His son Chris left Jefferies Group in 2012 to join him in running these very special dining rooms. 

A few of the stand out dishes that Thomas and Chris find customers clamoring for are: Shrimp Dumplings—a whole shrimp surrounded by minced shrimp in a dumpling wrapper, which can be either pan fried or steamed, served with a very delicate, on the palate ginger and garlic brown sauce on the side.

The Szechuan Pork Wontons are a must order—pork and vegetables enveloped in a wheat flour wrapper served in a ginger, garlic, scallion spicy brown sauce. The combination of ingredients in the Wonton and the sauce create a multi-layered flavor sensation that is simply not to be missed.

Try the Crispy Shrimp with Honey Walnuts, a staple in many fancy Chinese restaurants; the lightly fried shrimp are served with a citrus mayo sauce, and are dressed with honey walnuts that are glazed in house and garnished with broccoli.

Finally, the Pork Ribs Shanghai Style are like no other Chinese ribs. They are braised in a special pot that cooks the ribs evenly, with a sauce that is marinated right into the ribs. The Shanghai style sauce is a not-too-sweet accompaniment to these tender ribs that are served on a bed of Chinese greens.

Thomas points out that “T.S. Ma offers many Gluten Free options and is very happy to accommodate special diet requirements.”

Thomas and Chris enjoy meeting new people and are especially fond of introducing healthy Chinese Cuisine to newcomers. If you like Chinese food, you owe it to yourself to plan a visit.



199 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair  |  973-509-8878

637 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff  |  201-891-8878

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07 Nov 2019

By Dan Epstein