History

Manchu WOK® has come a long way since it first opened in 1980. In the beginning, there was only a single store in Peterborough, Ontario where people enjoyed restaurant quality Chinese food in a ‘quick service’ setting. The success of the first location generated huge ripples of demand throughout Ontario and soon spread across North America, prompting multiple store expansions over the next nine years.

In 1989, Manchu WOK® prospered further under new management which aggressively built the company’s growth momentum, particularly in the United States. Through the 1990’s, Manchu WOK® was made more accessible to lovers of Asian cuisine by gaining greater exposure in non-traditional markets, such as universities and airports. In 2002, its first street-front restaurant opened and further broadened Manchu WOK’s potential to serve customers in high-traffic locations. By 2004, the chain made its mark overseas by bringing the Manchu WOK® brand to Guam and Japan.

With Manchu WOK® already associated with fast and fresh Chinese cuisine, the company diversified its portfolio to cater to different taste preferences. In 2013, the chain branched out with its first Japanese concept, “Wasabi Grill and Noodle”.

The last three decades have been one milestone after another and the inspiring story of Manchu WOK’s leadership in the fast food business continues to unfold. Our customers can be certain that uncompromising quality and great service will remain as the key ingredients to our success.