Friday, January 27, 2012

Won Jo - worth the drive if you like noodles

Won Jo BBQ & Noodle Restaurant


105-508 Clark Road, Coquitlam

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Food: 4
Service: 3
Price: Fair

One benefit for being a food blogger is that all my friends have the urge to share all the good restaurants they've been to. Of course, I am more than happy to take down the notes, and even more happy to find out they are right. This is exactly the case with Won Jo noodle house.
Given the name of the restaurant, it's pretty obvious what they are famous for: BBQ and noodles.
The 2 time I've been here, it was always for their noodle (there is only one grill on the table), so can't comment on the BBQ aspect. There is around a handful or choices for the noodle, all at $8.99/portion. Since I know their chicken noodle soup is good, that is what I went for. When the pot came, this is all there is, so where are the noodles?
The fresh noodles actually come in a separate dish, which the waitress will bring over once the soup boils. On top of that, they added some mushroom, onion and zucchini slices. You know that old saying, don't judge a book by its cover, well, it is totally the case here. The soup may look bland, but it's amazingly delicious. The soup is rich and thick (due to the noodle). The noodle is chewy, and you can control how well you want it done. Despite the chicken soup being flavorful, the chicken itself was still tender. In a nut shell, if you come here, don't skip this. The picture above is 3 portions. 
Other than the chicken noodle soup, the meal came with a side of rice, hot sauce and pickle veggies. The portion was so tiny, I am assuming it's an appetizer? Of course, there was also kimchi, and they were not stingy here at all. They gave us a huge bowl and we actually got one refill after as well. Just a side note, I really like their kimchi, I think it's home made.
Since there were 6 of us, and we only ordered 3 portions of the noodles (this really could feed at least 4 ppl), thus we added a pork belly dish (medium size) for around $12-$13. For the price, this was a big portion. The pork belly was tender, and already had a slightly salty flavour. Despite all that fatty layer, it didn't feel fatty or oily at all. On the side was the cabbage wrap and a nice portion pickled veggie with some Korean hot sauce. Amongst the veggie/hot sauce mix, they also include pear, which I thought was a quite good.

Just in case all that carb was not enough, we got an order of Jap Chae (stir fry potato noodle) for $11. Although the flavour was good, the noodle was not. It was too undercooked and thus chewy in a bad way.

As with most Korean restaurant, they too have a bell system. If you need service, just ring it. Unfortunately, if the place is busy, they may ignore your bell. If no body comes to you within 10 minute, just ring the bell again. Food here is solid, with some better tasting that other. I actually tried their Kimchi noodle pot, but it not as good as the chicken one. If you are a noodle soup lover, I would actually recommend driving out here to try this place. 

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