Wing Chicx – Edmonton (Ellerslie & Summerside)

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Edmonton isn’t known for their Korean food, but there are a few restaurants with decent variety. Once in a while, my crave for Korean food kicks in and I need a quick fix. My friend and I ventured out to the south side of Edmonton to try Wing Chicx, a Korean restaurant famous for their chicken, as their name suggests. The restaurant is located in an obscure location in a small plaza just off the Anthony Henday. It is a small restaurant that you could honestly drive by and not even know it was there. It was pretty difficult to find especially at night since there were no signs that said Wing Chicx. Finally, after a few u-turns we found the restaurant and went inside. The restaurant was not typical of small Korean restaurants that are old and grungy, which commonly have several tvs playing popular Korean music videos. This restaurant was modern, bright, and extremely colourful. A good change from what I am used to. The waitress brought us to our table, which was unfortunately covered with grease, She quickly cleaned it up and apologized.

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Side dishes: From left to right, fish cake, cabbage, kimchi

We ordered their famous fried chicken (half order) and their Spicy noodle soup with seafood. After we ordered, a few of the Korean side dishes arrived. We first got a small bowl of congee, which is a rice porridge (not shown above). The congee was thick, almost like rice that had been boiled with too much water, compared with Chinese congee which has an almost soup like consistency. It was mixed with a bit of parsley to give it an enhanced aroma. The other dishes were a fried fish cake, cabbage, and kimchi. Their kimchi was ok, a little bland and lacking spice. The cabbage was pretty poor side dish, but the fish cake was good. I was a little disappointed that their was no pickled cucumbers or bean sprouts, which are my favourite side dishes.

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Spicy noodle soup with seafood

The spicy seafood noodle came first. For $12, it was a decent sized portion. The soup was spicy, but not overly so.  I was able to taste the soup and not just the spice. The soup base was a spicy and rich tomato flavoured broth. The Korean udon was done well, not too soft or hard. This dish would have benefited more from a ramen instead, which would have been able to soak up more of the flavours. The amount of seafood in the soup was lacking. There was more soup than there was noodle or seafood. The seafood also was likely frozen seafood that you can get at the grocery store, definitely not fresh. This dish was OK, but not amazing. Gozen, in London Ontario does an amazing job at their seafood noodle soup, which is double the size, loaded with seafood, and only $8! But, that’s another topic for another day (Gozen, London Ontario review to come).

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We were warned that the chicken may take up to 20 minutes to prepare. When you hear that, you know the chicken is prepared fresh and made to order. When it arrived, the fried chicken was piping hot. The sauce is a sweet and sour mixture that is both spicy and tangy. I thought it worked really well together and tasted great. They relied on this sauce for the taste, since the chicken itself had very little of its own flavour. The chicken was fried very nicely. The outside was crispy and the inside was moist, except for a few pieces of the breast meat, which I found to be a little dry and over cooked. Overall, I’d say this dish is good. It is the best Korean spicy chicken I’ve had in Edmonton, but definitely does not compare to elsewhere.

Wing Chicx is a good little Korean restaurant that I would say is worth the drive if you have not been to before. The chicken and the seafood noodle soup are good and worth trying. However, If I come back, I would venture and try other things on the menu. Their prices are not unreasonable, especially since a lot of effort goes into preparing the dishes, but a lower price point would certainly be much more justifiable for the quality of the final product that gets to your table.

Service: 3/5
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: Modern, Korean
Price: $10-25

Wing Chicx on Urbanspoon

~Thomas

(San Fran Trip) Cocobang – Union Square

So finally I’m reviewing all the incredible places we went to in San Francisco, and the series will be in order.

Just a little background, we went in late July, and took two connecting flights which was incredibly exhausting. So when we finally arrived and checked into our hotel and decided we really should get something to eat. We were originally planning to get some sushi this night, but when we were walking around near our hotel we decided to settle for Korean food. The reason being that San Francisco was much colder than we imagined! I was about 10˚C when we arrived that night, so we wanted some spicy hot soup.

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Spicy Fried Chicken

We ordered the Spicy Fried Chicken since tfung was very excited about getting fried chicken. I have to say it was pretty good but I just wasn’t in the mood for oily and greasy food. The batter wasn’t super crispy or anything since it was in this sweet and sour type of sauce. But the overall flavour was really good and the chicken wasn’t dry at all. The coleslaw type side that came with it was doused in thousand island/mayo sauce which was really delicious. However as a dietitian I thought the amount of sauce they used was excessive.

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Kim Chi Hot Soup

We already wanted some hot soup for the night, but when we sat down, we saw the table next to us share this dish and we asked them what it was. So we ordered the Kim Chi Hot Soup, fully loaded. It had a bunch of veggies in it, kimchi of course, tofu, ramen, some rice cakes. There wasn’t any meat in it but it was so delicious. Tfung did find it a little spicier than he would’ve liked but it was perfect for me. The kimchi was sweet and spicy, not really much sour taste to it. I loved the ramen in it, it was done just the way I liked it, not mushy and a little bit more on the underdone side.

Overall we liked the food, but it wasn’t anything mind-blowing. The price was fair and service was pretty good. I did find that the girl didn’t understand my english very well, maybe I have a Canadian accent…..

Service: 3/5
Food: 8.5/10
Atmosphere: Shabby chic Korean
Price: $10-30

Coco Bang on Urbanspoon

~ kehwon