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.
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.
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).
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.
Atmosphere: Modern, Korean