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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Special Deep Fried Pork Chop with Udon Noodle Soup at Big Wong in Chinatown, Las Vegas
Noodle houses are everywhere in Las Vegas. Las Vegas noodle house restaurants usually have some catchy fun names. Plays off of the word pho are commonly used for noodle house restaurant names. The word pho is actually pronounced "fuh or fah." Las Vegas noodle houses are famous for using the word pho to create intentional phonetic "F Bombs" in the names of the restaurants! Big Wong is a catchy funny noodle house restaurant name that has many slang meanings. If someone asks where you got the udon noodle entree and you respond by saying Big Wong, then it may sound like you are cursing rather than saying the name of the restaurant!
Big Wong is located in Chinatown Las Vegas at 5040 Spring Mountain Road in the Seoul Plaza. Big Wong is a very popular Las Vegas noodle house. The combination of good food and a low prices is the main reason Big Wong is so successful! Most of the menu items cost less than $5.00!
The dining area at Big Wong is small, comfortable and very plain like many restaurants in Chinatown. Noodle houses are meant to be informal gathering places where conversation with friends and having fun is more important than dining in a fancy atmosphere.
Noodle houses like Big Wong are popular with children too. When I dined at Big Wong yesterday, there was a large table of several adults and nine small children. Usually when you think of a restaurant that is full of small children, you think of loud screaming and crying noises from the kids. That wasn't the case at Big Wong yesterday. Children love noodles! When kids are in a restaurant that serves food that they like, then there is no loud misbehavior. Kids do love slurping on a bowl of good noodles!
The menu at Big Wong features noodle and rice entrees. Udon, ramen, wonton and rice noodles are the noodle choices. Roti pancakes are offered with one of the chicken curry entrees. Vegetables, fish balls, steak, shrimp, crab, beef, chicken and pork are featured in the list of entrees. Two of the premium entrees feature ribeye steak and dungeness crab. Authentic Hoi Nam Chicken over Seasoned Rice is one of Big Wong's signature entrees. Big Wong's menu is small, but it is full of popular entrees and it is easy to navigate.
The waitress was very attentive and helpful with describing the menu items. The menu is written in English with Chinese subtitles. In Chinatown Las Vegas, Chinese is usually the first language on a menu.
I chose the the Special Deep Fried Pork Chop with Udon Noodle Soup entree for my lunch at Big Wong! When the pork chop and noodles were delivered to my table, an elderly asian gentleman who was placing an order, stood staring at my plate of food! I could see by the look on his face, that he saw a plate of food that he liked. He asked what I ordered and I told him what it was. I told him the menu price for the pork chop and noodle soup entree. The old gentleman's reaction was one of those funny asian style "Wowahhhh!" exclamations! The gentleman said "That is a lot of good food for the price!"
The udon noodles came in a bowl with a very nice tasting broth. The noodles were perfectly cooked! The special deep fried pork chop turned out to be two thin boneless pork chops! The pork chops were very tender and they were cut into thin strips. The pork chops are meant to be added to the soup, but they can be eaten on their own plate. I added the pork chops and some of the savory sauce to my bowl of udon noodles.
The presentation of the food at Big Wong is very simple, just like old fashioned diner cuisine. People do not go to Big Wong for breathtaking fancy presentations. They go to Big Wong for fun and low price good food! After spending only $4.95 on my pork chop and noodle soup entree, I was stuffed! I am just starting to get hungry twenty four hours later! The value of the food at Big Wong is a very good deal in this day and age. It would be hard to dine cheaper at a fast food restaurant! Personally, I don't do fast food and I prefer to find good bargain food at local restaurants.
My experience at Big Wong was a good one! The plain simple food that I ordered was very nice and satisfying. I honestly recommend the Big Wong Restaurant for anyone looking for a good meal with a bargain price and a casual atmosphere! Yummy! ... Shawna