Noodles, noodles and more noodles. What else would you expect from a noodle factory? The selection for the starches is not three or even five like the Panda Restaurants. You have a choice of different fried rices and many more choices of noodles from chow fun to Singapore noodles to even cake noodles with gravy.
Hubby and I went to the newest Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory location on 537 Pensacola. Although there is quite a lot of parking there were only three spots available. We got to the restaurant a little after noon. We saw two police patrol cars and an ambulance. What was going on? Not an emergency… just lunch time for the EMTs and policemen.
When you enter the restaurant, first pull a ticket, then look at the different choices so that when your number is called you can decide what you want to order.
I pulled a ticket but didn’t do the later so had a difficult time deciding what to get. We opted to share a regular plate with 4 mini-sides for $10.79. For our starch we got a half portion of chow fun and Singpore noodles. Our mini sides were an egg omelette, fish dish, salt & pepper pork chop and cold chicken with ginger sauce.
There is a huge variety of things to chose from so it may be hard to decide what to eat. To me the quality and presentation were lacking. Hubby said that the taste was mediocre at best with the fish tasting okay. I on the other hand liked the pork chops and chicken. The pork chop was tender, not oily and quite tasty, not too spicy. The chicken was moist and the ginger sauce complemented the chicken perfectly.
Portion sizes were enough so that hubby and I could share one plate and be full. Hubby said that the chow fun at Panda tasted better than at Chun Wah Kam. I also thought that the Singapore Noodles was bland and needed more seasoning. Usually there is more curry powder.
Would we return? I think so but I would definitely check out the entrees first and perhaps just share a mini. The Panda’s chain restaurants are more consistent and the quality a little better in my opinion. However, the variety is definitely less. Your choice.
The staff were very busy but cordial and helpful. Be prepared to wait especially if you go during lunch and dinner on weekends.
Chun Wah Kam is also known for their manapua and dim sum but I wasn’t in the mood for that today. Perhaps another time.