Won Kok Restaurant
- Payment method:
- all major credit cards, master card, visa
- Chinatown, Central LA, Historic Cultural
- Asian Restaurants, Chinese Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Chinese, Pan Asian
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Below Average
the deep-fried bean curd is unique--thick, golden, crunchy batter that sticks well on above-averaged-sized pieces of bean curd. i give the bean curd on a good day here 5 starts (there are days where they're good, but not great).
the other regular entrees i've been getting over the years are the deep-fried chow mein hong kong-sytle, roast duck, walnut mayonnaise shrimp, and sweet & sour pork. i give these 3.5-4.5 stars.
over the many years i've been going to won kok, the food quality has been consistent.
NOTE: this is a chinese restaurant that cops, filipinos, and hispanics almost exclusively seem to fancy; i rarely see chinese people here, other than any chinese friends with me and the staff.
07/11/2011Provided by Citysearch -
A friend recommended this place to check out and he will no longer be allowed to recommend anything any longer because this place is a disaster. I felt I was transported to the 70s and not in a good way. The whole place looked dingy and the chairs and tables looks like they were about to fall apart at any moment. The floors....OMG... don't get me wrong, I don't expect the floors to look pristine but I also don't expect it to look like it hasn't been mopped in 6 years either. The food is almost ok but the noodles we ordered came to us COLD. Like it's been sitting there for 15 min. Must have been another table's order but they cancelled last min. and they were just waiting for someone else to order the same thing. It was my 1st time coming here and will be the last. The only reason I'd come back here again is if every restaurant in Chinatown closes down expect for this one.
12/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
On recommendation of Dwayne Thorin at The Coffee Gallery in Altadena, we tried it. We'll be back well before next Christmas!
A short block-and-a-half waddle from the Chinatown Gold Line station South on Spring to Alpine and across. Even easy returning, via the elevator, with some bao-to-go for the sick one at home.
Honey Walnut Shrimp (didn't find it on the huge menu) to die for, fairly ordinary pork chow mein with fine noodles, and the yummy duck congee, a pot of good oolong tea; $25 for 3; that's hard to beat.
Yes, it's a funky joint, but we didn't come for fancy decor. Pretty outsides bring tourists; a great kitchen brings back the locals as regulars.
07/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I actually signed up to CitySearch just to leave a review of this place. Due to a series of unfortunate events, I ended up eating here at Christmas (don't ask) and I still feel sick just remembering the experience. The place was bumping, but we really wanted to eat Chinese food and someone (a pox on her and her entire family!) had once recommended this place. We had no problem with the wait, as it's usually a good sign, and we were eventually seated in the main room, which was filled to capacity. When our food arrived, we were ravenous and dug in straight away. Unfortunately, my wife and I were unable to finish any of the dishes we ordered (and we ordered a lot because we were hungry), as the food was just...horrible. I literally felt sick to my stomach and had to order some beer to get rid of the taste. We left most of the food on the table and I haven't been back to Chinatown since, even though I live just down the road. I'm so disappointed with C-town. The only decent place is Yang Chow, but it's too busy most of the time. The Plum Tree Inn is a poor second. But, Won Kok truly deserves its name. I still gag when I drive past it and will probably remember it when I'm old and senile.
08/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Talk about a hole in the wall! I had my doubts and was very worried the first time I went. Since then we have been going at least once a week. I introduced a friend and I kid you not, he went days in a row the next few weeks. You can eat like a king for what seems like pennies. Plus, they serve some dim sum items all day, unlike other places. It's like Yang Chow but at Won Kok the portions are twice as big, the wait is half as long and you want more when you are done. You see everything from Detectives, Traffic Control, Police Officers, Nurses, and even Mariachi come each here. It's the best! And it's open until 3 a.m.!
10/11/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Chinese Food done old school. Won Kok is one of those restaurants that brings you back in time. The dragons spiraling over post and the red coat wait staff bring me back to the China town of my youth. But not only is the decor old school so is the food. From greasy pan fried noodles that slide down your throat with the greatest of ease to the pork chop with special xoxo sauce that brings you to your knees. Yup I'm a fan and I'm so happy places like this still exist in LA.
03/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I was introduced to Won Kok by my girlfried last year. Because of the dim atmosphere and location of the restaurant, I was a bit reluctant to go. I am definitely glad I went. Since my visit I have made this my prime chinese eatery when Im in the downtown area. The food here is excellent. They have a wide variety of dishes. The prices are incredible cheap and the service is fantastic. If you are not comfortable eating in, get take out. You could order about five different entrees (including shrimp) for roughly $45.
01/25/2006Provided by Citysearch -
It's one of my fave chinese restaurant in chinatown. Me, my family & friends love to dine in here. Most of the food in the menus are really great including their dumplings, siomai & baked goods>>>SIOPAO etc.
Friendly staff, affordable food. It's really worth dining in WON KOK.