Thursday, 6/29, I went to my first ChowHound lunch. The lunch was held at Chown Hwa Won (sp?) in Annandale. It is a Korean Chinease (KC) resturant which is different from korean or chinease places. KC specializes in noodles, variations sweet/hot and sour meat, and fried dumplings. The standards banchan at KC resturants are diakon, onion, black bean dip, and kimchi.
First and foremost, let me say the group consisted of 9 (I hope I counted right) of very nice, knowledgable and passionate folks. They were very enjoyable companions.
As for the food, the opinion are my own.
We order the following dishes:
1. Hae Pari Nang Chae (cold jelly fish salad with hot mustard dressing)
2. Jap Chae (Stir fried potatoe noodles with vegies)
3. Tang Su Yuk (sweet and sour beef)
4. szechuan Tang su Yuk (Hot/sweet and sour beef)
5. Juk gae Jang (hot and spice beef soup)
6. Ja Jang Myun (Noodles with Black Bean Sauce)
7. Jamp Pong (Spicy seafood noodle soup)
Only thing I didn't get to try was item 5.
The star of the meal were item 1 and 7. The jelly fish was very well done with a lot of mustard punch to it. Which I liked. It was like taking a mouth full of wasabi but it had really good texture and flavor. The Sea food noodle soup was excellent. The soup had a great deal of flavor and was sufficiently spicy without numbing your taste buds. The noodles were fat and tender with a decent amount of seafood.
Item 3 and 4 were good especially right when it came out. But as time wore on, it got less attractive. I felt it was over breaded and lacked character. You really could not taste the meat and they sauce the heck out of it. Less would have been more here. Of the two, I like the hot szechuan version much more.
2 and 6 were my least favorite. Both noodle dishes were very starchy and gummy. The sauce had no real flavor other than salt. Not sure I would order these again.
Over all, would I go back. Yes and I would definitely order the spicy seafood noodle soup.