Restaurant Reviews

Hakka Chow - Class  Casual  Restaurant

Food           ★★★★☆          
Ambiance    ★★★★☆   
Service        ★★★ ☆☆   
Creativity     ★★★★★ 
Value           ★★★★ ☆
meal for 2 $25-35 plus drinks
Full bar
 
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label Local business type:  Restaurant
info Name: Hakka Chow
attach_money Price range: $$
flag Cuisine: Asian Fusion | Chinese
location_on Address: 615 St George Square Ct | Winston-Salem | NC 27103 | USA
phone Telephone: 336-893-8178
public Website: www.hakka-chow.com
 

This was our first visit to this very interesting restaurant in Winston-Salem.  Hakka Chow is an Asian Fusion restaurant that has Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese and Indian dishes and influence.    I have never seen the fusion of Indian and Korea Foods!  The owner is Chinese but lived in India which created this very interesting blend of foods.  There are MANY things on the menu that I would like to try.  Things like Korean BBQ Naan Flatbread and more are begging to be tried!  Hakka Chow had a VERY creative menu with too many things I wanted to try.  Obviously, I will have to go back.....  

Hakka Chow is a fairly large restaurant that is professionally designed and decorated.  It is very pleasing to the eye.  The restaurant is broken up into subsections that all have a view of the somewhat open kitchen.  They did a fantastic job in designing this restaurant.

Hakka Chow is not an expensive restaurant, but many of the dishes are slightly more than other Chinese restaurants in the area.  This is not a surprise as many of the Triads Chinese restaurants are very sub par and their food reeks of the cheapness.  I think it is well worth paying a few more dollars for a dish that is prepared better.  I have been served a plate of mostly stir fried onions at too many local Chinese restaurants.  I feel the price value ratio at Hakka Chow is excellent.  Good food at a decent price.

Service at Hakka Chow was good.  Our server was above average.  She was extremely helpful in making suggestions of dishes she has had and honest about the dishes she has not tasted.  Hakka Chow has a very large menu and it would take a while to taste everything they have to offer and many servers will give you the reply "everything is good".   

The hostess/host was a bit off.  One person was on the phone taking reservations while another just stood there as we waited.  No one said we will be with you in a minute and there was not any acknowledgment that we were there.  Kind of odd.  This was the only spot that showed any weakness in Hakka Chows service.

 

Tonight I started with Hakka Chows Hot and Sour soup.  

This is one soup that I really enjoy when it is made right. Unfortunately, this dish can be a very weak dish at many restaurants.  I have had some fantastic Hot and sour soups in Asia, but rarely in the USA.  Hakka Chow's Hot and sour soup was a bit weak.  More of a chicken soup with cornstarch and a touch of vinegar and white pepper. The broth was very tan/yellow and it had no roasted notes of a chefs soup stock and it has little to no soy  sauce.  I prefer a richer broth with roasted notes and well-rounded umami and kokumi notes.  Hakka Chow's hot and sour soup lacked these flavor complexities.

Hakka Chow Hot and Sour Soup

 

Next, I had Hakka Chows Korean Beef Bulgogi.

 I have had Bulgogi at  several restaurants in Seoul South Korea that ranged from Good to excellent. Bulgogi in high-end restaurants in Korea will be served on a charcoal grill at your table.  The server will place cuts of well-marinated meats on the grill and you eat them directly from the grill.  Lower end restaurants will cook the meat in the kitchen.    So I do know my Bulgogi's!

Hakka chow is fairly consistent with the lower end Bulgogi that you could get in Korea.  Pre-cooked meat in the kitchen, so you do not get the freshly grilled meat with a nice bark/crust.  Hakka Chows marinated flavor was spot on to traditional Bulgogi. It was served over a bed of lettuce and cucumbers with kimchi on top and sprinkled with sesame seeds.  This was a nice touch, but the lettuce quickly goes limp with the heat of the Bulgogi on top.  The vegetables added a nice dimension of crunch at first and then turned into limp lettuce.

What was not traditional was the meat was stir fried with mushrooms and onions.  This worked well with the flavors of the Bulgogi.

Hakka Chows Korean Beef Bulgogi
We also had Hakka Chow's Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll.Spicy tuna, cucumber and cream cheese.  Topped with avocado, eel fried shallots, roasted garlic. Drizzled with spicy mayo and wasabi aioli.   

 

Hakka Chow's Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll

 

Overall, I really like Hakka Chow and I will definitely be back to try some of their other dishes.

 

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