WanFu Chinese Restaurant has been a Pompano Beach staple since 1983. The location is a bit out of the way and unassuming but it’s still a local favorite. It’s one of the few Chinese Restaurants that still has a full service large ‘dining room’ as well as a brisk take out business. Immediately in front of you as you walk in the door is a display case of their dishes. I knew they were plastic, but they were very lifelike.
Our visit for dinner found a dining room that was starting to fill up and we got sat immediately at one of the booths. We were early enough for the dinner specials, which probably accounts for the earlier crowd (I refuse to call it ‘early bird’). The inside of the restaurant looked clean and definitely circa 1983. You can tell they just maintain the dining room and little has been done to the décor, but it kind of works here. It’s a bit of a ‘time warp’ and really brings back memories of the Chinese restaurants of long ago.
We were given menus, waters and those crunchy fried wonton crisps that were freshly made. These are addicting. We never eat these when we get take out, but I guess when they are in a bowl on the table, they are more appealing. They also drop off a hot pot of tea for the table which Jeff went through the whole pot. Just a head’s up, the service pace here is noticeably slower than most other places. But we expected this after eating here several times and enjoyed the tea and wonton crisps.
The menu has your expected Chinese dishes and the dinner specials were on a separate menu. Specials include choice of soup, egg roll, fried rice or white rice and ice cream. A secret we’ll share with you is here at WanFu is that they also serve Korean specialties. They even have a separate menu, which you have to request. Here’s a copy of the Korean menu.
We heard the table next to us ordering items and stressing “Korean Style” and we took note for our next visit. The place was busy and our server took our orders and my soup and eggroll came out almost immediately with our main courses shortly after.
Wonton soup (included in dinner special) – This was still very hot in temperature and I had to let it cool a bit. The broth was clear in appearance and not that ‘electric yellow’ that some take-out spots have. I liked the flavor of the broth and found it not to be too salty. The cabbage added freshness to it and the wontons were delicate in flavor and texture. I was impressed.
Egg Roll (included in dinner special) – The egg roll came out with the soup and was also very hot. It was freshly out of the fryer, another great sign. While it was a little greasy, the flavor was pretty good. The cabbage was fresh and the salt was light. I found the duck sauce added a bit more flavor.
Boneless Spare Rib combo ($11.25). I’m a sucker for boneless ribs and I always have to try them at a Chinese Restaurant. These were amazing. They were some of the leanest I’ve had with hardly any fat to be found. They must have charred these in the back since they had an awesome BBQ flavor with some crisp edges. Maybe this was a fusion of Chinese and Korean because the sauce didn’t have any of the 5 spice flavor. It was slightly sweet and savory with the perfect balance of flavor. The fried rice is a bit different here. They don’t add any vegetables, only some egg and seasoning. I found it good to be served with an entrée, but on its own it might need some help. I did hear the table next to me order their fried rice “Korean Style”, which I will try next time. Overall, I really liked the dish.
Chocolate ice cream (included in the combo) – Your standard ice cream, but it was actually nice to have it included with the meal. It was the perfect amount and satisfied my sweet tooth.
Korean Spicy Noodle Soup ($11.50). Jeff ordered a Korean soup and WOW, this is a meal-sized bowl. We think it’s really soup for two and that meant leftovers the next day. Loaded with seafood (shrimp, calamari) and vegetables that extend higher than the edge of the bowl.
Just like the name, this dish is very spicy. You have to eat this with a spoon, fork and scissors. Yes, they bring you scissors to cut the long homemade noodles. It was a little funny to see the looks from the other customers when using the scissors. I really would consider this a noodle dish instead of a soup.
Our dinner at WanFu Chinese Restaurant was another enjoyable visit and we will definitely return. The prices very reasonable, portions were huge and we both had leftovers. The dinner specials are quite the deal and are a must. If you visit, try some of the Korean specialties, the servers will help you out and they were spot on for us.
Wanfu Chinese Restaurant is located at 2301 W Sample Rd Pompano Beach, FL 33073.