Want Chinese food in Honduras? You got it! Want the BEST Chinese food in the Honduras? Then you might have to take a trip to Utila, for the exceptional chefery taking place at the Foo King Wok. This is more than Chinese food, Foo King Wok is an Asian fusion masterpiece, with a dash of Indian spice on the side.
In my travels across Honduras, I noticed that there are Asian inspired restaurants across the country. Makes sense, traditional Honduran cooking is often done in large batches, like Chinese food, using similar ingredients. I can’t say I’ve eaten at them all, but I am going to make this bold statement anyway; I dare anyone to find me a Chinese food restaurant in Central America with a more dedicated and inspired chef, able to produce top quality, mouth watering dishes, guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. There should be a warning at the entrance of this establishment: Addiction Imminent.
Allow me to present my arguments for this grandiose statement, in form of photo evidence. Crispy sesame pork anyone?
The first time I went to try Chef Scotty’s island famous cooking, I went with a friend, a fellow Toronto-nian (we know Chinese food). A casual meal, on a casual night. We found the dining area behind Parrot’s Dive Center, on the path that leads to the popular Tranquila dock bar. Everything was fantastic! I really liked the colorful Vietnamese salad rolls (not pictured sadly) as a starter; something raw with every meal is a rule I try to live by. After getting through half of my General Foo order, I just wanted to rub my belly and lie in a hammock. It’s the kind of meal that I can’t stop eating, even when I’m full. My taste buds just want more.
And apparently so did my dinner companion. This was the night I learned that throwing out some high fives is a good way to turn off an interested suitor. Nothing says “no-romance here” like a friendly high five!
On my second visit to Foo King Wok, Chef Scotty was in fine form. He spins around the open concept kitchen with such precision, I think he could do it in his sleep. Scotty started cooking at the age of 7, when a close friend of the family with a catering business turned his keen interest in the culinary world, into spare help. Well traveled, with a Masters in Psychology, he’s not just a great cook, but a very interesting guy. Just don’t even try to talk to him while he’s cooking. And definitely don’t use a flash to take his picture if he’s in the middle of working his magic!
I learned that the hard way when one of his assistants shooed me away in sheer terror that I might throw the wok emperor from his groove. Another lesson learned.
Armed with the knowledge of how popular this venue is, my larger table (made up of my favorite EcoMarine dive buddies) called ahead to make a reservation. Checked the facebook page for the night’s menu, and placed our order in advance over the phone. Famished from the day, we were all very happy to be served our dinners just as our first round of beverages arrived. I have heard talk of some who have waited for great lengths of time to get their food. The Foo King Wok restaurant team that back Chef Scotty are definitely kept hopping! They can only do so much tho… Chef Scotty is only one man, holding all the secrets to every recipe. It’s taken him a lifetime to acquire the knowledge and skills that make these meals possible. If time is a factor for you, place your order in advance.
Every recipe is a well thought out creative creation. The meaty meals are pleasingly heavy with vegetables. Menu items allow a choice of sticking to a healthy diet, or getting dirty in the sweet-spicy-sticky-sinfully-delicious. I fooken kid you not! General foo, Sesame, Sweet and sour, Kung PAO, Red THAI curry, Pad Thai, Bourbon-pomelo teriyaki, Pork Wontons, Garlic Lo Mein noodles, Masaman curry, Szechuan, Shiitake in Oyster sauce; the menu is always evolving.
Us divers ordered one of everything from the menu. Promptly following the meal, half the group DID go to sleep in hammocks. It would have been the whole group I’m sure, had there been enough hammocks. My leftovers didn’t even make it home. There’s always someone that just want’s “a taste”. Ya, sure… a taste!? Giving out a taste means never seeing those sweet delectable morsels again. Advice: Go straight home with the well wanted leftovers!
Of course you can’t go home before enjoying an after dinner digestive beverage: homemade hibiscus tea, white and red wine, Flor de Caña rum, Absolut vodka, Bombay sapphire gin or a local beer?
This evening, my third Foo King Wok experience is a quiet dinner for two with my neighbor, following an afternoon of swimming in the fresh water caves. There’s a little disappointment when I learn there’s no Vietnamese salad rolls on the menu, but was understanding, once I learned the valuable sous-chef had been given the night off. Hence, no photos. The lettuce wraps were a fair substitute, but really they need to get that guy back to work! I want my vegetable rainbow rolls back, already. I googled stock photos of this dish, and none of the professional photos looked as good as what I had.
Friendly, fun staff is just a bonus to this dining experience. Professional server, Leon, took amazing care of all 3 of my tables. Going back to the main point: I double dog dare you to find me a better “Chinese food”/ Asian fusion restaurant in Honduras, or Central America! Come at me, bro.
For reservations and deliveries please call 32666553
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