Now, when I think of a China factory the first thing that comes to my mind is a bunch of Chinese workers manufacturing consumer and electronic goods for the world market. There's a reason why this place is called the China Factory Chinese Kitchen--it's because you take on the role of the worker and create your own dinner by choosing from a variety of dishes, minus the long hours and low wages, and the fact that you're paying to do this. Let's get on with the review, shall we?
Approaching the China Factory Chinese Kitchen you immediately get a sense of the decor and ambiance that they've created. The waiting area is secluded from the dining area via an automatic sliding door. This helps create a pleasant dining experience--as opposed to places where you can see people waiting for a table giving you the evil eye to finish up and leave!
They had a lot of these terracotta soldiers standing guard throughout the entire restaurant:
I mentioned how we would be the brains behind our dinner since we both had to choose dishes for dinner. We had a choice of three dishes each, access to their unlimited dim sum bar, plus dessert. They had various seafood dishes, so if you are a big fan then this place might be for you. Here are pictures of the menu to give you an idea of what we had to choose from:
What's that? You can't decide because you tend to over-analyze things in life? Well, you can always choose from one of their combination dinners:
Alright, that was tough but we managed to get through it. Ordering is pretty easy if you can't speak Korean. Just tick off the numbers on the provided sheet and away you go!
First up, how about some dim sum to start our meal? I went to the dim sum bar and got us a sample of each variety:
The selection here was limited (it definitely was not a mega dim sum of over 100 dishes), but if you're also ordering multiple dishes with dinner, how much dim sum can you really eat? To the cook on the left, smile, because you've made it onto the internet!
The first dish was their stir fried seafood and scallop dish. It has been a long time coming since we have experienced a stir fry dish that resembled Chinese food from back home! It was pretty tasty and had a good selection of shrimp, scallops, squid, clams, and mixed veggies:
For our second dish we had the Sichuan (Szechuan) style spicy grilled shrimp with stir fried spinach. These shrimp were more like tiger prawns. Again, we were happy with this dish and it tasted fantastic. What was the best part of the dish you ask...?
...sucking the guts and juice out of the prawn's head of course (my dad would be proud of me right about now)! MMmmm....deelicious!
This was probably my favorite dish out of all. It was their tenderloin stir fry with black bean sauce and mushrooms. The beef was so tender it literally melted in our mouths. One side note was the dish came lukewarm which I found very odd. I soon realized as we were leaving why it wasn't piping hot. They have a conveyor belt system that transfers dishes from one side of the kitchen to the other. The belt is so long even boiling water won't make it to the end of the line without going cold!
Next up, we had their Sichuan style clear noodle soup (it was spicy) and mixed stir fried rice with shrimp:
Right about now we were getting stuffed, but I was determined to keep going. A little loosening of the belt and I was back in action, baby. Here we have their original hot and sweet fried chicken. It tasted like sweet and sour chicken and was very good too:
*Burp*...excuse me, but here we will move onto the dessert portion. A simple fruit plate consisting of half a banana, previously frozen lychees, pineapple, and these tiny tart flavored mandarin-like oranges (someone help me out here!):
It doesn't end there, you get a choice of "coppee" or ice cream...we went with the ice cream:
Wow, looking back that was a lot of food for two people. The price for dinner was 22,800w ($24USD) each, not including a 10% VAT (Value Added Tax) which is an auto gratuity added to the bill (there is no tipping in South Korea!). For the money spent, we enjoyed a satisfying meal in a pleasant dining atmosphere. How to get there? The China Factory Chinese Kitchen is located beside Cold Stone Creamery by the Mokdong Megabox and across from the SkyView 41 building.