Cheap-Ass Dining At Hon’s Wun Tun House


Hon’s Wun Tun House has been around so long it qualifies as a tourist attraction (which may explain why the restaurant sells Hon’s T-shirts and mugs). Started in 1972 in old Chinatown as a small Hong Kong style won tun and noodle house, Hon’s has expanded into a decent size chain, with locations in Vancouver, New West, Coquitlam and Richmond. We decided to hit the Richmond location because a very good friend of mine is back in town and the first place she wanted to eat at was Hon’s.

The Richmond Hon’s, like all the other Hon’s, is a no-frills cafeteria-style, fast food Chinese restaurant. They are well known for their wun tun in MSG infested soup and “potstickers.” The only reason Hon’s is listed in the fine dining category is because I don’t have a cheap-ass dining category, which is what Hon’s is. The price maybe low, but the food is actually quite good. Here’s what we had.

BBQ Ducks With Noodles


This is a classic noodle dish. The BBQ duck is nice and juicy and the soup base has so much MSG, you’ve be craving for a Coke after. We tried the dish with two different types of noodles. The thing I like about this dish is a Coke taste SO GOOD after!

Beef With Egg Swirled In Noodle


This is Teresa’s favorite dish. She has never been able to order it at any other restaurant because it’s not a menu item. If you don’t like what’s on the Hon’s menu, you can request a custom made item, and the beef with egg swirled in noodle is just that. Normally, the dish is served with rice.

One Half Soy Chicken


I used to eat a lot of soy chicken wings but for some reason, many Chinese BBQ places don’t sell them anymore. Instead, they sell the entire chicken. Hon’s serves their soy chicken with an oil and ginger sauce.

Taro & Honeydew Bubble Tea


Yes, Hon’s is getting into bubble tea! The Richmond Hon’s has subleased part of their restaurant to iPearl. I am not sure if Hon’s owns them or if they are an independent business. The bubble tea had good flavor but the pearls were too chewy and lumped together. iPearl offered a loyalty card that gives you one free bubble tea after you buy nine.

Together, all the food at Hon’s came to just $37 with tips. That’s pretty cheap for three people. We couldn’t finish the beef with egg noodle dish. Teresa packed it in a doggie bag to take home.

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59 thoughts on “Cheap-Ass Dining At Hon’s Wun Tun House”

  1. Tyler says:

    I’ve always wanted to goto Hon’s. There is one in Coquitlam and it’s always packed.

    I was told Hon’s is better to go in a group so you can share dishes.

    1. I think that’s best with every Chinese resteraunt. It’s part of the culture, to pass around and share the dishes. So yes, bring a group of friends/family.

      1. Jonix says:

        It’s not only the chinese restaurants. Many restaurants in this days are suitable better for groups.

        1. Marc says:

          Yeah we went to an Indian restaurant that had that same theme going. Each thing you could order was meant to be shared. It made for an interesting adventure 🙂

      2. Dave says:

        There is a moderately sized / priced Chinese food place in my tiny home town. People come from 100’s of miles away to eat there.

        It’s exactly that style, order a bunch of dishes and share it around 🙂

    2. Don Wilson says:

      Looks like some real edible stuff, unlike the $1,000+ places you keep going to 😉

  2. Alex says:

    I’d like to get my hands on one of those bubble teas.. I never saw something quite like it 😐

    1. Jonix says:

      I agree alex, they seem quite good. What that teas have at the bottom? Is chocolate mini-balls?

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Those little black things are “pearls” or the “bubbles”. They’re made of tapioca.

        And bubble tea is EVERYWHERE in the Vancouver area.

        1. Gath says:

          Melbourne, too.

    2. KidBlogger says:

      I think its just a shake with pearls?

    3. Dave says:

      I shudder at bubble tea. I had one at the exhibition in Toronto last year, and it was good…I liked it alot.

      However, now for some strange and unexplainable reason, whenever I think of bubble tea and those little jellies in it, I feel like throwing up lol

      1. Alex says:

        You probably got sick of it..

  3. hejustlaughs says:

    Never had bubble tea? It’s cool at first but it’s nothing special after you’ve had it.

    1. Alex says:

      Actually, when I think about it, I had one long time ago.. I didn’t like it very much. Like John said, it was to chewy 😕

  4. That duck is looking mighty tasty 🙂

    1. Jonix says:

      :S i’m getting to eat now, gee! :mrgreen:

    2. KidBlogger says:

      it makes me hungry!

    3. Dave says:

      QUACK! QUACK! 🙂

  5. Ed Lau says:

    Whoa, Teresa’s back in town? Say hi for me.

  6. Scot says:

    What is bubble tea?

    1. KidBlogger says:

      just a certain kind of tea? 😯

      1. You just got to try it, when the wave goes over. 😀 It died out in Asia already. Everyone got so full of it.

    2. Dave says:

      It’s a kind of sweet juice like drink, that has little tapioca balls in it

  7. Wow, that all looks yummy.

    1. Marc says:

      I’m with you there. A lot of John’s food is a bit too out there for my tastes, but those dishes look simply delicious.

      1. Dave says:

        Yeah same here, but I really want to try and expand my horizons when it comes to food. I’ve been trying things I wouldn’t normally try lately.

  8. Nice looking for there John, up to six entries now,

    people are making you evil over at my contest!

    1. Dave says:

      Wow, I wonder what John thinks of that…uh art?

      1. Alex says:

        …It’s hard to comprehend

  9. James says:

    In Chicago, people line up outside the restaurants for 10-15 minutes for bubble tea.
    Rest of the food looks great!

    1. Nick says:

      I know, I just don’t get it. When we go to Lao Sze Chuan on Archer, my friends always want to stop for the bubble tea.

      But the duck looks very tasty. And I am far from any decent all-night Chinese place. 🙁

  10. Taro bubble tea! Excellent, excellent stuff. I’m very, very addicted to taro slushes from Pacific Mall in Toronto. It’s like taking taro bubble tea and making it 100 times better! :mrgreen:

    1. Jonix says:

      what’s that?

    2. KidBlogger says:

      count me in to taro! 😀

  11. Michael Kwan says:

    Hon’s might be good, but they’re far from being the cheapest or the best. That and the Chinatown location is better (tasting) than the Richmond one.

  12. KidBlogger says:

    Yumm!!! I love taro! :mrgreen:

  13. derrich says:

    Too bad, John! I already ate. This is the first food review I read that didn’t make me hungry. Although the food does look good. Maybe I’ll come back and read it tomorrow for lunch. 😎

  14. Dave says:

    I am craving Chinese food now, but I’ll have to settle for the pizza in the oven 🙂

  15. Low price doesn’t equals bad food. Or vice-versa. 😀 They really do look yummy!

    1. Dave says:

      Most definitely, You can find some very reasonably priced food, that is quite tasty. Just don’t go for no $2.99 Lunch Buffets 🙂

      1. Nick says:

        Most world-class cities have a specialty forum site devoted to discussing great restaurants at reasonable prices. As a frequent traveller, I find these to be a tremendous benefit. It’s a leap from the early 1990s when I’d be in Europe and have to hope that the Frommer’s $40 a Day guide had something that was not too much of a tourist trap.

  16. Piggy says:

    Guess I’ll have to stop by there and check it out sometime

  17. Matt Jones says:

    I love soy chicken :mrgreen: Its the best type of chicken, hands down.

  18. ilker says:

    HAHAHAH!! 😆 That’s where you want to take me out for dinner? 😯

  19. Uhm…bubble tea…never heard about it… 😕 Where can I find one in Italy (if I can)?

  20. Albert Law (gnool) says:

    Wow.. how wish I am there to try out the foods? 😆 i’m starving..

  21. Amanda says:

    I haven’t been able to eat that cheap for even 2 people in a long time

    and what exactly is this bubble in the tea?

    1. Dave says:

      Little tapioca balls. I’m not a fan…kinda nasty 😛

  22. Rosie says:

    Ew! Hon’s! It’s only good if you like rat droppings and cockroaches with your food!!

    But that BBQ duck and soya sauce chicken sure look good!!

  23. Martina says:

    Bleahhhhh…beef with egg…i could’nt eat it!!!

    1. KidBlogger says:

      BTW it tastes good for me :mrgreen:

  24. That looks like one heck of a deal, except for the fact all of the food looks a little strange.



  25. fumbler says:

    I so should NOT read your blog when I’m hungry! The food looks damn good and has my mouth watering onto my keyboard. Thanks for sharing your restaurants with us! Gives me some new places to try out around town!

  26. KidBlogger says:

    I still want that bubble tea!!! 😯

  27. Whoever invented tapioca should be given a medal. Every time I come across this article I crave for the stuff!!

  28. blabWire says:

    I’m really digging how the teas look. I love finding places like this in my area, although they are few and far between.


  29. Mr. Red says:

    I’m still going to stick to cheeseburgers.

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