I will admit, I have been a Top Chef addict this season, which got me thinking about Wilmington's own Top Chef competitor, Keith Rhodes. Add that to an article in Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and I was craving a chance to try his food. I actually live very close to Catch, but I looked it up online and those prices were a little steep for a take-out dinner to eat at home. When I looked up Phun, however, the prices shocked me. $9 for the Hong Kong Noodle Bowl? Sold!
I called in my order, and then headed downtown to pick it up. I circled the block twice before finally parking and walking to find it. It is literally a hole in the wall! It seats maybe 20 people total in a skinny, long space. You can see into the kitchen (kinda cool) and they had a bar with a fishtank and a TV (showing what else? Top Chef!). As far as I could tell, there was one waitress/to-go order taker, cashier, phone answerer... and then 2 guys cooking in the back (neither were Keith, of course). The decor was nice and felt sophisticated, but the waitress was in jeans and a black t-shirt. She rang up my food and brought it to me quickly. I got home and was impressed with the way it was packaged. The noodles, pork belly, and wontons were in one container while the broth was in the other so that everything didn't get soggy. Very smart! And the food.... yummmm! Like comfort food but tastier and didn't feel fatty. I have been dying to try pork belly, since they cook it all the time on the show, and it was delicious. Greasy, flavorful, crisp, yet softened in the broth... everything was delicious. Will definitely be going back, hopefully to eat in next time!!
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