Congee Noodle King
Sundays tend to be errand days for us and this rare non-rainy March day was no different. Throw in a run to Costco and Sophie needing to visit the dog park; it wasn’t until almost 2:30pm before we managed to get something to eat (I’m not counting the quick hot dog at Costco).
It felt a bit late for lunch and too early for dinner so we decided to try out Congee Noodle King on Kingsway. We’ve driven past by this place quite often and it always seems like it’s busy. Add to that the parking issues and that explains why we’ve never been here before.
Fortunately, the restaurant started clearing out by the time that we arrived and we didn’t have trouble getting a table. Since all of the tables seemed to be having congee, we figured that we should at least give it a try. Of course, it wouldn’t be congee without the Yau Ja Gwai ($1.75) and this has to be one of the best Chinese Donuts that I’ve ever had. It seemed like they had just made it fresh so the centre was still warm and the outside had the perfect amount of crispy crunch without being overdone.
Our food started to show up only a few minutes after ordering it – say what you will about the lack of service… it seemed like they were pretty efficient in getting the food to the table. The Snow Cabbage BBQ Duck Rice Vermicelli ($6.65) was the next dish to arrive. I found it a bit odd that snow cabbage is listed first in the name because I didn’t really see much of it in the dish. For the price, this is a good value and, more importantly, it tasted great.
The Beef Rice Rolls ($3.40) is one of the few dim sum dishes that they serve here. I’m not sure if it was because we were so hungry but we thought these were done very well too. While there wasn’t a lot of meat filling, the rice rolls were velvety smooth and the addition of the green onions was a nice touch.
Our last dish to arrive was the House Special Seafood Congee ($6.65) which included prawns, fish, squid, scallops, and sliced shiitake mushrooms. Although I could do without peanuts in my congee and the squid being a bit too chewy, the congee itself had the perfect consistency – not too thick and not too watery.
I’ve read some reviews of this place that weren’t too favourable… perhaps we just got lucky or visited at the perfect time.
Note: They are cash only but the prices are very reasonable so it won’t break the bank.
Posted on May 19, 2013, in Chinese, Dim Sum, Noodle House, Restaurant Review and tagged Chinese, Congee, Dim Sum, Food, Killarney, Noodle House, restaurant review, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.