Wen Xin Chinese Restaurant – Mui Choy Kau Yuk
I’ve driven by Wen Xin Chinese Restaurants literally thousands of times over the past few years. Located across the street from Makoto in Burnaby, Wen Xin is a tiny restaurant.
Actually, one of the reasons why I haven’t stopped by here sooner is because it’s located near a local high school and I didn’t feel like putting up with a bunch of rowdy kids during my lunch hour. Fortunately, during my recent visit, it was past the noon hour rush so the only other patrons were a group of older Chinese customers conversing in Mandarin.
The interior of the restaurant was small and a bit cramped. There was a large menu on the wall with everything written in Chinese.
I decided to try the $6.95 lunch special… Soy Sauce Preserved Vegetables with Steamed Rice. As usual, the English translation of the menu item was a bit nondescript. This dish actually comes with slices of pork belly on top of the preserved veggies (Mui Choy Kau Yuk).
The food arrived quite fast. Given how long it usually takes to make this dish, they must have already had some ready to go. The colouring was very light. Usually with this dish, there’s a darker soy sauce colour. Sure enough, I found the dish to lack depth in flavour in both the sauce and the preserved veggies. The five pieces of pork belly were melt-in-your-mouth tender but weren’t very meaty.
I decided to come back and try more of their menu. This is the Beef and Bitter Melon lunch special ($6.95) on rice. Bitter melon is an acquired taste and I remember not being very fond of it as a kid. The food was piping hot when it arrived at my table and, I have to say, it was pretty good. The sauce (like the Mui Choy Kau Yuk that I had previously) was very light and I would have preferred a bolder flavour to the beef. Still, this is the kind of dish that goes quite well with plain rice. The melon indeed have a bitter taste but you tend to not notice it as much once you start having a couple of bites. Texture wise, the thin slices of melon had a slight snap to the bite but the flesh was still tender.
Overall, some good value items on their lunch menu.
5240 Rumble Street