Tonight, I was not in the sharing mood and went with a bowl of Preserved Egg and Salted Pork Congee. To make sure I got both of their signature dishes, I also got a Wonton Noodles.
The congee, as expected, is very good. The consistency is just right, not watery; yet just thick enough. It is neither too salty or too bland. Congee lovers will understand what I am talking about. In addition, whatever congee you order, you will get more than enough ingredients in the congee itself. The salted pork was made the traditional way, marinated with salt, boiled and then hand-pulled. Just like you've seen on Fear Factor, there are a whack-load of preserved egg in the congee. Yes, it's black and moldy looking, especially with the green yolk; but trust me, it's not as bad as it looks. In fact, it has got this almost nutty flavour to it. I've had the sliced beef congee on previous visits and it's equally good. There is plenty of tender beef in the congee and thankfully, the beef isn't overly marinated with baking soda; thus retaining it's beef flavour and texture.
I consider the wonton noodles as some of the best in the GVRD. They hold up well to places like Ho Yuen Kee and Mak's. The noodles have a slightly chewy consistency; yet still soft at the same time. As you can tell from the picture, the wontons are made almost purely of crunchy shrimp. They were well-seasoned and cooked perfectly. Moreover, the soup was quite flavourful. Maybe a bit too flavourful to the point of it being salty. Milhouse went for the large Salted Fish and Chicken Fried Rice. For $8.00, it was a good value. When it arrived, even Milhouse agreed he couldn't finish it. Although the rice was seasoned quite well; the rice was not as firm as it should be. Furthermore, he kept getting fish cartilege and it annoyed him. And believe me, don't ever annoy Milhouse. He's a nice guy; but don't get him mad!
Boss Woman and Polka King shared 2 items - the Scrambled Eggs with Shrimp and Fried Rice Noodle with Beef. Although there was quite a bit of crunchy shrimp, the eggs were overcooked and looked more like fried eggs. They generally should be runny. However, the noodles were prefectly cooked being in one piece without getting mushy. Lots of tender beef were nested within the dish. In terms of ambience and service, it is a typical Chinese restaurant in this genre. It's functional and service is efficient and non-descript, when not overly busy. It's a consistent and predictable place to pick up some inexpensive Chinese eats.
- Good tasting food, especially the congee and noodles
- Open late
- Disinterested service
- Usually very busy
- Lack of parking