Since we were in Tsawwassen, it was only logical to eat at a place along the way home. And guess where that "place" might be??? Yes, Richmond once again. I never seem to be able to avoid it - eating in Richmond! We were actually looking for Mak's Noodle House; but we got a bit confused when it read "McNoodle House". After a relatively long wait at 2:30pm, we got a table. You know there is good food to be found when there is a lineup in the middle of an afternoon. Upon settling into our seats, I noticed that the menu and the chopstick wrappers all read "Mak's". So I guess they changed their official name; but didn't change the other things yet? It appears they still have the same Chinese name.
With a name like "McNoodle", I can smell a lawsuit from McDonald's already.
Naturally, I decided to get the Wonton Noodle Soup, which is their signature dish. I gotta say that this is one of the best bowls of wonton noodle soup I've ever had. The noodles are perfectly al dente, which is no easy feat. It's a perfect combination of elasticity and softness. The broth itself is flavourful not in a salty way; rather it has depth. The shrimp wontons are a bit small which actually makes them easy to eat. They are full of crunchy, well-seasoned shrimp. However, the bowl is quite small, so you'll need to order something else. That something else was the Salted Pork & Century Egg Congee. Arriving in another small bowl, the steaming hot bowl of congee was not as thick as I would have liked. It became quite watery after a few spoonfuls. There was a good amount of egg and adequately salted pork. I still prefer the congee from Congee Noodle King or Congee Noodle House instead.
Vandelay decided to get something different so I could blog about it. Honestly, he really does take one for the team when I eat with him. He got the Brisket Rice Noodle Soup. As expected, the noodles were cooked perfectly while the brisket was meaty and tender. He thought the soup was not all that flavourful; but the brisket helped make up for that. Just like me, he wished that the bowl of noodles was bigger. Costanza also went for something different and settled for the Dry Noodles with Sui Gow. The sui gow were packed tightly and were good according to Costanza. However, he thought the noodles were a bit too dry, it could've used a bit more sesame oil. Again, the noodles were perfectly al dente. The 3 of us ended up sharing an appetizer platter consisting of sliced beef shank and marinated jellyfish. This was good with tender slices of meat and jellyfish that exhibited the "snap" texture when bitten into.
When I first mentioned that we were going to a wonton noodle house, I sold the idea to Rock Guy and DB Hypno that there would be non-shrimp options. Little did I know that there weren't many. You see, they don't like shrimp (in fact DB Hypno is allergic to it). Therefore, they were stuck with either getting brisket or gai lan noodles. Rock Guy went vegetarian. He also got the spring rolls on the side. They looked quite crispy and not too oily. Next time I take Rock Guy to a wonton noodle house, I'll make sure it's a crappy one, cuz they won't have any shrimp in it. LOL...
I'm not sure if I'd want to lineup for wonton noodles again since I hate lineups. The service was quite basic while still being friendly. The small portions here were almost perfect for us since we didn't want anything that heavy since dinner was only 3 hours away. However, I can see how this may not look like a good value to some. It's definitely quality over quantity here. Not everything was excellent; but the wonton noodles were indeed very good. Just make sure that you order 2 bowls if you're hungry.
- Perfectly executed noodles
- Delicately flavoured food
- Excellent wontons (albeit small)
- Portions only fit for a snack
- Small restaurant and tightly packed