Believe it or not, I was really not in the mood to eat after hockey tonight. Yes, there are instances when food is not a priority. You see, I had just finished sharing a really large platter of meat at the Alpen Club. I was hardly hungry. Even after a mediocre performance in late night ice hockey (it was because of the meat!), I was not hungry. However, Polka King actually wanted to go eat. He was coming down with something and thought that a nice bowl of congee would help his cause. On a side note, it's quite a coincidence that where I ate tonight is exactly the venue where Polka King gets his nickname. He plays in a German band which happens to play on most Fridays at the Alpen Club. Nothing unusual right? Unless you consider the fact that he's Chinese. Yup, imagine the look on people's faces when they hear him "polka'ing" in German...
So off we went looking for late night congee at Congee Noodle House (one of the best in town). Doh! They're not open late on weekdays! Now getting quite late (or is it early @ 1:38am), we made our down Main Street. I was just about to speed by 16th when I spotted an "open" sign at Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House. Screeching to a stop, I pulled into a parking spot. Apparently they were just beginning to close up, so we ordered right away. Despite this, the owner-lady was very nice and didn't rush us. Polka King got the Chicken & Mushroom Congee. He remarked that it was scorching hot and full of ingredients. A fine congee; yet not as thick or good as Congee Noodle King.
For me, I had the other specialty, Wonton & Sui Gow Noodles. I've heard about their good wonton noodles and this bowl did not disappoint. The noodles were the perfectly chewy with the desired "rebound" texture. The wontons were all shrimp and excellent in my books. Not as big as Tsim Chai; but better in my opinion. Crunchy and moderately seasoned, the natural shrimp flavour really came through (with some sesame oil). The only thing that could've been better was the soup. It was quite bland. Lastly, for no other reason than to try something else, I got the Salted Fish & Chicken Fried Rice. I found it rather bland and the rice a tad mushy. I did like the copious amount of died chicken and crispy lettuce. Although not being hungry, I dusted off my bowl of noodles and 2 small bowls of rice... thanks to Polka King...
- Good portions
- Friendly staff
- For what we tried, more seasoning would help
- Area lacks parking