Congee Noodle King

Address:

3313 Kingsway

Vancouver, BC  V5R 4H3

Tel: (604) 435-6670

 

September 27, 2012 – Breakfast

Written by: Second Stomach

 

I’m sick today and feeling pretty exhausted and congested. So, this morning, I told Snowman that I needed a good bowl of congee. I decided to give Congee Noodle King a try – with 34 different types of congee on the menu, I should find one that I like.

Today, The Man in Yellow and Tattack joined us.

There really are 34 types of congee on the menu. Here’s the menu focusing on congee alone:

 

Since we came in the morning, we were able to order a few items off the morning special menu. Here’s what we had for breakfast this morning:

Chef’s Own Soy Sauce Supreme Chow Mein

Steamed Rice Roll

Wonton with Noodle

Chinese Parsley & Sea Bass Congee

Preserved Egg & Sliced Pork Congee

Steamed B.B.Q. Pork Rice Roll

 

 

Chef’s Own Soy Sauce Supreme Chow Mein – $3.00

Tattack ordered this. I don’t know how it was but it looked typical.

 

Steamed Rice Roll – $2.00

Another dish that Tattack ordered. Hot steamed rice rolls are very comforting for breakfast.

 

Wonton with Noodle – $5.10

The Man in Yellow ordered this. The wonton were hidden beneath. He finished it and said it was also what he expected.

 

Chinese Parsley & Sea Bass Congee – $6.00

This is what I ordered. Anytime I see sea bass congee, I get a little excited. The only other congee restaurant that has good sea bass congee is Congee Noodle House on Main/Broadway. I was anxious to try how this one compared.

Here’s a better look at the contents of my congee:

- There was a decent amount of sea bass here. Maybe not quite as much as Congee Noodle House, but it was pretty close.

- When the congee arrived, I could tell that the consistency seemed to look right. It had a nice glisten to it as well. When we actually tried it, we confirmed that the consistency was just right. It was smooth but substantial. It wasn’t too watery nor did it have odd chunks like some other chinese restaurants that serve congee. The congee came to us hot.

- There was a decent amount of sea bass but some tasted a bit fishy. However, I liked that overall the congee wasn’t too salty and the peanuts served in the congee were still crunchy.

- I couldn’t help compare this congee with Congee Noodle House. The sea bass congee at Congee Noodle House is a little saltier (a bit too much for my taste) but the sea bass is less fishy. There also seems to be slightly more sea bass and definitely a lot more parsley at Congee Noodle House. Overall, I give the slight edge to Congee Noodle House’s version.

 

Taste: 4/5

Presentation: 4/5

Value: 4/5

 

Preserved Egg & Sliced Pork Congee – $4.25

This was Snowman’s selection. He doesn’t usually like congee but when he orders it, he tends to like getting this one.

 

Here’s a closer look inside the congee:

- I was really impressed at how much was inside. There were absolutely HUGE pieces of sliced pork. And lots of preserved egg chunks. Some chinese restaurants are very skimpy and provide very thin slices or very small pieces of preserved egg. Not here.

- Again, the consistency of the congee was perfect. The sliced pork was really tender. Between the two congees, I actually preferred this one today.

 

Taste: 4.5/5

Presentation: 4.5/5

Value: 4.5/5

 

Steamed B.B.Q. Pork Rice Roll – $2.50

 Snowman couldn’t help but order a dish of this as well.

 

Here’s a closer look inside the rice roll:

- The rice roll was decent. The B.B.Q. pork was cut into smaller pieces but there was plenty of it. Snowman said the B.B.Q. pork wasn’t too fatty either. Definitely great value for $2.50 this morning.

Taste: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3/5

Value: 4/5

 

Here’s the bill for the 4 of us today for breakfast (the other “open food” we had for $1.25 was a beverage):

 

Congee Noodle King is a fairly large chinese eatery and the interior isn’t very attractive – it’s very much like a hole-in-the-wall. The service isn’t very good either with the servers being quite abrupt. But the food arrived quickly and the food is good and of high value. The breakfast menu and selections are particularly attractive – many of the small dishes like rice roll , white radish cake, & chow mein were all under $3.25.  I was really impressed with the congee. Congee Noodle King definitely has some of the best congees in the city and there’s a lot of variety. I will most definitely be back.

 

The good…

- Some of the best congees

- Great value expecially if coming for breakfast and ordering off breakfast menu

- Relatively quick service

- Lots of tables

 

The bad…

- Parking a bit tough to find (residential area nearby but parking restricted to residents)

- Servers are abrupt
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