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April 8, 2013 – Breakfast
Written by: Second Stomach
After a weekend of non-stop eating, it was time for a cleanse. I pitched a bunch of ideas and in the end, congee was what people craved.
It’s been a while since I’ve been back at Congee Noodle House. I decided it was time to go back – especially for their sea bass congee.
Congee Noodle House included “The Story of Congee” in their menu:
There are a lot of congee choices. Here’s the menu for congee alone:
Here’s what we finally settled on for breakfast:
Chinese Parsley & Sea Bass Congee
Pork Intestine & Sliced Beef Congee
Soy Sauce Fried Noodles
Chinese Parsley & Sea Bass Congee – $8
This is my favorite congee. Ever since I’ve tried the sea bass congee from congee noodle house, it’s really the only one I ever order.
Since you really can’t see what’s inside, here’s a better look at the sea bass when I dug my spoon in:
- The congee here has good consistency – it’s smooth and not too thick nor too runny.
- The sea bass is also very smooth and pleasantly not fishy. Since I recently visited Congee Noodle King, I confirmed my preference for the sea bass congee at Congee Noodle House. There’s still a generous portion of fish. Today, I also found the salt level just right. Unfortunately it does appear that Congee Noodle House does charge a bit more for their version.
Pork Intestine & Sliced Beef Congee – $5.25
- This arrived to the table with lots of filling poking through.
- I was pleasantly surprised by how nicely flavored this congee was. The pork intestine and sliced beef really did penetrate through to the congee and there was plenty of it too.
- Again, the congee had great consistency – smooth and substantial.
Chinese Donut – $1.80
- A definite must if you’re getting congee.
- I really liked the Chinese donut- it was dense yet had a very spongy interior. It went really well with our congee.
Soy Sauce Fried Noodle - $4
- This was probably the most disappointing dish. The soy sauce noodles were fried with a few onions and green onions.
- Overall, I thought these noodles were ok – there were a few burnt areas which affected the taste a bit.
Here’s the bill for our table:
The Chinese Parsley & Sea Bass Congee is still my favorite and will still keep me coming back. The congee is very good here - in my opinion, one of the better places in Vancouver for congee (although overall, I prefer Congee Noodle King for the consistency and value). Ofcourse, Congee Noodle House has so many other items on the menu to offer. A huge menu of congee is complemented by a huge menu of noodles and rice. The restaurant is very spacious – and the atmosphere is incredibly casual, but the service is very quick. As casual as the items may look, they do prepare fancier ingredients like live seafood, which are likely for dinner meals. There’s a tank holding the seasonal items (lobster, crab, live prawns etc). Today we saw king crab being offered. There’s also parking behind the restaurant – although the lot is often full.
- Congee is great. Note if coming in during breakfast hours, make sure to order congee off the breakfast menu since it’s a bit cheaper than the usual menu price.
- Quick service
- Parking available behind the restaurant (but sometimes lot gets full)
- Lots of tables.
- Congee is starting to get more expensive