Kwong Chow Congee and Noodle House
An article in the Wall Street Journal (of all places!) yesterday called this (along with Sun Sui Wah) "the best Chinese food I have had outside of China" yet I cannot find any comments on it on the Board; anyone like to comment on what seems a pretty strong rec?
Well that WSJ reviewer is mis-informed, then ! But then again it's his/her opinion based on his/her (very very limited) experiences of local Chinese food.
If they mean the one on Main St at 15/16 Ave, they're way off the mark. KC is a pretty standard Cantonese noodles/congee/rice place, decent value, serviceable interior but no more outstanding than Congee Noodle House (E. Broadway @ Quebec), one of the slightly better places of this genre.
I wouldn't call Sun Sui Wah the best Chinese food outside of China. Frankly I don't know if any Vancouver Chinese restaurant can make that kind of claim. We do have some of the best/near-best Chinese food in N. America, esp. when monetary value is put into the equation.
I do adore Kwong Chow, but mostly because my nocturnal self often enjoys going for deep fried spicy silver fish and seafood congee at 1 AM on Wednesday nights. Their service is some of the better I've had in the congee/late night joints I've been to, but I'm a semi regular, and I am fairly passive about service in such restaurants. To consider them some of the best Chinese outside of China makes me think I'm either incredibly fortunate to have them around the corner from me (highly unlikely) or that the writer has lost touch with the dining public (more likely).
Lucky you (to live so close to KC, and Toshi Sushi) !!
I just learned recently that in many restaurants like these, the spicy silver fish (whitebait) contains NO fish at all, just slivers of dough that's deep-fried then coated in the seasoning. Actually one of KC's waitresses told me that. Shocking (to me), but isn't that kind of deceptive.