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Kwong Chow Congee and Noodle House

J and V Aug 1, 2010 03:29 PM

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?

  1. LotusRapper Aug 1, 2010 03:48 PM

    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.

    My $0.25

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    1. re: LotusRapper
      J and V Aug 1, 2010 04:29 PM

      Thanks LR: I checked Dinehere after I put the post up and it was pretty poorly ranked.

      1. re: J and V
        LotusRapper Aug 1, 2010 06:53 PM

        I'm personally more skeptical of Dinehere reviews as the reviewers' authenticity (and MO) can be questionable. But I'm totally open to be proven wrong in that regard.

        I put a bit more trust on Urbanspoon:


    2. fmed Aug 1, 2010 09:16 PM

      Do you have an URL J and V? I'd love to read it.

      Yeah - Kwong Chow is merely OK from my past experiences there. I do like their late night menu there.

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      1. re: fmed
        LotusRapper Aug 1, 2010 11:35 PM

        Fmed, speaking of late night snacks, Wonton King on Marine Dr. does it now.

        And also Wonton Noodles Restaurant on Hastings at Semlin (1 blk east of Victoria Dr) does excellent late-night snacks.

        1. re: LotusRapper
          fmed Aug 2, 2010 08:27 AM

          I'll make sure to check that out Lotus...I live fairly close by.

        2. re: fmed
          J and V Aug 2, 2010 10:26 AM


        3. peter.v Aug 3, 2010 12:51 AM

          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).

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          1. re: peter.v
            LotusRapper Aug 3, 2010 10:14 AM

            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.

            1. re: LotusRapper
              _js_ Aug 3, 2010 11:38 AM

              How do they make them with little eyes, where the eyes should be?

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