chinese restaurant -vancouver
looking for a chinese restaurant that serves good, basic classics like chop suey, chow mein and the likes. this is to accommodate a picky eater who does not like anything spicey or more unusual than the basic meat and starch retinue so my usual szechuan haunts are out of the running. any suggestions? I hear On Lok on E Hastings is not bad but lacks ambience. Anyone eaten there?
On Lok's a long-time institution and kudos to them for their longevity, esp. being in Vancouver. They're old-school that can satisfy and sustain the traditional Chinese families as well as the most un-initiated. But they ain't nouveau nor fusion. Ambiance is lacking (but should I say they're "full of character" ?), prices are cellar-low, and services are large and greasy with expected MSG and glow-in-dark sauces for your sweet & sour or lemon proteins.
Is E. Hastings your target area, or are there other areas you'd consider ?
My typo above, it should have read: "prices are cellar-low, and PORTIONS are large and greasy ....". Sorry.
You can read up on Urbanspoon Vancouver these options, assuming middle-of-the-road pricing is your target:
- Wonton Noodle King (Kingsway @ Joyce)
- Wonton Noodle House (Broadway @ Quebec)
- Hon's (various locations): http://www.hons.ca/
- Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House (Main @ E.15/16
)- Daimo Noodle Express (Granville @ W.65)
- Michigan Noodle Restaurant (Alexandra @ Kwantlen, Richmond)
- Mui Garden (various locations): http://www.muigarden.com/
- Honolulu Cafe (various locations
)- Koon Bo (Victoria @ 33) and Koon Lock (Victoria @ E.46)
There's prolly at least a dozen other respectable restos in this genre around town.
Had the "old style Chinese" chow mein and the chicken and salted fish fried rice today at Foo's Ho Ho. Well executed and cheap -- $10.95 and $11.95 for giganto portions (would have fed four) and just that hint o' grease in the noodle dish that I actually look for in this kind of cooking. I didn't realize the cook there used to own Foo's, my all time fave in Chinatown, long since turned into a knicknack store.