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May 10, 2012 12:01 PM

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?

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    1. 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 ?

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        Thanks Sam and LotusRapper for your suggestion and verification respectively. Am willing to travel far and wide in Vancouver as I have a car.

        1. re: annastasia

          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):
          - 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):
          - 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.

          1. re: LotusRapper

            For a snapshot of Chinese food from the Vancouver old-school, Koon Bo and Grandview Szechuan would be my two picks.

            1. re: fmed

              I like this style of Canto-Canadian at Foo's Ho Ho in Chinatown (see fmed's avatar). I am particularly enamoured of their lemon chicken but they do all the "classics" well in a comfortably worn room with great service. In fact I think it is time to go back.

              1. re: grayelf

                Gotta say - to my complete surprise, I liked Penny's on E. Hastings.

                1. re: grayelf

                  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.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Too bad you weren't at this event a couple years ago, Grayelf. It was a fun night (food was very meh that particular night, to be honest). But all for good cause:


                    Yours truly caught in the 2nd photo there by "Uncle Ben".