Thursday, December 26, 2013

Congee Noodle King 粥麵軒 (2nd visit)

FIRST POST ON CONGEE NOODLE KING [HERE]

A revisit to the popular Congee Noodle King on Kingsway in Vancouver. Why the revisit? With only three to five other late night Chinese restaurants available on Kingsway, the choice was CNK. I used to visit CNK weekly and even more than once a week, however, after finding other late night restaurants, I slowly stopped visiting. CNK is known for their delicious tasting congee and spicy salt n' chilli deep fried goods. The interior of the restaurant is spacious and has comfortable seating but the restaurant does get busy, to the point when sometimes shared tables are a must.


PEA TIP WITH MINCED GARLIC, DEEP FRIED QUAIL WITH SPICY SALT, DEEP FRIED SQUID WITH SPICY SALT, DEEP FRIED PRAWN WITH SPICY SALT AND CHILLI, CREAM AND BUTTER SAUCE CRAB, PRESERVED EGG AND SLICED PORK CONGEE, CLAMS IN TOP CONSOMME, AND PAN FRIED DICED OYSTER OMELETTE.



PEA TIP WITH MINCED GARLIC ($6.95). The pea tips taste fresh and has a slight garlic taste, without tasting oily.

PRESERVED EGG AND SLICED PORK CONGEE ($5.50). The congee has a nice thick creaminess and the consistency does not water down towards the end (sometimes it does). The large sizes of pork are also very tasty as well as tender. CNK is one of the better restaurants for congee, despite sometimes having the dehydration feeling or the random complaints of an MSG overload (I am not against MSG by the way).


CLAMS IN TOP CONSOMME ($6.95). The clams taste fresh as well as juicy and the broth tastes clear, light and tasty.


PAN FRIED DICED OYSTER OMELETTE ($6.45). The omelette does not taste oily or mushy and has an oyster taste. A fluffier omelette would have been nice but meh, I do not usually eat these at a Chinese restaurant and only grab a bite. It must be a Cantonese thing since BF munches on these at late night restaurants.

DEEP FRIED SQUID WITH SPICY SALT ($6.45) AND DEEP FRIED PRAWN WITH SPICY SALT AND CHILLI ($6.45). The squid tastes perfectly crispy and tender with a nice snappiness. For the prawns, those taste lightly battered, crisp as well as juicy and has the proper spicy salt chilli seasoning taste. CNK really makes good tasting spicy salt chilli dishes! Although there are those random times when an ingredient is missing, like on the last visit.


DEEP FRIED QUAIL WITH
SPICY SALT ($6.45). The quail tastes extremely dry and not flavourful at all. Although not over deep fried.. it tastes really chewy and tough.



3 3/4LB CREAM AND BUTTER SAUCE CRAB ($10.99/LB). The crab tastes fresh as well as meaty, and the sauce tastes properly made with a nice flavourful creamy and buttery taste. The cream and butter taste is well balanced and not one or the other tastes overpowering. CNK also makes a pretty good spicy salt chilli crab.

POSITIVES
- Above average eats
- Reliable late night restaurant 
- Has one of the better tasting congees

NEGATIVES
- Sometimes spicy salt dishes are inconsistent
- If sharing tables are not your thing...

LITTLE THINGS
- First post on Congee Noodle King [here]
- Service may not always be attentive but is friendly

Food: 3.5/5
Service: 2.5/5

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