Chinese restaurant located right across Surrey Central Station.
We usually pass this one by on our way to our favourite pho fix. Have heard a few people talk about it, so went to give it a try.
Sunday afternoon, 1:30-ish. and it was fairly quiet. Two large tables, two smaller tables were full. Not a very big room, but tidy. The specials look great, but we were side-tracked by the regular menu.
Seafood chow mein, hot garlic sauce fu yung, chinese mushrooms on 4 vegetables, and sweet & sour (after reading a previous review here). We also got the complimentary lettuce wrap, which was very tasty. Food was hot, fresh and very good. The fu yung was especially good, very tender and just-perfectly cooked, loaded with vegetables.
We will certainly go back.
The bill was $35 for four large dishes, and we took home lots of leftovers, so I think that was good value.
Service was very fast, so that the dishes arrived steaming. Hot water was added to the tea immediately.
My wife and I went to this restaurant the other day. From reading all the other wonderful reviews we thought we would give it a try. We ordered the House Special chow mein crispy noodles with spicey sauce and the Singapore style chow mein. The food came out hot and fresh. The House Special was pretty good. It had squid, prawns, carrots, broccoli, bok choy and bar-b-q pork. The sauce was plentiful and not as spicey as I anticipated. Actually there was too much sauce for the crispy noodles making it soggy. Overall good. The Singapore style chow mein was ok. Nothing to rave about. We manage to save some for the next day but unfortunately it does not taste too good as leftovers compare to other leftovers from other chinese restaurant. The service was good. Always prompt and polite. The cleaniness is ok, about average for a typical chinese restaurant. The carpet looks like it could go for a nice cleaning. The decor is old and needs some updating. All in all, this was an average meal. If you need your chinese food fix and need it now locally, then this is the place. If you are willing to travel a bit, I will go elsewhere. Overall it was a satisfactory experience.
This is a great restaurant located across surrey central station and just behind safeway.
This is absolutely the best chinese restaurant in Surrey and even in the lower mainland. Just down the king george is Rickshaw which is another chinese restaurant which was voted as #1 in Surrey, but that is not the case. It's not even an authentic chinese restaurant, they also served burgers, fries.... I've been to many places and HoDo is by far the best chinese food. The food is great and the prices are affordable. The food is always fresh and prepared fast. For dine-in, you also get free lettuce wrap which is always good. They also have a dinner(you can get it for lunch too) special where you get free lettuce wrap, soup and crab(anyway you want it, i like it deepfried with rocksalt and chili). That dinner is really cheap, and you cant find any other restaurant that offers free crab, it really is a great deal. I also recommend ordering the house special chowmein(spicy or not spicy). My family always gets this when we come in or take out. I've been going here for years now, they changed cooks, managers...but the quality of food has stayed the same throughout the years. Aside the food, the service is great- they're really friendly especially the manager. if you're close by drop in and try the place out or even drive there, its worth it.
Been here since over a decade ago. The food is surprisingly tasty and well prepared for this what
seems a bit of a hole-in-the-wall place. Try their lettuce wraps and crab, always fresh. Noodles and rice are well cooked. Service is pretty decent, attentive waiters, smiling... Washrooms are gross.
Definitely good value, although the place needs a major overhaul, appears old and dingy.
We wanted to find a different restaurant to try when we found this one.
One of our dishes was sweet and sour chicken balls. I looked for the
chicken in the ball. There was very very little chicken and rest was
dough. When we complained, they told us that we wanted chicken
that we should have ordered some other dish. They kindly gave
us a $2.00 credit for our next dining out with them.
I have never in my life been insulted in such manner.
Will never eat in this restaurant again.
Let me preface this review by stating that I have eaten at Ho Do on 3 previous occasions. Each time, I found the food to be mediocre. The only reason I continued to go there was because the restaurant was conveniently located near my friend's house. The food certainly was never the drawing point.
On my latest (and final) visit, the quality of the food didn't even reach mediocre status. We ordered various dim sum items as per usual. The meat dumplings were partially frozen. I realize that many restaurants that offer dim sum use frozen pre-cooked items. However, it's reasonable to expect that these items will be sufficiently re-heated before leaving the kitchen. I informed the owner about the frozen state of the food, and politely requested that he re-heat the items. He offered no apology, and took the items back to the kitchen. He looked as if he was being inconvenienced.
The rest of the food was average at best- in other words, the norm for Ho Do. The other items were mushy. The tea was barely hot.
As other reviewers have noted, the decor is dated, and the ambiance is lacking.
Poor-mediocre food + shoddy service = never going back.
Today was my first time actually eating at Ho Do because I thought my family and I should try going to a different restaurant.
I went with my parents around half past 5 and it was completely empty. Thus, it was pretty quiet--so quiet that you could hear elevated voices in the back. That ruined the mood a little, but then again, who doesn't need to communicate while working in a restaurant? Besides, it would have been much noisier during a busier time. Anyway, there was an interesting piece of gilded horses mounted on the wall and the overall decor gave a kind of "old" feeling. I prefer modern decor over the antique stuff but what they had wasn't tacky and the seat I was sitting on was nice, squishy, didn't look dirty nor had holes so I'm giving the ambiance a 4/5. Then again, it was a little dark so I might have overlooked something.
I'd say the food was so-so, but that's because I have a cold. Therefore, the food might have actually been better than I thought. We ordered the 3-dish set which came with free soup, lettuce wrap and half a crab. The soup had some corn and egg. It was okay. Maybe it was just me, but I thought I tasted a hint of tea--I don't like tea. The size of the lettuce wrap surprised me. It was a little on the small side, but then again, it was free. Nothing else I could say about the wrap but I could really taste the celery. I don't fancy celery, but you might like it. Since my dad skipped the wrap and went for the crab, I could only get my hands on a tiny little leg. The first piece of crab meat I tried was good. It didn't taste as if it had already been dead for quite a while, which automatically earns it two thumbs up. However, when I broke the leg and tried the stuff in there it tasted a bit bitter. It's been a while since I've had crab like that--it was done dry and spicy--so I'm not sure if it should be tasting that way...
I was pleasantly surprised by the speed of which the dishes were cooked. The first dish that came was the Honey Garlic Spare Ribs (Bone Out). I have no idea why the server chuckled when I ordered it but I soon found out... The sauce was nothing special but I have a sweet tooth so I managed to finish quite a bit. However, I wouldn't ardently recommend getting that. Indeed it might have tasted a little different, but I'm not exactly sure why my parents stayed away from it.
The second dish that immediately followed was the Assorted Fried Rice. I wish they added more shrimp, but considering it was an assorted fried rice and not a sea food fried rice it was excellent.
The third dish was the Spicy Sea Bass (+$2 extra). It was all finished in a flash.
Overall, the service was....good (to my parents). They kindly packed up the lettuce wrap & spare ribs when my mom asked. Moreover, we were promptly guided to where the washroom was (and the fact that we'd need the key up at the counter). However, as I've mentioned before, I was a little hurt when the server chuckled at my order but maybe he was thinking of something funny at the time. Another thing that is keeping me from giving them a higher mark is the fact that place was completely empty--and the first guy who talked to us told us we could sit anywhere--but we were told by some other guy to sit at this small table. Also, it was only prepared for two, so I grabbed my plate/fork/napkin from another table--he didn't even come to set it for me.
Considering the amount & taste of the food and the fact I have a cold, I'm giving the value a borderline 3/5. If I find that the food still tastes the same even without my cold, then I will be sadly disappointed. In the end, my mom paid close to $50. Compared to the other restaurants I've been to, I don't think it was worth it...
On a side note, the cleanliness was fine. Although their washroom smelled a wee bit funny, it was clean. And even though their soap dispenser was a normal plastic store-bought kind, it did the job. I'm an odd person who always checks their fork/plate/spoon and all I can say is that the fork and plate seemed pretty clean. The soup spoon was already placed in the soup so I could only hope...
I almost forgot to mention the plates we ate off of were small--which was kind of bothersome. I wouldn't have minded it so much if I didn't have to return a dish to where it was after every helping (because of the small table) and keep on adding just a bit each time (or else the fried rice would spill..because of the small plate)...plus the fact that the dishes were still hot at the bottom (which is a good thing but doesn't feel too pleasant on your fingers).
My parents always drag me here because they think the food is cheap and not terribly awful. They enjoy ordering the combos which includes a lettuce wrap and crab.
I personally feel the food is pretty good compared to other chinese restaurants...but the ambiance and hygeine of the place kills my appetite. The place is pretty much so dirty that food inspectors could shut it down anytime.
I really enjoyed my dining experience at Ho Do. I would never have even known that it existed, it's location seemed so hidden, but my parents had heard of this restaurant from some colleagues at work. The atmosphere was okay, not too crowded and not too hurried. The servers were pleasant and the owner was very helpful. Looking at the place, it would seem that this is just an ordinary chinese restaurant with regular chinese dishes; but, when you take a look at the menu, you'll see a variety of great authentic asian dishes. My family ordered the beef with gai lan, braised cod and bean-curd hotpot, and the fried chicken. All these were wonderfully fresh, generously portioned and at a decent price. What's great about the dinner's here is that if you order a set dinner with two-items or more, you will recieve complimentary lettuce wraps and CRAB! We order our crab with spicy rock salt and chili, but they also give the option of creamy butter sauce as well. I must say that the dining experience at Ho Do was one of my best at a Chinese restaurant, and I will definitely be going back.
Please, do not go there if you value your stomach. First of all the place was very dirty. It looked like a rec room of some 1970's Surrey split level. Junk was not put away, it was horrible. But we were still hopeful, as we were hungry.
Big mistake. Although we had one entree that was passable, the dim sum we ordered off the menu was cold, inedible, (thawed from some frozen store-bought entree) and after we passed on that, and ate somewhat edible noodles were we ordered, we left, worried and still hungry.
Worried that we might get food poisoning.
Please, clean this place up and show a little respect for the cuisine, people!
Never going back.
this place is honestly one of the best chinese places in the lower mainland! my family and i come here all the time. the prices are more than reasonable and the food taste great. they have dinner specials that include crab, soup and lettuce wrap which is an awesome value. house special chowmein here is excellent, in fact this is how i compare other chinese restaurant. i would say that ho do is authentic chinese food and the ingredients are always fresh which cannot be said about the restaurants. try this place out and you'll keep coming back.
I love this place, usually if I am craving dim sum or curried crap, I always think of this place.
The atmosphere is wonderful, I love how the tables are laid-out and the chairs look beautiful.
The service is great and the staff are nice.
For value, the quality of the food is great and the prices are both affordable and reasonable.
First of all the food is truly delicious. Try the seafood chow mein...crispy and alternately saucy with large fresh shrimp and vegetables. Both types of crab dishes--the one with sauce and the dry one are very good though of course the former is more messy. They provide a small container of lemon water to rinse your fingers after you have demolished the crab.
All the different dishes we tried, including peking duck, fish and chicken dishes are all authentic. Though sweet and sour pork (boneless with pineapple) may seem a cliche for Chinese food, I think Ho Do's is the best from all the places we have gone to in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby and Surrey.
For different numbers of people, you can order from two to ten dishes with different price range so having a big party is not a problem. Then there is free crab and lettuce wrap in proportion to the number of your guests. We have eaten here for over two years and even order large party trays for parties and the food is always fresh, delicious and consistent.
As to the ambiance, don't expect a made over restaurant where the owner sacrificed food and value to impress you with the surroundings. No, from the bathroom sink propped up on a rusty pole to the tubs of water on top of the ceiling tiles that the staff nonchalantly lowered (it was leaking) in front of everyone, to the handwritten signs all in Chinese, this is truly an Anthony Bourdain travel experiene.