Congee Noodle House serves Chinese cuisine on East Broadway.
Tuesday night around 10pm shouldn't be that busy and it was less than half full. Just myself after work and all the waitresses looked tired and unenthusiastic. Took forever to get the menu and a cup of tea simply because I was seated at the far end from the kitchen and near the cashier. I am in restaurant business for over 30 years now and this simple and common beef dish should not be hard to master in a traditional Chinese restaurant. Base on the principles of appearance, aroma and taste I would give it a mediocre. It was luke warm inside and out, the cook was not skillful enough to maintain the heat (wok air in Chinese translation) of the noodle or the dish was sitting on the counter for several minutes before the waitress bothered to take it to my table. There was lot of gravy left over in the plate, an indication of the cook hasn't really mastered the art of portion control (corn starch for thickening the gravy) or simply care less. Nobody care to check back or to re-fill tea and one piece of paper napkin is so bad taste really. $9.50 + tax=$10 exact and sorry no tips since nobody bother to give me the bill. Waiting for my bus outside and 10 minutes passed by I could see the plate was not cleared. Been to this joint many years ago for dim sum and what not but it was going downhill. Sorry won't be returning. You actually get much better service and food at Hon's on Robson at least the cook would ring the bell if the dishes are not being taken to customers in a minute!
I would say I've been coming here for over five years and the food is consistently good. They're almost always full of regulars and the place is big so that tells you they are doing something right. I got take-out the other night - BBQ duck, dried scallop & scrambled egg fried rice and a side of gailan greens. They were all good. No suprises. Cash only and forget about parking in the rear lot (tight!)
I have been to this place a couple of times and like the food they serve. But they seem to have a rigid way of assigning tables, for example, they would not seat you unless they have a table for the exact number of people in your party. I can understand if they don't want to seat a party of three at a large table for eight, but they wouldn't even let us have a table for 4, and there weren't a lot of tables for 3. So we were standing there for quite some time. I was actually thinking of leaving but then it was raining outside, so we stayed.
We ordered fried rice, wonton soup and BBQ and roast chicken on steamed rice. All came quickly and were delicious. The BBQ pork was especially good - tender and not dry with the right amount of seasoning. I would have given this restaurant an overall rating of 4 if not for the initial waiting.
I go here all the time for their congee and noodle, which are hard to beat. The other Chinese dishes are mostly tasty but a bit on the greasy side. However, given the reasonable prices they charge, value for money is very good. Cleanliness is average (you can't expect much from any congee/noodle place), and service is similarly average, but lighting is good (bright enough), and seating is non-cramped, unlike some other congee/noodle places.
When my family visits from Alberta (about twice a year) going here is a must. Every morning Saturday and Sunday. Obviously service is nothing to rave about, it's just another Chinese restaurant. The food always comes quick and tasty. We've never had a bad food experience. This place is also great for those late night cheap food cravings.
I frequent this place on a regular basis either alone for lunch or with a few friends for a late meal. It's feel good comfort food with good ingredients.
The place is dirty and the washrooms are disgusting. They usually have a cart on the floor for dirty dishes which would not be too welcoming for anyone sitting next to it.
The usual order consists of Preserved Egg & Pork Congee or the Chicken & Mushroom Congee, House Special Chow Mein or the Salted Fish & Chicken Fried Rice. Other times it's the Wonton Noodle, Hot & Sour Soup or a plate of Sea Salt & Chili Tofu to go with the congee.
The food is consistent, hot and easy on the wallet. The congee is the best in town. They don't skimp on the ingredients. You get big chunks of meat, fresh vegetables and good sized portions.
They've had the same set of waiters/waitresses for a while now and they're all generally good and what you'd expect from a chinese place, with the odd forgotten item.
Don't mind the surroundings, you're here for the food. Be careful though if you're coming in from the back entrance, it's always slippery.
Inexpensive place to grab some chinese grub - noodles, rice dishes, or congee. Everything's quite solid at this place and the pricing is really cheap compared to other similar establishments. Love the fact that it's open late. Service is actually better than the typical fast-food-esq chinese restaurant. Definitely a recommend!
I was a bit skeptical before heading in, but I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, let's get this straight, it's not a "fine" restaurant. It's a your standard HK style noodle/rice/congee place, so don't be thinking about it otherwise.
It is surprisingly clean, even the washroom. The decor looks renovated, nothing falling apart, no water stains on the ceilings ... it was ok.
Nothing to complain about the service. The delivered quickly, got everything, helped us pack the left-overs. Not super-friendly, but it is on-par for this type of place.
Now to the food. Huh! It's good! We had a couple of congee and it was done properly! Nice texture, good flavour (and different for each type) and each was loaded with lots of ingredients. A veggie dish was done acceptably and we also had some honey pork ribs (not "authentic", yes, but we had a hankering). Quite cheap for 2 people and had enough left-overs for 1 more meal each.
And the final surprise ... we did not even feel really thirsty afterwards, so good sign they went light on the MSG (or not at all?). Usually it is quite obvious to us if a place has loaded up on the MSG.
Nothing really impressive, but if you need a quickie dinner, this is a great place to hit in the area.
I went here with some friends and had the fish congee, which was really good. Most places overdo the fish or ruin the congee. In this case, the congee was just right (not too salty or bland), and the fish was perfect. The gai-lan with garlic was well prepared, and the pepper beef was okay. I found the service to be a bit negligent, but a waive and an "um goy" got things moving.
Sadly they only have the sweet Chinese doughnuts, not the much better plain ones (yau za gwai).
My wife is a hardcore HK diner and is the real expert, and she said it was all pretty good.
Congee is the ultimate comfort food. You can find it here.
Sports late hours. Good for a quick late snack with congee and tapa dishes (all mostly fried this & that--though it gets to be on the oily side).
Went here on a weeknight and it was busy but a few large table left. Tried the pick 8 dish special menu for approx. $100 and you get soup, 1/2 duck, rice and dessert. Dishes included egg plant in clay pot - good and not over cooked, bitter melon and beef - just ok, a bit overcooked, veal in black pepper - good with thin slivers of veal, buddhist feast - good with nicely fried tofu on the bottom, steamed fish over tofu - just ok a bit too many bones, beef satay and vermecilli pot - just Ok and a few more dishes. Overall quality was good and the portions were fair size. Service was prompt and food came out quick. Follow up such as refilling tea/water and bill was a bit on the slow side. Would return.
11:00 pm Saturday and the place was bustling. Ordered the sliced fish congee and the sui gow in noodle soup. Both were piping hot and delicious. Lots of fish and gigantic sui gows. However why is it when only 2 items are ordered there is an time lag between delivery of said items? This is becoming a pet peeve of mine as it doesn't make sense and makes you look disorganized. Place was clean and had lots of wait staff on hand. Return visit a certainty.
Normally you can't expect much service at a Chinese restaurant but this one is different. These guys are quick and attentive. My dad spilled some soup on himself and the cashier spotted it and quickly grabbed a towel and ran for rescue. And then immediately the server went in the back and grabbed some tissues for my dad. Wow, it's amazing.
Anyways, I can't believe I didn't try this place earlier! This place is awesome. I go here almost every week w/ my family. They have the bestest wonton noodle soup. The wonton is fresh and huge! The noodles are perfect and the soup base is flavorful. I also like their plain congee w/ "fried donut".
We never got a chance to order dinner dishes but I've seen ppl order them and they are huge and yummy looking. If we have more ppl next time, I would like to try it.
This place also serves late night snacks.
Came by for late night snack. Had the beef tendon with noodle soup(fat rice noodle). Was good. There were a lot of pieces of Tendon, and a few pieces of Gai Lan too. Had the Spicy Fish, the crispy little fish that look like shredded french fries. Was good too. The Spicy fried tofu was crispy. My other friends enjoyed their noodle soups too.
Nothing fancy with the decor. The Bathroom was malfunction when I was there, so, can't tell if it was clean or dirty. Our service was good. Even though we came an hour before closing, no one even remotely seemed annoyed with us. Lots of people in the restaurant even at that time.
Value was a smoking deal, as Chinese food usually is. The Bowl of noodle is pretty big. Everything is pretty standard. I will definately make this place somewhere I go more often.
Food: by nature these places have exotic items like ostrich and innards so I clearly do not understand the last reviewer's reticence. It's not like they don't have hundreds of other food items. Anyways, most of their congees and noodles are filling and of good value; the congees come in pots that retain heat for a very long time. Beware if you do not like MSG, however, as they seem to have gotten quite liberal with using it over the years.
Service: congee/noodle places by nature have minimal but usually efficient service.
Value: not the cheapest place, but the quality makes up for it.
Ambiance: not much to talk about here. This is not the place to take your first date.
The food is pretty good here, always piping hot, fresh, and tasty.
Don't expect great service but expect good comfort food.
Try the congee it is really good. I always order the same thing here rice rolls, deep fried bean curd, and congee.
They have another location on Joyce and Kingsway called Congee Noodle King that serves the same food.
Give it a try!
Service here has always been better than many other chinese places in town. Each time we're there, we always manage the get a smile out of the servers. Service is promt and the food is very good. The congee always brings back memories of when my mom would make me congee on the weekends when I was a kid. Their soupy noodles are also on my list of favourites as are their spicy tofu triangles.
Parking's a pain in the butt though. They must have the worst parking lot in the city.
I was surprised to see some of the experiences in this review. My experiences have always been positive and the value at this place is great. As far as congee goes this place is regarded as one of the better restaurants in Vancouver by a good number of people.
The service is as good as it can get for an establishment like this. The wonton is very good and they do a better than average job on the other items on the menu in my opinion.
went today around 5.....didn't seem very busy.
the service was alright.....the waitress seemed a bit annoyed when i asked her about something on the menu.
i got the preserved egg and shredded pork congee with a sweet chinese donut, and my friend got the sliced chicken with mushroom congee added with a fresh egg.
i didnt mind the preserved egg, since it was my first time....but i think i'll try it at a friends house to get the best taste. the shredded pork added the saltiness to the congee, which balanced its blandness. the donut sucked. it was lukewarm, too soft and not sweet at all. i don't think i'll ever get a donut from there again. there are so many places that make better, hotter and crispier chinese donuts.
my friends congee was alright, it was less salty, and the fresh egg tasted better. i liked the mushroom, but my friend thought it was too strong for her taste.
everything was 14 bucks including tip. portions are big for its price. i will go back to try other menus and see if they are worth it.
I have been there many times and each time we left feeling that we had a great tasting Chinese food. I am Caucasian but I have Chinese friends and they are always impressed with the food. The restaurant is very busy so make reservations and be there on time. My favourite is always their special Congee (with seafood) but their BBK meats are great too. We also had, noodles, fried tofu, Chinese donuts, and others I don’t remember their names. Everything great!
The ambiance is that of a busy, large and obviously noisy place. If you are a group that is going to be talking, you will be fine. If you take a date there hmm… s/he will think you care more about your stomach!
The service is fine. In western restaurants we order food and expect everything in a particular order. In Chinese restaurants everything is to be shared so even if all of you order individual bowls of congee and a number of dishes for sharing, be prepared: Not all congees will arrive first :) Better start sharing the congees using the individual small bowls on the table. More fun anyway since you will get to taste different flavours! Or if you want to wait for your own, start eating from the centre of the table to make the rest feel better so that they don't wait for you. Besides congee is to be enjoyed hot.
The prices are really good. They are the Costco of Chinese restaurants! Definitely not the Walmart :)