Congee Noodle House serves Chinese cuisine on East Broadway.
Went for dinner here on New Years Eve with a couple of friends as most other places were either not open or packed.
They must have seen us "white folk" coming and decided to sucker us into ordering the "better pieces of meat". We went for it ... and ordered the steamed chicken, duck, pork chops, prawns & egg and some veggies (pea tips with garlic). They must have super-sized all the dishes for us because all the dishes were huge. The steamed chicken was not at all what we expected - it was yellow, not white like we are use to. I know that's how they serve it in Hong Kong, but I find the yellow variety lacks any kind of meat on the bones. The rest of the dishes were good, but not spectacular like I use to remember it being.
The big shocker was the bill that we got at the end - $71 !!!! That's expensive for Chinese food !!! I guess we paid a premium for our "better pieces of meat" (I'm quoting the waitress here). It was good, but not $71 worth of good. However, the servers were quite nice - even moved us to a bigger table when they realized how much more room we would need ... and gave us free soup at the end of our dinner. But from now on, I'll just be sticking to the noodles and congee at this place.
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 :)
When I ordered take out from the congee noodle house for lunch, my expectations were high because of my co-workers raving about it.
Boy was I disappointed! I ordered 4 kinds of meat with rice (Chicken, Duck, Pork and not sure what the other one was) . Not one kind of meat was good. Instead of the chicken being cut with a knife the chicken had clearly been bashed with a mallet until it fell into pieces. razor sharp bones cut the inside of my mouth while I was eating it. I've never taking so mouth food out of my mouth after putting it in. The chicken came with a green garnish. It looked like it had been kacked up by a cat after it had been force fed a house plant and a cup of salt. It also came with a duck egg which was no bonus...instead of being pealed and cut in half, it had quickly been cut with the egg shell on, leaving shards of shell in the rest of my food. At this point I was so fed up I threw the rest in the garbage. I think you have to be familiar with this type of food to enjoy it.
Had a chicken noodle dish, stomach felt bad instantly after leaving. I next day my stomach was extremely upset with sharp pains. Ended up getting very sick about 24hrs after eating at the Congee noodle house. All symptoms would lead to food poisioning.
Congee Noodle House is anoter typical average chinese restaurant that is not high class. You do not expect any service there and you be allright. The food arrives fast, great congee (of course) and the other dishes are delicious as well. The decor is awful, the tables are not spaced well at all too. But again, if you are looking for a quick chinese meal that is delicious and very inexpensive, go for Congee Noodle House. It like going to Hon's but the food is better than Hon's.
I've been coming here for years and I feel that Congee Noodle House serves some of the best chinese noodles in Vancouver. Good selection in the menu if you don't want won tun or congee and the price is good. Worst parking lot in town though.
I've been here once. The wonton i ordered was pretty gross. My friend had some calamari type fried squid dish, it was ok. The congee was decent. We also tried their fried noodles with some chicken and vegetables, very poorly prepared.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this place unless you happened to be in the area and you want a quick fix of food regardless of quality.
We had heard good things about this restaurant but the big question is why? Cheap enough~ yes ~for large portions @ low prices but the quality is certainly not there. Tasteless~yes & doesn't leave you with a healthy feeling at the end. The ambiance is very very poor and seemed a little dirty. I would be very interested in seeing the food prep area. Please think to try another noodle house.
I have several friends who swear by this place. I went there with them a few times and honestly, I still don't know why they like it. The food is typical Chinese, greasy and salty. It was always a challenge to get any kind of service. Not getting something you ordered or getting someone else's order happened all the time. The restaurant was always noisy and jam packed. I really should stop being convinced by my friends to give it another try.
If you're into the late night food run with the relative from out of town, then this is a must stop. The food is consistent in quality and price. I usually get the rice noodles with bbq pork and beef tripe and something on the side. The service is not that friendly. They pretty much take your order and bring it to you. When they do come around to fill your cup of tea, they almost always spill some onto the table. Can you say 'cho low'??? I can...in chinese translated I say...SMALL TIP FOR YOU!!!
the menu is incredibly varied. we ordered the wontons which were packed with shrimp and were the best i've ever tasted. we also had the sticky rice wrap (joan), low bac go (diakon cake), congee and gai lon. everything was fantastic and the free tea flowed freely. the place was packed. oh, don't forget to order a fried donut to go with your congee. yum yum yum...
I've tried the fish congee. It's very good. Other favourites include their beef brisket chow mein, sweet chinese donut, and prawn rice rolls. All tasted very fresh and piping hot. Delicious.
As for service, waitresses never bring us iced water like we asked. NEVER. I've been there 3 times, and they never bring us water. Ever.
Definitely high in fat and carbs though, so don't eat here everyday!
I came here quit often. The food is always better than the regular Wonton House. I like the Wonton noddle, congee is excellant. Service is always horrible. Good price, good portion. A good place for Chinese food.
I have eaten here several times, most recently two weeks ago. Congee is the best in vancouver by far. Thick, delicately flavoured with a hint of ginger, and they are generous with the meat, seafood or mushrooms. I have found it to be far too thin, salty or tasteless at other restaurants and often they are skimpy with the seafood.
Other really good dishes here include the BBQ pork, rice crepes or rice rolls with prawn or BBQ pork, Shanghai style noodles. It is annoying to not be able to make a reservation, but once seated, the food always comes very quickly and is very hot.
Service is okay. The ambiance is that of an inexpensive restaurant i.e. nothing fancy. The prices are really cheap so why would you expect more?
At least the bathroom is clean, albeit freezing cold.
The parking lot is usually a zoo, I would recommend parking on Broadway or a side street (meter parking).
I remember going here when it first opened and it was great and clean and the service was pretty good for this kind of restaurant. The last time I went, last week, it wasn't so good. I had a dish that seemed to have too much soyasauce in it. Maybe it was the cook that day. I know that their congee is great of course and that is what I mostly come for, or their wonton noodles. I sometimes go with my boyfriend who usually eats all that gross intestine stomach stuff and he even said that this last time it wasn't good.... the washrooms were not very clean.
Go here if you're looking for low priced but good chinese food. The dishes aren't small and the prices are low. I had the wonton noodles and the wontons are great! They give you more than other restaurants and it's got more shrimp in them too! The service is okay, but this isn't one of those places where you're going for the restaurant ambiance and top quality service, it's really just about the food. Go with family or friends for a fast or late night meal that's a good deal.
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!
Based on some bloggers recommendations, decided to try this place for simple congee and noodle dishes. This place tries to be clean but there is a feeling of thin peanut oil around you.
Ordered the geoduck congee, beef chow fun, singapore rice noodles, three meat chow mein, gaai lan, half roast duck, and peking style pork chops.
Everything was just OK and nothing to return for EXCEPT the roast duck. One of the best roast ducks I've tasted in Vancouver. The wok wasn't hot enough so the beef chow fun was mushy. The congee's geoduck were MIA, and the peking style pork chops were overbreaded and had a gloppy red sauce.
Perhaps they have a junior cook during the early evening hours but it was apparent that he/she did not have full control of the wok as the food lacked the "wok hei". Don't know if I'll return.
Went here with a few friends for lunch for some cheap Chinese eats. There seemed to be a good dose of MSG in my wonton noodle soup, which was otherwise not too bad. I had some fried rice with salty fish and it was a large serving and my favourite dish out of all that we sampled. Good place to visit for the odd cheap meal.
I love their congee, but I have to say that the congee served during the day is much thicker than that served at night. I also tried their regular dishes. They were very tasty, but the price was a little higher compared to other similar restaurants.