Congee Noodle King Seafood Restaurant is located along Kingsway at the intersection with Joyce.
Food: typical congee/noodle place. had the chinese mushroom & chicken fried noodle, beef tendon rice noodle, and ostrich congee. wanted something a little lighter for the congee and ostrich definitely suits the bill. they have this ostrich and egg white fried rice which is a nice lighter alternative. everything hit the spot right. good comfort food.
Service: typically they're really quick but we must have caught them during a time when their cook was on break b/c it took almost 25min to get our tendon soup noodle. usually soup noodles & congee are really quick! prob wouldnt have bothered us so much if we werent watching the clock as our street parking was up at 3pm. we also had to ask for the bill 3X...they kept forgetting!
Value: meal came out to just over $20 for the 3 of us. not bad. noodles and congee for about ~$5.50 which is pretty good.
Ambiance: dont expect anything fancy and you wont be disappointed. for the most part it's pretty clean and decor is simple.
We go to Congee Noodle King often after work for a great bowl of congee. This place really knows how to make congee! My favorite is the beef congee. The portions are generous with a lot of meat and the congee is quite thick. Their dried scallop with egg whites fried rice is also very tasty. The rest of the food seem pretty typical for the fast-food chinese food type of restaurant. There is very little ambience to be said for the place. The waitresses aren't overly friendly and sometimes forget your order. However the congee is cheap and great value, and that will keep us coming back.
Late night dining with my fellow foes in tow, we opted to try the sister location on Kingsway.
We went with the tried and true preserved egg and pork congee and the seafood chow mein. Our noodle dish was as expected, complete with the thick gravy and aptly sized chunks of vegetables and seafood. Our congee used sliced pork instead of shredded pork, but nevertheless, tender and generous. The surprise was that it was completely unseasoned (intended or otherwise), so we did the salt shake thing ourselves, no biggie. I could detect MSG so go figure.
Service is brisk and welcoming. They regularly circled tables for dish clearing though we did not get any automatic tea top-ups.
Space is brightly lit and spacious for a smallish restaurant, and fairly clean too, but the ambient temp was south on the mercury stick.
Omission of sodium aside, it's good, simple food for cheap.
Stopped in on a rainy day with my family for some good, hot and casual eats. We were going to try other things but the congee on the menu was too appealing so we ended up trying a different kind of congee each, plus sharing some wontons and rice rolls.
The congee is good. Very well done to just the right consistency and tasty, albeit with MSG (if you don't want MSG just ask them to use the plain congee to make your order -- i'll remember to do that next time) The chinese donuts are also a must have with the congee.
It was a packed house but the service was fairly good and the queque was fair which is all that I ask =)
Dishes weren't that clean and we had to exchange two bowls but I didn't see any of the bug problems that other reviewers talked about...
Prices were fair and reasonable for the amount of food that you get.
Would I go back? Probably, if I'm craving congee in the area. =)
I love HK style congee, espcially HK minced beef congee and I'm so glad they do it right here. Little bits of fried vermicelli mixed in with the beef is delicious!
I usually come here for late breakfast with out-of-towners who come to Vancouver to basically eat. The food is great here - same owners than the Broadway location, but this one's closer to me. Although not as big as the other, it is cleaner.
The big screen that the previous post mentioned is a nice touch for those not reading the daily paper while munching. But everytime I'm here, it's always the DVD menu being looped over and over again.
I would recommend this restaurant for a casual chinese meal.
Update: The other reviewers are correct to report on the insect issue at Congee Noodle King. Went for their happy hour specials and the yee mein was undercooked, and I had to swat the ants AND fruit flies away from her bowl more than once!
I hope things improve, but won't be eager to drop in for lunch or happy hour as much now.
Mrs. C and I were taking a friend out for a mid-week meal and the HK girls both craved a trip to CNK. I hadn’t been before and I was looking forward to some congee. The restaurant is a lot like other Chinese places, very simple decoration, tile floor, noisy, etc. You’ve probably been to a thousand restaurants that are just like it. There was a lineup, but we got seated quickly and delved into the menu. They have a deal where you buy two or more items and you get free chasiu or something. We didn’t go for that, but had fish congee, curried beef, chicken in black bean sauce and bok choi with garlic.
The congee was fantastic, but I was told it is usually better around mid-day. As for the curry, it was awesome, and the beef brisket was tender. The chicken and choi were also tasty. No complaints about the food. The restaurant was a little chaotic, but once you got past that it wasn’t too bad. The w/c was about what you’d expect as far as cleanliness. The service was a little slow, but that was because the place was packed. They were really trying to keep up.
All in all a good experience, and one I hope to repeat soon.
Came here with another couple for quick and easy Chinese food. The place was buzzing even at 8:30pm. Aside from their usual staples, congee and noodles, they also make pretty good honey garlic spareribs. The congee is smooth and finely milled and their wonton noodle soup was fairly good. Five large, roundish wonton balls stuffed with plenty of shrimp. I'm usually not a spareribs fan but I especially like it here because the honeyed flavour is properly baked on without being overly gooey or sugary. The service is typical of most casual HK style resto's where the ladies are expeditious and direct. Even for a Chinese resto I was impressed with the speed of the food delivery. It took them 6-7 minutes for our first two orders to arrive. Simple decor, good variety of table sizes, and chairs...not too shabby. Adequate ambiance although it can get pretty noisy.
All in all, a good place to get your Chinese 'pub grub' fix.
This is actually a very good restaurant, very popular with local Chinese, offering fresh and well-prepared food with typical Chinese quick, efficient and down-home (in the Chinese sense) service. You will not be asked HOW'S THE FAMILY? nor will there be cloying attempts to please and smiles all around, but the people who run this place, and the workers, are very good and sincere people. There was obviously a culture gap between the restaurant people and some of the reviewers on this website. Sometimes your server will not speak much English...give her a break, please. She's a nice person. Sometimes the owner may pitch in and unsmilingly plop your food down at your table then rush off...it's not that he doesn't like you; he's very busy. Don't take it personally, please! As for the food, this is my favourite place in Vancouver for "joke", or congee. It's a simple dish (not simple if you try to make perfect joke at home) which they have nailed. My only complaint about this place is that they sometimes have their "catch of the day" joke specials advertised on the wall in Chinese only, so if you don't read Chinese, you'll miss a real treat. Their Chinese donuts are sublime, a great accompaniment to the joke. The rest of the food is good, but go for the joke with a Chinese donut one morning, and you can thank me later.
Had dinner here this evening with Mom and Dad, son,daughter and GF and sons. Needed place with large feed to satisfy young 20yr old boys. This place is definitely the ticket. Busier than heck though. I am glad I made the reservation for the 8 of us. We had their set menu with the 8 dishes and comp BBQ Duck, soup, and Jellyfish appys. The selection available is all good with ample variety. The portions are huge and they even served dessert at the end. A full meal ! Nobody goes away with an empty stomach. So if you're hungary, and are looking for reasonable quality chinese, this place did it for our Chinese family. They also serve it piping hot and fast.
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Go for the congee, maybe some noodle soups. The non-main dish extras are ok too, like rice rolls and chinese doughnuts. Pass on the dishes, as they are very greasy and cheap, although portions are huge.
A cheap eatery, good value for the food that is good.
We ;ve been a patron since day one and at least two times a week either for lunch and or dinner. The place is getting dirtier and the service is becoming inconsistence. Some days you can taste the bleach from the untisils and ea cups. Now the service has progress to worse.Wonder how they last this long with the worst foodservers in town. Hate to see the restaurant going to the drain soon.
My only complaint was the little flies or gnats flying all over the food and the table as we were eating. The pesty little flies would walk all over the table and on to the food dishes. Would you wonder were those flies are multipling, in the kitchen no less.
Hopefully this would make the owners clean up.
They say you get what you pay for. Well in this case you actually get more than what you pay for. Really good value and many of the dishes were quite good and some were average.
Family dinner with partner, his kids, my kids and his parents.
Had the 8 item dinner with free rice, soup, dessert, jelly fish (very good) and BBQ (either 3 types of meat or 1/2 a duck). We had the duck and it was meaty and lean and very good.
Buddha's feast was exceptional and so were the honey spareribs. Other veggie dish of beans and minced pork was very good. So was the black cod (steamed). One veggie dish was just okay.
Anyways, lots to eat, everyone was happy and most importantly my eldest son was "full". Not an easy feat.
And how much did we pay? Well, throwing in the extra of the chow mein, before tip it came to $105.00 which is a great deal when you are feeding 8 people.
Will definitely go here again.
Only downside is parking is sometimes tough being on Joyce and Kingsway and restaurant is noisy. But it has high ceilings and is bright and the staff are all very nice and efficient.
4 other friends and I were searching around for a place where we can dine for the Alaskan King Crabs. We turned to this place thinking that since their other dishes are always done quite nicely, we'd give it a try after seeing that they had quite a bit of king crabs in their tanks.
My gf and I had been eating around at different places and some of the places were just so bad in faking the actual weight of the king crabs, but this place definitely is not trying add any weight to theirs! We got what we ordered and cooked nicely. The crab meat were some of the best that we have tasted this year (even compared to places thats almost 40% more expensive!)
The ambiance at this place is what you would typically expect from Chinese restaurants, its loud, its noisy and there's people looking at you waiting for a seat while you dine, but the food is definitely worth the experience.
On a side note, their wonton is also one of the best that I've tasted around town. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the neighborhood.
I've been here quite a few times so my ratings are on an overall impression rather a one time experience.
When I crave noodle house style chinese food this is usually the place I think of going. It's not 'high' end like a Sun Sui Wai or Kirin or 'low' end like food court but in the middle like a No.9 or Hon's, though this place is much better than Hon's.
Their food is usually really good and at a good value. We've had our share of food issues, like a bug in the chow mein, but we did go back ...a month or two later.
The service is what it is. They show you to your table, they take your order, they serve you food, they take away finished plates/refill tea, they give you the check, and you leave. It's just like any other chinese restaurant.
I came there on late night (around 10 pm ish) with my cousin for dinner, I think they don't have enough waitresses or something, there was no approach on customers, specially that time there were only 2 of us. After we were waiting for like 15 minutes they came and handed us the menu, it took a while to call them to order as well. I'm also not a Mandarin-speaker so there was an issue with the communication, the thing that I will remember the most there was this waitress-I should have asked her name but I didn't-with a long hair, she always speaks Mandarin/Cantonese even though I talked in English w/her, because she didn't speak English, so there was a misunderstanding with the food I ordered (double-ordering), and she was very upset and yelled in ENGLISH, that was pretty horrendous, so from now on I assume the waitresses there don't speak English unless they're mad or yelling to customers.
In term of foods, the taste was good, and price was reasonably cheap. It is just the service and the lack of manner from the waitress(es) that make me will really consider to go there again, maybe not... or maybe once/twice a year. I'd rather go to the one located by Broadway and Main St, they have better food and "slightly" better service.
The food is good but the waitresses are rude. The first time I went to eat here with my family for dinner and I ordered the fish congee. They got my order wrong three times, and then behind my back called me "too much trouble" in chinese. I'm not chinese but I know a few words here and there from friends. I was shocked and upset of how I could be "too much trouble" for only wanting what I ordered in the first place.
The second time I went there it took forever for them to take our order, the waitresses were stingy about the hot sauce, refused to give my mother change when we paid for the bill and then demanded that we give 10% tip.
The food there is good but the very rude waitresses have made me vow to never go back.
I come here quite often for congee and other dishes. They have a wide variety of congee and noodle soup and their late night specials are quite good. The deep fried squid is hit or miss. Some days it's chewy and some days it's delicious. It's a gamble but it makes the good batches that much better when you get it. The set dinners are a great value if you come with a small army. You pick 3 dishes and it turns out to be about 6 or 7 with soup and dessert. The price is reasonable, the quality is decent, it's open late and it is relatively clean. You get what you expect here and what I expect is fast, decent, cheap chinese food that's open late with minimal service. One thing that people need to realize is that these servers are there to take your order, refill your tea and bring you your food. They're not there to cater to your every last need and be your best friend. This is not Kirin, or The Keg where patrons can be rude and obnoxious and still get 5 star service because they're paying 5 star prices. I notice in a lot of these cheap chinese eaterys, that if you are nice to your server, they will more often than not, reciprocate the courtesy but if you are a gigantic a-hole, they will most likely treat you like one.
I wasn't expecting anything superb out of this small Congee/Noodle joint, but I was expecting at least a pleasant dining experience. I'm not sure what was up with their poor, poor service... the place wasn't even that busy. My family and I decided to dine here on a weekday evening around 6pm after a long day at Kits beach. The waitress promptly seated us; but offered us only 2 menus to share between the 7 of us, which I thought odd considering there was only one other table being occupied by customers. I kindly asked for another menu, but this garnered no reaction from the server and thus, I had to help myself. Once we were ready to order, the woman taking down our order barely acknowledged that we were there. We told her what dishes we wanted, she did not even look at us, and did not nod to suggest that she had even heard us speak. After the orders were sent to the kitchen, the food came out rather quickly. The food was tasty and the dishes were reasonably portioned, but the mediocre quality of the food did little to save their horrid service.
There were fruit flies floating around the dining room and many of them decided to land and wander around our food. We gave the restaurant the benefit-of-the-doubt, because it was a hot day and they had chosen to prop the front door open. So, we did not complain about the pesky little bugs... that was until one of them made it's way into my friends bowl of noodle soup. We kindly asked that we recieve another bowl of soup, one that was free of flies and the only response we recieved from our server was "you have to watch out for the flies" (in a sort of blaming tone). My mom argued with our server in Mandarin and managed to get another bowl of soup noodles. We thought that our worries were over; that was until we realized that the kitchen had simply added more soup and noodles to the same bowl and removed the fly... how rude! Our total came to $36.80, and since the restaurant takes cash only, my mother paid in $40. The cashier made no sign that she was going to give us our change (she worked slowly, and did not make eye contact with my mother who was waiting patiently for her money). But my mom wouldn't back down; so, begrudgingly, the cashier handed over the change and my mom gave her only $1 worth of tips (a very generous action, because in my opinion they did not deserve one red-cent).
Overall, the dining experience was a disaster. I would not wish this type of service on anyone. Even though the decor is decent, the food decently priced, and decently portioned, the people who run this business are far from decent. I work in the service industry and I know how hard it is to work with people at times, but customers never deserve to be treated the way my family was treated at the Congee Noodle King. We will never be back there again... anyways, Hon's serves the same types of dishes with much more variety and their service is impeccable. Don't waste your time at this run-of-the-mill noodle joint. Just don't...