Foos' Ho Ho is a neon palace on Pender St. They serve up unique, country style Chinese dishes for great prices.
I know this place have been in business for many yrs but I was still scared going in there. This restaurant is kinda hidden behind another set of doors and I never see anybody inside (b/c the windows and doors are covered up). I always walk by this place so I decided to give it try one day. I went there during lunch time, around 1ish and there was only ONE PERSON eating in there. The restaurant is pretty huge so I got a lil worried. I was greeted by a nice lady and got my tea right away. I ordered the Shanghai Noodles. When it arrived, I was a lil disappointed. The color (sauce color) was kinda off and it didn't look like the ones I normally order from other restaurants. The bbq pork inside didn't look like regular meat or it's probably cheap meat. It was kinda freaky. I ate half of it and had the rest to go. That dish was expensive too, 9 bucks. For that price, I could easily order a set lunch menu somewhere else. I asked for the bill and saw this other customer paying at the cashier. He got a fortune cookie so I expected one too. When my bill arrived, I received nothing but a hefty bill. I felt insulted even though I am Chinese myself and that customer was Caucasian. I left the restaurant feeling unsatisfied and ripped off.
I've seen this place as I drove through Chinatown, but I never thought about trying it until I saw the reviews on this site. I took Mrs. Chasiubow to check it out. The place looks a little rough (especially at night) but the food is okay.
I had the beef in soup with noodles, and Mrs. C had the same. We followed with a springroll, which was hot and not greasy. The tea was the generic Chinese tea without a name, which was a little bit of a disappointment. The service was prompt and friendly, and the restaurant was reasonably clean, but smelled a bit musty.
I can't say it was the greatest meal ever, but it was cheap, tasty and filling. I'll try Foo's again if I am in the neighbourhood.
The ratings given here are relative to the price a customer has to pay, and not absolute. If you don't care about the ambience or the decor, but want great Chinese food at reasonable prices, you can't beat this place. The restaurant is not very eye-catching, but locals all know it. The interior is clean enough, and Joanna gives you the basic service you would expect from such a restaurant. The food is like home-cooked and a bit different from what you can get at high class Chinese restaurants, but it is delicious, comes in good portions, and is excellent value for money.
Foo's ho ho is the best CANADIAN chinese restaurant in Vancouver BC. It's been here for OVER 50 years, i kno because my friend's folks have been going there since they were kids.
For a restaurant in CHINATOWN to be there for 50 years, they have to be doing something right.
Anyways, the people there are great and yes its a little empty but back in the day, it was PACKED but due to change in times, patrons have come and gone
The people are kind and there is usually only 1 or 2 servers.
The food is as i said canadian chinese food so dont expect the same oily crap from OTHER chinese restaurants
Best Dishes i've had from the restaurant are the :
Montreal Dry Ribs
Curry Chicken and Potatoes
potatoes taste like french fries in a stew of gravy...but its not gravy its curry and god is it good
there dishes are smaller than most but u pay for quality not quantity
All in all, Foo's ho ho is an old school canadian chinese restaurant that hasnt changed there food in over 50 years and if u have respect for that then DEFINITELY try foo's ho ho =)
food and ambiance. service ho ho hum. when I was a kid 20+ years ago, Foo's and the Ho Ho were two different, close-by places. GREAT western style chinese, Foo's a big round table, big dishes, etc. looks like they've joined forces merged. chinatown's fun no matter what? good kongee places close by (thick rice soup), enough msg root to tasty good. If its the same family's kids now inheriting the fam business/es above, then Foo's Ho Ho will make you happy for the buck and, mainly, fill you up? not a bad risk to take? don't do shrimp or it'll be import cultured stuff (spelled m-e-r-c-u-r-y), not wild-caught.
I wanted to try this restaurant for a while since I found out that the restaurant has been around for many years and almost historical. I also read the review that they served a good country style Chinese food. I was disappointed. The food was not that good (oily) and the prices are high. In my opinion, the prices are much higher than an average Chinese restaurant. Especially, in China town area where you can get a better quality food with much lower price. I will not go back again.
We used to go to this restaurant years ago when it was the Ho Ho so we thought we would try it again, as there is limited good chinese takeout in our area. Big mistake. The food was the worst takeout we've ever add. Very bland looking and tasting, and expensive. For anyone that lives in the area, don't bother getting takeout from here.
Restaurants like Foo's are a dying breed. This is the type of Chinese Restaurant I grew up with that sadly no longer exists. Others that come to mind are the Dragon Inn and Renfrew Drive Inn and BC Royal Cafe. This is old style Chinese Canadian Food that is homestyle cooking. It's not fancy Hong Kong Style Chinese food but food that the earlier Chinese Immigrants pre 1967 brought to Canada. It is tasty, simple and unpretensious. Sure it's located in Chinatown and not "high class" but it's decent and fills your tummy. At my last meal I had the Lemon Chicken, Beef Chop Suey and Curried potatos and chicken. I especially liked the curried potato dish. If you go there you will notice alot of "older" Chinese people and whites who remember the "old" Chinatown of the 50's and 60's dining there because it's the only restaurant that still offers this type of Chinese food.