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Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House

3163 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T3G8
Tel: (604) 876-8520 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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Just Another Passable Place
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Nothing special here, we popped by on a minor craving and because the other congee place was shut down.
This is your usual "old school" Cantonese style noodle and congee (and rice of course) place. The prices are inexpensive and you can get pretty decent lunch meals.
There is nothing surprising here, the food is passable, but nothing to be amazed at.
Service is what you'd expect from a place like this. They get you your food and that's about it.
Doesn't look too grungy and we never got sick afterwards :-)

Not worth a visit. It's not bad, it's just not anything special. If you're hungry, it's a good place to pop in and have a munch, but otherwise, spend your stomach space elsewhere.

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I will miss this place...
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 4:12am [Dine in]

Recently, there was a shooting here where several customers tried to overpower a man who tried to rob this restaurant. One customer died and several others are in hospital. I sincerely hope those who were injured will be okay and my sympathies go out to the family members of the patron who lost his/her life in this senseless tragedy.

Food: amazing honey garlic spareribs and the best hot and sour soup I've ever had. All of their dishes have actually been nothing short of awesome. I've honestly driven all the way from Delta to eat here on many occasions.

Service: being regular customers, we've always received awesome service. It can be slow during busy times but it's to be expected from a small/family-run establishment.

Ambiance: nice hole in the wall for cheap eats so don't expect a five-star/gold-plated restaurant.

I feel terribly sad about the recent event at this wonderful restaurant and would absolutely return if they decided to re-open. Again, my deepest sympathies for all those involved in this tragedy. RIP.

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Cheap prices with equally crappy food
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 4:38am [Dine in]

Strangely enough I've come here a few times (at different times during the day (or night) and always out of the respect of good friends who seem to like this place for whatever reason, probably because it's dirt cheap). ANYWAYS, I've driven past this place so many times before but never thought anything of it. It's another place now that I will go out of my way for considering much better options close by.

It's open late (something like 2am) and that's about all it has going for it.

I've had a few menu items here as well as their Preserved Egg & Pork Congee several times. Prices are slightly cheaper with their congee (the large order) very inexpensive at around 11 dollars (a good 6-7 dollars atleast cheaper than other places). Their Chow Mein is oily, their noodles in their Fried Rice Noodles with Beef are soft and broken up and their Congee was burnt the first couple of times I went there. The Chinese Donut (which is actually decent) seems a waste with the lousy congee to accompany it. You'd figure with chinese food which relies on consistency with their simplicity can still have it screwed up.

Service is decent and food comes out fairly quick although servers seem hurried and their demeanor suggests they don't want to be bothered too much if you have any issues but they do top up your tea.

The place is a sty even for a chinese restaurant. The walls are dirty and most of the floor is slippery.

There are always at least half a dozen other tables occupied when I've come here and I have no idea why they would come here other than the fact that it's cheap and it's open late.

Sorry but the drive-through at McDonalds gets my business way before this place.

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Always tasty and always busy.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

From back when it was Daimo before the owner lost the prime and bustling location in a night of gambling (so says the rumour tree), Kwong Chow is always bustling with business. The food is kept to a certain standard. Though I've eaten so much delivery from there in the past that I can't stand to take another bite. But they're always a good default, and are opened late enough for a late snack, etc.. Just be warned that they do get fairly crowded and busy through certain hours of the night!

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tasty lunch
By pete66 of coquitlam (56 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

We were here on the weekend, ordered from the lunch specialsl: sweet n sour pork & a beef & a vegetable fried noodle dishe. The pork was very juicy, tender and nicely deep fried in a delicious sauce and comes with a bowl of rice.The noodle dish came in a generous portion and there was lots of beef and it was quite tasty. It includes house soup too. The service was pretty quick too. We will return for sure..

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Quantity is more important than Quality!
By louielobster of Glendale (53 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 5:21am [Dine in]

Due to the late night hours, we came here for snacks after the Casino. Winners pay for the losers. And again I ate for free!

Squab.
Preserve vegetable congee.
Shanghai style rice noodle dried fried.
Curry chicken chow Mein.
Fresh seafood and mushroom chow mein.
Large special house wonton soup.
Lamb hot pot.

The service was expedient and our order was up Chop-Chop for the hungry mob to inhale. The food was pretty standard fare, don’t expect gourmet dinning and you won’t be disappointed. But there were lots of it and plenty left over for doggy bags as well.
Come here where quantity is more important than quality!

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Be picky as to what you order
By doodlebug of vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 12:04am [Dine in]

I'm pretty sure they load their food up with msg cause we were thirsty all night long. We ordered their scrambled egg with shrimp on rice - not too bad. Their fried rice noodles were quite good as were their pea shoots in garlic. The fish maw and crab soup was quite yummy...but then, something horrible happened. Of the four of us, three of us got belly aches. We think it was the soup because I was the only one who didn't have soup; therefore, no belly ache. The cleanliness of this place is questionable. We will not be returning.

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VERY Poor service AND mediocre food
By daisicklo of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

It's been a long while since I went there but a recent review prompted me to register these comments.

My decision to NEVER go there again was the result of more than a few incidents, but here are the last two.

1. I ordered takeout and they missed one wonton noodle, which I didn't discover until I got home. I called and the lady says they'll just make it up by giving me a free one next time I visit. I hung up and then wondered how they are going to know that it was me when I ask them next. I also wondered how many times this has happened to me at this place, as this was not the first time.

2. So when I went to "claim" my noodle, I was greeted with much rudeness. It was before 5:30pm. There were THREE tables occupied with 2 or 3 customers at each. I chose a larger round table for four for myself as I have some reading material to spread out. The waitress yelled at me and told me to sit at the table for 2. I explained why I needed the larger table and she grumpily acknowledged it but walked away without a word. I then waited, and waited, and waited, for someone to come back to take the order, but no one did. I got up to walk out, and the cashier saw me but never bothered to ask me why I'm leaving.

This tells me they don't CARE. That's good enough a reason for me to never return. Oh, and the food, as pointed but many reviews here, is just mediocre. No worse or better than most of your average wonton joint.

One last thing....don't forget they also had a late night shooting there a few years back. Scared? You should be.

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An Unusually Slow Night?
By dinnerguests of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

This restaurant was a reliable place to find reasonably priced food of good value. Because of our years of patronizing this place, we expected the same tasty fresh food--this was not the case this evening. In the past we would have to wait for a table no matter what time we went. This evening around 5:30, the place was only occupied by 3 small tables. We found this odd. We placed our order using the book menu to help us order by picture. We were not given the usual menu specials except for the only one written in Chinese that we couldn't read. We wanted to try their spicy eggplant hot pot, the chicken with cashews, the spicy green beans, the broccoli with fish, and a beef chow mein. We asked for the lamb hot pot, but they were out of lamb. The eggplants arrived soaking in about an inch of oil, the green beans had black ends including the ends that were cut, and the beef noodles were really beefy--even the noodles tasted like an animal! Everyone stopped eating the noodle dish after one bite. However, the fish and broccoli and the chicken and cashews were flavorful and delicious. Even by the end of our meal, only another couple came in to dine. Was this just an unusually slow night? Since there are so many other great places to eat, we are in no hurry to return to this one.

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good place to get a feel of asia...
By satch of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:26am [Dine in]

a lot of reviewers missed the point of how you are suppose to get the atmosphere of asia in asian restaurant. I mean do you want sushi served to you in a western dining atmosphere?? wait.. some ppl do.. for i don't know what reason. As i don't think anyone would go to McDonald's for sushi either.

We all come here for their greasy food and cheap beer. As simple as that sounds people seem to miss that point. $3 for a bottle of beer is cheap. After 9pm the have the late night dishes that is around $5-$6 which is amazing. If you order $20 or more you can get the special of quale for $6 or prawns for $3.

they also make congee with the consistency that your mom wish she can make. Late night, cheap beer, greasy food and good congee. Hard to ask for more...

And stop complaining about service. Would you work for such thin profit? Tip your waitress well... she'll be nicer next time.

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okay Congee Noodle House Substitute
By Shapeshyfter of East Van (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 1:27am [Dine in]

My gf and i came here after we couldn't find parking at Congee noodle house. We had driven by here a few times, and always made fun of the knock off store name. We went in and I wasn't really surprised by anything.

Food: I ordered the Sweet and Sour Pork and Rice. This is what i usually get at Chinese places I'm trying for the first time, since its one of those dishes you have to get right in order to survive in Vancouver. The Sauce was okay/good. Not the best i ever had, but acceptable. The Pork was softer than I would have liked, usually more crunchy at other places. My gf ordered wonton Noodle soup, which wasn't bad. The shrimp tasted fresh and there was a generous amount. Overall a 3 - cant really get sweet and sour pork wrong.

Service: The service wasn't terrible. basically, the server was there to bring us tea and when we wanted to order. After that, the server was rarely seen. She only appeared when there was more customers to be seated. And strangely appeared almost instantly when we decided we wanted the bill. Overall a 2.5 - no refills for tea, plus invisible servers.

Value : The value was hard to rate. for 6.95, I expected more with my order. The pork came in a long small plate and had quite a bit of red/green pepper as well as other stuff. There was probably 10 pieces of pork altogether. But the wontons on the other hand were big and had a good amount of shrimp in it. There were five altogether for $5. Overall a 3 - Since my plate was too small, but my gf liked the wontons.

Ambiance: This was a strange place. It's decoration resembled congee noodle house, but also, classier chinese restaurants. They had some nice decor that you would see in chinese seafood restaurants, such as a big mirror on the wall (with pheonix/dragon? I can't remember), there were also other things that slips my mind now. What so strange? there were a few things they had that really hurt their ambiance values. For one, the table we got was unbalanced, so they had stuck a thickly folded newpaper to fix it. It was so torn up, i wondered how long it had been there. There was a small flat screen TV on the wall. It was the same image the entire time we were there. Lastly, their tables reminded us of a really really really bad restaurant that we went to once (Top Quality Something). So 2 overall - Thats a bit harsh, but the newspaper thing really stuck out.

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Quality has dropped
By currypuff of Kitsilano, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times for congee and other items such as rice dishes and noodle dishes. Typical Chinese fare.... nothing overly impressive or overly disgusting.

But WAIT... last night I had their "special" ling cod filet congee.. the fish was REALLY mushy-sign of a fish beyond its prime surely... and the chow mein with black bean spareribs was really really salty.

Looks like I need to start looking for a new congee place again...

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Great cheap eats!
By mmmgreen of yaletown (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

I just got back from this place... Oh gosh! It's really good! I oredered congee and kai lan. The congee is pretty great. I've had runny and glopy congee before but this was the perfect consistency.

The kai lan was a bit over steamed but still good. Food came w/in 3 mins of ordering which was good cause I was starvin!

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Fav on Main
By vanchef of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 12:39am [Dine in]

Very sad about the shooting.

Excellent congee of course (and you can have bad congee out there).Broad noodles are great.Quick service and clean place.It is a family palce and you always feel welcome there.

Always go back,2 times a week sometimes.

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Busy for a reason
By Geezer of North Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 1:23am [Dine in]

Tried this place for the first time. It's open til 2 am so no pressure on late evening diners.
Fresh poached and spiced scallops on special, very tasty with steamed rice. Corn chicken swirl soup - no complaint (small bowl was massive). Friendly, on the ball, service. Slightly slow but they were busy. Good value. Bathroom not visited.

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Great Value, good food
By dinehere123 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

As with any chinese restaurant, we always ask for less oil and less salt. Sometimes it makes a difference.

Its a cheap chinese place to eat, and the food is decent when you want some comfort food. Its far better food and value than MacDonalds. $4.25 dishes 11am-12pm is enough for one. The bigger dishes at $6.50 are quite large, and definitely worth it. Two of these dishes can feed 3 average people...

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A terrible lunch
By Main Street Eater of vancouver (main) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

I live nearby and thought I'd try this place for lunch. Ordered the chicken congee. I received my food pretty quickly. However, it was terrible: chunks of gristle, cartlige, and bone suspended in thick porridge with no meat whatsoever. A few very tough and rubbery mushrooms were all that was close to edible. I've eaten at dodgy restaurants throughout South and Southeast Asia, and this was the first meal I simply couldn't eat. I tried ... but after 1/4 bowl I was near gagging.
By the time I left (just after noon) the place was packed, so I'm guessing that there are other dishes on the menu that are edible. I won't be coming back, however.
The place is very inexpensive, but one of the worst meals I've ever tasted.

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Waited till the Sampans came home
By OnFire of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

Went there with the family of 4 and waited and waited for our food so long that I should have brought my razor and toothbrush.
The noodle dish I ordered was too greasy and such a small portion that the cumulative experience was extremely frustrating.

I guess if you order the congee or dumplings then you might get your food quicker since they prep it up front behind the glass partition, but anything you order from the kitchen will rival the time it took to build the Great Wall. The place was not even busy when we were there, since the staff was having a lunch break also, however their food was prep quickly.

Will not be back as I said to my wife "A" that maybe the table we were assigned is jinx as I remember the last time we were there we had the same table and the service was also terrible and slow, I believe in feng shui.

Noot going back

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Not soo great..
By Ozzy23 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Really bad service the worst i've ever seen. Very loud and didn't come and ask if you needed anything. was in shock because it was so bad. Very cheap prices is a good thing and decent food. But if you want a place to relax and have good service this is not it. won't go back.. o and they put MSG in your food you have to ASK them not to or they will. So i just ate poison. wont be back...im not a mean person but it was bad.

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Inexpensive Chinese lunch dishes
By KickAssDude of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

Inexpensive Chinese lunch dishes, from $5.95 and up. Great food.

One suggestion though, you should bring a jacket with you since they have turn their air-conditioner on HIGH. Also due to their great air-con, you should eat your food fast otherwise it will be cold in 5 minutes.

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