We visit Congee Noodle House quite often in Vancouver, so I’m surprised that we’ve never previously reviewed the restaurant. One of the reasons we like CNH is it’s a lot closer than driving to Richmond for some quick Chinese food. On this particular visist we ordered take-out of some of our usual favourite dishes.
Located on East Broadway, in Mount Pleasant, CNH has another location, Congee Noodle King on Kingsway. Like its sister location, Congee Noodle House is a classic Hong Kong style noodle house serving typical Cantonese style Chinese food. Its a popular breakfast/lunch type of place but is also open for dinner — you can order some pretty decent king crab as well as yummy barbecued meats.
Congee Noodle House is, not surprisingly, famous for their congee! Congee (a.k.a. jook/rice porridge) is offered on their menu with a variety of ingredients. We ordered Preserved Egg & Sliced Pork Congee ($5.50) – All congee is served with peanuts, ginger and green onion.
A bowl of steaming hot congee is not complete without a Salted Chinese Doughnut ($1.75) to dunk it in. Beef and Black Bean Sauce ($10.00) – Plenty of sauce resting on a bed of broad rice noodles with beef slices, chunks of green and red bell peppers, onions and a tonne of minced garlic! This dish is always delicious at Congee Noodle House because they never skimp on the sauce, like other restaurants, and it’s a generous portion size.
Wonton with Noodles ($5.00) – Shrimp and pork wontons in a delicious noodle soup. The pieces of prawn aren’t as large at another favourite of ours Tsim Chai in Richmond, but they’re good nonetheless.
So why is Congee Noodle House so popular after all these years? It’s because the restaurant serves consistent, solid Chinese eats at reasonable prices. Typical, no-nonsense service is provided — but you don’t come here for the service.
Something to note is that Congee Noodle House is CASH ONLY! Also, there is complimentary parking available at the back of the building, but spaces are tight. And, if you’re entering the restaurant at the rear, don’t look inside the kitchen…it might turn you off!