Ken’s Chinese Restaurant has been cooking up “Innovative & Extraordinary Chinese & Western Cuisine” for loyal patrons for almost twelve years. Ken and his kitchen team entice the dining public with traditional Chinese cooking and Hong Kong style café tapas that keep diners coming back for more.
The restaurant’s claim to fame was being voted “Best Seafood” and “Best Noodle Dish” in Vancouver by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and its Golden Dungeness Crab won the Chinese Restaurant Awards’ “Signature Dish”.
We’ve driven past Ken’s Chinese Restaurant on Kingsway countless times, but have never ventured in – until last night. We wanted to see what this award winning restaurant was all about, so we popped-in and ordered a few dishes. From the outside, the restaurant didn’t look like anything special. Upon entering, we discovered a modestly decorated restaurant with a small interior, booths along the windows and large round tables in the center of the dining room.
Sweet & Sour Pork ($10.95) – One of Gary’s all-time favourite foods, this was a typical sweet n’ sour pork dish consisting of tender pieces of boneless pork deep fried in a crispy batter and smothered with a tangy sweet and sour sauce. The dish also included chunks of green bell peppers, sliced white onions, and diced canned pineapples. It was a generous portion and they didn’t skimp on the meat!
Shrimp & BBQ Pork Fried Rice ($8.50) – Another standard dish, this seafood, meat, egg, and vegetable fried rice combination included plenty of crunchy shrimp, pork pieces, and frozen peas and carrots; it wasn’t too oily and was well seasoned.
Beef and Vegetables ($10.50) – Thinly sliced beef with seasonal vegetables consisting of baby bok choy, chopped carrots and broccoli pieces. Lots of beef and tons of flavour, but my only gripe with this dish was that the bok choy was overly cooked so its texture was soft and mushy.
Overall, Ken’s Chinese Restaurant serves pretty decent Chinese cusine in a clean yet spartan atmosphere. This multiple award winning restaurant didn’t blow us away, but we did enjoy the dishes that we ordered. We didn’t feel the food were overly salty, so I’m assuming the kitchen didn’t use very much MSG, which I always appreciate. FYI: Ken’s Chinese Restaurant accepts payment by debit and credit card, however, you will receive a 10% discount on pick-up orders over $25, only if you pay with cash.