With only a handful of decent late night options in Vancouver, it’s hard to be picky! Just a couple of nights ago, my friends and I headed to Congee Noodle King for some Chinese comfort food. You will rarely find me dining at late night establishments because I simply can’t sleep on a full stomach! But hey, I rarely see my friends, so it was a good opportunity to catch up.
Congee Noodle King is situated by the busy intersection of Kingsway and Joyce. We arrived just after 9:30pm to get the late night special. Given the fact that this place is almost always busy, I was a bit hesitant to come here at first because I hate lining up for a table- especially if it’s a party of 5 or more. 😦 Luckily, we were able to grab a table right away…otherwise forget it!
It’s been almost five years since my last visit as I frequent their sister restaurant, Congee Noodle House more. I didn’t really do any research prior to coming here so my friends took the liberty of ordering everything.
Deep Fried Chicken Soft Bone with Spicy Chili ($6.45) This is my friend’s absolute favourite. To be frank, I’m not a big fan of eating cartilage in general, but I was very open to the idea because she kept raving about it. The pieces were nicely cut into bite sized pieces which made it not too difficult to pick up and eat. Overall, I thought the dish was just too salty! I’d definitely recommend eating this with plain congee or steamed rice!
Deep Fried Pork Intestine ($6.45) You’re probably thinking what?! Pork Intestine? Deep fried, too? This is most definitely a you-love-it or you-hate-it exotic delicacy. The pork intestines tasted very fresh as if they were made to order. The addition of the plum sauce dip gave the dish a nice sweetness to counteract the saltiness.
Beef Stir Fry with Flat Rice Noodles ($5.35)One of my favourite comfort foods to order at any Cantonese restaurant! The charring of the seared noodles had good “wok hay” which added an authentic flavour. Similar to other restaurants, this came with beef, been sprouts, and green onion. Portion-wise, a little on the small side.
Green Beans with Chili Sauce ($6.45) For something so simple, the green beans stood out to me the most. The dish had a decent amount of garlic, shallot, and spice. Shallots were nicely caramelized with the oil blanched green beans.
Deep Fried Minnow Fish with Spicy Salt & Chili ($6.45) These tiny little critters were pretty delicious! They had a good amount of salt and the batter did not taste too overwhelmingly heavy.
Plain Congee ($5.35) Had to order plain congee to go with all the deep fried dishes! The congee had a good creamy and smooth consistency. My friend’s boyfriend thought it was weird how I wanted to take a photo of plain congee 😛 Have to do it for blogging purposes, right? 😉
Congee Noodle King is one of those places where you want to try almost everything. This is a great place for Cantonese comfort food and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. Just not for late night 😛
Contact: (604) 435-6670