Ho Yuen Kee is a traditional Chinese restaurant located in Fraserhood in Vancouver. Among their extensive Chinese menu, they are best known for their seafood-notably the Lobster Sticky Rice. Reservations were made in advance of course and we arrived promptly for our 6pm seating. Considering it an early dinner service, the place was already packed with hungry patrons.
Like many Chinese restaurants, most of the items here are family-style catering to larger groups for lunch and dinner service. My friends have never tried their famous ‘Lobster Sticky Rice’ so I guess you could say it was a bit of a splurge to have lobster after our dessert date at Snackshot !
Lobster Sticky Rice ($29/lb + Sticky Rice +$8.50) In total, this dish came out to be $75.35. I was more excited about the fact that it was Petes and Char’s first time trying this signature dish. Surely enough, they quite enjoyed it! Getting it with the sticky rice really makes the dish! Lobster was plump and fresh and nicely prepared. I loved the sauce incorporated into this dish. It was mild tasting from the use of corn starch, but garlic flavour was prominent. The lobster here is market price, so depending on the time of year, prices can can go up or down a few bucks.
Here’s a close up of our lobster dish! The sticky rice isn’t the usual texture of normal sticky rice mixed in with corn, fish roe, green onion. It resembled more of a fried rice texture to me. The lobster sauce soaked into the fish nicely and the corn added a sweet component to this savoury dish.
Salty and Peppery Squid ($17.80) We knew we had to add one more dish as the Lobster Sticky Rice wouldn’t be enough to fill up the three of us! And of course, Petes and Char wanted something deep fried sans vegetable 😛 Squid came up piping hot. The flavour was pretty spot on with combined ingredients of scallion, garlic, onion and jalapeño. Tad salty in my onion and the batter didn’t seem to stick quite right to the squid. Given the price, portion size was a bit small.
Complimentary red bean soup was given at the end of our meal. For a Chinese restaurant, I’m glad they accept card here because it was one pricey but memorable meal!
6236 Fraser St