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Hon’s was one of the earliest Chinese (Hong Kong style) restaurants to land in Vancouver, serving authentic Hong Kong Chinese food. But I think its reputation has dropped significantly in the last few years with stores closing down to having 3 left in the lower mainland because of bankruptcy. However, I still remember that it served pretty decent food the last time I went (at least 4 or 5 years ago). My girlfriend and I made a stop here because she was feeling unwell that weekend. And the best food to have when you are sick is congee. I remembered Hon’s had pretty decent congee. Since she was sick, we got take out.
I was pretty impressed with the take-out packaging. It was well-wrapped. The watery content were in plastic bags. And the bottom of the bag had a cardboard to support its base.
I had to pour out the congee as I couldn’t get the camera to focus on the white congee and the white container. To be precise, we actually got the HK style minced beef congee. The minced beef was totally not what I was expected. In it was more like chopped up beef rather than minced beef. The congee was a little watered down and not the congee texture you’d get from a good boiled congee. So, this was a rather disappointment.
When something is in a combo, you would presume you are in for a deal. But definitely not here. This was one of the combo I saw on their menu. It was beef brisket & wonton. But this did not include the wonton noodles, which had to be added on separately for $2 extra. The total of the combo was well over $8 with no drinks.
What I have here is a big bowl of MSG.
The beef brisket was the best tasting out of the 3. It was not the best tasting beef brisket, but it wasn’t bad. Next, the wonton. For Hon’s I didn’t think they could screw up on wonton as they are known for being a wonton house. But, the wonton was really disappointing. It was soggy before I poured the soup base in. It was way over-cooked and felt like I was eating baby food. The ingredients should have been fresh, at least the shrimp. But no, it was all soggy and damp. Lastly, the wonton noodles. From the looks of it, this was very promising. Until I took the first bite, my day just turned upside down. The noodles were also over-cooked, being soggy and not chewy.
I am throughly disappointed with Hon’s after this meal. For the prices they are charging, I have expected the food quality to be on par with what they charge. The service was also not too pleasant. I was trying to ask about their combo but the lady that took my order just didn’t have that patience with me. She was almost getting annoyed with me because I was trying to clear up what I ordered. I’m sorry Hon’s, but this is probably the last time and no return.
To end off my post, what have you liked about Hon’s and how has that changed for you, if at all?