Location: 3017 St. Johns Street, Port Moody, BC
Phone: (604) 469-8623 | Hours: Unknown
So, this place has been opened as far as I know it. However, there have been new owners constantly. But for some reason, they decided to keep the English name the same. I guess they really like the name or just feeling very attached. Anyhow, I like the first gen of this restaurant, way back in high school, when me and @anothersamchan would come here almost everyday for snack after school. It was either that or the McDonalds next to it. But clearly, the fried chicken that used to be here was the winner.
Anyhow, back to the current restaurant. Nothing has really changed except for some minor renovations. My girlfriend and I are back here for the second time, after I was introduced to the “fish soup noodle combo” here by my girlfriend’s parents.
I have got to say, it’s pretty good. The best thing about it is no MSG, which means the soup is natural flavours. The price isn’t too bad, which includes a hot drink. My only complaint about their drinks is that it’s too watered down, which is not a surprise at most Chinese restaurants because they use more water and less drink mix or milk or whatever it is they use.
A classic chocolate drink, asian style. But after a sip, my girlfriend just left it there.
Mine was a little better, it’s a hot malted drink. It tastes really good if they use the right amount of evaporated milk, but it was also too watered down.
If you’re thirsting for noodles. I would recommend this place in Port Moody. Especially the fish soup, it is full of flavours. The squid balls are notably hand made. If you are the person that likes a snappy and chewy texture, you will like it. The dried fish that comes with the soup base is very crunchy! It adds a kick to the soup. In additional to the soup, you can find vegetables, mushrooms, bean curd, and scallion. Adding to the chewiness, I picked the thick vermicelli, which is extremely chewy.
We were reading the same menu, and noticed that adding chicken wings was only a dollar. We confirmed it with our waiter too. However, when the bill came it was $2.00 added on to our bill. I was a little confused, so we called the waiter and asked the manager. And the manager started scolding the waiter in front of us. I felt sorry for the waiter that he didn’t make it clear initially. But at the same time, I was hoping the manager would compensate us for the dollar difference, especially, we were not at fault. But, the manager just walked off after scolding at the poor waiter. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you “excellent” Chinese service. I didn’t make a fuss about the dollar difference, but I was definitely going to comment on it here because I think my audience has the right to know!
The chicken wings were not bad, but nothing compared to “Wo Fung” inside Aberdeen Mall in Richmond. You can actually tell by the colour that the oil is not fresh either. A dollar for a chicken wing here, I think I’ll pass.
The baked rice here is not bad, the Portuguese sauce is on the mild side. For those who haven’t had Portuguese sauce, it’s like curry but without that curry flavour. Besides that, I really like the beef tongue here. It’s very tender. However, I would have been happier if the slices were thicker.
Overall, I think this place needs to up it with their services. I’ve been here twice already under the new management, and I’m not sure if I’ll come back if they keep up with current service standards. The food here is good, the portions are good. But, comparing this with Deer Garden (my next post), I think Deer Garden will give you more value for your dollars. Prices are mediocre with other Chinese cafes in the Tri-Cities. The ambiance is a big minus here, it feels like you are in a diner. Even though the restaurant appears to be bright, but it does need some revamp in the style and structure, perhaps, new furniture’s would give it a kick!