The food is excellent and prices are super reasonable. – King’s Chinese Cuisine at 4488 Main Street, at the corner of 29th. Avenue, in Vancouver.
You cannot miss it with its bright red and orange outside paint job.
You can have a great lunch or dinner consisting of seven dishes for a mere $28.75 (before taxes and tips).
First up were four delicious deep-fried stuffed dumplings.
Light and airy and most important of all not greasy.
Filled with little morsels of minced pork and assorted vegetables they were excellent little starters to whet the appetite.
Spicy chicken wings also proved to be a savvy choice.
Coated with a semi-sweet sauce with a kick to it they were moist and succulent.
The deep-fried squid with rock salt and pepper was a knockout.
Lots and lots of little flecks of garlic and small slices of jalapeno peppers were everywhere and the squid was tender on the inside and crisp on the outside.
The steamed supreme prawn dumplings consisted of four large tender succulent pieces.
The steamed spareribs in black bean sauce were a knockout. The sauce that surrounded the tiny pieces of spareribs was to die for – rich and hearty, full of flavour.
An order of mini sticky rice consisted of two large chunks of rice each wrapped in its own lotus leaf.
The rice is the best sticky rice we’ve ever had. Moist and filled with mushrooms and bits of pork.
Six pork pot stickers complete the meal. They are okay but nothing special.
Be prepared to wait, especially on the weekends when there are major lineups.
Visa or cash is accepted but there are no reservations.
George Froehlich has more than 35 years media experience abroad and in Canada. He is an avid cook, art collector and world-wide traveler. New York still is his favourite city. For more than two years he has been producing the Savvy Insider, a funky, eclectic newsletter that’s all Metro Vancouver and what makes it one of the great cities of the world. Check out his site, and stay bookmarked to Poivre Media for weekly “edible” anecdotes from George.