Congee Wong (Toronto) – A great place for chuk fun mein
There are lots of places like this in the Richmond Hill/Markham area but this is the one that I usually frequent. My friends, both old (50) and young (25) take me there which suggests a certain universal appeal to all generations. Furthermore, if a line-up is ever a sign of popularity, this place sure is popular. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Essentially, Congee Wong is a chuk (congee/rice porridge), fun (rice noodles in soup), mein (dry wheat noodles) place. And damn is it good.
First, the vegetable of the day. It was obligatory. Both Jules and Priscilla insisted that we get veggies. It was pretty simple but tasty.
This is the Spicy Soft Shell Crab Fried Rice for $10.99. What a deal. You get so much soft shell crab! True, the crab itself isn’t particularly flavourful (tasted mostly of batter) but it added a really nice crunch and richness to the rice. The fried rice itself was also well made and satisfying. It was just slightly spicy and nicely seasoned.
This is the very classic Shrimp Wonton Noodles in Soup for $4.25. Again, a very good deal. The noodles were nicely bouncy and not overcooked. The wontons were impressive in the amount of shrimp they contained. There was also a good quantity of wontons (I think 6 in this bowl). A very tasty dish.
This is the Law-Bak-Goh (pan-friend Turnip Cake). I can’t remember the price. This is such a unique way to make this dish. Usually, they are sliced into large squares and fried like pancakes. In this dish, they cut them into smaller pieces so that more of the surface has that delicious crispy fried flavour. Very tasty and unique.
This is the Chiu Chow House Special Superbowl Congee for $9.25. I like Chiu Chow style congee a bit more than the regular style congee. Essentially, the difference is that the rice is a bit more formed and it is more like a soup with rice added. The regular style of congee is more of a thick oatmeal porridge. There was lots of seafood in this soup, including fish, shrimp, oysters, scallops, and even some bacon. A wonderful way to keep warm in the winter.
Congee Wong is simply delicious and what blows me away is how great a deal it is. All the food above cost us less than $50 bucks for 4 people. And we were stuffed. You really can’t go wrong coming here. I just hate waiting in line.
Congee Wong, 3 locations, 10 Ravel Rd, Toronto, (416)-493-8222, www.congeewong.com