Part of the fun at the Olympics this past week was exploring the culinary scene. On Monday we headed to Richmond for Speed Skating (more on that later) and Chinese food. When we asked for recommendations we were told that “every Chinese restaurant in Richmond is wonderful.” We found the one that wasn’t – at least not to us. A few nights later we tried again, this time at a recommended place – Hons Wun-Tun House - in downtown Vancouver, 1339 Robson Street to be precise.
Hons is the perfect greasy spoon Chinese joint. The ambience is cafeteria industrial, the service is a model of efficiency, the kitchen is cooking 90 miles per hour and the place is packed. We entered, were seated and within 30 seconds tea was filled into tumblers and plates and bowls were brought to our table. We looked over the menu, including the Chinese New Year special menu and placed our order. Ten minutes later the food started arriving.
First up was unpictured pan-fried pot stickers. They were filled with pork and had just the right amount of grease and crispness. The potstickers were followed by wonton noodle soup.
The wontons were good and the noodles made the dish fun and entertaining as we tried to get them out of the big bowl and into our own, armed with nothing put chopsticks and forks.
Fortunately, I’ve spent time in Italy winding pasta
Next, the main courses started to arrive. Almond chicken, crispy on the outside, tender within, with a heavenly nutty flavor. If it had been served with a honey glaze, I would have been in heaven. Without it, it was still darn good.
A little something off the New Year’s Menu: Prawns with green beans in XO Chili sauce. Crispy green beans and fresh, tender shrimp. Perfect.
Finally, lightly smoked chicken slices flavored with tea and black peppercorns. This dish was the wow factor in the meal.
Next time we’re in Vancouver and hankering for Chinese we know where to go – Hons. It’s not swanky, but it serves good, fresh, food at reasonable prices.