Wonton Mein Saga
- any narrative or legend of heroic exploits with wonton mein
Upon entering the doors of this restaurant in Richmond, you will begin an epic tale of “the best wonton mein”, congee and other Chinese delights!
In all honesty, I was smirking when I read the name of this restaurant. I was thinking that the wonton will be served Lord of the Rings style– the one wonton to rule them all!
From word of mouth, this restaurant allegedly boasts to have “the best wonton mein” in Vancouver. My family came to challenge that idea and demanded I review it.
Naturally we ordered wonton. The general consensus is that it was average wonton mein (and slightly salty). Satisfactory. It was noted that the noodles were a tad soggy therefore Lo Mein would have been a better choice as the soup is given separately. See below.
Lo Mein is essentially wonton mein without the soup. The soup is provided separately and you are free to dip/pour as much as you like. As mentioned above, the soup was salty but heaps of tendon and brisket were given. Despite the size of meat, this dish is not filling for a grown man (please refer to the picture of the man with crazy-hungry eyes). It was filling enough for a girl (me) though.
Wonton mein with beef brisket and tendon is a combination of both dishes above.
Congee is a staple food for the Chinese. We ordered Congee with Dried Fish and Peanuts. The fish was plenty so we could definitely taste it well. The peanuts not so much. I found many nuts but the taste was already lost somewhere within the mixture. The family suspected the congee was made with a pressure cooker instead of the traditional Cantonese style involving a pot and an open stove. The congee was too mushy. In other words– not authentic and it’s your usual restaurant quality.
The gai lan vegetables were fresh and had a strong garlic fragrance which I liked.
I still find it weird for a restaurant to call itself a saga. I think of a dramatic story of heroism instead. There was no dramatic wonton to be found here. Overall, the dinner was alright. McKim is good for a quick Chinese meal but I would not say it is THE best. However, they do have many other items to offer. The items on the menus are similar to the rice/noodles/veggie dishes you can find at #9 Restaurant (also in Richmond). My parents insist that this is not the best wonton you can find in Vancouver. The very best, in their opinion, is Mak’s Noodle Restaurant which I will
be forced to review soon.