Au Wing Kee - Metrotown

This is actually a picture of their back door, because we parked in the back! :)

  After successfully selling off my mom's condo (Thanks Doris Gee!) my dad was in an especially good mood, so he decided to treat us to lunch at Au Wing Kee!! :D

  The funny thing is - when we walked in the whole place smelled like pee. I wish I was kidding. The closer you got to the bathroom the stronger the smell got. 

 Such a great start to our meal ;) 

  But once we got settled in a bit we went "nose blind" and we couldn't smell it anymore :D 
And after the food arrived I got distracted and forgot about it hehe. 

  According to my dad - the decor hasn't changed one bit in 10 years! He actually use to eat here all the time back in the day, but this was my first time going here!! Actually I'm surprised that I've never been here because I lived near Metrotown for 7+ years!

  Au Wing Kee is just a short walk from Metrotown, it's located beside Boiling Point and Indian Wok!! They serve up classic Cantonese dishes - they operate like a HK cafe for brunch/lunch, and as a seafood restaurant by night!!




We were seating at one of the large tables, which was nice, because there was only the 3 of us! :D


Garlic Pea Tips

3/5 stars

  My dad ordered this! For some reason I don't like ordering veggies at restuarants because for the same price, I would rather get a meat dish hehe. Is that bad? (Maybe that's why I don't eat alot of vegetables) ;)
  
  This version was pretty standard. The pea tips were nice and had a ton of flavour to them with the abundance of garlic. It wasn't too salty either!!

  Oh gosh, this dish reminds me so much of my trip to Cambodia. We literally had this at every meal (darn tour groups!!) and I got so sick of it ;)



Stir Fried Pork Neck Rice Noodles $10
3.5/5 stars

  My dad, being the basic Cantonese guy that he is, has to order rice noodles, at every chinese place we go to. I for one, am not particularly fond of the dish, but I don't mind it. 

  This version was quite good, there was a lot of wok hey going on and the noodles were cooked nice and al dente!! There was a lot of it too, and it had a nice hint of carmelization. The pork neck was a bit rough though, but other than that, not bad!!



Specialty Chicken steamed in Lotus Leaves $12.50

3.5/5 stars

  This was huge!! It came in a large bamboo steamer, like the ones you get at dim sum! There was a ton of chicken in there, as well as some mushrooms and chinese sausages. The lotus leaves imparted a lot of flavour and made the whole thing very fragrant. The chicken wasn't very tender though. But flavour wise, really good!




Lobster in Cream Sauce 

3.5/5 stars

 My dad was feeling indulgent that day, so we ordered lobster!! We don't eat lobster that often, so it was definitely a treat!!

  My dad picked the cream sauce, and it was quite yummy!! Creamy, thick, and really flavourful! Great paired with rice! The lobster was bouncy and had that natural lobster flavour. This was the one thing I ate the most of, I barely touched the other dishes!! :D 





  
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12 comments:

  1. Mmm, that Specialty Chicken steamed in Lotus Leaves looks good. And $12.50 seems cheap too.

    I guess you parked in the back so you put the backdoor's pic here. For those who go there via their front door on Kingsway, this is what they really look like, LOL:

    https://www.google.com/maps/@49.224768,-122.988195,3a,48.3y,205.9h,89.57t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s7ue6fb4yqVgKz4R9lvnWQg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

    The exterior is definitely on the shabby side, and so is much of the interior, to be honest. I haven't been there in ages, and the only redeeming feature I recall of the interior is there is a skylight window towards the back of the room. Oh yeah and their food is pretty decent, actually :-)

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    1. The specialty chicken was indeed delicious!! The food is pretty decent for what it is - my dad likes this place so we'll most likely be revisitng! :D

      Haha thanks for the front pic!! The interior and exterior is quite outdated, but for some reason I quite like it. It's a testament to how long they've been there! :D

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  2. the picture looks like water spinach (空心菜) more than pea tips

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    1. You're right Alice!! I had the Chinese name in my head but I didn't know the English name for it haha!! But now I know, thanks for correcting me!! :D

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    2. Indeed, because 空心 means "hollow heart/middle" but really refers to the hollow stalks/stems of the vegetable :-)

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  3. Haha I love stir fried rice noodles. I guess we all have slightly different tastes! That lobster looks really yummy!

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    1. You and my dad share the same tastes lol! Are you Cantonese Raymond?

      Stir Fried Noodles are really yummy though - can't go wrong with a classic!! The lobster was so good hehe, I haven't had lobster in soo long!!

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    2. And it's in stir-fried rice noodles where you can taste the "wok hey" (the "breath", or heat of the hot wok) if the restaurant's kitchen properly prepped the rice noodles (make sure they are dry and have no moisture on them before going into the hot wok) and stir-fried at the highest temp wok and hottst oil possible.

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    3. http://thewoksoflife.com/2014/06/beef-chow-fun-noodles/

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    4. Thanks for the info!! I love wok hey, it's the best part about cantonese rice noodles! :D

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  4. i totally agree with you on ordering plain veggies at restaurants! you can get soooo much more in the market for the same price, i'd rather just splurge on other dishes. xD

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    1. ditto!! The cheapskate in me would rather spend $10 on meat than a plate of veggies!! Gotta get my money's worth!! ;)

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