I dined alone at this 'newly changed name' eatery yesterday. Seeing they adopt the Chinese name of one of Hong Kong's best noodle house, my first inclination upon sitting down was to order a won-ton noodle to compare the two. Since they also have 'Sha-Tin style roasted pigeon' as a special of the day for $12.99 each, I also indulge myself in one.
The won ton noodle was your typical Toronto product. Nothing stand out. However, I was glad to see them adopting the 'regular' won ton morsel sizes rather than the nowadays popular 'giant golf ball' version. Prawn filling was well seasoned and crunchy. One of the better won ton in town. Noodles were OK but the broth, lacking the taste of roasted dried tile fish and shrimp eggs, was a flop. I did make comments to the lady owner about the inferior broth, who promised me to talk to the chef about a future 'revision'. We'll see??!!
The roasted pigeon, on the other hand, was a totally different story! Piping hot with crisp, lacquered skin, nicely seasoned with five spices and super juicy meat ( juice actually squirted out when I tore the drumstick from the body ), at $12.99 per bird, it was definitely good value for money. ( considering John's B-B-Q in Richmond Hill charges around $20 per bird and tasted the same! ).
The owner told me I should pay them a return visit to try out their famous sweet and sour pork, steamed live fish and other wok-hay stirred fry dishes. Based the the surprising quality of the pigeon, I'll defintely take up her offer.
Congee Noodle House
3555 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M2H3N3, CA
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