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Angel Cafe - Vancouver, HK Cafe, Pictures

fmed | Apr 24, 2008 01:24 PM

Preamble: I was debating whether or not to post this....mainly because I thought it wouldn't be that interesting. But since I had the Hainan Chicken Rice here, I might as well.

Angel Cafe is one of the many Hong Kong Style Cafes in the Vancouver area. (I say HK style even though I know many of them are run by Taiwanese and many of them are also Bubble Tea places). Generically, HK Cafes (also called Cha Chaan Teng ) serve Chinese Western Food.

The menu for these types of restaurants are a weird mish-mash of dishes ranging from French Toast, BLTs, Baked Spaghetti, Malaysian Curries, Hamburgers, E Fu Noodles, etc. The quality of the food is usually quite poor. Preparations often use Instant Noodles, Instant Curry powders, and similar convenience food ingredients. The draw for most people is often HK Milk Tea (dai pai dong), HK Lemonade or Bubble Tea. Also, it is comfort food to many ex-pats.

So why would one eat at these places if the food is not good? Well, for me, it holds a certain kind of cultural fascination. It similar to eating at a Yoshoku, a Diner, A British Pub, etc. Also, (especially Yoshoku or HK Cafes), the adaptation speaks volumes on the actual cuisine that hosts it....from ingredients, to techniques, to presentation, etc.

I came here with my family this weekend....here is a list of what we ordered; Fish and Chips, Hainanse Chicken Rice, Pratha Bread, Salmon with Spaghetti, and Malaysian Chicken Curry. The best dish was the Fish and Chips.

The Hainan Chicken Rice was very poorly executed. The skin was yellow (which indicates an improper poaching method that did not involve the requisite multi-stage poaching that includes an ice-water bath) The sauces did not taste fresh - almost as if they were made a few days ago and left in the fridge. The soya was not the "proper" dark sweet soy.

Overall...I would not recommend Angel Cafe...unless you are an ex-pat HK person looking to get your fix of HK Milk-tea. If you are a Hainan Chicken Rice fan...strike this place off your list.

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