Review: King’s Chinese Cuisine

by gigi on July 11, 2007

I went to King’s Chinese Cuisine at 4488 Main Street in Vancouver over the weekend. We had a bunch of relatives visiting from out of town and that is always a good reason to get together and eat. :) My grandparents come here pretty frequently for dim sum and so we decided to come here for dinner as well.

We had your typical multi-course Chinese meal where we had some “staples” such as steamed fish and chicken, as well as some other dishes such as soy sauce shrimp.

First off was the assorted appetizer plate. The portions at this place are generous if anything else. My favourite items in this dish were the honey garlic spareribs and the deep fried chicken knees with jalapeño peppers. Also included was some marinated jellyfish and pork.

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Next was a plate of soy sauce shrimp. I found it to be a bit too greasy and the shrimp was somewhat overcooked.

king’s chinese cuisine

We also had assorted veggies with scallops and cuttlefish. Again, a bit on the greasy side but there was a healthy amount of seafood in this dish.

king’s chinese cuisine

The third item was soup with shrimp, snow peas, and tofu. Although it was quite hearty and chunky, the soup itself was surprisingly lacking in taste. I had to supplement it with a few drops of red vinegar.

king’s chinese cuisine

The lobster and crab dish was very tasty. The best part of this dish was the wonton noodles at the bottom which had soaked up all the flavourful lobster and crab sauce. Yum!

king’s chinese cuisine

Pea sprouts must have been in season as the sprouts in this next dish were very tender and flavourful.

king’s chinese cuisine

By this time, everyone was starting to get full. Next up was some free range chicken. This went well with the ginger & onion paste that was served alongside.

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We also had some fresh tilapia steamed with green onions and soy sauce. Our server even removed the bones from the fish for us before we all dug in.

king’s chinese cuisine

If the fried rice looks familiar, it’s because the same sauce was used in this as the soup we had earlier: shrimp, tofu, and snow peas! Similar to the soup, this did not have a lot of flavour.

king’s chinese cuisine

And finally, we were at dessert. We had our choice of red bean soup…

king’s chinese cuisine

…or mango pudding. Neither were that great, but I preferred the red bean soup because the mango pudding tasted too sweet.
king’s chinese cuisine

I don’t recall the price for this meal but value-wise, it is a great place to go., as can be evidenced by the large lunch and dinner crowds. The meals are fairly cheap and there is a lot of variety. However, some dishes are a bit on the oily side and other dishes seem to be lacking in flavour. That being said, I’ve been here a few times with my family now and everyone always leaves happy.

Details:
4488 Main St, Vancouver
Tel: 604-874-3525

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:3]
Price: $$
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