Ho Yuen Kee restaurant

Date Visited: January 18 2015
Address: 6236 Fraser Street
Type of Restaurant: Chinese, Noodles, Wonton, Seafood, Cantonese
Price Range: $$
Ambiance (out of five)/Setting/Design/service: 2.75/5
Overall: 7/10
(1-4: will never come back, 5: pass (I’m okay with a tinier morsel), 6: acceptable, 7: okay, 8: good, 9: Wow! Please enlarge my morsel. 10: Perfection. I could eat a morsel of this every day!)
Will come back? Maybe to try their lobster
What I ate:
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Half Peking Duck – dough wrapping
  • 7/10
  • The dough wrapping was a little too thick but acceptable
  • The duck itself was crispy but not crispy enough and I felt like there wasn’t enough fatty layer between the meat and the skin
  • The meat itself was luckily not dried out but it could have been a little juicier and more flavourful
Lettuce Wrap (forgot to take a picture because I was too excited!)
  • 7.5/10
  • Good amount of filling offered
  • The filling included crispy bits, a good amount of duck, onions for freshness and other vegetables (celery, red peppers). I really enjoyed the ratio of vegetables to meat because the vegetables were able to bring a bit of sweetness and tartness to the overall flavour
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Bean Sauce with Sparerib noodle
  • 6.5/10
  • This was a bit on the saltier side
  • The noodles were nice and crispy
  • The sauce was nice and thick and penetrated the noodles well
  • The spareribs were tough – could have been more tender
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Wonton with Noodle in Soup
  • 6/10
  • This was disappointing because they are supposed to be famous for their wontons but they weren’t as good as I had expected
  • There was a lot of fresh shrimp (gave it a nice crunch texturally) but I would say it was too much
  • Also there wasn’t enough fresh pork filling inside
  • It lacked the flavour of meat
  • The entire wonton was overcooked because the skin was already broken when it arrived at the table
  • The noodles had a nice texture and elasticity but a lot of the noodles were broken
Things to Improve on: Control of salt, minor details
Summary: The portions were okay and the price is not too expensive. Not the best place for wontons.
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