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Curry King – Have they got any Curry?

Though I love cheesy post titles, “food fit for a king” would be too much of an exaggeration for this casual HK Cafe. That is not to say that the food at Curry King (map) isn’t up to par. Its been on my mind to write about Curry King since thecafsux days.
Curry King - exterior
Unlike other cafes that relinquish no info about their specialties in their names and opt for something stylish and chic, Curry King touts their competitive advantage proudly: Curry. More specifically the milder southeast Asian kind.

Curry King - interior

The interior is small, and we had doubts whether our with our party of ten would fit, as usually there is a line up at the entrance. Luckily a large booth and table in the corner was open. Funny thing is, they both had ‘reserved’ signs placed on them, but the waitress seated us in them anyway. I felt a little embarrassed that we are taking someone’s reservation, though after admitting to the waitress that we didn’t have a reservation, she simply replied that it didn’t matter. Which leads me to believe that the ‘reserved’ signs in HK Cafes are just placed on the tables so servers can turn away small parties of two in favor of larger groups when needed.

Their lunch menu is massive, and includes everything you might see at other HK Cafes, plus enough curry dishes to make up another menu altogether.

Trying to have the least nutrition possible, I ordered the BBQ pork fried instant noodles in XO sauce. Atkins is rolling in his grave.
Curry King - fried instant noodles

It’d be blasphemy to not order their curry of course, and so we ordered the Thai red curry with BBQ duck. A strong combination of flavors that leaves you wanting more.
Curry King - red Thai curry duck

Having had a few of their other curry items on previous visits, including their yellow curry that stains the tablecloth with a neon yellow tinge not unlike a highlighter pen, I have to say, their curry can be considered King….in Burnaby anyway. They also have a second location on Cambie, which some feel is better than the Kingsway location. Having never been there I couldn’t comment.

Food: 7.5/10

Number of TVs playing the Justice Bao soap opera (pure 90’s Chinese TV gold) on the wall: 2

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Hi Genki – When you don’t have a Japanese Grandma

Hi GenkiCraving a home style Japanese meal just like grandma used to make?
Don’t have a Japanese Grandma?

No problem.

Hi Genki serves up Japanese comfort food and, oddly enough, is located inside the cafeteria of a Japanese senior’s residence.

Yup – you read that right. Hi Genki doubles as both a public restaurant and as a cafeteria providing meals for the fine folks at Nikkei Home and New Sakura-so, two senior’s residences adjacent to the National Nikkei Heritage Centre. Although, you need to be 55+ to live at Nikkei Home, you only need an empty stomach to dine at Hi Genki. You don’t even need that much $. Meals are priced reasonably (most are under $10).

This isn’t your typical Japanese sushi house. Although sushi is available as a side, Hi Genki’s focus is on donburi and udon.

Hi Genki

Pictured above is the Spicy Karaage Don (spicy fried chicken in rice) – $7.50. It’s yummy. The deep fried chicken is succulent and nottoospicy. The rice and veggies are nice. Simple, fresh, and tasty.

Hi Genki To the left, Sukiyaki Don (sliced beef, egg, tofu on rice) – $6.95. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the spicy karaage, not enough flavor. But again, the ingredients are fresh and tasty.

The service is great: the waitresses are very kind, polite, and speedy. Residents would have it no other way. This probably also explains the traditional and delicious meals.

Hi Genki

Vancouver is saturated with cool and glitzy Japanese restaurants with overpriced menus. They’re fun, but sometimes you just want a comforting homecooked meal. If your-self/friends/family are not willing to cook you that meal, do check out Hi Genki – it’s the next best thing (and super cool in it’s own quirky way).

Hi Genki
6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby

604.777.0533
Open Monday – Sunday
Lunch: 11am – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

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New Age Chinese Cuisine aka Jing Yuan 京園小館

Jing Yuan / New Age Chinese Cuisine Exterior

I can totally picture Yanni having Asian fetish.

That’s what this restaurant’s name brought to my mind anyway.

Previously named Jing Yuan 京園 and located on Rumble street and Royal Oak at a venue half its present size, New Age (I still feel funny typing that) features traditional Chinese/Taiwanese cuisine served in a Post modern style decor.

Jing Yuan - Interior
Almost a replica of Vogue in Richmond, New Age has all the elements for a hip hang out for young adults and families alike.

  1. Bubble Tea.
  2. Stylish design and bright lighting.
  3. Good looking waitresses with attitude and ready to strike a pose.
  4. Portions more suitable for smaller group.
  5. Saucy dishes making you want #1.

They’ve been around for a few years. some would call it new age. I call it Chinese Food 2.0

On this night we had a sampling of a few of their more common Chinese dishes, nothing too fancy:

Kung Pao Chicken
Jing Yuan - Kung Pao Chicken

Ma Po (Spicy) Tofu
Jing Yuan - Ma Po Tofu

Ying Yang Rice (I had to order it or I’d get HK Cafe withdraw)
Jing Yuan - Yuan Yang Rice

Bamboo Shoot Beef, Wintermelon in some sort of starchy goo, and Pineapple Shrimp (A relatively unknown but delicious dish)
Jing Yuan - Bamboo Shoot w/ Beef Jing Yuan - Wintermelon Jing Yuan - Pineapple Shrimp

…and a few others but the pics didn’t turn out so well.

Where this place showed its personal flair was its rice thermos. Brought directly from Taiwan likely at a street stall and even had its original made in Taiwan 24k gold sticker on the back. Cute.
Jing Yuan - Taiwan Import

Prices for anything with pork/beef/chicken are around $10, but if you want to eat anything that lives under water, the price jumps up to $16+ for about the same sized dish.

I found the food indistinguishable from Vogue and other Taiwanese / Bubble Tea places, which is to say it was alright. If you lived in Burnaby, and don’t want to make the trip to Richmond to have a slice of sweet and sour Chinese pie, this place will do nicely.

P.S. They’re now on Kingsway near Royal Oak.

map

snap of their take out menu

Food: 6/10 Meh.
Ambiance: I think the lights could sterilize a small animal. Its the way I’d like my flat to look. 8/10

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