The past week was awfully foggy here in Vancouver. We got only a few breaks of the sun. It was kind of drabby, makes one so lethargic. In weather like this we did not want to really go far.
So we went to this place called McKim Wonton Mein Saga because it was just a few minutes drive from home and we get to avoid driving down the dreaded No 3 Road.
McKim Wonton Mein Saga is quite a name, huh? It is named McKim because it is located on McKim Way and Garden City Road.
Although the name does suggest that this is principally a noodle house and their menu tout themselves as “The best Wonton Noodle House in Town”, we were told that we should try their Set Lunch/Dinners.
Service wasn’t particularly great. There were hardly anyone there at 5:00PM (we eat early most days) but it took an awfully long time for them to set us up and take our orders. What irks me really is how they took our order … at times acknowledging our order with grunts. *mmm* *argg* *mmm*. Speak up!
Their Set Lunch/Dinner allows you selection from about 120 different dishes ranging from seafood, vegetable, beef, pork, duck, chicken, etc. Since there are just the three of us, we ordered the Set Dinner for 3 which costs $40.
Besides a selection of 3 dishes, the set dinner also includes soup, rice and dessert. We were surprised the soup came in a pot. Normally, one would just get a bowl each.
The soup was pretty good too and does have really big pieces of meaty pork. That was a good start. Unfortunately, I have to say that it goes downhill after this.
Maybe it was our wrong selection. All the dish were basically stir fry onions. 50% of the dishes were full of onions. I like onions, don’t get me wrong but there were no imagination to the dishes (or maybe there were no imagination to our choices!).
The first one is called the Roasted Pork Intestines with Preserved Vegetables which should be called Onions with Roasted Pork Intestines and Preserved Vegetables. Suanne and I did not quite like this but to our surprise Nanzaro loved this.
The Szechuan Style Shrimp was a lot better. This time it had lesser onion. Having got used to expect Szechuan dish from a Szechuan restaurant, this one does not look like the ones we had come to love. The prawns were fresh but this dish had more vegetables than prawns.
The third selection was the Chicken with Ginger and Green Onion Hotpot. Awful … sorry to say that. It is basically just a potful of onions with some pretty tasteless chicken.
Nanzaro enjoyed this meal a lot. He ate and ate and ate while we stopped eating after a while. I think I know why … Nanzaro does not touch the vegetables and onions, he picked all the prawns and chickens … leaving nothing but onions to us. That’s why the only impression I got out of the meal here is ONIONS, ONIONS and ONIONS.
The dessert was OK. No big deal. It was rather thick (I prefer it runny) and the color was a bit off … having expected it to be either more red or green, not brown.
The meal came up to $45. We were not too excited about this place really … despite the recommendation we had. Like I said, maybe our selection that day was wrong.
We ended up packing it away. We decided to come back again, some day. This time to check out if they really is the Best Wonton Noodles House in Town.
We found out that they actually have another outlet on Kingsway. BTW they take cash only.