Updated: 4th July 2012; This restaurant had closed according to Urbanspoon.com.
Come to think of it, we had never quite cared about Wonton Noodles.
We love noodles as you can see. We had been blogging about noodles a lot of late. It is because we gravitate towards anything with hot soup during the colder seasons. We had our fair share of Japanese Ramen, Taiwanese Beef Noodles, Malaysian Laksa, Vietnamese Pho but we don’t go out of our way for a bowl of Wonton Noodles.
The name Nancy Wonton House had popped up in two separate occasions the past two weeks. That triggered that thought why we rarely go eat wonton. Although wontons are very much Chinese, perhaps it is because I subconsciously associate wontons with faux Chinese fare.
Since Suanne and I was around the neighborhood of Victoria Drive and 37th Ave, we decided to go check it out. Frankly, we were not hungry at all but we went nevertheless … before this place recess to the back of our distant memory again.
Nancy Wonton House is an old school Cantonese restaurant from umpteen years ago — God knows how long. You don’t find many of these type of restaurants opening anymore. Cantonese restaurants sprouted in Vancouver prior to the days of 1997 before Hongkong was returned to China. The wave of of Cantonese speaking HK immigrants brought along with them a lot of Cantonese restaurants.
As the fears of a Communist China administered HK dissipated over the years, a lot of HK immigrants returned. In the past few years, Chinese immigrants are dominated by those from Mainland China. This new wave of immigrants brought along another genre of Chinese cuisine, mainly influenced by the cuisine from Shanghai and Beijing.
So Nancy Wonton does show its age. The decor is so much like it was when it first opened a decade or two ago. Some things never changes.
The dining area is large. Accentuated by the mirrors on one side of the restaurant, it even looked larger than it actually is. The table sizes are larger with booths along the side that can seat six and round tables that can easily fit ten. It is very much a neighborhood restaurant where extended family with kids and grand parents comes over for dinner.
We did not even spend much time scanning their menu. The menu is huge. The dishes are numbered and at a glance we can see that they have almost 300 different items on it. We already know what we wanted — wonton noodles.
The food in Nancy Wonton is known for its cheap prices. The noodles above is less than … $5.
When it was brought to the table, it looked like it’s just a bowl of noodles with soup. No wonton was in sight — but they were all buried underneath the noodles. We thought it kind of strange because we had always been used to having it presented with wonton topping the noodles.
The yellow noodles are good. We could detect that hint of lye water that is common to these type of noodles. It wasn’t as strong as some that I had tasted. Some people hates it but I expect it … even liked it. LOL!
The wontons are pretty good too — for the price that is. There were five rather large ones. Some people were telling me that Nancy’s wontons are huge, like a toddler’s fist but it was not that big. I had bigger ones than these here.
What I like best is the thinness of the wrapper used to wrap the wontons. They are soft and thin. We had prawns wonton.
We also ordered another of their specialty dishes, congee. There are almost 30 items on the congee section alone, ranging from kidney, liver, pork blood, and stomach to BBQ duck, chicken, clams, prawns, and scallops. You name it, they have it. All these are priced from just $4.50 with the most expensive one at only $6.85 (scallop).
The one we opted for is called the Assorted Pork Congee which is $4.50.
At that price, one would perhaps accept if it is largely congee with a little bit of ingredients. But no … the bowl is full of it … the pork innards with peanuts and green onions. The congee is smooth with that perfect consistency.
The innards included pork liver, pork balls, pork stomach and kidney. Suanne does not touch the liver and kidney. That is left to me. I like these stuff but frankly, these ones does not taste as good. I guess the congee was not hot enough to cook them a bit more thoroughly.
These two items came up to only $9.75. Real cheap right? There are not many places that can beat Nancy Wonton House for price.
Nancy opens late and closes at 2AM and they accept cash only.
Here is the scanned images of their takeout menu. Click on them to enlarge.