Kam Gok Yuen 金菊園, Vancouver (Chinatown)

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[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=Kam+Gok+Yuen,+East+Pender+Street,+Vancouver,+BC&hl=en&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=30.396419,86.572266&oq=kam+gok+y&vpsrc=0&hq=Kam+Gok+Yuen,&hnear=E+Pender+St,+Vancouver,+British+Columbia&t=m&z=14 width=350 height=425 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no]Once upon a time, Chinatown was the only place where you can get Chinese food. The good old days where the first Hon’s owner locking himself up in the kitchen even to family when he was prepping food so no one is learning his secret techniques in the 70’s are long gone. There are so many choices in GVRD that locals don’t even want to visit Chinatown anymore. (Plus East Hastings is a scary place) I have decided to visit Kam Gok Yuen for nostalgic reasons.

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It’s amazing that nothing inside have really changed here since I’ve first stepped into Canadian soil. The difference is not so much the cosmetics but the patrons. The immigrants pre 1970’s have remained fans of the restaurant. I look around and I see seniors all around.

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I never look at the menu when I come to a Chinese BBQ restaurant. I know what I want (soy sauce chicken, bbq pork, bbq duck, steam chicken, roast pork, etc.) I also know what I want to have it with. (noodles, rice) For the last 15 years, I have been choosing the roasted pork and soy sauce chicken. Roasted pork belly with crispy skin and chicken marinated in a secret soy sauce. I put chili oil in my plain soup noodle and go to work on the meat.

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Nancy followed suit and ordered roast duck, and had herself a plain soup noodles as well. Duck is delicious because of the lean meat that’s packed with flavour.

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On the back of my mind I know there are better places with a lot more hype than this. IE: Parker Place, HK BBQ Masters etc. What you can’t take away from Kam Gok Yuen is the history it has, serving our fathers and grandfathers. I wish more people will frequent this place to experience the real Chinatown.

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Cuisine: Chinese BBQ
Price/Entrée: $10-20
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
Food: 3.0
Service: 3.0
Ambiance: 2.5
Overall: 3.0



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