Ken’s Chinese Restaurant Vancouver 南軒中西美食 is a small Chinese cafe located on 1097 Kingsway. It is directly across from Dai Tung Chinese Restaurant. I have seen this place many times, drove past it without going in, and have seen their commercials hundreds of times. Yet, I have not gone in until now. Did you know that their Golden Dungeness Crab was once featured in Conde Nast Traveller (2010)?
Fish Soup with Winter Melon & Dried Scallop 瑤柱冬瓜粒魚湯: We started the evening with a calming soup to nourish and hydrate our bodies. This appetizing soup includes a lot of ingredients like shrimp, fish filet and winter melon.
Ken’s Specialty Chicken 南軒走地雞: this free range chicken was moist, tender and meaty. There is a nice layer of gelatin beneath the skin but the chicken is not fatty. I love dipping it the ginger and green onion sauce. In fact, I love pouring this sauce into my rice.
Lobster with Konnyaku in Hot Pot 芋絲龍蝦煲: This is one of their CRA dish. The lobster is flash fried and meaty. The sauce is well-balanced while still maintaining the fresh flavors of the lobster itself. Konyaku was great vehicle to soak in the sauces.
Crab with Garlic & Spicy XO Sauce XO 金蒜炒蟹: Salt and pepper crab is one of my favorite dishes of the night. I love the subtle heat, crispy coating and the fragrant aroma of garlic and jalapeno peppers all tossed together. The crab itself was fresh and meaty.
Golden Dungeness Crab 金沙蟹: This is another CRA-winning dish at Ken’s. The crab itself is fried and then tossed with salted duck egg yolk. “Golden salted egg yolk” is a very creamy, fatty and rich “sauce”. There is a mild saltiness against the buttery crab meat. Personally I much enjoyed the garlic and spicy XO sauce crab much more.
Pan Fried Chicken Fillet with Spicy Thai Sauce 泰汁煎雞扒: The chicken was tender and has a sweet and sour with mild heat.
Black Pepper Diced Beef Tenderloin 七彩黑椒牛柳粒: The beef was very tender – but to me it was too artificially tender that it is missing that beefy texture and chew. I was not fond of this dish.
Malaysia Style Fried Rice 馬拉臘味炒飯: a great option if you are thinking of ordering rice. Green onions, egg scramble, diced meat and veggies.
Baked Seafood on Rice 焗海鮮飯: Seafood rice baked with a white cream sauce. There are shrimp, fish and squid inside. A good filling rice dish staple at many Chinese Hong Kong cafes.
Ken’s Chinese Restaurant is a good place if you are looking for casual Cantonese food that won’t break the bank!
Ken’s Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食
1097 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C7