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Kings Chinese Cuisine Vancouver 大煌 is located 4488 Main Street (cross-street 29th Ave). We were gathering for lunch after Church. Initially wanting to go to Kirin (on Cambie), but decided to give this place a try after reading some decent reviews on Urbanspoon (88%) and Yelp (3.5 stars)…. To be honest I felt a little ripped off.

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Kings Chinese Cuisine Vancouver is very much a dive. If driving by it could easily be missed if you are expecting a grand facade. However, the bold orange hippie paint job will definitely distract you. The place is small and extremely busy – kids, servers and furniture collide. With its “modest” decor, it somewhat reminds me of a first generation Chinese owned restaurant in the early 70s/80s – sort of like Kam Gook Yuen in Chinatown – Beat up and requires a reconstructive face lift. The pictures are a bit deceiving because it actually looks a lot better on camera than in person…

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Solid Cantonese it is not; Cheap eats it definitely is – $2.30 – 4.75 per dish. Where else can you feed 7 hungry mouths, close to 20 plates for $80 (including tips)? That was very cheap lunch.

Proportionately sized. Greasy. Nothing special.

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Shrimp Dumpling – soggy and wet. The skin was thick, mushy and completely fell apart.

A lot of the food that were brought out didn’t look entirely appetizing. Some were decent and tasted not bad. You have to pick your battles.

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The Siu Mais (Pork Dumplings) were a bit tough… The Soup Dumpling XLB in the background was soggy and thick skinned. We joked that perhaps they were made from cardboard pulp!

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I think the best was perhaps the pan fried shrimp eggplant.

At the end of the day – you get what you pay for. Now, if it tasted both amazing and cheap ex. Foundations or New Szechuan; then this would be a considered a hidden gem. Unfortunately it was not.

  • Cash only
  • Street Parking
  • Cheap eats
Kings Chinese Cuisine Vancouver 
Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum

4488 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3R3
Tel: (604) 874-3525

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