Congee Noodle House is a Chinese restaurant on East Broadway that specializes in congee. I came here with Foodology, Food Punk, and Petite Foodie because I’ve never had congee before and I wanted to try it. For those who don’t know what congee is, it’s like a soupy rice porridge that is filled with different meats and toppings.
The first bowl up was the house special seafood congee ($7). This was the smaller size, but larger sized bowls are available for sharing with large groups.
The congee was filled with prawns, squid, fish, and scallops and topped with the restaurant’s standard topping of peanuts, ginger, and green onion. The congee was smooth and warm and it was brought to life by the flavours of the items that were added. I particularly enjoyed the sweet plump prawns that were inside and I thought the mild seafood flavours were delicious in this dish.
Salted Chinese donuts ($1.75) are often ordered along with congee so we got a plate of them. These donuts are more chewy, salty, and airy than North American donuts. The donuts were fun to dip into and soak up the congee.
We also ordered a BBQ duck congee ($5.50) that was topped with the same toppings as the seafood congee. This congee was disappointing because the duck pieces all contained bones, which made it tedious to eat. There was also hardly any meat in it so I wouldn’t order this again.
The Roasted Pork ($7.50) was juicy, fatty, and melted in your mouth. The outside was a bit crispy and added a textural contrast to the soft pork. The price seemed a bit steep because the portion wasn’t overly large, but it was tasty and flavourful.
Lastly we ordered the pan-fried rice noodles with sliced beef and vegetables ($8.50). The portion was large and the noodles had a chewy texture. I love the smokey flavour that pan-fried rice noodles always have and the noodles were slightly coated in a soy based sauce. There were quite a few large slices of beef in the dish and lots of crunchy bean sprouts and onions. For the price this is a great filler dish.
I enjoyed my first experience with congee and I would come back for more. The food here is simple, comforting and affordable. My only issue is with the unimpressive service. We asked for a refill of tea three separate times and we never got one. That being said, this isn’t a place you go to for great service.
Yes, for cheap congee and noodles.