Where did I eat?
Duotian Fish Soup Noodles Restaurant at 212-2800 1st Avenue in Vancouver.
What do they specialize in?
Hong Kong Cafe and Taiwanese food.
What was the vibe?
Cafeteria style, busy, minimal.
What did I order?
Deep Fried Chicken Nuggets
- The chicken nuggets were okay, but not the best I have had.
- The chicken inside was tender, but these weren’t super crispy and didn’t taste freshly fried. I think maybe they baked them or they had been reheated.
Coconut Milk Tea with Pearls
- The milk tea itself was very rich and creamy and quite sweet.
- The pearls were so undercooked they were rock hard and completely inedible. I ended up having to get a different drink and was disappointed.
- The outside of the toast was buttery and crumbly and the inside was warm and soft.
- The first bite of this was really good, but it got overwhelmingly sweet and rich after a few bites. This would be okay to share, but if you ate this all on your own you would probably feel sick after.
Baked Pork Chop on Rice with Tomato Bacon Sauce
- This was my favourite dish of the night and actually very good.
- The pork chop was tender and the portion was large.
- The tomato bacon sauce was delicious and had a smokey flavour and nice chunks of bacon in it.
Deep Fried Fish Cake
- These tasted okay and were slightly crisp and chewy on the inside.
- They could have had a bit more flavour to them.
Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
- This was one of my favourites of the night and turned out to be surprisingly good.
- The dish was super cheesy and the tomato sauce was slightly sweet.
- Overall this was a satisfying dish.
Congee with Slice Beef and Fish Balls
- We originally wanted bbq duck, but they were out so we got this instead.
- This was the worst congee I have ever had. It tasted super burnt and like it was scraped from the bottom of an old gross pot.
Customizable Rice Hot Pot with Salty Fish and Pork
- The rice hot pot was quite good. I always like the crispy texture that rice gets when it is served in a hot stone bowl.
- The meat on top was juicy and not overcooked. The flavours were simple, but good.
Yang Chow Fried Rice
- The texture of this rice was quite strange. It was almost rubbery and was under seasoned.
- I was sad that they used a frozen vegetable mix in the rice. It just ruined it and made it taste like cheap rice you would get at a bad food court stall.
Customizable Noodles with Laksa Broth, Rice Noodles, Beef Brisket, and BBQ Pork
- The laksa broth was horrible and just tasted like curry powder in hot water. It did not have the rich creamy coconut texture that I was hoping for.
- The rice noodles were very mushy and fell apart when you tried to pick them up with chop sticks.
- The brisket and bbq in the soup was surprisingly good though. I wish I had just eaten a bowl of meat on the side instead.
Disclosure: I did not pay for my meal.
Honestly I was underwhelmed by the food here and maybe we hit it on a bad night, but serving burnt and undercooked food is just not acceptable. The only dish that I really liked was the baked pork chop, but I left feeling unsatisfied and since there are so many great Asian restaurants in Metro Vancouver it isn’t enough to make me want to return.