Chinesebites and Ken’s Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

With KiBo Restaurant & Lounge sandwiched in between Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot and this visit to Ken’s Chinese Restaurant, it was 3 weeks in a row that our little group went out to eat with ChineseBites.

Let me take you back in time, back to when this location used to be something completely different. Spot that Korean underneath? It’s a hint. This place used to be E-Hak Japanese, and it served up Japanese/Korean food, buffet style. I have faint memories of eating here with my family, but it’s obviously long gone. Now, it’s occupied by Ken Leung, who opened this location up in 2007.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

We were here to try some of his award winning dishes, such as this lobster with konnyaku in clay pot.  Konnyaku (糸蒟蒻) if you’re infamiliar, is made from konjac, a type of tuber vegetable comprised mainly of water and fibre, and formed into bundled noodles. The lobster, cooked with plenty of ginger and green onion, was sweet and traditional.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

Next we had the ‘Golden Dungeness Crab’, which won the Signature Dish – Crab Award at the 2009 Chinese Restaurants Awards.  Deep fried and coated with salted duck yolk, it provides a salty slightly pungent coating that gives way to the sweet crab flesh inside.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

I’ve never heard of kwai fei chicken, but here they call it “Ken’s special chicken”. To me, it honestly just looks like Hainan Chicken, but yellow. I’ll admit the taste isn’t exactly the same, but hey.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

I believe this was another of his award winning dish, Grilled Lamb Chops. I’ll eat anything lamb, so I enjoyed this, even had some of the salad..

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is more of a Cantonese dish, so I’m not as familiar with it, pork hock with red fermented bean curd and peanuts.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

Janice ordered the Stewed Oxtail. Decent, but it didn’t taste like everything was actually stewed together as the vegetables had a different texture and more of the original flavour than the actual sauce. The slices of tail were chewy and not overly difficult to eat.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

I opted to select the braised pork belly because I’m secretly a fat ass.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

No, really look at all that fat. I’m thankful for the bed of broccoli provided with this dish.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

Sherman loves eating tongue and ordered a slice of Ox Tongue for us all. If you haven’t had it before..try it. Just don’t imagine yourself making out with an ox.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

Romina ordered the sole vegetable dish of the night, Spicy Szechuan Green Beans.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

To make sure no one’s stomaches were empty, Rick ordered our only carb dish. dried scallop fried rice with tobiko. Bland, but relief after the varied flavours from the previous dishes.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

Owner and Executive Chef, Ken Leung, posing with his numerous awards. Ken’s Restaurant is pretty good for the price, quality and portions, and is open till 1am so it’s perfect for late night eats, which I’ve done here a couple times previously.

Ken's Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食

More: Rick Chung / Sherman’s Food Adventures / Grace Cheung / GoodEat

Previous ChineseBites dinners:

#1 Golden Swan Restaurant 金天鵝海鮮酒家
#2 Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot 小肥牛火鍋專門店 
#3 KiBo Restaurant & Lounge
#4 Ken’s Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食 

Ken’s Chinese Restaurant 南軒中西美食
1097 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC
(604) 873-6338
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