Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Po King - service aside, it was good


Po King Seafood Restaurant

5665 Kingsway, Burnaby (Map)

Po King Seafood on Urbanspoon

Food: 3.5
Service: 1

Price: Cheap

Awhile back, R and I went to eat dim sum with D at Spring Garden in New Westminster. Near the end of the meal, D suggested our next dim sum meet up should be at Po King. Initially I was a little skeptical, as I've read quite a few unfavorable reviews on this place, but since D was really keen on going there, I went along with that plan.

I am so glad we had reservation, because it was like a Zoo in there when we arrived. The hostess (if I can even call her that) was barking orders and then literally dragging you by the arm to the assigned table. If that was not traumatizing enough (I saw the look on a non-Asian kid face, it was pure fear LOL), then you will have to dodge cleaning cart, push cart, and service people while waiting for them to clean the table. Just from this, I can see why people did not like this place.
First up is the Fish Paste filled Zha Liang (rice roll over Chinese donut). This was indeed better than the ones I had at Spring Garden. The donut was crunchy and rice roll was soft. The rice roll with beef was standard, nothing special here.
We also go the Taro dumpling and the deep fried glutinous dumpling. The size of the dumpling are bigger than anywhere else I have seen. The taro dumpling stuffing was a bit bland and the outer shell was quite oily. The deep fried ones were nice and crunchy on the outside with a hint of sweetness. The filling was generous and good. The shrimp and chive dumplings were stuffed to the max with prawns and chive. It was very filling just eating one of this. I liked the steamed spare ribs. It was moist and flavorful with plenty of meat on it. Of course at every dim sum, there must be some sort of steamed dumplings. I just know the left one is called 'Gold' Dumpling in Chinese, it consist of shrimp, cilantro and corn. Needless to say, I am not a fan due to the cilantro. The shrimp dumplings were huge, in fact the biggest I have ever seen. I know people don't usually complain when there is too much stuffing, it's usually the other way around, but this was seriously prawn overload. I know I said Po King serves big dim sums, but this one takes the cake, it has to be the biggest dim sum I have ever seen. This has to be about 1.5 the size of a tennis ball. Since we were way too full, I just took a picture of it, because it really did amaze me.

The food here was mostly good. Service on the other hand was below average, but I got to give them props for not kicking us out and filling our tea, because we did stay for about 3.5 hours just chatting. Prices are cheap considering the portion size, I think most dishes were around $2.50-$3 only. Overall, I would come back, simply because I am accustom to bad service at dim sum restaurants.


Ben and Suanne August 17, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Hi Jenny: I have never been to Po King before myself but have also heard of their poor service. Is the restaurant full and packed when you were there? I think it speaks a lot about the restaurant if they can still fill the place despite the poor service. From what I see, I think the draw is the cheap prices and that the food is pretty decent too. So, yeah ... for people who value service above everything, then this is not the kind of place one should go. He he he ... like you, I am used to such service and I don't let this deter me. You just need to know how to handle them, right? LOL! Ben

Jenny August 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Hi Ben and Suanne, the restaurant was jam packed, mostly Chinese ppl. If you go before 11, the restaurant is less busy, and from 12-1:30, it's really crazy (especially with the Nazi hostess). It's push cart style, so if you are stuck sitting in a corner table, things could ran out fast. Also the restaurant seems to be self served. People grab their own cutlery, napkin, water, take out boxes etc., I think this way you will get what you need way faster than waiting for them to get it for you. So service is almost nonexistent, but it's all good, cause the food/price is worth it.

Ben August 17, 2010 at 8:22 PM

is it possible to add a google map thing to your blog ? so I can just one-click to see where these rest. are ? :p

Jenny August 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM

thanks for the suggestion, I hope that is what you mean by adding the google map to each post. There is also a urban spoon google map on the sidebar that shows all the restaurants that I have reviewed as well :)

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