For anyone who has eaten in that ubiquitous small town Chinese restaurant that serves Chinese-Canadian dishes, this is not for you!
Congee is the word for rice porridge, a humble dish that was fed to the elderly or infirm when they were not feeling well. The high content of liquid in congee was meant to be restorative. Congee is comfort food that these days has become a gourmet dish that is souped up with lobster, tilapia, beef, and you name it!
I am reluctant about eating in Chinese-Canadian restaurants and avoid them when I am outside of larger cities. Congee Chan is a spacious restaurant that is designed in that upscale nouveau Asian decor that one finds in so many new restaurants these days.
The food is incredibly good and the portions are huge! We had the shrimp with Maggi sauce which is kind of a sweet and sour flavouring. Beef with tung choi (a Chinese green). The crispy skin chicken is a good indication of how skilled the kitchen is. This dish is like a roasted chicken but tastier and juicier because it is flash fried. And then there was the fried rice--delicious even though I prefer having steamed rice to go with main dishes.
Lots of Londoners were eating here on a Monday night! Lots of Chinese clientele as well as non Chinese who appreciate a delicious meal at bargain prices.
Be prepared to order one dish per person in your party in order to have variety in your meal. Be prepared too to take some of the left overs home.
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