KC Cafe

www.misopeckish.comKC Cafe on Courtenay Places has been there since I have ever known it.  Serving up good honest Hong Kong food such as wonton noodles, Beef Hor Fun, Roast Duck etc.

They are open till fairly late in the evenings for those who venture out to town late at night in search for some food, you can always rely on KC Cafe.  Offers a good selection of food from rice, noodles, BBQ dishes, stir fries, deep fry etc.

This is more of a fastfood take away restaurant with a handful of seats, so do not expect exceptional service, but do expect good food.

Steam BBQ Pork Bun – not the best steam BBQ pork buns I have had, they do not have the opening at the top as what you would find at the dim sum restaurants around town.  You can clearly see these are made in house.  The bun itself is not as white and slightly tough.  Very little filling. which I found to be quite disappointing.

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Roast Duck –  Juicy and succulent.  The skin on the duck was crispy with a slightly sweet taste to it. Roast ducks can be a hit and miss, sometimes you can quite a fatty duck or a more leaner duck.

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Stir Fried Vegetables – Gai lan, with garlic sauce.  Nicely cooked where the vegetables still had a bite to it.

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Wonton Noodle Soup –  one of a few places in Wellington where you are served more than a smear of meat in the wontons.  these were fairly large, and flavoursome.  One thing about the wonton is that the meat has been mixed quite extensively, as you bite into them you will noticed that its fairly tightly packed with a bouncy texture.  I would not say they are the best wontons I have ever had nor would they be on par with those from Hong Kong.  But for Wellington standards is it passable.  There were small chopped prawns inside the wontons if your lucky.  I have never been able to scout one out, but Plus 1 was able to.

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The noodles were cooked perfectly where it still had a good bite to it. Mind you, as soon as the wonton noodles arrived, I immediately talk all the noodles at the bottom to the top so that the cooking process of the noodles would be minimised

Wonton Noodles with BBQ Pork – thin egg noodles cooked til al dente topped with BBQ and wontons an some asian greens (generally bok choy).  Wontons are fairly large.

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Wonton Noodles with Roast Pork – Thin egg noodles cooked til al dente, topped with wontons and crispy roast pork.. One thing that I try to do is order the roast pork on a separate dish as I never enjoy eating the delicious cracking when its made soft by the soup.  ON this occasion I was in such a rush I had forgotten to request this. so the roast pork was dumped into my bowl where the crackling got soft.

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Rice Noodles with Roast Duck – this is another soup based dish using the same base soup but with the inclusion of the roast duck gave the soup a slightly different flavour to the soup found in the Wonton Noodle dishes above.

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The thin wide rice noodles were chopped into smaller pieces which I found slightly hard to eat and they kept slipping away form my chopsticks.  None the less the dish was delicious.  I probably got just slightly over a quarter of a roast duck in my dish.  Delicious and warming dish on a cold day.  the duck as very nice, as  the meat was relatively lean.

Fried vermicelli with Shredded Duck – I was expecting something dry similar to singapore bee hoon,  this had a lot of gravy and shdredded duck of which at least was duck skin and fat which I did not appreicate with addtional vegetables added at an extra cost of $3.

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Claypot rice with Chinese Mushroom and Chicken Wings – Dark thick sweet sauce dominated this dish.  I was expecting rice at the bottom with some chicken and mushrooms on top.  KC Cafe serves it differently.   with your bowl of rice on a plate served separately to the claypot of chicken and mushrooms.

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Tofu Pudding – Tofu pudding is one of my favourite Asian dessert and my local supply from Little Penang had dried up as they were finding it difficult to source soy beans.   But now having found a new local.   There are not many words to describe it, it is smooth and silky, has the right amount of sugar syrup and most of it it was warm rather than cold.   I could honestly say this is the best tofu pudding in Wellington.  I have been here three times in a matter of days just for this.

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Food is good, and value for money.  Would I come back? most definitely now they serve tofu pudding.   and when I crave for cheap Cantonese cuisine, this would be my go to place. I am taken back how many non Asian people order the tofu pudding, as I never thought it was

Location: 39A Courtenay Place, Wellington

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