Mr Wasabi mentioned he wanted cheap eats and all i wanted was some dumping in particularly spicy dumplings. We walked into to one of the reassurance across the road but then Mr Wasabi said we should give Canton restaurant a try, so I gave into his demands.
I think Mr Wasabi was drawn to this place as they had a lunch time special where you can get one BBQ meat on rice for $8 which seems relatively cheap when compared to eating at a cafe. and the fact tat he wanted to try the meats fresh and not reheated or eaten cold.
Complimentary Soup – A large bowl of soup was provided to us just after we sat down. The soup is the soup of the day and generally changes daily. Today’s soup had some sort of vegetables, bacon hock bones, carrot and ginger it in. It was certainly welcoming as it had been a long long time since I last had some good clean Chinese soup.
3 BBQ Meats on Rice – we ordered the usual, BBQ Pork, Roast Pork and Duck. One annoying thing that I dislike about this place is the fact that when you ask for your meats to be cut, they tend to cut the meats fairly thinly. Especially with he BBQ Pork.
Pork and Preserved Egg Congee – For those of you who are unfamiliar with congee it is basically a rice porridge where savoury items is added. I have always been craving for this congee but never really order it as i know Mr Wasabi is not a huge fan of the preserved egg. and I am neither fan of Seafood in my congee. So you see opposites attract :). I was expecting the congee to be smooth but it was fairly lumpy. the pork was a little disappointing s it looked like the pork had been marinated in sodium making it slightly red in colour rather than white as you would expect from cooked pork and it was fairly gristly. the inclusion of some thinly sliced ginger was nice, as you can clearly taste the ginger without it overpowering the congee. The preserved egg was chopped into chunks which is mixed into the congee with the pork. The congee itself had good flavours to it, neither too salty nor too bland.
Good cheap eats. We did not finish the entire dish, leaving half of the rice behind. and ended up taking half the congee home in a takeaway container.
Location: 440 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Auckland