Rave review for new Chinese restaurant on 12th

Lucky King Seafood Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Some time ago, I guest posted about our challenges in finding a good Chinese take-out place in New West. Some mentioned Hon’s while others recommended the Dragon. Having eaten at both, I found a new contender.

The Lucky King Seafood Restaurant on 832 12th St. in New West is great. They have only been managing the place for two months and I’m sure the work being done on 12th doesn’t help with attracting foot traffic.

I’ve already read one letter in our local paper regarding their most excellent (sorry to sound like Keanu) dim sum. I feel compelled to let everyone know that Lucky King is a little gem in our neck of the woods. Fresh ingredients, not from a can and excellent customer service.

We ordered the “shredded pork with spinach in chilli sauce” and were told that they did not have any spinach, as their last batch was less than desirable. We asked for green beans instead and they happily accommodated us. They even went so far as to ask us to let them know how we liked it. Needless to say, I called them back to let them know how thankful we were to have them in our neighbourhood. They were most appreciative.

Our favourite dish, however, was the vegetable fried rice. That might sound strange to some, given the variety of Chinese delectables on offer at most Chinese restaurants but our reasoning is that all the ingredients were freshly cut and not out of a can and included much more than peas and carrots. I’m sure most of us can attest to the canned peas and carrots (the latter weirdly shaped into perfect squares) in most veg fried rice dishes and the feeling that we were somehow robbed of some of the best vegetables. Chinese broccoli, snap peas, egg, green onion and peas make up this delicious dish.

Lucky King’s portions are also very generous, so generous I cannot imagine them being able to keep that up for much longer. We had so many leftovers in all honesty we can have three meals out of the one order and there’s four of us in our household. My husband picked up another vegetable rice to go along with our leftover “shredded pork with green beans in chilli sauce” and “ginger chicken” and “seasonal vegetables in garlic”. They were so happy we ordered from them, they offered us four free spring rolls.

With the turnover of so many restaurants I certainly hope Lucky King stays in New Westminster. We’ve needed a more authentic Chinese restaurant for some time.

If you are looking for some really good Chinese food dine-in or take-out, visit Lucky King Seafood Restaurant, 832 12th Street. Before I forget, their phone number is 604-525-6000.

The quest for great Chinese food

This is a guest post by New West Gal, who is desparately seeking better local take-out options!

I’m on a quest for great Chinese food take-out in New Westminster or even neighbouring Burnaby. We have lived in New West for nearly seven years and I have yet to eat good, much less great Chinese food here. What’s up with that? B.C.’s population is made up of many cultures but taking the lead are the Chinese and yet, I cannot find any great Chinese eats.

Hon's Wun Tun House (New West) on Urbanspoon

I’ve had Hon’s on Robson and they serve what my husband and I call fair Caucasian-fied Chinese food. Hon’s in New West serves an even more Caucasian version of Chinese food, that left a lot to be desired and yet, I hear people singing their praises. Lhy Thai on Edmond’s does great Thai food but you have to place your order by 5:30 p.m. on most days and you have to pick it up – they don’t do delivery and yes, they are that busy.

Royal Tandoori and Indian Star Indian Restaurants serve pretty good Indian fare – although I still hold that the Curry Express in Metrotown Mall food court has the best Tandoori chicken. Papa Dave’s on 20th Street, in our opinion, serves the best delivery pizza around and it doesn’t hurt that the staff treat you like family. We’ve got Ole Ole Mexican Restaurant on 12th, where you are treated to real and tasty Mexican food and a very warm welcome and Tamarind Hill serves up great Malaysian eats. But where, oh where is the Chinese food?

It seems that in order for some take-out restaurants to hash out a decent living, they rely on MSG and mountains of salt to give their food some flavour. When you ask for MSG-free you get tasteless food that even Fido would refuse.

Last night, we spent a bomb on Mr. Ho’s Wonton House. They’ve won Burnaby Record’s Best of Burnaby five years running. How they won once, much less five years in a row, is truly remarkable. It was horrible. What wasn’t overcooked was cooked poorly and the presentation was less attractive than what our five-year old can muster. I phoned the owner to complain and got the typical, “We will give you a discount on your next order” – yeah, that’s not gonna’ happen. What a waste of food and money that was.

Before moving to B.C. over 12 years ago, I lived in Ontario. We knew all the great Chinese restaurants and take-away eateries within a 10-mile radius. Anyone who was asked could give you anywhere from a fair to a great recommendation.

So, what gives New West? Do I have to go downtown to get great Chinese food?