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Part of the 2009 Izakaya Crawl.
After visiting three upscale places, we were getting too full of ourselves. We needed to come back to earth and get our bellies a little full instead.

Despite their gorgeous website, Hon's inside looks like a warehouse cafeteria. Absolutely huge, high ceilings, lots of tables with lots of people. The hugeness carries over to the menu, which could double as a bludgeon, and that's not including the separate vegetarian menu.

Potstickers are the signature dish of Hon's, and for their 37th anniversary they were selling them 6 for $1.37. We were mildly confused by the concept of celebrating a 37th anniversary, but we do not argue with cheap potstickers. Not much to look at, but so tasty! These ones are pork. In my opinion the vegetable ones were even better. It took me back to my time in Taipei, ordering a take-out of potstickers for 3NT each (about a dime). Hon's also sells their potstickers frozen to cook at home.

We also ordered dan dan noodles, a spicy Sichuan dish. Good, simple food.

We also received free barley tea (麥茶). My roommate joined us here and also got an order of potstickers. Altogether, three orders of potstickers and the noodles cost less than $10. Wow!

But, we had a 9:30 reservation at Hapa Izakaya, so we bid a fond farewell to Hon's and moved on.

Name: Hon's WunTun House
Prices: Huge menu, so I'll just say that it's budget.
Service: All the servers looked harrassed, but we got our food without any mistakes.
Food: Not gourmet, but tasty. Cheap and lots of it.
Recommended?: The only must-try here would be the potstickers, so long as they keep that crazy price. But this would be a good place to bring a group of vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Hon's Wun Tun House (Vancouver West End) on Urbanspoon
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VANCOUVER. You are irritating me with your lack of clearly defined neighborhoods. If you ask Pittsburghers what neighborhood a place is, they'll answer "Squirrel Hill" or "Shadyside" or "the Strip" or "Fox Chapel" or whatever without hesitation. People know these things. I ask Vancouverites what neighborhood a place is, and unless it's in one of the clearly defined areas like Kitsilano or Granville Island, they stare at me with wide eyes and make noises that sound like "West Broadway?" or "South Main?"

So I have zero clue how to tag this post. Officially the area it is in is called "Riley Park-Little Mountain." I asked my roommate, who grew up in this area, if she had any idea where "Riley Park-Little Mountain" was. She hadn't a clue. Neither did the boyfriend, who's lived in Vancouver for 3 years.

The boyfriend tells me that this area is sometimes called "South Main," or "SoMa" if you want to sound like an idiot. Look, I understand that you want to be SoHo, but you can't, alright? Stop it with the So prefixes for hipster hang-outs. Soma is a drug from Brave New World, not a place to buy $100 pairs of distressed jeans.

I hope you'll excuse this rant because HEY CHEAP DIM SUM!

Yes! All of that ranting was leading up to some of the best and most affordable dim sum I have ever had. The boyfriend and I met his aunt and her boyfriend there for lunch. When they got there (I was a little late) there wasn't an empty table in the place, and the average age of the table occupants was probably about 67, and everyone was speaking Cantonese.

If you aren't aware these three factors mean CHEAP and GOOD.

You can order from the menu if there's something you want in particular, or you can get something from the trays being brought around. We did a combination of both.

Prices range here from $2.30 to $4.75 per dish, with the cheaper dishes being things like shiu mai, and the more "expensive" ones being the staple or special dishes.

The pictures aren't very good this time as I forgot my camera and had to borrow Gordon's Aunt's. I'm skipping some other pictures that didn't turn out well at all, but I think this gives at least an idea of the portion sizes.

We were all quite stuffed and happy and the bill for four came to less than $30! This would be a great place to bring a big group and eat well without spending a fortune. The BBQ pork buns were probably my favorite, but the sticky rice was really good too.

Name: King's Chinese Cuisine
Location: 4488 Main St Vancouver BC 604 874-3525
Prices: $2.30-$4.75/dish, if you eat about like what I do, probably about $7.50/person
Service: It's dim sum, so you don't have a waiter, you just have harried people rushing about with trays.
Food: Large portions of authentic Cantonese dim sum with all the favorites and a few specialties.
Recommended?: If it were twice as expensive it would be worth the price. As it is, this is a steal. Fight your way through the Cantonese grandmas and grab a table.

King's Chinese Cuisine on Urbanspoon


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