Double Greeting Won Ton House, Edmonton

If you are looking for cheap and greasy Chinese food, this is the place in Edmonton to get it.

Double Greeting has been around for longer than I can remember. I ate here as a kid, and I still eat here as an adult. It’s one of those places that look a little dingy but has a steady set of loyal customers – both Asian and non-Asian.

The key to ordering here is to stick to noodle and rice dishes. Won ton too, of course. The congee is okay too.

Beef chow fun is one of my standby dishes at noodle cafe such as Double Greeting. There are variations of it that you can order – seafood instead of beef, more vegetables, etc. This is one of the dishes that I use as a bellwether to test the quality of food at a restaurant.

Double Greeting’s beef chow fun has lots of tender beef, lots of bean sprouts (but not too many), the noodles are firm but soft and not at all gluey, and the dish has enough grease on it to make the noodles shine but not so much as to make it taste really oily in your mouth. Oh, and see the slight char on the noodles? Yum.

beef chow fun

beef chow fun

Another dish that I order a lot – mostly because I like it and not because I use it to judge the food at a restaurant – is salted fish and chicken fried rice. A good version of this dish will have a little bit of egg, small to medium sized chunks of tender chicken and plenty of shredded salted fish scattered throughout the rice. Too much fish means the rice is oversalted, and too little fish will mean the rice is bland.

salted fish and chicken fried rice

salted fish and chicken fried rice

I was let down by Double Greeting’s version of this dish. It wasn’t greasy, which was good, but they skimped on the salted fish and as a result the rice was bland and I was craving flavour. I would rather have Spicy Garden’s version.

If you are in the mood for rice at Double Greeting, I suggest trying the pineapple and chicken fried rice instead of the salted fish and chicken.

Double Greeting Won Ton House
10212-96 Street, Edmonton

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Spicy Garden, Edmonton

There are a handful of Chinese cafes in the city that I like to frequent. Patterned after Hong Kong-style cafes, the ones here are a pale comparison to ones you can visit in Hong Kong or Vancouver, or even Calgary. The cafes here aren’t innovative, but you can get some great (and relatively inexpensive) food.

Probably one of the pricier of my favourites, the Spicy Garden is probably the most consistent and less greasy of all of them. You can easily get a meal for $8 – $20. They have a wide range of food including congee, wonton, green onion cakes, fried noodles and rice dishes. It’s also the place that I go to pick up great Hainan chicken rice and ja leurng (rice noodles wrapped around Chinese fried long donuts and doused in soy sauce).

Last week I needed a quick solo meal and I had a craving for fried rice, so I popped into Spicy Garden for a quick bite and ordered a couple of other dishes that I regularly choose from their menu.

The first was some mantou – a steamed bread bun. Traditionally it is eaten as a white bun but as a special treat I like to order it deep fried. You can also get some sweetened condensed milk to dip the fried bread, but I find that the bread on its own is good enough for my tastes. This bread is light and fluffy on the inside due to the layering of the dough. The fried part is just a thin layer that gives each piece a quick crunch.

mantou

mantou

The second dish was some chicken and salted fish fried rice. I love this dish because of its contrasts – sharp hits of salt are mixed with the more mild chicken and rice.

chicken and salted fish fried rice

chicken and salted fish fried rice

I stuffed myself silly, and had plenty of leftovers to take home for the next day.

Spicy Garden Restaurant
9700-105 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Spicy Garden’s Dial and Dine web page
(please note that this is not the full menu available in the restaurant; anything off of their full menu can be ordered for pick up by calling the restaurant directly)

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