Cheap Eat of the Week: a meaty, wonton-filled soup at King’s Noodle Restaurant
By Gizelle Lau
Soup inundated with barbecue pork (Image: Gizelle Lau)
There’s something to be said about being able to step into a restaurant, ask for a table for two and be seated almost immediately. In a city where reservation policies are quickly becoming extinct, it will often take careful planning and old fashioned Twitter-scouring to see how long you might have to wait in line to get a taste of your favourite taco, lobster roll or bowl of ramen.
Enter King’s Noodle Restaurant, one of my favourite Chinatown staples. It’s a classic, no fuss, quick-service Chinese barbecue restaurant through and through: neon orange squid hanging at the front, fried dough fritters being made in the window, table sharing (for those who are hardcore enough to do it) and quick, efficient service that borders on being rude, but you let it go because sometimes you can only deal with so much four-star pampering.
While the menu is extensive, with dozens of rice, noodle and dim sum dishes, it’s best to keep it simple here. Pick your barbecue meat along with your base of noodle, rice or congee for a filling lunch — all for less than $10.
One of my top go-tos is a bowl of soup filled with tender, juicy, sweet barbecue pork, rice noodles and fatty pork-and-shrimp wontons in slippery dumpling wrappers.
For around $8, this is the ultimate comfort food, and best treated with a couple spoonfuls of tableside chili sauce.
King’s Noodle Restaurant, 296 Spadina Ave., 416-598-1817