7.08.2012

Koon Bo Restaurant 冠寶美食之家 vs. Koon Lock Restaurant 冠樂美食之家

July 22: Actually, turns out Koon Lock has now closed... so just read the Koon Bo parts I guess.
Over the years, the development of Chinese restaurants in Richmond has led to us dining mainly in Richmond because, well, we live here.  Back in the day though, there weren't so many, and we often went to Koon Lock.  Apparently it is somehow related to Koon Bo, which we frequent less often.  Both are located on Fraser Street, and they're actually just one or two blocks away from each other.  Both of these places are more for "casual" Cantonese dining.

Koon Bo
Koon Lock
They also both specialize in hand shredded chicken 手撕雞, a cold and refreshing mix of shredded chicken breast, pickled vegetables, fried wonton skins, jellyfish, and sesame.  This is one of my favorite dishes since it is actually fairly light and doesn't really have a lot of deep fried components to it.  Many restaurants fail to make this as good as both Koon Lock and Koon Bo though.  I'd say both of them are fairly close in terms of flavour, with Koon Bo having more fried wonton skins.  Proportion-wise, Koon Bo's was a tad bigger.


Koon Bo

Koon Lock
The both also specialize in stir-fried beef with pickled vegetable and young ginger.  It seems that both of them are basically identical actually.  I'm never a fan of stir-fried beef with anything since it's usually heavily tenderized, but the beef wasn't bad.  The vegetables and ginger were delicious at both restaurants.

Koon Lock
Koon Bo
Koon Lock's other famous dish is their roasted duck, which we also tried at Koon Bo.  Koon Lock's was definitely the winner, since it had a crispy skin and had more meat overall.

Koon Bo
At Koon Bo, we ordered the shiitake mushroom with bok choy sprouts.  This was alright.  


Koon Lock
Another specialty at Koon Lock is their smoked fish.  Since this is an oily fish to begin with, the fat content is higher, and it's a bit greasy.  But it's high in omega-3, so whatevs.  I like this fish here since it never has any weird bitter baking soda taste, nor any other strange non-fish tastes associated with frozen fish.

Overall? Koon Bo, although a lot more popular in terms of number of patrons, was alright.  Both Koon Bo and Koon Lock have the best hand shredded chicken in town, so you can't really go wrong with getting that at either of the restaurants.  I do prefer the roasted duck at Koon Lock more, and the smoked fish there is delicious as well.  Both restaurants are around the same price range.

Koon Bo Restaurant 冠寶美食之家
5682 Fraser St.   
Vancouver, BC
(604) 323-1218
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Koon Lock Restaurant 冠樂美食之家
6270 Fraser St   
Vancouver, BC
(604) 327-8731
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