A friend who I have not seen in 20 years saw me on Global TV and then found me on Facebook. I then made plans to have dinner with her and her vegetarian sister. I suggested Bo Kong because it was close and I wanted to try those mushrooms that were in Vancouver Magazines 101 Local Things To Eat.

We got there and the only seat available was the worst seat in the house, the one right by the kitchen. The waiter asked if we were OK with that spot or if we would like to wait for another table. I said yes, I rather take the bad seat than wait 20 minutes but I thought it was nice that the waiter offered. The menu at Bo Kong is massive, tons of vegetarian things to pick from, almost too much. We ordered a chow mein, mushrooms with gai lan, the deep fried tofu and a plate of spring rolls. I don't remembered the exact prices but everything was about 8 - 11 dollars in price.

The mushrooms and gai lan were good but by no means any better than any other Chinese restaurant. My feelings were the same for the chow mein, it was good but did not blow me away at any point. The deep fried tofu was a little overcooked and dry.

The service was polite and friendly, and I would say pretty dam good for a Chinese restaurant. Something weird happened at the end of the night, the restaurant got cold, and when I mean cold I mean really cold. Cold like the ice planet Hoth or cold as the pole in the winter. I could feel my hair standing on ends and my nipples standing two Smarties high.

I would call the meal pretty average. I did have a good time catching up with some friends that I have not seen for a long time.

Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant
3068 Main Street, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 876-3088
Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant (Main) on Urbanspoon


Anonymous said... @ December 18, 2008 at 11:59 PM

You have to try the "Bean Curd Skin Roll in Black Bean Sauce". Once I got over the name, it is my hands-down favourite vegetarian dish. I loooove BoKong. Best thing I got out of an ex-boyfriend was being introduced to this restaurant. Give it another chance- the green beans are also fantastic.

Anonymous said... @ December 19, 2008 at 1:50 PM

and deep fried shitake mushroom. yummy

Anonymous said... @ December 19, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Those photos look so delicious. Just when I thought I wasn't hungry... I agree with you about Bo Kong's dinner (in that it's good but not super different than other Chinese restaurants). You should definitely try it again for dim sum though--the vegetarian dumplings and everything are amazing.

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