Why are all the old restaurants ,that we know and love, being replaced? I realize that this is not a sudden trend, yet it is still apparent to the masses. If you remember my review on Enjoy Cafe 1+1, you’ll know that E-Canteen was recently replaced by entirely new staff and under a new name.
However, another restaurant that was replaced a very long time ago (~4 years) was known as the Golden Award Cafe Restaurant. This was a restaurant that my family and I visited quite frequently before it closed down. We were very close with the owners and some of the waiters as well. Their Baked Pork Chop on Rice was probably the best you could ever get in Richmond and Vancouver! So many memories in that place, and we were pretty sad when it closed down too…. Anyways, it’s now called the Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant and we might just try it next time! Click here to check out Chow Times’ review on Golden Award Cafe Restaurant.
What I didn’t realize is that there was always this one restaurant that has stayed true and alive; Kam Do Bakery and Restaurant. This place has been here for who-knows-how-long and we definitely haven’t paid them a visit in a long time!
Also, if you noticed that next to Richmond Center’s Shoppers Drug Mart, there’s a Kam Do Bakery that’s opening up. When we asked the owner, she said that it will actually be just a bakery and not a restaurant! Apparently, everybody already knew this and I was just the last to hop on board.
The inside of Kam Do Bakery and Restaurant has not changed a bit, and that can mean both in a good/bad way. Luckily, they still have lots of large tables so even bigger groups of people can fit in and have a nice meal. On the other hand, you might find that they’re not the cleanest restaurant, but it’s good enough and you will see that they do their best to keep it clean. By the way, there’s parking at the back of the restaurant with a back entrance, so you might find that more convenient!
At the front of the restaurant, there is a bakery section and if you’re going to get one item there, it is the “wife cookies”, or just tell them “loh-poh-baeng” They’ll know what you’re talking about!
Kam Do may just have one of the widest assortments of meal choices you’ll ever see. You’ll get to choose from either the All-Day menu (first one) or the eight-sectioned, double sided menu (second one). There were actually repeats in the All Day Menu vs. the other one and the reason that the All-Day one is more expensive is because it has the full selection of menu items.
We ordered a Baked Pork Chop on Rice ($7.25 – afternoon tea price, $8.45 – sunny series from oven special aka all day price) and a Pan-fried Beef on Noodle ($7.95 – pan-fried noodle special)
Firstly, the Baked Pork Chop on Rice. A very common HK Cafe menu item; it’s usually made by taking fried rice and a fried pork chop, and topping the entire dish with this tomato-ey sauce and cheese before baking it. The Baked Pork Chop on Rice at Kam Do was very cheesy and I was surprised that they didn’t use Parmesan cheese, but rather cheddar and mozzarella. For $7.25, this was a pretty enormous portion. The pork chop was one large piece and I couldn’t really fit in on one plate, so it was lucky they gave us two ! It really was a great dish, although I would’ve preferred more sauce for the rice to mix with.
What about the Pan fried Beef with Noodles? Surprisingly, I was slightly disappointed with the quality. If you can tell, the noodles are all chopped up and scarce, which I don’t see very often . Other than that, there were no complaints. Beef was cooked just right, and it was good portion size.
To sum it up, Kam Do Bakery and Restaurant is one of those places that you simply can’t bash on. After all, it has stood through the test of time and kept its large margin of loyal customers. If you’re looking for a good HK Cafe spot with great value and reliability, go to Kam Do!