Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cafe Won Kee

There are places where I go to eat not because I like the food, but simply out of convenience. 7-Eleven is a prime example - although I think their sandwiches are appalling, when my IT job causes me to stagger out of the office at 3am feeling ravenously hungry, it's off to 7-Eleven I go. On such occasions, I wistfully wonder if good food and convenience are mutually exclusive. Fortunately, there are places where one can have both - Cafe Won Kee Chinese restaurant in Milpitas is such a place.

I find Won Kee to be very convenient because their service is really fast and they don't take an afternoon break between lunch and dinnertime. It's one of my favorite places to go for a quick lunch after 3pm, when most other restaurants are closed. On top of the convenience, the food is quite good too. I usually go for one of the rice plates - which are large, tasty, and served steaming hot (usually arriving within a few minutes after I order). Among my favorites are:

Beef with tender greens:

Beef with egg:

My wife likes the spicy beef noodles:

My wife and I were intrigued when we saw that they offered snake soup, so we decided to give it a try:

The snake kinda tastes like chicken, although it was hard to really taste the snake meat since the soup contained too much ginger, which overpowered the flavor of all the other ingredients.

I'm also a big fan of their roasted duck. I brought one of these birds to a potluck and it got rave reviews.

It's also fun to meet the aquatic life that lurk in the fish tanks at Won Kee, like this handsome fellow:

Won Kee on Urbanspoon


Anonymous said...

Hi Asian Food Fanatic, Love the food exploration and enjoy reading about restaurants down in the South Bay, which is my old hometown, but I never go to anymore! That beef with gooey egg over rice sounds so good...

AsianFoodFanatic said...

Thanks for your comments foodhoe!

The beef with gooey egg over rice is one of my favorites. It's especially good when it has just arrived at the table and it's steaming hot!

I enjoy reading your blog too. I especially admire your food photography, what kind of camera do you use?

Anonymous said...

Won Kee's a Cantonese restaurant, so BBQ stuffs, I admit, are excellent, as for showing the live fish, is that really necessary???

AsianFoodFanatic said...

I'm glad you liked the fish pic, LOL!

Thanks for reading!


foodhoe said...

AFF, sorry I never replied earlier. I use a sony cybershot dsc-w300. that fish cracks me up...

AsianFoodFanatic said...

Thanks Foodhoe. Great job on your blog, I love it!

I remember distinctly how this fish swam up from the back of the tank to greet me when he saw me approaching with my camera.

He just oozed with that "indescribable something" and I knew right away that he was going to be a star on my blog.