Hou Lok Restaurant Richmond 陶樂海鮮粥麵食館 is what I consider as a hidden gem in Richmond. Local foodies usually frequent this restaurant at late night hours. While some would be standing in the cold for a quick slice or donair stand after partying or working overtime, you can come in with your group of friends and order late night congee and hot tapas dishes for a very economic price.
Concept of Chinese late night food is called 打冷 “Da Lang”, 宵夜 or 夜宵 “Late Night”. Simply put, Hou Lok is where you want to go for Chinese late night food. Da Lang is widely popular in Asia. with different variations. “Da Lang” is originated in the Chaozhou, China. Till this day, a lot of late night eateries in Asia are opened in a “Dai Pai Dong” 大牌檔 setting, an outdoor food stall setting.
The traditional dishes served in at Dai Pai Dong and Late Night restaurants are:
- Braised Meat in special prepared soy marinates. (IE: Duck, Intestine, beef, ETC)
- Chilled crab with special dipping sauce
- Various fresh seafood prepared in different ways (steamed, pan fried, deep fried, ETC)
As you can see, there are a lot of items only written in Chinese that is posted on the wall. Luckily, you can order what we ordered if you like. Print out the list provided below and hand it to the server. =)
You might also want to check out the single sheet late night menu. The concept is simple, you order up to $20 and they will throw in a big bowl of congee.
Steamed Oyster: We ordered one of each: Garlic, Garlic Pepper, and Soy Sauce. First of all, the oysters were gigantic. They were so fresh and all the ingredients help lift up the original taste of the oyster.
Pan Fried Oyster Omelette: Oyster Omelette is very popular in Taiwan. This dish does not disappoint. There is no fishiness in the oysters at all. The eggs are slight brunt to give it that crunchy texture. A red vinegar dip is provided to give it that extra lift.
Clams in Black Sauce: Black Sauce? It’s fermented black bean sauce used in applications of fish and other seafood. I have to suggest that this is not for everyone, because it does have a really strong and unique taste. Asian families that are used to it adore it from the kitchen of their own homes to restaurants alike.
Pickled Vegetable with Pork Intestines: I have featured intestines on the blog before and I understand it is very adventurous to those who haven’t tried it. I can’t stress enough that it has some of the best textures when cooked properly. Bouncy chewy texture, but not to a point where its eraser / tire like. The pickled vegetable provides the dish with a strong sour taste. If I must compare, it’s the same concept as sauerkraut.
Sautéed Mustard Greens with Garlic: Mustard Green in my opinion is a grown up’s vegetable. Kids do not like espresso much like this vegetables bitterness. People love bitterness as they get older because they often find a sweet
So next time you and your pals are in Richmond past midnight. Come into Hou Lok and experience what Chinese Late Night has to offer.
Hou Lok Restaurant 陶樂海鮮粥麵食館
Cuisine: Chinese, Late Night
Mon 5:00 pm – 4:00 am
Tue 5:00 pm – 4:00 am
Wed 5:00 pm – 4:00 am
Thu 5:00 pm – 4:00 am
Fri 5:00 pm – 4:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm – 4:00 am
Sun 5:00 pm – 4:00 am
8231 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3X9, Canada