Archive | December, 2010

King Tin

24 Dec

253 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Of the many restaurants in the Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) Region serving Asian cuisine, King Tin has become my favourite. King Tin is a spacious family restaurant decorated in vibrant red with Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling.

On weekends, lunch is dim sum style. Dim sum is a traditional Chinese way of serving lunch in which an assortment of bite-size dishes are ordered. In this way, a little of everything from the menu can be tried. Some of the most popular dim sum dishes are steamed pork and shrimp dumplings, spring rolls, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves and steamed barbecue pork buns.

Weekday lunch is buffet style and costs $7.25 (taxes included) per person.  The buffet is an assortment of noodle and rice dishes, deep fried goodies such as chicken wings and spring rolls, stir fry vegetables with chicken or beef and a few samplings of their weekend dim sum dishes.

Chicken Wings from the Lunch Buffet

The dinner menu is divided into appetizers, meat dishes, vegetable dishes, fried rice and noodle dishes. As an appetizer, I have had their ultra crispy and light deep fried wontons served with a sweet and sour sauce.  As an entrée, I have ordered the special boiled chicken with spiced salt from the chicken and duck portion of the menu.  This traditional chicken dish is prepared in such a way that the chicken meat and skin is soft and served warm with a salty dipping sauce. Personally, I would omit the dipping sauce as the chicken is already perfectly salted. Other dishes I have had are the mu shu pork with asian pancakes served in a bamboo steaming container, Cantonese style chicken pad thai and fried rice with minced beef.

Special Boiled Chicken with Spiced Salt, $10.45 (half portion)

Fried Rice with Minced Beef, $8.00

Every meal at King Tin begins with a complimentary pot of hot tea (refills are free, too) and dinner meals end with the option of a complimentary red bean dessert served warm and sweet.

Complimentary Sweet Red Bean Soup

King Tin restaurant is definitely a standout amongst the many Asian restaurants in the area.  The servers are knowledgeable and do not fuss over you.  The dinner prices are a little more than other Chinese restaurants but in return the dishes arrive at your table piping hot, heaping and delicious.