B21 at Three Kings

Congee for a cold: I’ve been a convert to its restorative powers for some time. I used to head to Jo Moon Ting for a bowl of the rich rice gruel whenever I was afflicted, and while I was there, I’d pick up a roast duck or a slab of barbecue pork from the neat line of burnished, blistered meat hanging in Jo Moon’s street side window.

But Jo Moon Ting shut down sometime last year, and the Three Kings Restaurant has moved in. Congee is still on the menu — about a dozen options are available, from lobster congee to pork and preserved egg — just one section of a many-sectioned menu.

It remains a small, bright yellow place, with green trim and plastic cloths, and at my late, midweek lunch, filled with Chinese elders.

My visit began with an unimpressive crab meat and sea foam soup — the ‘crab’ being the imitation stick stuff (usually processed pollock dyed red) — that tastes of nothing at all. I don’t have a problem with imitation crab poking out of a California roll, say, or sharing space in a brimming pot of udon, but when a soup has ‘crab’ in its title, it ought to deliver the real thing.

But then out came the next plate and things looked up: a stir-fry of pork cheeks, with a crackling layer of fat, and with sugar peas, onion, and chewy, meaty King mushrooms. These were cooked perfectly well in a light, fragrantly garlicky broth, revved up with dried red chillies, served with a bowl of steamed rice. Lots leftover for dinner.

It was good enough that I am planning a return visit, to sample more of the three hundred item Three Kings menu.

Cost: $14.95

Open: Daily from 11 a.m. to midnight

Three Kings Restaurant, 832 Somerset St. W., 613-237-8887.

First published in Ottawa Magazine







One response to “B21 at Three Kings”

  1. Lilly White Avatar

    Please check out Equator Coffee here in Almonte. It is not just that their coffe, soups, treats are delightful but they give us what we request, Lactose free, gluten free. No, these food allergies are not a fad, some foods make us sick. Coffee shops in Ottawa and surrounding area are not catering to that market and seem unaware of the number of people with these issues. Equator coffee, they are in tune . THey are also coffee roasters and involved in our community and around the world, ex, their Schoolbox program.
    Their staff are knowledge, polite, and always smiling.
    Next time you visit Almonte, be sure to visit them. And of course after your coffee be sure to check out le crepe in Heritage Court.

    Enjoying Downtown Almonte,

    Lilly White
    the White LIlly

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