I could have sworn I posted this review, but I must have forgotten, haha! A few weeks ago, I did another Chinatown tour, this time with my parents. The primary reason for this tour was Kent's Kitchen. This place has probably been around since before I was born. I remember my dad telling me a story of him taking my mom there when they were dating and the place terrified her, haha! Okay, so the place is a bit of a dive, but since I've been going there since I was little, I guess I'm used to it.
You step into the place and it's like travelling through time, nothing has changed for at least the last 15 years. They try to keep the dining area more or less clean, but I would strongly recommend NOT using the restroom.
In this picture, the place seems empty, but damn this place gets a lot of traffic, including transient and junkie traffic. If that kind of thing makes your stomach queasy, go elsewhere for your fine dining experience.
The folks in the kitchen have got to be some of the hardest working people I have EVER seen. I remember even eating in the kitchen once when the front end was full, haha! I've done some hard labour in the past, and I know what it's like to be on your feet all day, but these guys were non-stop cooking, and frying and tossing, one dish after another, just churning out the food.
I didn't take a picture of the tea dispenser, but I did get a shot of their soup pot. Chinese soup, free, all you can drink. Haha, I've even seen people come in, not buy any food and just help themselves to the soup. I'm not usually a big fan of Chinese style soup, but this stuff I can drink. They have a massive vat of this stuff boiling away and I have to admit, it's not too bad.
As a kid, I used to exclusively get sweet and sour pork, and black bean spare ribs on either fried rice or chow mein, but it seems like they've discontinued the black bean spare ribs. This time I got the beef brisket and sweet and sour pork on white rice. There was a mountain of food for less than $5.00. Prices haven't gone up very much in recent years, and I remember two items on rice used to go for about $3.75...and that was probably more than 15 years ago. It had been a while since my last visit, but just writing this post has got me thinking about when I'm going to visit again!