The holidays always leads to overeating, and on days we need a break from it all, we like to eat congee. Many Chinese/Vietnamese eateries will serve congee, but there are only a handful of places where the congee is perfectly prepared, to the desired texture that I grew up with in Hong Kong.
One of these establishments is Canton, or Chao Ca Cho Cu, in Westminster. It’s been quite a few years since my last visit, and when my son suggested we grab some congee, it was the perfect opportunity to revisit.
I love that the restaurant opens early — 9.30am — and the full menu is offered, not just the congee. However, we were here for congee!
Salted Pork with Century Egg Congee is a huge bowl of silky rice porridge dotted with century egg (also known as thousand year egg or black egg) and bits of salted pork. What I love about the version here is that the century eggs are chopped so finely that you get a little with each bite, unlike other restaurants where they are dumped into the congee in wedges. It was the most comforting food on a cold morning.
Wonton Noodle Soup arrives piping hot, and while the noodles aren’t as springy and bouncy as I would have liked, the wontons are delicious. The wrapper is thin and the filling is seasoned well, with great texture.
Of course, we must have Crullers to accompany! These fried Chinese doughnuts are a staple breakfast item, and a necessary accompaniment for the congee.
There are other Vietnamese dishes on the menu, but I only come here for the excellent congee!
8550 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683