By James Robert Shaw
Fu Wah Express Cafe
746 Goldstream Ave.
Fu Wah Express Cafe is a mom and pop Asian cuisine establishment located in the heart of Langford. For the past 10 years with at least three ownerships that I’ve known, I remained a regular patron. The current owners are very nice and hospitable. The food served under their proprietorship is, in my humble opinion, the best of my patronage.
The menu is extensive and the food can be made fresh. You can either dine in or do take-out. In addition, a small buffet is topped-up through business hours. I ordered a four item buffet for $6.50. I took my usual seat in front of the window where the old Asia Express sign still remains. My meal of fried rice, chicken chow mein, sweet & sour pork and cooked vegetables with beef (you can also have vegetables without beef) were heaped in good portions on my plate. I must admit, sometimes I can not finish my meal. But this time I tempted fate by ordering 2 tempura-style prawns.
Their drinks are the usual help yourself affair. The selection consists of of pop, juices, water and choclate milk. I chose a vitamin drink, Fuze, to accompany my meal.
Just like any other buffet, they are a hit and miss deal for any restaurant. The vegetables were still crunchy and full of life. The sweet & sour pork had sat under the heat lamp for too long and were a little harder to chew. The rice, which is cooked with egg yolk, was still soft and palatable while the chow mein tasted a little old. The prawns were as fresh as refridgerated prawns could be. A smile appeared on my face as I wished I had some cocktail sauce.
The meal was average this time out. But for the amount of food I had, the only sound coming from my mouth was a very large burp.
2½ Blokes out of 5