Paul's Kitchen, Richmond, B.C.

It took me a few weeks of frequenting the Real Canadian Superstore in Richmond before I realized there are businesses on the ground floor, with their entrances facing the covered parkade.

Paul’s Kitchen does Hong Kong cafe, Chinese comfort food. It’s super cheap. Those are the two things you need to know, because it doesn’t look like much.

Service is brisk — not unfriendly but not fawning either. Places like these thrive on turnover, so don’t loiter. Not that you’d want to. There are only half a dozen tables and a view of the parkade.

The best bang for your buck is the all-day breakfast section.

Paul’s is “famous” for its egg sandwiches. Says who? My mom. She’s all about finding a restaurant’s “specialty.” So I dutifully ordered an egg sandwich ($2).

This is a Hong Kong-style egg sandwich, so it comes on white bread with the crusts cut off. One side is lightly toasted. Scrambled egg is cooked thin and then folded. I think Paul’s egg sandwich wins “special” status because there’s a LOT of egg, and it’s so cheap.

Like all competitive Chinese places, all the items come with a free hot drink. Always go for the milk tea.

Since I was starving and tired from shopping at Superstore, I also got a satay beef and instant noodles ($3.50).

It was pretty big, and did the job to satisfy a soup noodle craving. Seriously for $3.50, including a drink, there’s little to complain about.

Paul’s Kitchen, 135-4651 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, (604) 273-0373. Open Monday, Wednesday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m.

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