Legend House

Restaurant Review: Legend House
Cuisine: Chinese
Address: 1169 Pacific St, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0J3
Summary: Legend House specializes in Northern and Szechuan Chinese cuisine and is known for its hand-pulled noodles and Xiao Long Bao steamed dumplings. The food was cheap with large portions, but just average-tasting. Not the best Chinese food in Greater Vancouver, but for the price and quantity, I would eat here again if I was in the Coquitlam area.

Last weekend, we visited our friend’s new place in Coquitlam by the highway and Coquitlam Centre. The area seems convenient, especially once the Evergreen Line is up and running, with lots of options for food within walking distance.

We were in the mood for Chinese food, so he brought us to Legend House. Legend House specializes in Northern and Szechuan Chinese cuisine, and is known for its hand-pulled noodles and Xiao Long Bao steamed dumplings.

We arrived around 12:30pm for lunch on a rainy Sunday. The restaurant was quite busy with people waiting for seats and grabbing takeout. We only waited about 5 minutes until we got a table, yay!

The menu has tons of pictures and the dishes looked visually appealing, but how did everything taste?

Legend House - Szechuan Hot & Sour SoupSzechuan Hot & Sour Soup (四川酸辣湯)
This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I think one of the best hot & sour soups I’ve ever had was at Red Chilli in North Vancouver, but here for the price of just $6.95 and getting approx. 10 bowls between the 3 of us, it was cheap, filling, and good enough.
Would order again
Legend House - Legend House Stir-Fried NoodlesLegend House Stir-Fried Noodles (天府炒麵)
When you order noodles, you can choose the type. I like wide and thick noodles, so we got the knife-cut / blade-sheared noodles (刀削麵). This dish had a bit of everything – seafood, pork, vegetables – but the flavour was off from the sauce or cilantro. The noodles were also a bit overcooked and soft, not as Q as I had hoped.
Would not order again
Legend House - Legend Beef RollsLegend Beef Rolls (牛肉捲餅)
The green onion pancake had no green onions, and there were few wrapped within the rolls. There could have been more green onions or even cucumbers added, so that it wasn’t just dough and beef, but this was good and it was the best dish out of everything. Plus, these beef rolls were HUGE!
Would order again
Legend House - Szechuan Hot Chilli WontonsSzechuan Hot Chilli Wontons (紅油抄手)
Not good
This was literally wontons and spinach with chili oil. There was no aroma or taste to the chili oil, it was just oil that was slightly spicy. This was the most disappointing dish. I have been on the search for good spicy wontons in Vancouver, and this ain’t it.
Would not order again
Legend House - Shanghai “Xiao Long Bao” Soup DumplingsShanghai “Xiao Long Bao” Soup Dumplings (上海小籠包)
The dumpling skin, although handmade, was thicker than usual Xiao Long Bao’s. It was difficult to pick the dumpling from the top with our chopsticks. I think the skin should have been thinner, but there was soup in the dumpling, and it tasted decent. My fav XLB’s are still Bai Yu Lan’s in Crystal Mall.
Would not order again

The total of our bill with 5 dishes came to $44.42, and we had leftovers. We probably could have just ordered 3 dishes between the three of us, and it would have been enough, but I always like to have more variety and take the leftovers home.

Legend House

  • Quality: The dishes were average, with some tasting better than others.
    • Szechuan Hot & Soup Soup – Average. Cheap, filling, and good enough.
    • Legend House Stir-Fried Noodles – Average. Flavour profile was off and noodles a bit overcooked.
    • Legend Beef Rolls – Good. Could have had more green onions to balance the dough and the beef.
    • Szechuan Hot Chilli Wontons – Not good. No flavour, just oil added to wontons and spinach.
    • Shanghai “Xiao Long Bao” Soup Dumplings – Average. Dumpling skin was too thick.
  • Quantity: Portions were large and filling. Three people can share 3-4 dishes.
  • Ambience: Casual, loud and noisy. When you first enter, there are glass windows to see the chefs hand making the noodles and dumplings in the kitchen. Although it’s a Chinese restaurant, it did have some Japanese decor with rice paper dividers at the back of restaurant.
  • Pricing: Cheap, affordable (approx. $15/person)
  • Service: Average. Service was what I expect from a typical Chinese restaurant – Waitress comes to take order, brings your food to the table, and gets you the bill when you’re done. We had asked for more tea, but I think the waitress forgot.

Eat Here Again? Yes. Legend House is definitely not the best Chinese food in Greater Vancouver, but for the price and quantity, I would eat here again if I was in the area. Their noodles and Xiao Long Bao dumplings were a bit disappointing, but there are a few dishes that I want to try next time – Szechuan Broth Braised Fish (水煮魚片), Pan-Fried Pork Buns (生煎包), Dan-Dan Noodles (擔擔麵), and Szechuan Beef Soup Noodles (紅燒牛肉麵). I love eating these when I go to a Chinese restaurant!

If you know any Chinese restaurants with hella good Xiao Long Bao dumplings or handmade noodles, let me know in the Comments!