22 Posts with tag "chinese cuisine"
Top Shanghai Cuisine
8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond
Service: 2.5 for this time only (they weren't busy)
One of our family friend had a long layover at YVR, so we went to meet up with her for lunch. Since it's Richmond, so there are tons of restaurants to choose from. We first decided upon Delicious Cuisine, unfortunately they close on Tue. Since we didn't want to venture too far, as we still had to get back to YVR shortly, so we decided on Top Shanghai Cuisine which was close by. However the traffic on No. 3 was HORRIBLE, due to construction near Lansdowne, the road was closed to one lane on each side. Traveling that 3 blocks cost us a whole 15 min.
Thank God it was Tuesday, or else trying to get a table without reservation would have been like finding a needle in the haystack. One time, we were told the wait would be over an hour long. We were glad the restaurant was not packed, as we wanted them to rush our order since one of us had a plane to catch.
Our guest was just got off a 10 hr plane ride, so she wanted something light. First up is the century egg with pork congee. It was alright, not too salty or watery, but I like my congee to be very well cooked/viscous. The portion was pretty big for only $5.50. The 3 of us all had 2nd, and still there were more congee left.
Our guest also wanted some nice crisp vegetable, so I ordered a plain plate of blanch Chinese leafy green. Although this may be a plain dish, but it was very well done. The vegetable was cooked but crunchy, and infused with a light hoisin taste. We all loved this dish despite its simplicity. This was around $6, and it was a pretty big plate.
Next up, we ordered the Shanghai styled rice cake. Despite the use of dark soy sauce, hence the color, it wasn't all that flavorful, all I can taste is the the soy sauce. Although this was only $6.88 for a pretty big portion, but I would skip it the next time around.
I did the rest of the ordering, so I definitely couldn't pass up the oppertunity to order their Xiao Long Bao, as I remember them having one of best ones around. You get 6 for only $4.50, definitely a very good deal. Their xiao long bao are usually very soupy and flavorful, and the skin is pretty thin as well. They are the only ones (as far as I know) that use diakon as base when steaming. By using diakon, you do not need to pry the buns off the base (most places uses paper) before consuming, thus preventing the chance of ripping the skin. However, that day the xiao long bao was a bit disappointing, they didn't have enough soup inside, plus of them actually had a hole on the side, so that one had no soup at all. I guess we just got the bad batch of the day, because from the numerous time I've been there, I know they can do better.
Lastly, I ordered Sui Mai. This is different from the typical canton style dim sum where it's stuffed with pork and shrimp, this is stuffed with sticky rice and pork. I personally prefer these, because they taste better. The rice is flavored, and the pork in the middle is also marinated. This was $4.50 for 6, which I think is a pretty good deal, as I know it's not easy to make them.
Food came pretty fast, but as I already mentioned they weren't busy. Service is the minimum, but it's already better than what I previously experienced. The one piece of advice I can give is: definitely make reservation if you plan to go on the weekend.
Overall, the food here is pretty delicious most of the time. So in the end, I would revisit, despite the lack of service or lack of space. Although, there are tons of other Shanghai restaurant to be explored, thus I think I will try some other ones before coming back again.
New China Kitchen
#112 - 100 Schoolhouse Street
To be honest, I am really not that big a fan of buffets, unless it's the ones in Vegas. However, this time we went to this one for 2 reasons, we were really hungry and it was close by. This is not my first time here, so I know what I was expecting.
They have 2 main buffet tables filled with hot food, and a cold salad bar on the side. Btw, I forgot to mention, we went for their lunch buffet, so barely any seafood present, which is typical.
I went to the buffet table twice to "get my money worth." LOL :), so here are my 2 plates, consist of a lot of the typical dishes, such as broccoli, green beans, and fried food. I find that buffets tend to have lots of fried food, because it's easy to make. They also had a very small selection of dim sum, and as expected it's was below average. I don't think any food stood out at this place, so at best I would say taste is average.
No matter how full I am, I usually can still eat dessert, but the dessert selection here is the bare minimum. They had one type of cake (carrot), and some sandwich cookies/newtons. Nothing really looked appetizing, so I opt for the ice cream, nothing much there either, just your typical vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, etc. In the end, the dessert section is a total fail for me.
So how much is it, see above. There were signs everywhere that state if you don't finish your food, you will be charged an extra $5. Although I found the food barely acceptable, there were still tons of people here. I guess their location is really convenient, since it's next to the movie theater and now the bowling alley too.
In the end, I think I won't be visiting this place often, not only because the food was mediocre at best, but AYCE is just not good for your health. We tend to overeat, and they serve way too much greasy/fried food.
- Oct 2, 2009
- Posted By: Jenny
- 37 comments
- Tags: burnaby, cheap, chinese cuisine, korean cuisine, surrey
Whenever I feel tired or too lazy to search for new places to try, I would end up going to one of my trusty back up restaurant. I usually don't blog about the same restaurant twice, but I believe these deserve a 2nd recommendation.
Ddoo Gau Bee
203-4501 North Road, Burnaby
First up is my "never failed me" Korean restaurants. Although I wouldn't say they are the most authentic, but they are definitely one of the cheapest, but still manages to make it taste good. From the outside decor or even inside decor, you would not believe the prices of their specials. It's even cheaper than eating at the food court.
They always have some kind of special on, and it changes quite often. This would be one of their recent special: pork bulgogi with rice and miso soup. Drum roll please........ it only cost $6.50. That's right folks, it's cheaper than most food court. The portion is more than adequate for one person. The taste was great as well, it was very saucy with a slightly spicy/sweet taste. The teppan plate kept it nice and warm.
On a second visit (I insisted on coming back, since I wanted to try another one of their special), we had the Teppan Jajangmein. The portion size is huge, it meant for 2 people, but I would say it's enough for 3 or even 4. It taste slightly different from their regular jajangmein. Between the 2, I perfer the teppan version. It was loaded with veggie and pork and even dates (interesting). Since it was also served on a teppan plate, it was nice and hot. For $12.95, this is a highly recommended worthy meal. You will leave happy and full.
Once again, this place hasn't failed me yet, so I will definitely be back periodically to check out their new specials.
137-10090 152 Street, Surrey
Now that I moved closer to this Bubble World location, I visit it quite often. The prices here remained relatively the same through out the last couple of years. It's still busy all the time too.
This is my meal: stewed triple layer pork. How can you not drool just staring at delicious piece of pork. It's stewed to perfection, the skin/fat just melt in your mouth. The sauce on rice is just divine. The best part of the meal is...... it only cost $5.95. Yep, that's right, all that meat/sides dish cost under $6. Once again, try finding that at the food court, I think not. (May except at Yaohan center in Richmond).
Needless to say, I will definitely come back again and again. :)
1175 Johnson St, Coquitlam (Visited) or 4030 Cambie St, Vancouver
Copa cafe is another one in a million HK style cafe in Greater Vancouver, and it’s just so happen to be relatively close to where I use to live, so I eat there quite often. They also have another location on Cambie, which I heard it’s exactly the same. Once again, we were in the area, and decide to head over for lunch. On the weekend, they are usually quite busy, so if you don’t want to wait, either go before 12 or after 1:30.
Other than their regular lunch menu, they usually have some kind of promotion. Today, they are promoting this meal. It certainly sounds delicious and looks like a worthy combo to try, so I ventured ahead and ordered just that and chose A as my add on. As I read the menu, I keep wondering what is a Elephant Garlic Sauce, certainly sounds interesting, but maybe next time.
All the lunch meal comes with a hot drink, but you can upgrade to a larger cold drink for $1 more. On the left is the hot horlicks, and the right is the cold HK style milk tea. The horlicks is alright, but the HK style milk tea had too much sugar syrup, we had to add some hot tea to neutralize the sweetness.
Since my meal was a special combo and it’s more expensive, it came with a side of soup. (You can upgrade any lunch meal to include the soup for an extra $2). You have a choice of either creamy style or tomato based, and of course I choose the creamy corn/ham soup. It was good, not overly thick or rich, although there seem to be a lack of other ingredient, like corn/ham.
I find the some time it takes forever for dishes to come, and usually those are the ones that are baked. Since the first dish was not baked, it came relatively quick. This is their deep fried pork chop on rice with egg. I liked the pork chop, it was juicy and flavourful, but the rest of the dish was not impressive at all. It was just some cabbage layered between the pork chop and rice with a drizzle of soy sauce. This dish was $8.95, which I find a bit expensive for such a simple dish. There are far more choices on the menu that are more worthy.
My bf was more than half done his meal before mine came. I guess the problem was the baked filo wrapped halibut. So it came nicely presented, the question is how does it taste?
After one look at the braised pork, my mouth was watering already. I immediately cut a slice to try. It was really good, with the prefect balance between the sweet and sour taste. Although this was exceptionally delicious, the meat was extremely fatty. In fact, I would say 75% of it was pure fat, talk about feeling guilty just after 1 bite. The filo wrap consisted of halibut, ketchup fried rice and carrot. It was certainly an interesting combination, but it tasted average. The rice was good, the halibut was a bit dry, and the carrot just didn’t seem right. The filo wrap was very flaky, but also sweeten, since this was a savoury dish, I find it odd that it’s sweeten. The vegetable is just steamed and non-flavoured. So overall, I have to say this dish balanced out, the pork was really good and the filo wrapped halibut is just mediocre.
Service here is pretty much the bare essential; they take your order, and bring you the food, all without a smile. I heard it’s the same at their Cambie location as well. However this type of service is expected. If they greeted me with a smile and asked how the food taste, now that would be weird for a HK style cafe.
Although this particular dining experience was just average, I have to say most of their other dishes are pretty good, such as the baked creamy seafood on fried rice or their Thai style fried rice. Therefore I will revisit again if I am in the area, and it will always be on my backup list.
PS: Just wanted to say "Thank You" to those who took their time to send me feedback/suggestions thru email. I really appreciate it :)
Poco Ocean Restuarant
2755 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam (same square as Michael's craft)
Price: Expensive, for this type of Chinese restaurant
I finally visited a restaurant that I been hearing so much about. Again, it’s one of those you will barely notice, and only hear about thru other people. This restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside. In fact I’ve passed by it many times, and the thought of going in never crossed my mind, until my friend highly recommended this place. He told me that the chef used to be the cook for the past governor of Hong Kong. With that in mind, I had some high expectation.
Reservation is highly recommended, because it was almost packed by the time we arrived at 6:15, and it was on a weekday (Tue.). Good thing, I was forewarned about this restaurant’s popularity, and thus had made reservation ahead of time. They never brought us any menu after realizing we were Chinese, so I think they expected us to order from the hand written white board. We were seated near the entrance, and the menu board was located at the back of the restaurant, thus we had to walk up closer to get a better look. (picture: click to enlarge)
We were first served the complimentary soup. It was a large bowl of pork bone soup with some diakon and carrot. The soup was good, but nothing too special.
The 1st dish we decided to try is the satay beef on gailan ($13). The beef was tender, and loaded with sauce. The gailan was just blanched with salt water, and thus pretty tasteless, but this is where the satay sauce comes in to balance out the gailan. Although the dish is good, but I think I can find this at many Chinese restaurants with a cheaper price and probably taste very similar.
The 2nd dish we tried was different alright; it’s fish stomach with abalone mushroom. The texture and shape of the fish stomach remind me of snow fungus, but more chewy. The abalone mushroom was very delicious; it was soft and done just right. They layered the bottom of this dish with blanched lettuce. I think only Chinese people eat cooked lettuce. This was $15, slightly more expensive, but it was delicious and interesting.
Save the best for last, a dish I picked. I chose the Teppan tofu with scallop. It came on a sizzling hot plate. As you can see the picture is foggy due to the steam. This was very tasty; I could have eaten the whole plate by myself. The tofu was soft, but still infused with sauce. The scallop (although small) was still tender. The sauce was excellent; I had a hard time trying to scoop it into my bowl of rice. Therefore, for $13, it was well worth it.
They had these interesting caricature cartoons framed on the wall. We were able to get a glimpse of the chef, and indeed it was a very good representation. The Chinese characters on these drawings represent the name of their signature dish. We ordered their honey garlic chicken wing (right), but they totally forgot about it. However we did add it on after we already ordered. Also this place was packed by 6:30, and everyone that came had made reservation. A group of Japanese came in and the waitress knew little English, thus they had a hard time communicating the fact that it would be a 30 min wait. Since we were seated near the entrance, I jumped in and helped. I guess they are quite famous, because the Japanese group decide to wait, despite the difficulty in communication and the long wait time. They actually have a regular menu with English translation, but I believe the dishes on there are the ones you can find anywhere, so the Japanese group just pointed to dishes from other tables.
Overall, I liked the food here. They have a wide variety of interesting dishes and majority of them are very tasty. This would be another Chinese restaurant that service and ambiance are definitely lacking, but what makes people keep coming back is simply the food.