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Entries in Chinese (47)


Ningtu Restaurant

In the search for a decent Shanghai-style breakfast place, my family in Vancouver appears to have settled on Ningtu Restaurant. Though it's not as amazing as Toh Yuen of the past, it's still pretty good.

chinese donut

hot sweet soy milk

stir-fried rice cake with pork and veggies

sticky rice stuffed with chinese donut, shredded pork, and salty vegetables

pan fried pork buns The Chinese donut was fresh, hot, and crisp, but a little on the big side; they were tough to handle. The rice cakes were very good - chewy without getting too stuck together. The sticky rice was pretty good but nothing too special. The pan-fried buns were very nice - extremely hot inside, and nicely browned on the bottom. Ningtu isn't quite Toh Yuen but it's still a very acceptable option.

Ming Yuen

Every Sunday in Vancouver my family does a Sunday dinner at Ming Yuen, a Chinese place on Cambie. The place is actually quite good, but I think for some people it gets repetitive. I usually go at least once every time I'm in town.

peking duck

lobster with garlic sauce in clay pot

fried tofu with peapod stems

duck and taro with cream sauce in clay pot Pretty standard Vancouver Chinese food. The peking duck was pretty good - it was the meaty variety - but can't compare to Fortune Garden's, especially in the pancake department. The lobster was good, although it did require a lot of work sifting through shell. The tofu was great; crispy on the outside and smooth on the inside. The duck/taro wasn't quite hot enough, and didn't have enough sauce. Usually the taro is more tender than it was here. Still, Ming Yuen is generally better than most of the Chinese places we have around here, and it's just down the block from my cousin's house.


Hot Pot

Mike is really into hot pot. I'm not the biggest fan, but Mike was craving it. There's some hot pot place in Beijing that he loves and misses. So he decided to buy a hot pot online and do it at home.

spicy hot pot We got a lot of good ingredients over at Super 88: sliced beef, lamb, beef balls, fish balls, noodles, mushrooms, veggies. Everything's been thrown in there. We had a little more trouble finding a good soup base to use. We wanted something spicy. The stuff we found was okay, but not exactly what we were looking for. We also had some trouble finding the right dipping sauce. With normal hot pot you can just go with the egg/soy sauce/chili combo, but for spicy hot pot Mike insists on this sesame-type dipping sauce. We'll keep looking though. Still, it turned out pretty good, and it was a great value for money.

Delicious Delicious

Here is my final post from Hong Kong... wow, it took me like 2 months to post it all. Sorry for being slow. Anyway, this is from Delicious Delicious (gotta love that English name), a noodle shop across the street from Harbour City.

braised beef brisket braised beef brisket

deep-fried fish skin deep-fried fish skin

chinese broccoli chinese broccoli

won ton noodle soup won ton noodle soup A cheap, excellent meal... Of course, won ton noodles are a staple of cheap HK food. The beef brisket was tender and very tasty. Fried fish skin was comparable to the last one I had - crispy, fried, pure deliciousness. Chinese broccoli (I think that's the proper translation) was standard, but a necessary complement to the meal. Won ton noodles were great. The noodles were firm like they should be and wontons had plump filling. Can't get this stuff over here. Now, I'll be moving on to a good number of posts from when I was home in SF before school started. After that, the site will get less interesting again as I have gone back on the college delivery diet since I've been here in Boston...

Macau Restaurant

We were unfortunately unable to make a day trip to Macau some time during our trip to Hong Kong like we had planned, so instead we settled for Macau Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui. Macau was a Portuguese colony for a long time, and its food has some Portuguese influences. Macau Restaurant is an extremely casual cafe type place.

deep fried squab deep fried squab

shrimp toast shrimp toast

pork chop sandwich pork chop sandwich

portuguese style chicken portuguese style chicken

portuguese tart portuguese tart The food was so so. The place has definitely gone downhill - I remember going years ago and it was much better. The squab was alright but nothing special. The sandwich was really disappointing - both bread and meat were just too dry. This used to be really good here. The shrimp toast was again nothing special. Portuguese style chicken is a common Macau dish... it's sort of like an extremely mild curry (as in, not spicy at all). Again, not as good as I remember... not enough actual meat. Portuguese tarts are like a relative of the usual Chinese egg custard tart, but more flaky and a little singed on the top. There was a huge craze for them in Hong Kong a few years back where there were tons of places making them fresh all over the streets, but the fad died out fast. These weren't that good, especially compared to the fad times. They were just sitting out too long before we ate them. All the food was pretty cheap. Maybe we should have gone to Macau though...