First, a word of advice to Ba Shu Ren Ja. Be afraid! Be very afraid!! When words started to get out about how great the food tastes in this place, you will have some mighty huge competition!!
Tonight, I tried out this newly opened Sichuan restaurant on 633 Silver Star Blvd, Scarborough just down the road from the current GTA Sichuan favorite - Ba Shu Ren Ja.
Some of the dishes we ordered must rank amongst some of the best tasting Northern Chinese food in town! Yes! It was THAT good!
Though the three of us only ordered 5 dishes and one dessert. They were more than enough to show case the high calibre cooking skill of the kitchen. The dishes were:
- Savory Tea Smoked Duck
- Stirred fry crystal shrimp with asparagus and Ginkgo nuts
- Garlic and Chilli sauce dressed cucumber cubes
- 'Good Omen' assorted skewers in spicy chilli broth
- Savory and spicy minced pork 'Jia Jeung Mien' noodles
- Glutinous rice nuggets in Golgi berries and Yuba skin sweet soup
There is only one word to describe that duck - Awesome!!! Wow! It was so very good! Crispy skin, paired with well seasoned meat and all rounded off with a great smoky aroma. I can eat that dish all day long!
The stirred fry shrimp dish was nicely executed. Shrimp was well marinated and seasoned, the end result, bite after bite of crunchy and sweet morsels. The equally crunchy asparagus was also perfectly cooked. By the way, the tannic and bitter after taste of Ginkgo nuts might not be for everyone! Guess the same can be said about red wine?!!
The chewy and al dente house made, hand pulled noodles was a joy to eat. The minced meat sauce, full of Sichuan peppercorn aroma and taste, was very flavourful. Degree of spiciness was just perfect.
The garlic, cilantro and chili seasoning for the cucumber was very similar in taste to the delicious sauce used by 'Northern Dumpling Kitchen' in their sliced leg of pork dish. Now that I know how flavourful this Chuan Yu-Home version is, I will definitely give their leg of pork a try on my return visit.
The unexpectedly 'cool looking' presentation of the spicy skewer dish was an eye opener. The skewers, comprising of a mixture of innards, gizzards, home made luncheon meat, potato and bean curd skin was soaked in a spicy oily/watery sauce. Great for those who can handle the heat! I particularly loved the taste and chewy texture of the pig's intestine!
Dessert was not too sweet and full of the wonderful aroma of the wine marinated Golgi berries. The chewy Gnocchi like, little glutinous rice balls was most addictive!
Lastly, the full color and picturesque menu must be the most beautiful menu I have ever encountered. Those beautifully photographed food pictures makes one want to order almost every single dish! Nice PR job!!
This is one restaurant I will definitely return to try out more of their offerings. I anticipate it will take more than one trip!!
BTW, here is their ultra-long website address!!