Just returned from an excellent Hunan place in Richmond. Its called Gordon Park - Xiangcai Museum. Its located at 4160 No 3 Rd.
We ordered 4 dishes in total.
Cumin Beef, Beer Duck, Farmers Pork, Bacon w/ Preserved Bamboo Shoots, and stir-fried shredded potato.
The cumin beef though tender was a bit dry. 3/5 (picture 2)
The "farmers pork" which is think slices of pork belly stir fried with hot serrano peppers and garlic was really good. There was a good mix between the fatty pork belly meat and the lean meat underneath. 4/5 (picture 3)
The beer duck was served to us in a clay pot with fresh red chillies and cumin. This was the highlight of the evening it was amazing. the meat is slow braised in beer with spices and is falling off the bone. It was very spicy yet we could not stop eating it. 5/5 (picture 4)
The potato dish was just OK. Nothing to write home about. (picture 5)
The bacon with preserved bamboo shoots was decent and imparted a nice smokey flavour to the dish. Would have preferred the slices to be a bit thicker like at The Xiang in Burnaby but it was still pretty good. 4/5 (picture 9)
Having lived in a small town in Hunan for a few years I find this place the closest to Hunan home cooking in BC. The Xiang has better smoked meats but overall I prefer Xiangcai.