Gee! How did I not know that this food court existed? I thought I had stumbled onto all of the hidden food courts in Richmond. But alas, "Gee! Taste Good", a new one, and with a pleasant surprise of an Indonesian cook that prepares Malaysian food too! Bonus Gee!
I eyed a lot of offerings, but it was a cold day, so I settled on the heavily highlighted (it was #1 on the menu!) prawn laksa ($7.50) and he had an extra big picture of it on the photo board.
It was fresh prepared and ready in about 5 minutes with a cup of complimentary hot tea. First impression - Gee! what big prawns you have! From the photo you may think it was a small bowl. It wasn't. Those prawns were very big! And Gee!, there were 4 of them! The prawns were nicely prepared, still had some good snap to them, and had been fully and properly cleaned. Gee! Delicious! (Or I suppose I should say, Gee! Taste Good)
Stirring up the laksa uncovered two types of rice noodles (thick and thin but no egg noodles), fish cake slices, tofu puffs, bean sprouts, and hard boiled egg slices. I know that some styles have no egg noodles, but I kinda missed those as I like having the variety personally. That said, the rice noodles were nicely cooked with a bit of chew still. The tofu puffs were cut in half to help them soak up the broth, and gave flavour explosions with each bite. The hard boiled egg was slightly past the point I like them cooked - perhaps the yolks hardened a bit more in the very hot broth before I discovered them though. The broth itself was nicely balanced and quite rich. I personally like to have more belachan and laksa leaf flavour to my laksa broth, but that is just a personal preference I suppose, and perhaps a stylistic difference for Indonesian style. All of that said, this was a very satisfying bowl, and Gee! did I mention those prawns?
I'm definitely going to wander on back and explore some of the other stalls in the food court. There were several that had almost zero English writing, and I didn't see any non Asian customers at all in this hidden food court. Gee!, more explorations coming soon!
But this all got me wondering - what other hidden food courts have I missed? What are your favourite off the beaten track food courts around Vancouver/Richmond/Burnaby/etc.?
The food courts I find myself returning to currently are:
Crystal Mall (4500 Kingsway)
Richmond Public Market (8260 Westminster Highway)
Empire Centre (4540 No 3 Road)
President Plaza (8181 Cambie Road)
Yaohan (3700 No 3 Road)
Admiralty Centre (8700 McKim Way)
Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way)
Others not to be missed?
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