This restaurant is the first offshoot of one of Hangzhou, China’s oldest ( 50+ years ) and most famous eating establishment. With elaborate and traditional décor to compliment their ‘little known’ Chinese cuisine offering, this pseudo-clone of the iconic Hangzhou institute occupies the former space of First Markham Place ‘ Peak Top restaurant’, which has moved to distant Vaughan Mills.
Though this was my first visit, however, the rest of our parties were already regulars of this relatively new eatery. So much so, they were all in possession of VIP discount cards handed out by management in recognition of their frequent, return patronage. The one outstanding attraction that repeatedly draws them back like a magnet was their signature 3’A’ dish….an Authentic, Awesome and Addictive tasting ‘Don Po Pork’! Man! Was it gooood!!
The four of us hungry foodies ordered the following:
Cold - ‘ Tofu and Preserved Thousand Year Egg Paste Sandwich garnished with scallions, soya sauce, and sesame oil’. Optional Chinese black vinegar on the side. Refreshingly tasty and complex! Adding the black vinegar elevated the taste profile a few dimensions broader.
Hot - ‘Fried Pumpkin strips with Salted Duck Egg Yolk Coating’. Greaseless with a nice combination of sweet and savory saltiness.
‘ Don Po Pork’ – this ‘chopstick tender’ signature dish is definitely a creation made for pork lover. Strata of gelatinous and soft skin membrane, rendered fat layer and chewy, stringy meat combined to create a sensational mouth feel. The ‘rice-friendly’, intricate, aromatic, sweet and sticky sauce brought the whole package together perfectly! For seniors, bringing along a CRESTOR cholesterol lowering tablet to go with this dish is highly recommended! Ha!
‘ Deep fried Chicken wings stuffed with shrimp taste coated with a sweet black pepper and honey glaze’ No explanation provided! Try deciphering from looking at the photo posted. However, here’s a little tips! Munching on this delicious, ultimate finger food and watching the Raptors winning a playoff game might be the perfect combo?!
‘ Dried Bamboo Shoot with matured Duck Hot-pot’ – Another iconic Hangzhou dish. The dense and milky nature of the broth is a reflection of the time and care the chef spend in slowly conceiving this delicious ‘soup’. Refined and delicate tasting with attractive umami components.
‘Steamed Chinese Zucchini with minced garlic topping garnished with top soy sauce’ – A delicate, simple and light dish to counter balance some of the heavier protein dishes.
‘ Red Bean dessert soup with miniature glutinous rice mochis ‘ – Well executed. Not too sweet.
‘ Galaxy Peach Gum ‘ – Yup! This is the exact name printed on the menu. With texture resembling a cross between snow fungus and jello. This warm and ‘intriguing’ dessert soup, with a fragrant peachy syrup topping, required a bit getting use to and should taste better when chilled?!
All in all, an enjoyable and interesting dining experience. It is refreshing to see one of the eight great Chinese cuisines finally making a showing in our city. I’ll definitely be returning in the near future to try out some of their other intriguingly sounding dishes.
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