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Being Hunan - Lunch at Alvin Garden ("The Xiang")

fmed | Mar 29, 201006:36 PM     5

A number of us were there today working on a secret project ;-). Me, DylanLK, Ben (chowtimes), Karl (the Friday Lunch), Keev (TimeToChow) had a great lunch consisting of:

Hunan Pickles
Pork and Ginger Soup
Spicy Pig Hearts (incredible dish)
Smoked Hunan Bacon with Garlic Bolts (my favourite dish at Alvin Garden)
"Chaiman Mao's" Red-Braised Pork (great deep, flavours, tender pork)
Taro and Chili Pickle

Most of the dishes had a spicyness that hit you immediately...then changed into a more moderate internal heat. Half-way through the meal, I started to feel a pleasant light-headedness from the chilies. This meal proves yet again that Alvin Garden is my favourite Chinese restaurant in town. It is consistent, delicious and uncompromisingly Hunan. It has never let me down.

More photos
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The real gluttons of the group (DylanLK, Keev, and I) ended up at Crystal Mall where we sampled some street food from Beijing, TianJin, Guizhou, and Malaysia... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695783

Belly full...must nap.

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Crystal Mall
4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H2A9, CA

Alvin Garden
4850 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC V5J, CA

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