During the past six months, a couple of thoroughly enjoyable chowmeets, involving pre-arranged off menu items, were held at Maple Yip and O Mei. The latter involving Giant Lobsters prepared 5 ways!
Tonight, braving nasty weather and congested traffic, a group of die-hard foodie chowhounders ( Justxpete, Magic, Embee, Sweetie, Norman Wolfe, Estufarian, Juno, Bytepusher, TorontoJo.......etc ) met up at 'The Emperor ' in Richmond Hill for another chowmeet. This time with Live BC Wild Spot Prawns as the main theme. The result was another successful chowdown gathering with great food complimenting great company!
The menu of the night consisted of the following dishes:
Peking Duck 2 ways ( one of the best rendition in town )
- Chinese Crepe wrapped Crispy Skin & Meat with Hoisin Sauce and Condiments.
- Lettuce Wrap with Sauteed Minced Duck Meat and Crunchy Vegetables.
Wild BC Spot Prawns prepared 2 ways
- Crispy & Aromatic Wok Fried ( a la plancha ) Heads-on Prawns with Garlic Spicy Sea Salt.
- Sauteed Whole Heads-on Prawns with Maggi Sauce a la O'Mei.
Fried BC Jumbo Rock Oysters with Peppered Honey Glaze, sauteed Broccoli
Stirred fry Angus Beef Tenderloin Cubes with Special House sweet Teriyaki Sauce and Crunchy Caramelized Walnuts.
Deep fried Baby Pork Spare-Ribs with Chinese Preserved Olive Tapenade in crispy Rice Vermicelli nest.
Poached Whole Free Range Chicken with Chinese Rose Essence Wine Infused Premium Top Soya Sauce.
Fried Rice with Diced BBQ Pork, Pineapple and Ice-wine Soaked Raisin.
Desserts of Mango Pudding, Sweet Mung Bean Soup and Chinese Cookie
Although the restaurant was packed due to other simultaneously held functions, the true caliber of the kitchen really came out and shine since all the dishes were executed almost flawlessly.
Apart from the lovely contrasting flavored prawns ( one with a salty, the other, a sweetish finish ). The other favorites of the night, from a quick impromptu poll, were undoubtedly the addictive pork spare ribs and the crunchy skin Oysters. Both involving interesting complex flavor and textural play!
All in all, a great evening of fine food and great chowfriends!
Lastly, for a Chinese restaurant, the service, though impeded by language barrier, were extremely attentive and helpful
PS: A 'SECOND SEATING' involving the same menu is planned for Thursday 6th June. For those of you chowhounders who missed out on this meet and would like to participate in this next gathering, PLEASE CONTACT ME at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, 2nd June, the latest! ( lead time needed for the restaurant to secure the live Prawns for our group ). First come first serve basis still applies!