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Short Richmond, BC vacation

Iona | May 17, 200608:55 PM

This was a very short vacation (we will be back in September to celebrate our 40th anniversary) with just my husband and I but we tried several new places.

Sunday evening we went to Tsim Chai Noodles (50-8251 Westminister, 604-273-9288)a place that Yimster has recommended several times. We had shui kau, prawn wonton in soup (no noodle) and deep fried wonton. We ate way more shrimp than any two people should eat at one setting, but they were excellant. The fried ones came with an interesting sweet & sour sauce; there were 10 of them for $6.50 CDN. The total bill including tip was less than $20 CDN. The place was very busy but the first two dishes came immediately and the last one not long after.

Monday we returned to Shiang Garden (2200-4540 No 3 Rd, 604-273-8858)for dim sum. It had been a couple of years since we had been there. For those who remember Fook Yuen Seafood and Peter Chan, he is now the assistent manger at Shiang Garden. He was really happy to see us again. We had har gau, rice noodle roll with shrimp, DF riche dumplings, BBQ pork puffs, wrapped chicken wing, and egg tarts. Their dim sum is still excellant except for the egg custard tarts which have a cookie crust. Especially good was the deep fried glutinous rice dumplings.

That evening we had dinner at The Mad Greek (7260 Westminister Hwy, 604-278-9598)which was a short walk from our hotel. A few years ago they moved from their old location to this new building. It is very attractive, service was very good, and the food was great. I had beef souvlaki and Bob had the moussaka special. They both came with rice, potato, Greek salad, and fresh baked pita bread.

The next morning we toured No 3 Road to find a Shanghai place. First we went to Chen's Shanghai on Leslie; they've closed and Thyme Court Seafood Restaurant is now in that location (more later). Then we drove back down to go to Shanghai Wind; they're closed on Tuesdays! So back up No 3 to Shin Shin Ya Shanghai Cuisine (150-4160 No 3 Road, 604-273-2881). By this time it is after 11:30A and when we enter the restaurant, they have no customers but we decided to stay. The menu is in Chinese & English, but the staff speaks very little English. We ordered four items, found a fifth item that sounded more interesting, tried to unorder one of the first four, but got all five! When the first plate came out, it didn't look attractive but as soon as we had a bite, we knew we were going to be okay. We got steamed vegetable dumplings, bean curd wrapped spring rolls, potstickers, scallion pancakes, and wonton in a clay pot. About the time we got the second dish, the waitress and manager/owner were both standing about 8 feet away watching us eat. We're not sure if it was because we were Caucasian or because my busband can use chopsticks like a pro. It was a little unnerving. At least others were coming in by then. The owner/manager dished up a small bowl of ribs and had the waitress bring them to our table, indicating that they were from him. They had a dark red glaze on them and were the best ribs we have ever had in a Chinese restaurant. I would have gladly paid for them. About then another Caucasian came in. When the waitress gave him a menu, he asked if the had a lunch combo. When we heard her in the back talking in Chinese with "combo" in English, we knew she didn't understand what he was asking for. We told him we didn't think they had any combo's there and then he decided to leave. Probably a very good choice. Because I didn't take time to try to read the Chinese characters and the English translation wasn't what I was use to seeing, we didn't get any little dragon buns. We saw some at another table; maybe next time.

That night we went to La Belle Auberge. I will write it up as a separate posting.

Wednesday morning we wanted to try a new (to us) place, so we returned to Thyme Court Seafood Restaurant (8111 Leslie Road, 604-278-6688). We had har gau, siu mai, fun gow (steamed diced pork & shrimp dumpling, same skin as har gau), shrimp rolls (DF), baked BBQ pork buns and steamed sponge cake. All were very good especially the pork buns which had the "pineapple" topping on them. They had opened just a month prior. Service was were good and friendly; food hot from the kitchen.

That evening we ate dinner The Foggy Dew, our favorite Irish Pub. I had a beef dip and Bob had jambalaya pasta, which he loved. We shared a slice ot Chocolate Caramel Cake; Bob doesn't like cake but I had to eat fast to get my share of this one. The cake was very moist, the caramel was fantastic, and the whipped cream and chocolate syrup add to every bite.

Thursday morning before leaving for the States, we returned to J & C Restaurant (Unit 2020 Excel Center, 8766 Mckim Way, 604-231-8006) for dim sum at 9AM (discounted 30% until 11AM). Again we ordered fun gow (the filling was more finely diced then the one at Thyme Garden), rice roll with shrimp, deep fried shrimp paste wrap (like a spring roll, about 1" in diameter, very very good), scallion pancakes, BBQ pork buns (toss up with Thyme Garden), and egg custard tarts (because I knew they would be pastry, not cookie)the best we've had recently.


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