A while back rob/vi had mentioned shui wah's chiu chow dinner options. After an aborted attempt to try some of this during lunch/dim sum time (when its not available) on Sunday, rob, gwiv, I and families had a chance to sample some of these dishes.
I think one of the reasons we haven't posted on it, well at least i haven't is that though we all agreed that it had unique tastes that were different from other chinese we had had but that it was hard to pin down exactly what those differences were.
we had off the pink chinese character menu a chiu chow dinner for 6 with one substution and one addition (I'm a little confused about what exactly was in the dinner, what was susbstituted, etc. So i'll just list the things we had). Also, complicating things is the fact that i don't have the menu in front of me though I'll attach a link to an online version which of course doesn't include some of these dishes
brothy, homey, peppery soup with some chunks of meat and cabbage in it - nothing real special
cold crab in vinegar sauce (crab was whole and excellent, sauce was on the side)
Tofu in spiced salt (very good, much better than other versions i've had of this for instance silver seafoods, this was an addition to the set menu I think)
platter of "cold marinated varieties" (included soya eggs, intestine, cuttlefish, pig ear, chiu chou pickles,and beef - my favorites were the pig ear and the cuttlefish. All these things were marinated in a kind of spiced soy sauce which may be the mysterious "uniqueness" we all tasted)
Bean curd and mixed vegetables. (we were told that the bean curd was japanese. It was especially creamy and tasty, the mixed veg it came with didn't do much for me. This was a subsitution I think)
abalone and mushrooms with snow pea leaves (the pea leaves were very good, with a slightly heartier sauce than they usually get, abalone was tough and not that flavorful - a big disappointment for me - gary surmised they were canned)
Lemon Pork (for the babies, said the waitress - and they did like it. didn't do much for me - pretty sweet)
whole steamed fish (with cilantro and ginger and a ground pork sauce that was just great)
green bean dessert soup - I think I would have thought this was ok for breakfast, but it didn't do much to satisfy my dessert craving
I'm probably leaving something out, but verdict was I'd happily eat most of the dishes there again and am interested in trying some of the other unusual offerings on the dinner menu.
After dinner, I noticed some really nice menu listings at the place across the "street/mall" from it -Coco cafe. Both gary and rob thought that it had switched menus and/or owners since the last time they had checked it out. Among these menu listings were "icy hundreds of multilateral tripe" and "north pole scallop with popping oil" Anyone eaten there recently?