Flamingo House Chinese Cuisine
They say that if you’re good at something, you should stick with it. It seems that the people at Flamingo House really believe in that statement. Walking into this large restaurant on Cambie Street is like travelling back in time to the kinds of Chinese restaurants that were around back in the 80’s. The waiters and waitresses are all decked out in colourful pink, red, and green Chinese uniforms… Even their dim sum is brought out on traditional push carts!
Prawns are back in season now so we decided to order some prawns simply steamed.
I’m not that much into sucking out the brains (reminds me too much of zombies) but the prawns were tasty.
One of the things that you should know about eating at a Chinese restaurant is that there’s always a secret menu. Sometimes it’s written in Chinese, sometimes it’s written on signs posted on the walls, somethimes, it’s not even written down anywhere. If there’s something that you’d like but you don’t see it on the menu, just ask…
Pan fried snow pea tips with garlic (nice and simple dish… not overly garlicky).
The deep fried tofu with seafood and meat hot pot was chock full of goodies (shrimp, squid, bbq pork, chicken, scallops, mushrooms, carrots and cabbage… oh, and did I mention tofu?). Nice and saucy – it goes great with rice. You can see why they call it a hot pot in the video below (all the great sauce is bubbling hot)…
The North and South Style Chow Mein is a mix of different noodles (the thick Shanghai noodle and the thinner yi mein noodle)… a great choice if you can’t decide what kind of noodle dish you want.
As all traditional Chinese restaurants, they also serve free dessert… orange wedges, fortune cookies (bonus!) and red bean soup.
We’ve been here for dim sum before and enjoy being able to pick items off the carts (although it does seem to encourage us to order more food than if we had ordered off a menu sheet).
On a previous dinner at Flamingo House, we had some of their other great dishes. Although I had mentioned the dishes on a short review, I didn’t include any pictures so here they are…
Deep fried crab with spicy seasonings (jiu yim) and one of the best Taro Duck dishes I’ve had in a long time.
We had ordered the 1/2 size serving of taro duck and it was huge! We actually thought they made a mistake and brought us the full size order. Unlike some other restaurants that we’ve been to, there were big pieces of duck in this dish (instead of just taro) and it was served with the same sauce that I remember as a kid.
The vermicelli with meat in house seasoning is a big tasty dish. I do wish their menu was a bit more descriptive because all of the dishes tasted a lot better than they sounded (but maybe that’s just things getting lost in the translation).
The Chicken (bone in) with Spicy Pepper Sauce was great! Even though I don’t usually like chicken with the bone in (I’m too lazy to have to worry about bones) I would order this again.
They have deep-fried oysters and pan-fried oysters but I think the Oyster Hot Pot is the best and it’s chock full of ginger and green onions and plump oysters.
The staff were always pretty attentive and would come back and check on us (even though the restaurant was very busy). It’s clear that they have a pretty loyal following and the staff know many customers that frequent the restaurant. They have lots of free parking in the back (and on Cambie Street) but just remember that they close on Wednesdays.
Take a look at our recent post where we introduce our nephew to Taro Duck Flamingo House – Taro Duck
Food: 4 / 5
Service: 4.5 / 5
7510 Cambie Street