Li Garden – Old School Chinese Restaurant

Li Garden is a small traditional Chinese restaurant on Victoria Drive (across the street from Bon Bon Bakery).  How can you tell if a Chinese restaurant is old school? 

One of the hallmarks is the free soup that you get at the beginning of your meal.  Our dinner started off with a yummy Lotus Root Soup… this is the kind of soup that you would expect to find in the kitchens of many Chinese homes.

Stir-fried Snow Pea Tips is one of the simplest and tastiest dishes – but why do I always feel like an old person when we order it?

Their Chicken Eggplant Hot Pot comes served in a huge clay pot – this is really a big dish and the sauce goes perfectly with rice.

Did I just say something about sauce that goes well over rice?  Our last dish, Mui Choy Kau Yuk (fatty pork slices with preserved veggies) was very saucy.  Served in the same type of large clay pot as the eggplant dish, there was plenty of fatty pork slices here.  The slices were slightly thicker than I prefer (I find that if the slices are too thick, they aren’t as melt-in-your-mouth as they should be).  Also, there was something a little different about the skin on these pork slices… I can’t put my finger on it though.

Our complimentary dessert, tong sui, was different that the usual red bean soup that you get at most Chinese restaurants.  Here we have a hot soup made with sweet potato – the broth had a distinct taste of ginger which gave it a nice kick.  Surprisingly, the soup itself wasn’t too sweet despite looking very syrupy.

Food:  4 / 5
Service:  4 / 5

5822 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC

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Posted on March 7, 2012, in Chinese, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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