Flamingo House Chinese Cuisine – Old School Goodness

I found this old draft post that I meant to upload last year but must have overlooked it… so when you’re reading this, please keep in mind that it was done sometime last year.

We’ve been back to Flamingo House Chinese Cuisine time and again ever since we first discovered the place because we’re always fearful that if we stop going, they may go out of business one day.  There have been countless other restaurants that we’ve been to in the past that we really enjoyed but vanished after we stopped going on a regular basis.  I don’t think that we should be too concerned though because they seem to have a pretty loyal following of regular customers at Flamingo. 

As with most Chinese restaurants, you can often get off-menu items like this simple dish of sautéed Gai Lan with Beef Slices without much fuss.  Walking in here is like being transported back to the Chinese restaurants that I remember from the 80’s… before all the hype and hoopla created by social media (I know… kind of hypocritical considering that I’m blogging about this, lol).

Their hot pot dishes are great here and come in earthenware pots like the Tofu Deep Fried with Seafood and Meat Hot Pot.  This is a mishmash of squid, shrimp, scallops, bbq pork slices, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, lettuce, and of course, deep fried tofu.  The sauce is excellent over rice.

We also ordered freshly steamed Alaskan Black Cod with Black Bean Sauce on Tofu.  I never knew that sablefish is just another name for black cod.  The fish was melt-in-your-mouth tender… as was the tofu.  While I’m not a big fan of black bean sauces in general, this is one of the dishes where I don’t mind it.

Dessert includes Red Bean Soup, Oranges, and Fortune Cookies.  As a kid, I was never a fan of red bean soup.  As a matter of fact, I was fanatical in my disdain of the stuff… mostly because my mother kept hounding me to eat it and I just wanted to be difficult.  The red bean was pretty good… not too sweet.

Check out our previous visits to Flamingo House, our visit during Dim Sum (push cart style), and don’t forget to check out their Taro Duck.

*Update:  We were thinking of trying the Alaskan King Crab at Flamingo in 2012 but, due to the short season, prices went up dramatically very quickly.  While they still had a couple of ten pound king crabs left, they were priced at about $245 each so we decided to have a lobster dinner instead.

Cold Appetizer Platter with jellyfish, honey garlic pork ribs, and sliced meat.  This dish isn’t on the regular menu but you can ask for it and choose which items you want on the plate.

Lobster with Noodles in a Cream Sauce – good meaty portions of lobster and the noodles in the cream sauce is one of our favourite ways of enjoying lobster.

Crispy Skin Chicken with Shrimp Chips – everyone loves shrimp chips!  The chicken had a thin, crispy skin to it.

Oyster Hot Pot and a plate of Snow Pea Tips.

Spicy Green Beans with Minced Pork – you can specify your level of spiciness but I think this is best enjoyed with a lot of heat.

Deep Fried Tofu Cubes – these were really juicy on the inside and much more enjoyable than it looks.

Taro Duck – this was a full order of duck and most pieces had humongous pieces of juicy duck meat under the taro paste.  I still think Flamingo makes one of the best taro duck dishes around.  They serve it on top of shredded lettuce and carrots – I think they do this to soak up any excess oil from the frying process.

Crispy Beef with Onions.

It might have taken us about a year to finally post this entry but Flamingo still remains one of our fav restaurants for old school Chinese dinners.

7510 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC

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Posted on January 7, 2013, in Chinese, Restaurant Review, Seafood and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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