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Jin Jiang Shanghai Restaurant @ the Best Western

It’s interesting how some restaurants seem to be located in the most inexplicable locations. Now, in the Lower Mainland (Burnaby to be specific), the location of a Shanghai restaurant attached to a Best Western isn’t too strange given the large Asian population here.

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Spring Garden Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Spring Garden is an old-school Chinese restaurant located on 12th Street in New West.  The tired interior isn’t much to look at, especially the white plastic tablecloths on the larger tables.   Read the rest of this entry

Private Home Chinese Cuisine (Imperial)

I’m not sure if it’s a chain, but there’s another location of Private Home Chinese Cuisine located on Imperial Street in Burnaby.  This one is much smaller than the location on Kingsway.  Still, the food and menu seems the same. Read the rest of this entry

Private Home Chinese Cuisine – Soupy Xiao Long Bao

Private Home Chinese Cuisine is a recently opened restaurant on the corner of Kingsway and Salisbury; kitty corner to Highgate Mall.

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Shanghai Lu – Formerly Golden Great Wall Szechuan

On the corner of Broadway and Heather in Vancouver is a restaurant formerly known as Golden Great Wall Szechuan.  Sometime during the summer of 2013, it either closed down or was reimagined as Shanghai Lu.  Read the rest of this entry

Good Choice Restaurant – Dim Sum

There’s a tiny little Chinese restaurant located at the corner of Fraser St. and E 44th Ave known as Good Choice Restaurant.  This area was previously recognized as the Punjabi neighbourhood owing to the large amount of East Indian shops along Fraser Street.  Similar to the exodus of Chinese merchants from Chinatown to Richmond, many of the East Indian shops along Fraser have moved out to Surrey to stay close to their customer base.  Hence, you’ll see a much more diverse offering here now.  Perhaps that’s why they’ve tried to reimagine/rename the area now as “South Hill”.

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Star Anise Restaurant – Dim Sum

Star Anise opened up recently in April in the old Samosa Garden location on Kingsway.  I’m not entirely sure if our visit was representative of their regular service or if it’s just because they were still working some of the kinks out so you may want to take this review with a grain of salt. Read the rest of this entry

Shang Noodle House (Starlight)

Located right next to the Kirin at Starlight Casino is Shang Noodle House.  While they both belong to the Kirin Group of restaurants, they’re going after a different market.  Kirin is more of an upscale restaurant that’s well suited to large family meals whereas Shang Noodle House is more of an unpretentious place where you can grab a quick bite to eat… nothing overly complicated here. Read the rest of this entry

Shanghai River – Dim Sum

In all honesty, I don’t really consider this visit a “dim sum” post despite coming here during the usual dim sum hour.  Sure, we ordered Shanghai Steamed Pork Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) – but you have to order these if you ever dine at Shanghai River.  People (including us) order this signature dish at dinner time too because it’s just so gosh darn good. Read the rest of this entry

Fortune House Seafood – Dim Sum

Dim Sum at Fortune House Seafood Restaurant can get very busy (and noisy) during weekends… especially around 11am.  That’s why when we visit, we try to come here early.  They actually open at 9am on weekends and it’s much easier to get a table and avoid the mall crowds around this time.

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Northern Delicacy – Dim Sum in Aberdeen Mall

We were trying to get a jump start on some errands in Richmond the other day and decided to stop in to Northern Delicacy located on the 2nd floor of Aberdeen Mall for some dim sum.  Unfortunately, they didn’t open until 11am on Sunday so we wound up doing some shopping in the mall first (is it just me or is there not a lot of good stores to shop in at Aberdeen other than food places?).

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan

About 15 months ago, before we got into the whole blogging thing, I had written a short diner review of Golden Great Wall Szechuan on West Broadway.  We’ve been back a few times (both for dim sum and for dinner) since then so I figured it’s about time we updated this as a blog entry. Read the rest of this entry