Smothered By MSG: Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant

Yes, it does seem like they put THAT MUCH msg into every one of their dishes. How much is THAT MUCH? TOO MUCH.EXCESSIVE . Exhibit A: The hot and sour soup. My wife and I were not expecting much. We have been searching for the perfect bowl of hot and sour soup for the better part of 15 years now and we have never even come close to finding that perfect amalgamation of  pure sourness, straight spiciness, just-right thickness, and satisfying toothsomeness of ingredients. Having a fair amount of experience with the genre, I knew to ask for our order … Continue reading Smothered By MSG: Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant

Crystal Mall Food Court: Xu’s Wonton House

I have only dined twice at the Crystal Mall food court, and both experiences were completely underwhelming. The food was so bad that I almost completely blocked out my memories of the two meals in my mind. I blocked out the name of the stalls I visited as well as the names of the dishes I ordered. All I can remember was that the food was cold and that the flavours were unidentifiably suspect. I gave up on the food court after my second visit. I have never had food from the food court since then and I planned never to … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Xu’s Wonton House

Finally, Real Chinese Food in West Van: Shanghai Village

There is a lack of quality Chinese food in West Van, so I was quite excited when I found out about Shanghai Village as I drove by its front doors on my way home one day. I was even more excited when I found out that it was an established and fairly well-regarded authentic Shanghainese restaurant transplanted from Vancouver proper. As excited as I was about finally having possibly good Chinese food within a ten minutes drive from my house, I didn’t visit Shanghai Village immediately. There were simply too many Chinese restaurants in the local metropolitan area on my … Continue reading Finally, Real Chinese Food in West Van: Shanghai Village

Faster than you can say…”duck”

Day 3 – Shanghai River… I have fond memories of fast food joints. I remember back in fourth grade, living in Southern California, I would ask my mom to take me to a different fast food joint everyday after school. If I went to Carl’s Jr. on Monday, then I would need to go to In’N’Out on Tuesday, and absolutely have to go to Arby’s on Wednesday. Then on Thursday, I would want a sandwich from Jack In The Box with fries from McDonald’s and probably a frostie from Wendy’s or soft serve from El Pollo Loco. It was fast, … Continue reading Faster than you can say…”duck”

I’ve finally found you

Day 2 – Dinesty… I remember reading a statistic recently about Taiwanese immigrants to Canada; they are the group most likely to move back to their native country after obtaining citizenship. Most of the Taiwanese immigrants (my parents included) came to Canada for their children. They wanted their children to be educated in an environment free of the intense pressure and single-tracked academic focus in Taiwan. They had no intention of settling down in Canada. They were mostly financially secure and had no desire to start or grow a business. Even for those who happened to open a restaurant, they … Continue reading I’ve finally found you