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Richmond Restaurant Reviews
Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Very Good Lunch
By love good food of Vancounver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

Been here many many time, food and service are always good at Dave's.

We order New England Clam Chowder, we like the Dave's Chowder, just right.

Three piece Halibut and Chips, Halibut are Excellent, Ice tea not too sweet.

Service also very good, we'll go for some more fish before next summer arrivals.

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George's Taverna3760 Moncton Street, #130, Richmond
Didn't like it than- now we know why....
By omar of richmond (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

about 6 years ago we had two visits in this restaurant and didn't like it,
so if in Richmond we will go to Kisamos on the same street.
Since Kisamos was closed and we wanted Greek we decided to give it another try.
the place looks neglected and poor.
the food was less than average- you can eat but not enjoy. the Moussaka was OK, the skewers were hard to chew. all dishes came with quite cold rice.
even the part of the kitchen that we could see from where we sat didn't look inviting.
the years just did even worse to this place- never again, even if we really want Greek food

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
Dim Sum, Some
By wahine of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2013 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

We went there for the first time to try out their dim sum. We've never been before, not even for dinner. So it's Friday morning and it was relatively quiet as the lunch crowd had not yet arrived. We were seated to a table and our order for tea, taken. We proceeded to decide which dishes to order. Where is the tea?
We ordered the usual dim sum fare, such as: har gow, spare ribs, rice noodle rolls, steamed chicken buns, turnip cakes, egg tarts, e-fu noodles, etc. Wait, where is the tea? And where is that ice water? The food was okay, nothing was bad. The restaurant was bright and clean. But the service was terrible. First, it took forever for the tea and water to arrive and during the course of the meal, they never came back to check on whether
or not we needed more hot water for the tea, or if we needed more ice water. We tried flagging the waiter working our area but he always seemed to be too busy chatting with other tables, even though he did see us and we made eye contact. The frustrating thing was, the restaurant was not busy.
After this experience, we would rather spend our money elsewhere.

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Thai Son Restaurant4653 Garden City Road, #2215, Richmond
Too much MSG
By pholover604 of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Please tell the chef to adjust the taste (use less MSG). Did you guys change the new owner ? it is not like before .The service is going down , I remember that Mr. Binh ,the owner of the all THAI SON restaurants, used to very friendly with all the customers when he served , I guess all the new waiter/waitress did not inherit the customer service from him.

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Sara's Old Fashioned Ice Cream3500 Moncton St, #110, Richmond
How is this business still in business?
By foodhunter of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 9:50pm [Take-out]

We were third in line and yes, it seemed that everyone had Groupons in hand; probably because they were expiring soon. This was our second attempt to redeem our groupon..they claimed they had no stock on our first visit..thank goodness we only bought one!

Here are our impressions:
- the young lady serving out front was clearly under-trained and lacked product knowledge.
- the older lady, the owner I assume, mostly stayed in the back and ignored the customers.
- the wall signs showed many flavours but most were "out of stock".
- at one point the owner angrily screamed at the server from the back because she kept asking for flavour availability as customers picked flavours off the wall list that were not in the freezer case.
- they claim they serve made in-house ice cream and try to give you that impression by serving customers from small metal pails in their freezer case. However, we could partly see the owner in the back spooning ice cream from big white factory-style tubs into the metal pails.
- when the owner finally came out front, she served the customer after us and immediately pronounced in disgust, "I'm expecting nothing but Groupons today", when the customer held up his Groupon.
- when the young server finished scooping our two 1-liter tubs of ice cream, the owner stepped in and angrily took the tubs from her and shoved them into a paper bag that barely fit...no thank you, no come again...nothing !!
- we spent at least 20 minutes through this whole ordeal; remember I said we were third in line!!

The whole idea of Groupon is to draw customers into your establishment so that you can Wow them into coming back for repeat business. This owner definitely Wowed us but for all the wrong reasons and we will definitely not be coming back even if they're giving it away.

btw..their ice cream is no better than the Breyers or Chapmans from my local grocer at less than half the price.

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Mambo Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, Suite 3020, Richmond
nothing special
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:04am [Take-out]

This kiosk/stand (? what do you call restaurants in a food court?) is located at the Aberdeen Centre food court. Serving your typical Hong Kong style cafe dishes, this kiosk/stand is one of our favourite places to eat at whenever we’re at the mall. Along with your typical dishes, the prices are also pretty standard.

Baked Porkchop on Rice 焗豬扒飯 - $7.50 (5/7)
Typical dish. Typical tastes. Typical expectations. We’ve had better elsewhere, but you can’t really expect much from food court food. The rice to porkchop ratio is poor, but there’s lots of cheesy goodness. The one good thing about this place is that you DON’T have to wait 20 minutes for this baked item, unlike most Hong Kong style cafe’s.

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Hog Shack3900 Bayview Street, #160, Richmond
Do Not Eat Here!
By stellah of richmond (14 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

This rates as one of the worst dining experiences we've ever experienced. (Service was fine, but the food, not so good) We had baby back ribs, they were so dry and over-sauced, not fall off the bone as we had expected. The burnt ends were horrible. Chunks of fat covered in the same sickly sweet bbq sauce ... These were inedible. When our server asked how our meals were, she saw that the pile of burnt ends were basically untouched. We told her that they were unacceptable, and when she told the manager, his reply was "too bad". Well, too bad, because we won't be back.

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Yokohama Japanese Restaurant12251 No.1 Road, #140, Richmond
Amazing Restaurant. I have no idea what the other reviews are talking about!
By katelyn of Surrey , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

What an amazing restaurant. The filet mignon was so good it tasted like it melted in my mouth. The lobster was so delicious. I went with my two friends the first time, and the service was bar none the best Ive ever hard. We were asked if we "ate enough meat". And when we joked and said, no we want more, the server actually brought over more meat to have cooked up for us. She is the sweetest little thing. The experience was so good I took my parents back for a special dinner. Again, we were treated like gold. The food again was one of the best meals I've ever had. But, what stole the show, was the amazing service. It is nice to see that service is still taken seriously.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. We come all the way out from Surrey/Whiterock. We will definitely be telling friends and family to come here! Can't wait to go back soon!

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Hananoki Japanese Restaurant & Cafe3679 Westminster Hwy, #110, Richmond
Had some trouble with communicating the pricing
By chut7 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

Came in with a groupon. Most places have fine print about what you can't and cannot order, and it was the first question I asked once we were handed the menus. We were told exactly what was part of the groupon promotion. As it was a $20 coupon, and we were prepared to order more than that as a base price, we asked if we could order from an item that was on promotion, pointing at the item whose promo price was printed clearly on the menu...the waitress quickly said "yes". We ordered the items, but when the bill came, the item on promotion was regular price. We spoke at length with the manager (both sides being equally courteous) on this. His explanation was, understandably, that items on promotion can't be combined with other promotional offers, pointing at the printed text below the menu items. We told him we understood this, which is why we asked the waitress for clarification. He stepped away briefly to confer with the waitress, who confirmed to him that she told us that it would be regular price. Neither me nor my wife heard the "regular price" comment from her initially, and explained it so. We wouldn't have ordered the item had it been regular price.

In any case, he did honor the price in the end, but I'm not sure how to evaluate the service. On the one hand, the wait staff did not explain their promotions clearly, but the management was willing to fill in that gap.

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TRUE'STEA Restaurant , The8400 Alexandra Road, #180, Richmond
not that bad
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

What once used to be ESTEA is now TRUE’STEA. Hmm .. The meme “I see what you did there” would be appropriate for the owners. Do you see ESTEA in truE’STEA? Having said that, the windows still say Estea, and so do their plates. Menu is still the same as well (in terms of food). They spiced up their interior a bit - it’s more of a Hong Kong feel with a few private rooms complete with an MJ set. There’s also a stage for any people wanting to spontaneously, and is brave enough, to serenade other diners AKA karaoke. The atmosphere is still as loud as ever, but somehow it feels more homey than Estea. They still have the Korean style service bells stuck on the tables so you don’t have to spend eons of time attempting to flag down a waitress.

Wonton in Chili Sauce 紅油抄手 - $6.95 (5/7)
For those of you who can handle spice - this isn’t really THAT spicy, but if you don’t do spice - beware. Okay, it’s not THAT bad (for you non spice eaters), but the spice does linger and you will eventually need to drown out the spice with your bubble tea, so be sure to get a milk based drink! The sauce in general is just meh. We’ve had better, but then again, you can’t go wrong with wonton’s.

Fried Fish Cake 炸甜木辣 - $5.50 (5/7)
This was bland. Very bland. It’s a good thing it came with some chili sauce. The spiciness burnt our mouths/tongues but it was worth it. For you bland food lovers, this is the dish for you.

Fried Chicken Cartilage 炸雞膝 - $6.25 (7/7)
This was absolutely delicious! Fried perfectly, it wasn’t oily at all. Infused with the scents of garlic and onion, it was the perfect combination. A friend of ours doesn’t normally like garlic or onions, but she devoured this dish! Garlic and onion bits included. Be careful of the diced peppers though, they’re dangerously spicy and enough to numb your taste buds for the night. This was our favourite dish of the three and we would definitely order this again! Highly recommended!

Pudding Milk Tea 布丁奶茶 - $4.45 (4/7)
This is one of the must-get items at a bubble tea restaurant, to determine if they’re any good or not. One of them items where it is hard to mess up. They messed it up. Actually, not really mess up, per se, it just wasn’t up to par. As with all bubble tea places, they have an extensive list of drinks to get. This should probably be avoided at this restaurant.

Sesame Milk Tea 黑芝麻奶茶 - $4.45 (4/7)
Again, this is a pass. As shown in the picture, the sesame all anchored down to the bottom, so if you didn’t stir it, it’d be like drinking a milk tea with lots of black sand. If you held the straw mid way up the cup and drank it without sipping any of the sesame, it’d be like drinking a regular milk tea but less sweet. Perhaps this is how sesame milk tea is always made? Regardless, there are other delicious ways to get your black sesame fix, and this is not one of them. This will be a pass.

Will we come back? Sure, to try other items. We wouldn’t say this restaurant is a total fail. They’re getting somewhere .. slowly, but surely. They deserve a few more chances, and with their overwhelming options for food, we’re bound to find a few favourites, with the fried chicken cartilage being one. With so many other bubble tea places in and around Richmond, this would definitely not be up top with the others, however, if you’re looking for a new place to try, this wouldn’t be a bad choice. Free parking in the plaza is ample, and if the lot fills up, there’s always paid parking.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
An 'Okay' Experience
By shakir of Surrey, B C (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:33am [Dine in]

Me and two friends had the most expensive option ($30) of all you can eat. Had we known that we were paying an additional $5 each for a little more than nothing extra item (e.g., a couple of Uni and Oyster), we would have chosen to go with the $20 or $25 menu. When (within 2 minutes) we found out that we were paying extra for almost nothing, we tried to change it but our waiter informed us that it was too late to change. So, preceded with mild disappointment. The Oyster was one of the worst we had in a long time. The salmon sashimi was fresh on the first visit and on a second visit it was not fresh. However, unlike some other all you can eat sushi restaurants, this place doesn't overwhelm the sushi with tons of rice. Overall, the eating experience was just okay.

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Kari House Restaurant3900 Bayview Street, #130, Richmond
What Steveston Needs More of
By King_of_Kitsilano of My Beautiful Kitsilano (47 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Steveston Village can be a weird bland place to eat especially for lunch which is when I'm always there.

Luckily this hidden little place offers something other than the seemingly ubiquitous F&C and overpriced frozen Sysco seafood.

Since I haven't been to Malaysia I don't know if the food is 'authentic' but
all kinds of people speaking Bahasa Malaysia sure love to frequent the place-it's also interesting to see how many non-Malays who once lived there eat @ Kari House-there's almost always a table of them too.

The food overall isn't going to set the world on fire but it's tasty and quite reasonably priced-service is efficient if not particularly polished.

I suppose part of the appeal is the great location facing the water-I've never sat on the other side of the kitchen but I have sat outside on the balcony by the river-grab it if there's a table open.

Oh Yeah I wouldn't bother to order anything but Malaysian food here.

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Kari House Restaurant3900 Bayview Street, #130, Richmond
Bland food poor service
By redfish of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Not impressed with the blandest Thai dish I have ever had. Nothing done to rectify it other than hot sauce. Excuse was the cook must have forgotten!! have been here in the past and it was tolerable; this time no way not when we ordered the spiciest option, that being 3 peppers.
Decor is extremely tacky and the prices high; hours limited. Customer service severely lacking.
Will spend my dining $ elsewhere!

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Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill3800 Bayview Street, #112, Richmond
Dineout Vancouver experience
By ssnissan of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

Went here last night for the Dineout Vancouver Festival. This is my first time dining out with Dineout. I tried to make reservation online and got a response from them saying my desired time and date has been fully booked. Then I called and made reservation on the phone for the same time and date, and to my astonishment, they had tables available. BTW, the gentlemen was really nice on the phone. We got there early, our reservation was for 6:15pm and we got there at 6 - and we were sincerely greeted and were seated right away by the window. At the time we arrived there was hardly anyone there, maybe a couple of tables. We were promptly presented with the regular menu and the Dineout Vancouver menu, and were asked if we'd liked some drinks to start. I had a beer and my friend just wanted water. For Appetizer, we went with their "2012 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD “BEST CHOWDER” MAMA’S SEAFOOD CHOWDER" and "CRAB DIP home-made with fresh crabmeat, served with fresh baguette rounds". The seafood chowder was good but I found it a little too spicy (I can't eat spicy food at all), and the crab dip was a a little too watery in my opinion, but maybe that's just the way they are. For Entree we chose the "FISHERMAN’S POT" and the "RIBS & PRAWNS COMBO". The fisherman's pot was excellent, loaded with clams, mussels, prawns, calamari in a rich, creamy sauce. The ribs and prawns combo was ok, not the best I've had, but it was ok. Last but not least we had the "Creme Brulee" and "Tiramisu" for dessert. Both were very good. All in all it was a pleasant experience but if it wasn't for the Dineout Vancouver deal, I would probably have never gone.

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Leung Kee Cantonese Food4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3030, Richmond
Stir-fried rice noodle with beef slices
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:25am [Dine in]

This is a classic Cantonese dish comprised of beef strips, "ho fun" rice noodles, onions, scallions, and bean sprouts. The dish is very straight forward and is usually seasoned with soy sauce and salt. You can complement the dish with hot sauce (preferably sriracha) to add a spicy kick to your meal! Leung Kee makes this dish quite well, although a bit oily. However, at the price of $6.75 for such a huge portion, we can't complain! The dish comes with a Chinese soup which can be substituted with a drink for a dollar. The size of this dish is actually enough for two people to share!

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L.A. Chicken11780 Thorpe Road, 160, Richmond
LA Chicken
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 11:51pm [Take-out]

LA Chicken is a local’s favourite, tucked away in the Cambie area of North Richmond. It’s easy to miss this quaint restaurant as it doesn’t really stand out at all, with its old decor and falling-apart ambiance. When you enter the fast food joint, you’ll immediately notice that everything is a bit worn down but somehow, there would usually be a line of people waiting for their fried bird! There’s nothing special at first other than the newspaper articles of them accentuated on the walls proudly. The restaurant is owned by a friendly Asian couple who cooks all of their food fresh. It’s quite expensive, but worth every bite!

Two-pieces of chicken - $6.35 (6.5/7)
This is the best fried chicken that you can get in Greater Vancouver. The skin is perfectly crisp and delicious, with the perfect crunchy and the perfect thickness. The chicken is nice and juicy even though the skin is so crispy! We usually end up getting a free piece of chicken which make’s it worth it.

Anyway, stop by LA Chicken for some serious eats! It’s a lot better than KFC, and perhaps a level above Church’s.

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Fair Bee Coffee & Tea5300 No. 3 Road, #222, Richmond
Fair Bee
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:46pm [Take-out]

Fair Bee is a small bubble tea shop located in Lansdowne Mall near the food court. It’s quite the hidden gem as not many people realize there’s such a store hidden in the corner of this mall but once you try it, you’ll be hooked! Fair Bee has a wide array of bubble tea add on selections such as mango stars, strawberry pearls, and even miniature sized pearls! The mini pearls are extremely popular and they’re our favorite as well.

Real Fruit Strawberry and Mango Smoothie - $4.50 (6/7)
The open kitchen is easily viewable from the waiting area and we could see her scoop in the mango chunks and strawberries. The smoothie was very refreshing and not overly sweet like how some places make their drinks. The mini pearls were perfect and honestly far superior to the regular ones. Another favorite is the matcha green tea slush!

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Imperial Court Restaurant6360 No. 3 Road, Unit 6, Richmond
Imperial Court
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

Centered in the hustle and bustle of Richmond, Imperial Court Restaurant is located in the ideal Brighouse area, seconds away from Richmond Centre mall. The dreary cold weather brought us to this seafood restaurant as we wanted a hot Chinese dinner for a birthday celebration. We want to apologize in advance, as we only got to snap a few photos but we will try and recall as many dishes as possible.

Deep-Fried Seafood Shrimp Ball with Crab Claw (6/7)
This was delicious. It came with a sweet and sour sauce that perfectly complemented the deep fried goodness of the dish. To sum it up, it’s a crab claw enclosed with a seafood mix (probably flour, fish, shrimp, prawns, etc), rolled up in bread crumbs, and then deep fried to perfection! This is a classic Chinese dish served at many restaurants and this was definitely a lot better than most of the cheaper restaurants that we’ve tried in Richmond! (for example, HML…)

Lobster with Chinese “Yee-Meen” Noodles (5.75/7)
To be honest, most Chinese-style lobsters taste the same to us. Again, this is a classic dish at Chinese seafood restaurants and we thought the lobster was cooked quite well. The noodles were our favorite part of the dish! We honestly can’t describe the flavour of this dish, but it had a creamy texture and while it was quite savoury, we managed to devour a huge bowl of the noodles!

Chinese Fried Fish with Meat/Seafood Sauce (5.75/7)
This dish is basically delicious egg stir fried rice with the same sauce as the lobster but instead of lobster, there was asparagus, pork, chicken, shrimp, and some vegetables! We really enjoyed this dish but we have had better elsewhere! However, we have to consider the fact that this is a more affordable Chinese restaurant.

Peking Duck (6/7)

The Peking duck was very professionally sliced as we could not taste much duck fat or meat when chowing down. The pancakes were made quite well but we would have appreciated some cucumber to go with the dish!

Duck & Beef stirfry (5.5/7)

This simple meat dish came with matchstick carrots and celery. It was quite decent.

Appetizer Platter – Chinese Deli Cuts, Cold Jellyfish, Assorted Meats (5.5/7)

This was normal! You can’t really screw this up.

Desserts:

Red Bean Soup (5.5/7)
This is almost always the “dessert” soup that is served at the end of a Chinese feast. It wasn’t too sweet and there were tons of beans!

Lychee Jelly (5.5/7)
There was a fair amount of real lychee in the jelly and everybody enjoyed how light and refreshing it was.

Birthday Lotus Bean Paste Buns (5.5/7)
These peach shaped steamed buns are traditional sweets served for dessert on birthdays. Personally, we didn’t think there was enough bean paste in each bun and the bun itself could have been softer.

Anyway, we think Imperial Court is a great place to go when you don’t want to drive out too far. The location is really perfect if you’re shopping at one of the close by malls and it’s easy to get to by public transportation. It is definitely cheaper than the finer Chinese restaurants (such as, Kirin, Neptune, Jade) but more expensive than restaurants such as Bamboo Grove and HML. This place has good cheap dim sum as well! By the way, there are many English speaking staff at this restaurant. We saw people of all ethnicities eating there tonight. :)

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Always good Shanghai food and dim sum!
By LY of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

Been here a bunch of times and the food is always good. Brought many friends here and they seem to agree too! The service is generally good but busy time of the day can be hectic. Solid restaurant to have authentic Shanghai style food. If you go, definitely order their Xiao Long Bao (steamed buns)!

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Tri-ty Cafe8100 Ackroyd Rd, #130, Richmond
Tri-Ty
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Tri-Ty is a Taiwanese bubble tea restaurant on Ackroyd Road near the central Richmond liquor store. Their bubble teas and desserts are fairly good but today we opted for lunch only since we were on our lunch breaks. The menu is the same all day and most drinks range from $4.00-$5.00 while the majority of the meals are $8.50. The restaurant itself is designed quite nicely for an inexpensive bubble tea joint but we found the temperature a bit chilly.

Honey Crispy Chicken Nugget on Rice 蜜汁脆皮雞飯 - $8.50 (6/7)
This dish is actually Taiwanese style deep fried chicken nuggets with a sweet honey glaze. Tri-Ty is the only place that makes this dish (we have yet to come across any other restaurants with it) so we always end up ordering this whenever we eat here! The sweet sauce perfectly complements the crispy outer shell and as you bite into the meat, you can really start to appreciate the well thought combination of texture and taste. The meal comes with a bowl of rice, three appetizers (mildly spicy fried tofu, green beans, Chinese tomato & egg), and a mango pudding! The appetizers were delicious while the mango pudding was a bit disappointing. (However, it had a dolphin shape!)

Spareribs Noodle Soup 排骨酥 - $8.50 (4.5/7)
This was an average noodle soup. There’s nothing much to say about it! The picture is of the dish without any bean sprouts (which were removed by request). The noodles are fairly tasty but the broth wasn’t flavorful enough. The meat was just okay while the other various veggies tasted bland.

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