March 07, 2007 | | Comments 13

Lai Leung Kee Delicatessen in Empire Centre

I bet this posting will put some people off. :-) But who cares .. what I am blogging here is a delicacy to people in China. I am adventurous when it comes to food. I’ll try anything … well, almost anything.

We chanced upon this place in the Empire Centre, the strip mall along No 3 Rd where Hon’s is.

Empire Centre

Parking is always a challenge at this strip mall. Many people comes here to either go for their meals at Hon’s or do their chinese grocery shopping at the Empire Supermarket.

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Lai Leung Kee Delicatessen is located in food court in the mall across from Hon’s. It is a very little known food court. This shop sells really exotic chinese food and for a very low price.

Lai Leung Kee Delicatessen in Empire Centre

I tried what they called the Stewed Beef Organ Meat which is served with a bowl of rice. The meat is boiled in a claypot.

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So, what do we have there? Oh, I don’t really recall. Well, I know there is some pieces of LUNGS! That was the worse tasting piece of meat I have ever tasted … the texture is horrible. However, the other organs was not too bad. Well, I just did not bother to know what the organs were. It is better that way, don’t you think? The soup was hot and flavourful.

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The claypot also had mung bean noodles (vermicelli) and lettuce.

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All this is just for $6.00. I think it’s really cheap. It is really good but I advise that you ask them not to put in the lungs (yucks, again).

We also tried the Tai Sze Snake Soup. It is really made of snake, believe it or not. The pictures I took of this soup did not come out good. A small serving cost $3.50.

If you’re looking for some exotic chinese food, check it out.

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  1. Mama BoK says:

    Wow..!! that’s exotic.. ;) i would love to try them.. and like you said.. ain’t expensive.. ;)
    Wished PB was adventurous with food. Food is just food to him.. nothing more.. ! sad eh..??

  2. Birdie says:

    Yum! Is that the lining of cow’s stomach? It’s sooo good with Pho. :D

  3. Birdie says:

    Is the white spongy looking stuff the lining of cow’s stomach? It’s so yummy with Pho. :)

  4. Sally says:

    I agree the lung is N-A-S-T-Y!!

  5. iportionn says:

    it doesn’t seem odd to me at all. They eat Organ Meat down south and in scotland. I just got a new or rather old french cook book and they cook brains.
    I wouldn’t want to eat brains due to the health issues involved in them.

  6. Haha, I like your way of thinking: “Don’t ask (what the organs are), don’t tell!”

  7. wowme says:

    Interesting! I went to that foodcourt for quite a few times but never tried this shop. Must try it one day. Believe it or not, lung is my favorite item in a beef organ pot. If they don’t put lung, I would complain. Just a matter of personal preference, right?

  8. Ben says:

    Hi Birdie: Yup, there were cow stomach lining. I like that too. They are … chewy and crunchy at the same time … know what I mean?

    Hi Sally: You know what is nastier than cow lungs? Tongue! Major yucks! I cant bear to look at it at the chinese butcher, let alone eat it. Guess it is a delicacy to many people.

    Hi Wowme: I know. I just have not acquire that taste for lungs yet. :-)

  9. Pat Wong says:

    Hey Ben & Suanne
    Congrats on your 100k.
    This internal organs thing is not confined to the Chinese.I know Italians and the Irish eat tripe.I believe only the WASPS stay away fron organ meats.I was told that 30-40 years ago many Canadians don’t even eat chicken wings!
    I was also told by my friend from Newfoundland that many years ago when he was a kid,lobsters were considered inferior food as they were bottom feeders.If they have lobsters for dinner they will bury the shells to hide the fact from their neighbours.I think we have come a long way!
    BTW I love cow lungs and tripe

  10. Chubbypanda says:

    I love organ soups.

    Beef lungs can be pretty yucky. You can’t get them in the States. The United States Department of Agriculture has prohibited their sale as human food, stating that beef lungs are unfit for human consumption.

  11. franzannek says:

    Thanks for posting this food stall. I went there a couple of times and I really enjoy the mixed organ hotpot you recommended. The soup has the taste of Chinese herb. I think it’s good for you. Next time I’ll try their hainan chicken. I saw someone ordering it and it looks really good too.

  12. [...] in there. We were there three years ago when we tried the Snake Soup and Stewed Beef organ Noodles (see blog here). Since then we had never stepped into that food [...]

  13. dave says:

    went there today on a recommendation to try this place since i was gonna be in the neighborhood. i stepped up to the stall and looked over the menu to see what they had. the mall was dead as it was mid week a few days before xmas. anyway, as i was looking over the menu, the woman behind the counter starts barking what i should have to eat. i have never seen such aggressive behaviour at a food stall, i would understand if there was a huge que and i was holding up the line but there was nobody around. didn’t stick around to see if the food was any good. not impressed

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