Chen’s Shanghai Restaurant in Richmond

We will always remember the Chen’s Shanghai restaurant when we first visited this small restaurant at the No 3 Road, oh, 7 years ago. At that time, they had the cheapest and most authentic Shanghainese food we know of — and most importantly, they had the hugest of portions. We know the faces of the people who worked there and they know us as we frequented the small restaurant quite often. After a couple of years, they just disappeared without an announcement.

We went to the Great One Supermarket for some Asian grocery shopping a few weeks ago. It is located at the small strip mall along Park Road in Richmond, which is just around the corner from where the old Chen’s was. To our surprise we see the familiar name and wondered if they are the same people making a comeback. We peeked in and indeed they were … the same lady who waited on us so many years back was there. And she recognized us too … wow!!

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Well, the new Chen’s is not longer the small restaurant we know. It had sort of grown up. Gone were the tacky furnitures and decorations. The place were more spacious and now the furnitures were a bit more upscale — not upscale upscale … just more upscale.

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Someone got to tell me about this thing we almost always come across in Shanghainese restaurants. What is this thingy about the vinegar dipping sauce that has a few julienne of ginger? They don’t taste any good to me. I am just guessing … that they are for xiao lung baos … that right?

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We wanted to order the crispy skin chicken dish — the boys love chicken done that way and especially prawn crackers that came with it. However, we were recommended the Smoked Chicken with Chinese Tea. OK, we agreed to try this out. It actually tasted just like crispy skin chicken. This is also crispy on the outside but the meat is more flavourful.

We expected better but I think the chicken was not thawed properly because the meat was not uniformly cooked. The insides is somewhat raw’er. Price? Half chicken costs $10.50 and a whole chicken costs $19. Price-wise, not too bad, right?

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Minnie’s Salad

Minnie made a very simple salad with cabbages, fruits and nuts to serve as a side dish along with her sushi. I’m not a big fan of salad but I like Minnie’s salad. It’s colourful, sweet, tangy and crunchy.

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Ingredients

  • 1 red apple
  • 2 kiwi fruit
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 bag of ready cut cabbages
  • dried cranberries
  • raisins
  • mixture of walnuts and pine nuts
  • 3/4 bottle Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon

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Korean Sushi

Upon request from some of the members of the Caring Place community kitchen, Minnie agreed to show us how to make Korean Sushi, also known as Kimbab. Minnie made two types of sushi, one with seaweed on the outside like Maki Roll in Japanese sushi and another with the rice on the outside like the California Roll.

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The difference between Korean Sushi and Japanese Sushi is how the rice is flavoured. The rice for Korean Sushi is flavoured by sesame oil, sugar and salt while the Japanese one is flavoured by vinegar and sugar.

Ingredients

  • Cooked rice, seasoned with salt, sugar and sesame oil
  • Seaweed
  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Crab meat
  • Picked radish
  • Spinach, blanched and seasoned with salt
  • Flying fish roe
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Toasted sesame seed
  • Avocado
  • Japanese mayonnaise

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Go Cha Dried Thin Noodle

I picked up this pack of Go Cha Dried Thin Noodle from Smart and Save in Lansdowne Mall. The noodle, Min Sin (in Cantonese) reminds me of my childhood days. Whenever I’m sick, my late grandma or my late mom will make me “Min Sin”. It is a very soft noodle and I believe its gentle to your digestive system. That’s why it’s given to sick people.

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I cant recall exactly how much this pack of noodle cost but its around $3. This pack of noodle is enough to serve my family of four.

Inside the package, you’ll find a pack of dried thin noodle, a pack of tapioca starch, a spice pack and a hot chili pack.

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Strawberry Juice with Bee Pollen

Polly shared with me a summer drink of her kids’ favourite. It’s strawberry juice sweetened with honey. It is a very refreshing drink for a hot day.

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Polly also added some Bee Pollen into the juice. Her kids would not take the Bee Pollen by itself. By adding the Bee Pollen into the juice, the kids can enjoy the benefit of Bee Pollen with their favourite drink.

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Bee Pollen is the pollen brushed from honeybee’s back leg. Plant pollen contains the male reproductive material of higher plants. It’s a source of protein which is fed to developing larvae by the bees.

Bee Pollen is a nutritional powerhouse!. It contains nearly all the nutrients required by the human body; including enzymes and all the necessary amino acids. It is especially rich in vitamin B5, B3 and B2. It also contains B-complex, vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese and most importantly, photo-chemicals.

Bee Pollen is a detoxifier and it alleviates hay fever allergies, fatigue, high cholesterol, infertility, impotence, and varicose veins. Its healing properties promote recovery from sickness/surgery. Consuming enzyme-rich foods assist the body in preventing disease such as cancer and auto-immune disorders such as arthritis.

Caution: people who are allergic to pollen should NOT take Bee Pollen.

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Blue Parrot Coffee in Graville Public Market

It’s cake meet time again. Polly and I ran out of idea of where to meet. It’s hard to find a dessert or cake place which opens in the morning. Do you know any? We would surely appreciate some recommendations.

So, we decided to revisit Granville Island again. We visited Granville Island in early March when Polly and I had our cake meet at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. This time we went to the Blue Parrot Coffee inside the Granville Public Market. This stall is located at the end of the Public Market which overlooked the Burrard Bridge and the Vancouver skyline.

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The Blue Parrot Coffee sells organic and specialty coffee and tea. They also serve gourmet sandwiches and pastry.

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Polly ordered a Tuna Sandwiches as she did not have her breakfast yet. She was too busy preparing her kids and husband’s lunches and getting them ready for school that she had no time for herself. That’s sounds like a typical mom’s morning.

The Tuna Sandwich was big and garnished with lettuce, pickled cucumber, sliced red onions and lots of tuna.

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Seaweed Egg Swirl Soup

Julie also served a Seaweed Egg Swirl Soup together with the dumplings. This soup is very easy and quick to prepare.

Studies on seaweed has indicated that it has curative properties for tuberculosis, arthritis, colds and influenza, worm infestations and even tumors.

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Ingredients

  • Dried seaweed
  • Green onions, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • Chicken Powder
  • Sesame oil

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