We’re back from vacation and I must add, dead tired. So, it’s back to normal programming. I have about a week of dine out blog entries to go and right after that I will be sharing with you all the vacation Suanne and I had the past two weeks.
You might find this hard to believe but we had never been to a purely Szechuan restaurant before. It is because we were unfamiliar with the food and also feared that ordering would be a problem as most of these authentic Chinese restaurants does not have (proper) menus in English.
Anyway, we decided to just go in an try the Golden Szechuan Restaurant which is located along No 3 Road in Richmond. It is about across the road from the Yaohan Mall. You will never miss it because this is perhaps the restaurant with the most imposing facade along the busy No 3 Road.
The restaurant is kind of upscale. Well, not upscale, upscale but at least they have white table cloth and sturdier looking chairs. We kind of always judge how much we would likely pay based on whether they use table cloth or not.
Szechuan food is reputed as being hot and spicy and it’s just not spicy but the numbing type of spiciness.
We ordered three items in all between the four of us. The first one was the Hot Pot Chicken. We thought we order that because it’s on their highly recommended list even though it was $29.95.
It was downright spicy and was quite good. However, I must say that it really does not do justice to price we paid for this. To us, it is just chicken and on top of it, it is really boney and has little meat. I think perhaps that it is expensive is that the chicken used is what they called free-range chicken.
The other dish we had was the Boiled Beef with Chili. To us, this one looks a lot like the Hot Pot Chicken except that it is not served in a hot pot and that this is beef instead of chicken. This dish costs $13.
One thing you need to know is that Szechuan cooking is not healthy. They use a lot of cooking oil, and I mean a heck lot. Me thinks that we’re supposed to just drink it like we do soup or pour it on rice like we do gravy. This will put a lot of people off. However, I enjoy this a lot. It’s OK having this once in a while, I guess.
My favourite is the what they called the Pepper Tofu (also $13). Like the other dishes this is ultra spicy. I think people have this generally as a snack or appetizer. It is crunchy, spicy, and a tad salty. Nice.
Rice is pretty expensive if you ask me. We ordered a bucket for four people and for that we are charged $6 bucks.
Total bill came up to $65. Expensive, would you say so? Really, I think it is quite reasonable if only we did not order the $30 Hot Pot Chicken. As we left, we noticed that there were quite a lot of unique dishes the other tables had. One of them had something like raw pork strips which they serve hanging on a bamboo contraption … not sure what that was but it sure was interesting. We’ll come back again someday to try that.