I remember this restaurant very well. But then the last time we were here, it was so long ago. It must have been something like 5 years since we were here — most definitely before we started blogging. The reason I remembered this place was that it used to win Best Chinese Restaurant awards from either the Richmond News or Richmond Review.
So, last weekend, I wanted to spend the entire weekend working on chowtimes … you know tweaking the template, planning for the “free advertising” idea, and such. What that means is that I meant to spend the weekend right in front of the computer. So, we went to the one restaurant that is nearest our home.
The New Hong Kong Restaurant is located in the strip mall on Garden City and Blundell. Forget about the address. You’ll see why below.
I can’t remember this place being like this. The entire place looked old. The melamine bowls look faded. And newspapers were somewhat strewn in the front entrance. Not that I really mind but sometimes it does show how little they care about making a good showing. I mean, how much effort does it take to make sure that the papers are arranged neatly.
We ordered the 3-person dinner special which costs $32.95 on the menu. For that we get soup, rice and fortune cookies and a choice of three dishes from a selection of 30 items.
The soup sure had lots of veggies in it. Suanne said that it is called “sai yeong choy” in Cantonese. Also, there are some pieces of pork and honey dates too. But the colour looked way too dark, too green if you ask me. Maybe it is supposed to be like that. It was not bad. It was not great.
The Pan Fried Gai Lan with Garlic Sauce was pretty good. It was a big serving. Suanne and I liked the crunch of the stem. Arkensen refused to try but we eventually got him to take a small bite … he said it was bitter. It is not bitter bitter but we know what he meant.
The Chicken with Ginger and Green Onion Hot Pot was served very hot, like the way it should be. It was saucy and perfect with rice. Nanzaro repeatedly dug right into the bottom of the pot for the sauce for his rice. The chicken was boney … not much meat but otherwise quite OK.
What really broke this meal is the one above. It is the Steamed Cod Fillet and Tofu in Black Bean sauce. It was not a problem having told that we need to wait 15 minutes for this. But this one not only does not look right but it does taste quite offensive. The fish meat was greyish in colour, even in the inside. The fishy smell was “whew” although it was masked by the black bean. I really think that the fish is not only not fresh, it perhaps was bordering on being rotten. All of us took a bite and refused to touch it any further. Our boys love fish but if they don’t touch it, they don’t like it. Even the color of the sauce, look at it, greenish brown. I was somewhat angry about this to tell the truth. I don’t know how on earth this could have happened in the kitchen.
We did not wait for the water melon and decided to get back home pronto to continue to work on the blog. Gosh, this blog is like a full time job now!