I had to go to Costco in Richmond to get some groceries on a weekday. Lorna came along with me as we wanted to go out for lunch after groceries shopping.
Initially, we intended to go to a Chinese restaurant on Bridgeport Road but I missed the turn in and as I tried to find a way to turn back, I got further and further until No. 5 Road. So, we changed our plan and stopped at the strip mall on No. 5 and Cambie. Moreover, I needed to get some minced ginger from Fruitcana. This is how we ended having lunch at Little Ongpin Restaurant.
The customers here are mostly Filipinos. This is an indication that the food is authentic.
We ordered two dishes to share. The first was Squash, string beans and shrimp in coconut milk. This is not a curry dish but it’s cooked in coconut milk. The string beans are crunchy while the squash is creamy. Good contrasting texture.
The dishes do not come with rice. So, we ordered two servings of rice. The rice came in a plate instead of a bowl.
We asked for recommendation from the server and she recommended Mixed Seafood in coconut soup. The artificial crab claw was cute. We ended with two dishes with coconut milk and it was just too “lao” (not sure what is the appropriate English term to describe it).