Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen in Richmond has been around for a long time. They used to be in a tiny shop across from Richmond Centre. Now they are located at 8095 Park Road. It is next to Tai Hing Congee House. There are plenty of free parking but it can be competitive. I’m glad to see this place finally got a fresh coat of paint.
We were invited by ChineseBites along with few fellow bloggers for menu tasting at Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen 白玉蘭餐館.
Deluxe Appetizer Platter 繽紛大拼盤: We started the evening with my favorite cold appetizer dishes commonly found at Chinese wedding banquets and large family gatherings.
- Jelly Pork 鎮江肴肉
- Smoked Pomfret in Sweet Brown Sauce 上海燻魚
- Mixed Malantou with Sliced Dried Bean Curd 馬蘭頭拌香干
- Jellyfish with Green Onion Oil 蔥油海蜇
- Shanghai Style Marinated Bran Dough 四鮮烤夫
Next we ordered a few deep fried dim sum dishes. I particularly liked the radish pastry 蘿蔔絲酥餅. It was flaky and had a lot of shredded radish filling.
- Shanghai Style Spring Rolls 上海春卷
- Radish Pastry 蘿蔔絲酥餅
- Baked Pastry with Beef 牛肉燒餅
Pan Fried Pork Dumplings 鍋貼 was juicy and was nicely pan fried. I do wish the skin was thinner. But the insides were juicy.
Sticky Rice Roll with Pork Floss 肉鬆榨菜粢飯 is a really filling and typically enjoyed with Salted Soy Milk.
Xiao Long Bao 小籠包: I liked the thin skin and very juicy center. There is a lot of soup inside each dumpling.
House Special Wonton and Chicken Hotpot 砂鍋雲吞雞: A creamy white broth the is light but flavorful. Typically we would share this whenever we had 4 or more people.
Pork Spareribs with Brown Vinegar Sauce 鎮江香骨: The meaty ribs packed a very rich sweet and sour profile. I enjoy them in small doses and is not something I would typically order on my own. So it was great to just have a few pieces every now and then.
Crab with Edamame and Rice Cake in House Special Sauce 毛豆年糕蟹: Your typically green onion stir fry crab loaded with edamame. I wish there was more rice cakes on the bottom!
House Special Spicy Lobster 祕制香辣龍蝦: This was the highlight of the evening and one of my favorite dishes. I loved the fragrant and boldness of Sichuan peppercorn aka Chinese coriander. There is a slight numbing effect but was not overdone. Lotus slices and Chinese mushrooms was also a nice addition. I think I can eat this whole dish myself!
Beijing Style Pork Slices with Wraps 京醬肉絲: Stir fry pork tenderloin was soft and had a good sweet bean sauce/soya paste ration. Add everything together to the wrap. No Hoisin sauce was really needed.
Tea Smoked Chicken 茶葉熏雞: Typically you would order tea smoked duck. Tea smoked chicken was a nice contrast as the meat was less fatty and healthier option. The chicken itself was tender, juicy and tasty without being too salty.
Deep Fried Breaded Fish with Grounded Seaweed 苔菜麵拖魚: This was my least favorite dish of the evening. There was too much batter and the fish was soggy from being deep fried. The seaweed umami was lost being grounded. I think it would have been much tastier if it seaweed simply wrapped the fish and subsequently deep fried.
House Special Spicy Beef 祕制香辣牛肉
Tiger Prawns and Eggplant in Hot Garlic Sauce Hot Pot 漁香茄子老虎蝦煲
House Special Crispy Noodle 上海招牌兩面黃: Always ask for extra sauce. Everything was well done however the noodles too dry and crispy without the softening of the sauce.
Egg White Puff Stuffed with Red Bean Paste 高麗豆沙包: Typically restaurants requires this to be pre-ordered. So call ahead to ensure they have this ready for your arrival. The egg whites are tender and filled with red bean paste. Served warm.
Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen is a good option if you are looking for a casual Chinese dinner in Richmond. There are menu options for small or larger crowds.
Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen
Mon 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Tue 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Wed 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
8095 Park Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y 2Y8