Lin Chinese Cuisine Vancouver‎ | Shanghainese XLB 林餐館

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House 林餐館 is a popular Shanghai restaurant in Vancouver for XLBs. Typically weekends lunch and after church crowds are most fierce; all ordering juicy xiao long bao soup dumplings. Lin’s Vancouver as we typically refer to it is located on 1537 W Broadway and Granville Street.

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We were invited by ChineseBites along with few fellow bloggers for menu tasting at Lin’s.

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Starting off the evening we samples a few cold appetizers you typically would find in a Shanghainese restaurant.

Marinated gluten curds 美味烤麩: Nice chewy texture. Unfortunately, this was too sweet. Typically it should be a nice savory flavor mixed with a hint of sweetness.

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Smoked fish 美味熏魚: smoked fish is one of my favorite appetizers. I liked the smokiness, the marinade of dark soy, shaoxing wine, sugar , five spices. Lin’s smoked fish was sugary and lacked depth. It reminded me a lot of candied salmon.

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Shanghai vegetables with pressed tofu 馬蘭頭: A nice neutral flavored vegetable dish with subtle flavors. Diced dense tofu adds a good bite. A welcoming fish compared to the sugar heavy cold appies.

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Chef’s special supreme hotpot soup 全家福: Moving onto the main course is a nice hot pot of home comfort dish. This was perfect for cold winter nights. I liked the clean flavors of Napa cabbages, mung bean, vermicelli, dumplings, tofu and meatballs.

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Xiao long bao 小籠湯包: Lin’s is know for their XLB. They are made to order with a nice juicy filling. The meat is a gritty and not very smooth. I prefer Shanghai Morning or Nu Chinese Bistro.

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Green onion halibut 蔥烤銀鱈魚: To continue the theme of tonight was sweetness. This halibut was soft and flaky. The caramelized green onions was quite overcooked. I think if there had been some fresh greens, it would help cut the sweetness.

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Honey prawns 蜜汁大蝦: This is one of Lin’s Chinese Cuisine’s signature dishes. The giant prawns were firm and bouncy. I liked that it didn’t have a lot mayo typically found in similar honey prawn dishes.

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Braised pork ribs 無錫排骨: Super tender and soft meat with a sugary glaze. Flavors again were too one dimensional.

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Tea-smoked duck 樟茶鴨: The duck was a popular dish and we fought for it. The meat was tender. It had a nice smokiness and saltiness.

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Shanghai spicy tofu hot pot with seafood 上海辣子豆腐煲: Another comfy hotpot dish. Despite the neutral tones that suggests mild flavors, this hot pot has a nice subtle fiery spiciness. Tofu is silky and I liked the added seafood. It is great to eat with rice.

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Shanghai vegetable rice cake 齊菜年糕: thick slices of rice cake that is chewy and soft. Rice cake is a staple Shanghai dish. But it is not my favorite. I find it too filling and I don’t particularly like the texture. The added minced greens is nice and adds a nice crunchy texture.

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Eight treasure sweet sticky rice 八寶飯: A delicious filling sweet glutinous rice dessert complete with red bean paste, white cane sugar, lotus fruit, watermelon seed, dates, walnut, raisins, etc.

Overall Lin Chinese Cuisine had some hits and a lot of misses. Stick to popular items like XLBs, Tea-smoked duck, and pan fried juicy pork buns and you won’t be disappointed.

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Lin Chinese Cuisine 林餐館
URL: http://www.linchinese.ca
Cuisine: Chinese, Shanghainese

Hours:
Saturday 11AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Sunday 11AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Monday 11AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Thursday 11AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Friday 11AM–3PM, 5–10PM

1537 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1W6
(604) 733-9696

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