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The name only is a mouthful Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine Richmond 源. This Shanghai restaurant is located beside Deluxe Chinese Restaurant 凯悦酒家 next to Aberdeen Mall. We were told how delicious their pan fried soup dumplings were and decided we must go check it out.
The restaurant itself is bright and open with some resemblance to Old Shanghai (except the blue velvet chairs).Big open display windows so we can all watch the chefs in action.
Service is mediocre and could be friendlier. Sometimes, the servers won’t bother explaining a dish if you had a question and just walks away.
Steamed Soup Dumplings: Pretty standard Xiao Long Bao with a juicy but very forgettable soup base. The meat was borderline mushy.
Pan Fried Soup Dumplings: Again nothing special to rave about. The skin was thinner than some other restaurants but the center filling again was pretty standard if not bland. At this point we were pretty puzzled why we were told such amazing things about their Steamed/Pan Fried Soup Dumplings.
Spicy Mouth Watering Chicken: The name of the dish is a bit misleading. Normally this is one of my favorite dishes to order at a Shanghai restaurant. The begin, the chicken was very boney. Little meat was there. There were lots of broken bones so be very careful. The sauce was overwhemingly spicy with little balance between sweetness and spices.
Shanghai Wonton: Wonton chicken soup enough to share
Hot and Sour Soup: Overall the flavors of this soup was not bad however they’ve put in way too much corn starch. The soup itself was thick and gloopy and not very enjoyable.
Beef Wrap: Again, another disappointing execution of a fairly basic dish. The beef wrap was dry. The filling majority was sliced cucumber with very little beef. The beef that was there was quite dry and flavorless.
Overall, we were quite disappointed with our experience here at Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine and will not return. For the price point I would have expected more than mediocre. There are far better restaurants in Richmond than to visit Yuan’s.
Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine 源
Cuisine: Chinese, Shanghai
Mon 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Tue 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Wed 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Thu 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 am
180-4260 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2C2
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One of my favorite vegetables is Okra. I love the texture, the nutritional benefits and also how easy it is to prepare. I recently had this dish at a Chinese restaurant over dim sum and absolutely feel in love with it. Stir Fry Okra Black Fungus Recipe 秋葵炒雲耳 is super easy to make and can be done in 10 mins with maybe 15 min prep time.
Health Benefits Of Okra
Okra has a lot of nutritional benefits and it is great for diabetes. It has the ability to lower total cholesterol levels, blood pressure and also improve digestive health. Okra contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content.
Health Benefits Of Black Tremella Fungus 雲耳
Another favorite Chinese herbal ingredient of mine is the black tremella fungus 雲耳 (sometimes also referred to Jew’s ear or Judas Ear). Black Tremella Fungus improves circulation that inhibits blood blotting, lowers cholesterol, dryness in throat, and it is contains trace mineral germanium which has anti-viral / anti-tumor effects.
Aside from okra, black tremella fungus, I usually like to add onions into my stir fry also. To cook this dish, heat up oil on medium heat and sauté minced garlic and ginger. Once sweated out, add in your okra and stir fry for about 3 to 5 minutes.
Next add in your previously soaked black fungus and toss. Next add in dark and light soy sauce and some cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Toss for another 2 minutes until the sauce thickens or evaporates!
Transfer to a serving plate and serve with your favorite Chinese dishes! Yes it is that easy!
Stir Fry Okra Black Fungus Recipe | 秋葵炒雲耳
- 1/4 cup Black Fungus 雲耳
- 1/4 cup Okra (add more if you prefer)
- 1/4 onion
- 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
- 3 slices of Ginger (julienned)
- 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Corn Starch
- Step 1 Soak the black fungus in cold water until soft.
- Step 2 Mince garlic and julienne the ginger.
- Step 3 Wash and pat dry Okra.
- Step 4 Cut Okra in diagonally in half.
- Step 5 Dice onion
- Step 6 Mix together seasoning (light and dark soy sauce), sugar and corn starch with some water. Set aside.
- Step 7 Heat up pan on medium heat and sauté minced garlic, ginger and onion for 3 to 5 mins.
- Step 8 Add in black fungus and toss.
- Step 9 Add in seasoning and toss for another 2 minutes until the sauce thickens or evaporates!
- Step 10 Transfer to a serving plate and serve with your.
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The restaurant itself was clean and bright. Service is friendly. But be prepared to wait. The dim sum menu has many great selection ranging from congee, dumplings, deep fried to sweet treats. I even quite like their dinner menu and set dinners. That will be for another post!
Fish slice congee with vegetables.
Shrimp dumplings. Plenty of big bouncy shrimp albeit the skin is a little thick.
Marinated duck feet with taro
Chiu Chow pork and peanut dumplings
Fish paste rice cannelloni
Deep Fried Salt and Pepper tofu
Satay beef tripe
Steamed Beef Balls
Goji Berry Osmanthus Pudding
Eastern Pearl Seafood Restaurant
Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood, Dim Sum
Friday 9:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Saturday 9:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Sunday 9:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Monday 9:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Tuesday 9:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Wednesday 9:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Thursday 9:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
6102-2850 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6K5
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Reminiscent of our time Taiwan, this café offers a lot of fresh pastries, bread and loaves like matcha, sesame, red bean, taro, pineapple, green onion buns. These sell out quickly, so it is best to come early or call to reserve. 3 Quarter Full’s signature menu items includes the gua bao, Taiwanese basil popcorn chicken, and vegan fried tofu. The baos are $6.25-6.95 each but together with a soup or drink is only 9.50.
Their drinks menu includes espresso beverages (using 49th Parallel coffee beans), tea, shaker tea, milk tea and slushes. I LOVE their Taipei Fog – oolong tea based instead of the traditional Earl Grey.
Gua Bao 6.25: a moist steamed bun with braised pork belly, crushed peanuts, cilantro and preserved vegetables.
Crispy Pork Floss Sandwich 6.50: layers of crispy pork floss and cucumber, mayo and soft poached egg yolk to complete the flavors. This was my favorite breakfast sandwich in Taipei!
Taiwanese Fried Tofu: crispy tofu with pickled cabbages. Great bite sized savory treat that wasn’t too salty!
Taiwanese Basil Popcorn Chicken: I loved how these were not greasy and had a good blend of spices which makes this the perfect snack!
By this point my camera has run out of battery but you should take note of their light, airy and fluffy NaiDong (Taiwanese cake roll) 奶凍捲.
I’m excited for this new Taiwanese café. Needless to say we will be back.
3 Quarters Full
Cuisine: Taiwanese Cafe, Coffee Shop, Bakery
1P5, 1789 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6G
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