Friday, May 7, 2010

Shanghai River - another good place for XLB


Shanghai River

7831 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

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Food: 4
Service: 3

Price: Fair

There are tons of Chinese restaurant in Richmond, I think you can probably eat at a different one for a couple month without ever having to repeat any of them. So in order to survive in such an environment, the restaurant has to stand out in one way or another.

This particular meal at Shanghai River was pre-ordered, so I have no idea on the price of each items. However R has been here before, and he said the prices are slightly higher, but it's fair given the decor and the execution of the dishes.

We started with a cold plate appetizer combo. My favorite has to be the wine chicken in the middle. It was juicy and moist with a distinctive wine taste. The rest of the appetizers was average.
Next up is a dim sum dish, flaky pastry filled with daikon. This was the most disappointing dish of the day. It lacked in flavor and salt. It was rather bland and dry. I would definitely skip this the next time I go.
We were also served Salted pork soup. R really loved it, he thought the pork added a good meaty flavor to the soup. I on the other hand thought it was just okay, nothing really stood out.
When you are at a Shanghai restaurant, one must try their Xiao Long Bao ($6.80). Actually I have tried their XLB before, it was just as good as I remembered. The skin was thin, the stuffing was generous and the soup was very flavorful. I think this will give Top Shanghai Restaurant a run for their money. We also had a order of pan fried dumpling. This was also very good. The skin was thick, so it seemed like it's home made. The stuffing of pork and chive was very flavorful.
This was definitely one of my favorite dish, stir fried rice cake with crab. To be honest, I think crabs are a hassle to eat, but I can't deny it's good. The sauce was the highlight, it was a mixture soy and oyster sauce with a hint of sweetness. The rice cakes were perfect, it was soft but infused with flavor.
The stir fried pawns were certainly big. The taste is a combination of ketchup and soy. Although the dish was good, but I find it a bit oily.
The vinegar and wine fish slice dish was really good. Although the fish is deep fried, it just for show. The fish slices were soft and flavorful. The wine taste was minimal, but there is a distinctive vinegar taste. Even though I dislike vinegar, but I really liked this dish. Also due to the use of wine, the fish had no fishy taste at all.
Lastly, we had to have some vegetables to end the meal. These green bean seems to be water blanched, because there isn't too much blister on the skin (I could be wrong). Usually this dish is not that spicy, but here at Shanghai River, it was quite spicy.

I have been to both Shanghai Wonderful and Top Shanghai Restaurant in the area, so the question is which one would I go to. I think all 3 have it's benefit, because at Top Shanghai Restaurant, you get equally good food with a slight cheaper price (but service is worse, which I am use to). However if you need a nicer restaurant to entertainment family/guest, I would recommend Shanghai River as it looks quite nice inside (and they have party dining room). Shanghai wonderful would be perfect for for dining out with friends, as they have innovative dishes that other restaurant don't have.


TS of eatingclub vancouver May 7, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Ah, nice summary of the 3 restaurants. I'll definitely keep that in mind.

Jenny May 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

thanks, I can't wait to try the new Shanghai restaurant on Saturday, I guess I will see you there :)

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