Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rickshaw - average Chinese food in Whalley



10522 King George Hwy, Surrey (Map)

Rickshaw on Urbanspoon

Food: 2.5
Service: 3

Price: Fair

Parents are not very adventurous when it comes to dining out, at least not mine. They often choose Chinese restaurants, despite the fact that we eat home cooked Chinese food almost every day. This is totally different from my mind set, as I usually pick restaurant base on food that I can't get at home. Another funny thing is that they would compare the food to their cooking and say comments such as "I could do a better job at making this...". :D

So for one of these days that no one wanted to cook, we decided to find a local Chinese restaurant. To be honest, it's hard to find one around Guilford area, so we decided to venture further away into Whalley. Rickshaw has been there for a long time, and it's the only one with huge billboard type design that is shaped like a rickshaw which actually lights up at night.
Their regular menu had the typical 'Chinese dishes', so instead we chose a set meal for 4 ($68) which sounded a lot more enticing. The first dish that came was the crab meat with fish maw soup. The flavor was okay, but was light on salt. The fish maw (stomach) was quite chewy, and they did you real crab meat instead of the imitation type.
The spicy prawns had bold spicy flavor which actually was good. However the they were over fried, thus quite dry.
The 3 kinds of seafood with green was rather bland, but at least they gave us tons of seafood. The squid was over done, thus had a rubbery texture which I don't like.
Out of all the dishes, this would have to be my favorite. The Hometown sauteed chicken was flavorful and saucy. The chicken was good, as the meat tasted like it came from free range chicken. The meat was tender and delicious.Personally, I think this meal had too much seafood, because once again this was a Seafood fried rice. The fried rice was again on the bland side and it was a bit dry for my litting.Lastly, this would be match jello. I am person who doesn't really like jello. As for the taste, it was alright, a bit artificial if you ask me, but the sweetness level was just right.

Overall, none of us was that impressed with the meal, as I heard a lot of "I could have done this better." (lol). Service was good, they were quite attentive, but then again there were only a total of 2 tables (including ours) in a restaurant with at least 20 tables. Needless to say, the chance of me coming back is not very high.


KimHo September 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I could have done this better

Would you *really* do it at home? ;) Just kidding.

I was thinking, since you were not that far from the Patullo Bridge, you might have as well drive all the way to Starlight for Kirin. But, then again, $$$...

Anonymous September 26, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Interesting, thought that Rickshaw only serves Chowmien and the like. The dinner for 4 were all real Chinese dishes. Too bad their cooking weren't better.

Jenny September 28, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Kim: well... it's mostly my parents saying that, and I do believe they can cook better at home :). Yeah, Kirin would definitely be better, but traffic on Patullo can be hectic at times.

Anon: haha I thought the same thing until I saw the special pink menu

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