Thursday, March 24, 2011

Man Ri Sung - Duck Feast


Man Ri Sung

8211 Westminster Hwy, Richmond (Map)

Man Ri Sung on Urbanspoon

Food: 4

Service: 3

Price: Fair

When I first heard that Man Ri Sung was closed, I was disappointed. You see about almost 2 years ago, I discovered this restaurant and that they had really cheap/great lunch combos. Later on, I went on to discover their new duck fest (blogged here), which really made an impression. So when Chowtimes blogged about spotting the new Man Ri Sung restaurant opening up in Richmond, I was certainly happy.Since it seems the duck feast also made a great impression on Ben and Suanne, they have decided to host another Chowtimes reader dinner which I gladly help to organize (because the chef only speaks Mandarin or Korean). The new Man Ri Sung restaurant is located in a square mall across from Richmond Public Market. Given the traffic in that area, I'd say they picked a good spot.
As usual, the side dishes arrived first. These are pretty standard, but they did have my favorite potato dish which I loved.

Originally we ordered 5 duck feast for 20 people, because each one is intended to be share by 4 people. However because of our table arrangements, the chef has suggested that we just get 4 duck feast for the two tables, but substituted the last feast with extra dishes instead. So the first dish he suggested was the seafood pancake ($13.99). It was hot and crispy, just the way I like it.

The 2nd dish that we added was their deep fried chicken with spicy sauce ($14.99). Although it may look like sweet and sour pork, but it tasted so much better. The chicken was coated with a glutinous batter, so when you bite into it, the texture was slightly sticky. I also really liked the spicy sauce.

Finally the 'star' of the night arrive: the charcoal grilled duck. Just like old time, he wheel out the duck and carved it in front of everyone. The duck was just as good as I remember, it was grilled perfect with all the moisture and none of the fat. Once again they don't give you the typical flour type wrap, instead it's the bean curd type.
They also curved off the wings for us to enjoy. These wings were certainly unique, because the whole thing was edible, including the bones (it was that crispy). It was like eating chips. Although it was very interesting to eat, but I wasn't really a fan of it, as it didn't really have any flavor.
The feast also came with a choice of knife cut noodle hot pot or congee with the remaining duck meat. Since we had 2 duck feast per table, thus we ordered one of each. This would be the duck congee made with a mixture of brown rice and sticky rice which resulted in a rather creamy texture. The congee was also very flavorful due to smoked duck meat they used to cook it with.
Although the duck congee was good, but I still preferred the knife cut noodle hot pot.The soup was to die for. After conversing with the chef, we found out that he does not use any form of MSG, just simply the duck meat and spicy/herb. The noodle was good, but it lacked the usual chewiness, I think it's a bit over cooked.

The duck feast also included 1 more dish, a choice between jap chae (stir fry potato noodles), sundae (blood sausage) or steam dumpling. For our 2 duck feasts, we chose the potato noodle and blood sausage. The blood sausage was rather tasteless, so they provided s salt and chili dip. If there was any advice needed, it's right now: don't over dip the sausage, or else it becomes super salty. T.T
The Jap Chae was good, but nothing really special about it either. The portion size was rather small, but I guess this was really meant to be share by 4 people only.

Service here was a bit slow, it seemed they only had one waitress that night, and it was a Friday night too. Also it seems like their heating system was not that efficient, because despite all that food, I was still feeling cold most of the time. Anyways, they do have some kinks to work out, but their food was solid. So what's the total damage after this very filling meal: $18/person including tax and tip. I'd say this was a very worthy meal and I definitely recommend. Of course, the best part of the night was still meeting new friends and chatting about food :).


Anonymous March 24, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Do they still have the cheap/great lunch combos at their new location?

Ben and Suanne March 24, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Hehehe ... I felt like going again tonight after reading this. Thanks for helping with organizing and kept changing the numbers on ya so many times.


Jenny March 24, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Anon: I do recall seeing a sign for lunch combos, but I am not sure of the price, maybe you can give them a call to find out. Sorry:P

Ben/Suanne: no problem, I want to go back and try their Ginseng chicken soup :)

Elizabeth March 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

It was great to meet you and R at Man Ri Sung :)
I'm still waiting for your review on Kimura!

Jenny April 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

It was great meeting you too. As for Kimura, I probably won't blog about it this time, cause I forgot my camera :(

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