Countryside Chinese Restaurant 田園東北人家
7506 Edmonds St, Burnaby (map)
Price: Fair +
When people talk about Chinese food, they are usually talking about Canton, Sichuan or Shanghai style cuisine. If you head to Richmond, it seems every restaurant is one of these 3 types. A few weeks ago, my parents and I were driving past our old neighborhood and noticed this somewhat new resgtaurant the offered food from Northern China, so we decided to check it out.
Parking was limited at the back of the restaurant. The restaurant was rather small, but made to appear larger with the added mirror walls. I wonder what was here before, maybe it was a pho restaurant, since the decor certainly felt that way.
We initially order Catsup Pork Hock, but sadly they were out. The owner suggested their pork bone instead which was cooked the same way and at the same price ($9.95). They did give us these flimsy gloves to use to pick up the bones with our hand. This was disappointing. The meat was not fall off the bone tender and they were rather boney as well. On top of that, the sauce was not infused in the meat, but simply 'sitting' on top of it. For $9.95, I would have much prefer to order their pork hock instead.
The next dish was the stir fried pork liver ($9.95). Personally I liked it, because it was fully cooked, yet still retained that springy texture. My dad on the other hand thought the liver was over cooked. The sauce was good and it coated all the liver slices evenly, and I liked the addition of the wood ear.
When the veggie dish become your favorite among all the meat (especially if you are not vegetarian), you know this restaurant has really failed to impress us with their food. Service was good, they were quite attentive, but then again there were less than 3 tables in the restaurant. Anyways, if you are craving something different from the typical Chinese food, maybe you can check this place out, other wise, I would skip it.