Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of hanging out in Steveston, eating cupcakes, and chatting with many lovely people who read my blog over the past year. Tourism Richmond organized a Meet and Greet at the Visitors’ Centre on Moncton, and I talked my face off, which is one of my favourite things to do.
They were served up on the very same spot where we were judging pies around this time last year. I’ve come to associate the Steveston Visitors’ Centre with sunshine and sweetness, and that’s a very good thing.
The restaurant is comfortable and cool – they really crank the air-con!
They also emphasize thoughtful ordering and discourage food waste, which I liked.
We decided to split the pot between free range chicken broth and spicy Szechuan, then ordered our little hearts out.
For $18.95 each (all you can eat), we had:
Beef balls, pork balls, two kinds of dumplings, and black fungus,
Sliced beef rib-eye and sliced lamb,
King oyster mushrooms,
Mussels, pumpkin, and taro,
Lettuce (which I discovered I LOVED cooked in broth!)
Watercress, and Chinese spinach.
Greens cooked in the hot pot are such a nice way to finish the meal. We also had udon noodles, which were wonderful when tossed in a mixture of our various condiments.
The broth was very tasty, and the quality of all the ingredients was good.
One thing to note, however, is that you pay extra for all of your condiments and sauces, so if your favourite thing about hot pot is perusing a free condiments bar, you’ll have to go elsewhere!
I felt very satiated by the end of our meal, and Ethan took this awesome photo of the aftermath:
We thought it looked epic and artistic, and we dubbed Dana – the messiest of the three of us – the Jackson Pollock of Hot Pot.
After we left the restaurant and were headed back to Lansdowne, we couldn’t help but have a peek in The Big Crazy Discount Store. Over the last 362 days the questions “is it really THAT big? Is it really THAT crazy?” have been plaguing me. Well, now that I’ve seen the inside, I would call it big, but maybe only a little crazy. And mainly because they had Borsch-flavoured potato chips.
There were thousands of products, including big bags of bonito flakes, sauces/oils/vinegars galore, drinks, noodles, dried squid, literal bucket-loads of rousong,
and mock beef jerky next to almond roca. I still love going into these stores in Richmond, because there’s always something new to find.
A huge thanks to everyone who came to meet me in Steveston yesterday, and to Tourism Richmond for putting on the event. It was SO nice to get off the internet and chat with people face to face!
Also, it was nice to eat cupcakes. It’s always nice to eat cupcakes.
Vegetarian and vegan options available