Yesterday started off with a plan that spiraled from genius to dumb in just a few seconds. I was spending the day with a group of food lovers from Seattle, and since I’d need to include at least one new place for this post and wasn’t meeting the group until 10am, I decided to show up at Aberdeen Centre ahead of time and grab a pre-dim sum breakfast in the food court. I got up early, published my post, made my way to Richmond, and discovered that Aberdeen is not yet open at 9:15am, as probably all malls are….? I don’t know malls very well, obviously.
So instead, I wandered around in the sun, chatted with my brother and cousin over the phone, and listened to my ever-growling stomach as dim sum approached. Finally 10am arrived, and I was joined by a group of eight Seattle food lovers and bloggers for #tweeteatrichmond.
Tourism Richmond brought the group up for the weekend to dine around Richmond, so I spent my first morning as a 28 year-old sharing an epic meal at Fisherman’s Terrace with them.
It included baby octopus,
duck feet, half a dozen kinds of dumplings, and Chinese egg tarts I actually liked. The custard was silky, soft, and baked into unbelievably flaky shells.
Other highlights of the meal included pork and quail egg dumplings,
deep-fried taro cakes with their nest-like crispy exterior, cuttlefish in curry sauce, chicken and fish maw (my first time eating sponge-like maw – I liked it), steamed sponge cakes, shou mai, BBQ pork pastries (my ultimate dim sum comfort dish),
pan-fried radish cakes, rice rolls with pea tips,
rice rolls with mushrooms, deep-fried squid with chili,
steamed beef spare ribs,
and at least a few other dishes I’m forgetting. There was barely enough room on the table for all of it!
With over a thousand locations worldwide, Ten Ren specializes in various types of ginseng and Chinese tea, some of which cost over one hundred dollars per box (the leaves are of such high quality they can be used over and over again).
The oolong tea prepared for us by Josephine was incredibly fragrant, with a floral aroma and earthy taste.
This is tea to be savoured, and we followed it up with some tea-infused snacks like pumpkin seed bites with green tea.
There is so much to be said about the production and history of Chinese tea, I’ve decided I will have to return and dedicate another post to it! Stay tuned for more oolong in not too long.
After Ten Ren, we grabbed a few slabs of jerky from Mei Jan Hong, and walked over to Yaohan Centre so everyone could explore Osaka Market.
While they were there, I sneaked in another meal from the Hong Kong-style “Sun Century Café.”
They have a huge menu that includes soups, fried rice, and baked dishes, and I figured the baked Portuguese chicken would be relatively quick and easy. While it’s not the lightest of meals, the thought of white rice with sauce is always appealing.
It cost $7.25 and took about ten minutes to prepare. It had chunks of chicken and potato baked in a curry sauce over rice, and though it wasn’t as good as the one at Alleluia (less creamy) it was decent, and could have easily fed two people.
Next we headed south to Alexandra Road, and stopped into Leisure Tea for drinks, more snacks, and a little bit of Scrabble.
We sat at the same long table as we did with the group from UNISG, and ordered drinks to affirm the arrival of spring; various versions of mango slush, fresh taro, strawberry, fruit tea, and honey lemonade.
We also shared bowls of shaved ice with mango and red beans, pineapple, and fresh taro with pearls, as well as plates of fried Taiwanese chicken, fried mushrooms, and a waffle with ice cream. I had a fresh taro slush with coconut jelly, which was so thick I could eat it with a spoon.
Stella, who owns and works at Leisure Tea with her parents and brother, brought out this beautiful crème caramel for me for my birthday! And it was HER birthday too!
I wished I’d had something to give to her. Thank you again and happy birthday, Stella.
Today is Round Two of #tweeteatrichmond, and we’ll be restaurant crawling at some of my favourite places on Food Street. Stay tuned to see where we go, and thank you to everyone for the lovely birthday wishes!
A few vegetarian options available