Most would never think of a food court as a destination for good eats (unless you’ve read this blog post), however when in Richmond, expect that Chinese mall food courts serve great dishes at a reasonable price. Aberdeen Centre’s food court is no stranger to this claim.
There are more than 20 different stalls to choose from at the Aberdeen Food Court. There is a wide assortment of cuisines: Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, Szechuan and much more. The beauty of the food court is whether you’re feeling like a light snack, a bubble tea or a full on meal, there is always something to satisfy.
Here are some of our favourites:
If you’ve never experienced a bubble waffle in your life, you’re in for a treat. Bubble waffles (or egg waffles) originated from Hong Kong and Macau street vendors. The direct translation from Cantonese is small chicken egg, and while there is no one definitive reason it’s called this, most believe that after the war, eggs were considered a luxury so vendors made these egg-shaped moulds to resemble them.
Bubble waffles should be crispy on the top, but slightly cakey on the bottom. An original bubble waffle has a nice semi-sweet taste, but nowadays you can order them in so many different flavours and stuffing. It’s a fun treat to share with others, or devour yourself. (PHOTO: GASTROFORK)
There are many great treats from the Bubble Waffle Cafe, including curry fish balls that pack a nice heat and everyone’s favourite night market treat: twisted/hurricane potatoes.
Quite possibly the most famous food vendor in Aberdeen, Wu Fung Dessert is notorious for its chicken wings, and rightfully so. Their chicken wings are full wings, breaded well and very crisp on the outside, but the meat inside maintains its tenderness and juicy flavour. The flavouring is a mix of Chinese spices and a hint of ginger.
Wu Fung Dessert is no one-trick pony. They offer affordably priced noodle soups and deep fried squid tentacles that are just as crispy and tasty. (PHOTO: GASTROFORK)
The Popcorn Chicken Nuggets at Yougo Chicken are Taiwanese street food treats that are extremely popular. While you can get these at almost any Taiwanese or Chinese cafe, it’s even more enjoyable while walking around the mall. These bite-sized pieces of chicken are coated and fried with flour, salt, pepper and basil leaves.
Great popcorn chicken is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside—which Yougo Chicken accomplishes quite well. If you’re feeling more like a meal, order these with a noodle soup! (PHOTO: GASTROFORK)
This food vendor has a full restaurant in the Garden City Plaza, but you can enjoy many of the favourites right at Aberdeen.
A highlight from their menu is the Club House Sandwich. This isn’t your ordinary club house sandwich: cucumbers, ham, sausage, bacon, tomato, egg and ketchup. This seriously stacked sandwich is a great balance of sweet and salty with a refreshing crunch.
Way before Pepper Lunch arrived, there was Teppan Kitchen. Teppan Kitchen features Japanese teppan, a cooking style that uses an iron griddle. Once only a dish you could order at a Japanese steakhouse/teppanyaki, it has become more popular in cafes and in this case, food courts. For an entire teppan rice with miso and a drink being under $9, it is quite the deal.
The ‘A’ Grade Beef Teppan Rice is served in a sizzling iron griddle. Let it cook for a little while longer, then mix all the ingredients together for a piping hot meal. Flatten the rice onto the griddle and while you’re enjoying the first bites of your meal – your rice will become slightly crispy, giving the dish more complexity.
Shaved ice has its origins from Japan, which slowly started to spread—most notably to the Hawaiian islands. But the way shaved ice is enjoyed differs from region to region. Asian preferences include not only the flavoured ice, but also items like red bean, mochi, ice cream and other fruits.
Frappe Bliss’ shaved ice makes for a sweet and tasty treat. A Dream in Eden features shaved ice, strawberries, kiwi, mango and mango ice cream. It’s a mix of tropical and local flavours. You won’t believe that it is ice, as the shaved ice tastes pretty milky.
Frappe Bliss’ Matcha Delight is another popular choice, topped with matcha ice cream, mochi (chewy rice balls), red bean and a drizzle of condensed milk. (PHOTO: GASTROFORK)
At the Aberdeen food court, most plates are typically cheaper than visiting a restaurant, but made at the same caliber. So whether you’re looking for cheap eats or you’re curious to try some of these dishes—Aberdeen will have what you’re looking for.
Where: 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Hours: Monday to Wednesday (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Thursday to Saturday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sundays and Holidays (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)