Visiting Union Square Shopping Centre (8300-8388 Capstan Way) is overwhelming–in a good way. The strip mall contains so many restaurants and food-related businesses that it can be difficult to narrow down where to go.
A Richmond strip mall isn’t complete without an excellent pho joint, and Pho Queen definitely fits the bill. The room itself is unassuming, save for a rather impressive chandelier, and service is polite and helpful. Start with appetizers, like ground pork spring rolls and grilled shrimp paste on sugar cane, before moving onto the main events.
Besides the usual pho options, like the works with rare steak, well-done flank, tendon, tripe, and meatballs, Pho Queen also features other noodle soup selections, like egg noodle soup with liver, heart, shrimp, squid, pork, and deep-fried shrimp crêpe; and duck leg with vermicelli and bamboo shoots in soup.
Beef and chicken curries and stews, vermicelli bowls (eg. grilled minced pork), and steamed rice dishes (eg. grilled lemon grass pork chop) round out the menu.
COCO HUT SINGAPORE RESTAURANT
This ode to Singaporean cuisine offers traditional fare at reasonable prices. The room itself is modestly sized, and the service is efficient. The menu begins with appetizers, such as deep fried chicken wings, green onion pancakes, and grilled roti with curry dipping sauce.
Main dishes include Singaporean fried rice vermicelli; an aromatic laksa chock full of noodles, chicken, prawns, fish cake, and a boiled egg; and beef and chicken curries. The flavours here are lip-smackingly complex and you won’t leave disappointed.
DEER GARDEN SIGNATURES
This popular chain has won best Hong Kong-style café numerous times for the prestigious Chinese Restaurant Awards. Based on the packed quarters at the Union Square location, diners clearly can’t get enough of their casual bites and cheerful, modern decor. The restaurant is best known for their signature build-your-own-noodle-soup menu. You receive a paper slip then proceed to choose your soup base (eg. Szechuan spicy soup, gingko and pepper fish soup), toppings (eg. beef tendon, pork stomach), noodles (eg. flat rice noodles, egg noodles, penne or other types), and drink (eg. coffee or tea).
Other menu items include typical HK Style Cafe fare, such as Thai grilled chicken with Caesar salad, teriyaki pork chop with egg on rice, and pan-fried white turnip in XO sauce.
YAH YAH YA RAMEN
The ramen craze in Richmond keeps on growing. Yah Yah Ya is particularly proud of their ie-kei (pork soy sauce) soup, which involves simmering pork and chicken bones, kombu, and veggies for a dozen hours or more. Then, the resulting soup is flavoured with soy, green onion, garlic, and chicken oil for even more depth. Soup options include shoyu, shio, miso, and spicy miso. The restaurant also allows you to customize the doneness of noodles (hard, normal, soft), the taste level (heavy, normal, light), and the oil level (more, normal, less).
Cold ramen selections are also available during the summer. Supplement your slurping with appetizers like gyoza, kimchi, and seaweed salad.
HANPPY TOFU POT HOUSE
If you like your food spicy, you’ll love Hanppy, which specializes in fiery Korean hot pots. The heat options range from ‘non spicy,’ to ‘extreme spicy.’ There’s also a blazing spicy pot, which is bound to set the tongue on fire. The menu includes an original fish soup hot pot, a vegetarian hot pot, as well as their signature kimchi hot pot. You can also choose from a variety of noodle options, like green bean noodles, udon, and rice cakes.
Other dishes on the menu include additional quintessential Korean comfort food, like Korean-style rice cakes with kimchi, and seared and steamed marinated pork belly. Your belly will thank you for visiting.
Overall, the list of fabulous eateries at Union Square goes on and on. But no matter which one you pick, you’ll leave full and satisfied!
Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Tourism Richmond