Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
I was invited to another Chinese Bites dinner and this time it was at Nu Chinese Bistro. It’s located at Cosmo Plaza on Garden City and McKim Way. It’s on the second floor and the plaza was a bit difficult to find since there are so many there and I wasn’t sure which one it was. The restaurant looks pretty new and since they are located on the second floor they get lots of lighting.
Next we had the Special Beef Wrap. We had one plate that came with some hoisin sauce and one plate didn’t. I think I’m used to the Taiwanese style beef wraps so this wouldn’t be my favourite version. The wrapper had an oily flavour?
Soy-Braised Kaofu Bran with Assorted Mushrooms. The kaofu bran has a sponge-like texture and soaked up the sauce nicely. I personally don’t think I will ever order this though.
Traditional Shanghai Smoked Fish. I found this to be a bit dry.
Sauteed Black Fungus. I’ve never seen a cold appetizer dish of wood ear fungus only. The sauce at the bottom actually has a wasabi flavour! We were all quite surprised. It was interesting but weird for Chinese cuisine.
Claypot Wonton Chicken Soup. The soup was light with a great chicken flavour to it. The pea shoots and wood ear fungus made it more colorful and the wontons were large and filled with pork? Unfortunately I also found a hair in my soup. It was most definitely a hair. =(
BC Dungeness Crab with Fried Shanghainese Rice Cake. I forgot how messy it is to eat crab! The crab was fine and the sauce was tasty but the rice cake was over cooked and kinda mushy. This is the first time I’ve seen rice cakes served with crab!
Stone Pot Braised Pork Belly Shanghainese Style. Pork belly!!! It was delicious but very oily. The “sauce” at the bottom is pretty much oil. =S It doesn’t look appetizing when you see it on your plate but when it’s in a black bowl you can’t tell.
Zhenjiang Style Ribs. Good amount of meat on the bones and the slightly sweet/acidic sauce would’ve went well with rice.
Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork. Beans were snappy in texture but this dish is oily as usual.
Sichuan Style Boiled Fish. This is made with Sichuan peppers (the kind that makes your tongue go numb) and the spiciness really packs a punch! I can’t imagine eating too much of this. When this dish came I also happened to run out of tea… The fish was tender and flaky.
Xiang Jiang Tea Smoked Duck. One of my favourite dishes! I enjoyed the crispy skin and the tender meat but I think it could’ve been a bit more flavourful. I enjoyed the version at Top Shanghai more. I also don’t understand why this comes with buns but it always does.
Beef Tenderloin and Eggplant with Black Pepper Sauce. The beef was tender indeed and I love anything with black pepper sauce! Eggplant was not too soft. I can’t believe I can finally say I like eggplant now that I’ve tried it in more variations!
Eight Jewel Sweet Rice. I don’t have too much experience with this dish since I’ve probably only had it once before. I felt that this version was too syrupy and sweet. It is a dessert but Asians don’t like sweet desserts so I feel like they overdid it here. The rice has 8 different ingredients mixed in/ on top of the glutinous rice but I couldn’t name them all. There was red bean though! Maybe some dates?
Since we were invited here to try their food, their service could have been better. Like changing our plates a few more times for example. We had a lot of saucy dishes so we struggled to find a clean spot on our plates to put new food. I noticed they had a lot of negative reviews regarding the service so they might want to take that to heart.