My aunt was visiting from China so we all went for a family dinner at Shi-Art. It’s located inside Richmond Centre next to Tim Horton’s. It’s easily accessible by public transit and there’s plenty of parking. The restaurant has been around for a long time but I’ve only been once when I was quite young so it’s basically like my first time here.
I didn’t get to see the menu before I arrived. We started with my favourite/most-ordered soup, Crab Meat and Fish Maw Soup. I was lucky enough to get some large chunks of crab in mine!
My cousins really like Lettuce Wraps and usually these are ordered with Peking Duck but we just had it as a separate dish and substituted beef instead of duck.
Next we had Gai-Lan with Ling Cod. The ling cod didn’t taste that good, it had that “dirt” taste to it.
We actually ordered the Ling Cod two ways, so the second way was in a Hot Pot with soy sauce, onions and green onions and it tasted a lot better this way since the soy sauce masked the weird taste of the fish.
Next up we have the Sticky Rice Chicken! My first time trying it was at Taste Good Wonton Seafood Restaurant on Marine Drive and Fraser (don’t think I’ve blogged about it even though I’ve been a few times…). I was really excited because I didn’t know other restaurants had this dish too. The version at Shi-Art was a few dollars more but I thought it might be equally good or even better! My parents thought the one from Taste Good was better though so it’s pretty subjective.
Next we had the “King Shan” Tofu dish with a myriad of seafood on top along with “dong gu” (Chinese mushroom). I’m not a huge tofu fan but this version was very smooth and the mix of ingredients and sauce on top was well seasoned and went well with the tofu which usually doesn’t have much flavour.
Next we had Stir Fried Beef with Gai-Lan. I loved the tender beef slices.
As a huge fan of sweet and sour pork, I was all over this Orange Pork dish. There were actual pieces of orange slices mixed in and the cut of pork was not too fatty or bony. It could’ve been more tender but then it might have more fat…
For dessert, we were served some Almond Cookies and not sure what the other one is called.
Instead of the usual red bean soup, we had a version that had red bean, tapioca and black rice!!! It was the perfect consistency and sweetness for me! I’ve never had a mix of all three ingredients before and I thought it was a great idea.
I was really happy with all the dishes we tried at Shi-Art except for the ling cod and I was pleasantly surprised to find the sticky rice chicken dish here! Due to the prime location here, prices are a bit higher but food and service was great. We did go on a Wednesday though and there were only 5 tables occupied so maybe that’s why service was great.