Z & Y Shanghai Cuisine

Z & Y Shanghai Cuisine is located in the same complex as the new Walmart on Garden City in Richmond. It seems fairly new so my family decided to check it out. It’s located beside Nando’s and across from Darumaya, the Japanese grocery store (they have pillowy-soft mochi there!).

Z & Y Shanghai Cuisine

Z & Y Shanghai Cuisine is the sister restaurant of Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine next to Aberdeen. I wonder what Z & Y stands for?
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Dinesty-Aberdeen

I’ve made multiple visits to Dinesty so I thought it was time to update my post. This was the culmination of two visits to the Aberdeen location. Dinesty is located on the second floor near Chef Hung and Guu. They have expanded again this year and now have a location near Metrotown as well.

Dinesty Aberdeen

Pictured above are the Shredded Pork in Hoisin Sauce with Pancakes and the Drunken Chicken. The pork is saucy but tasty and it’s always fun to make your own pancake wraps. The drunken chicken is served chilled and the portion is not that big but there’s plenty of wine flavour. Continue reading →

Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine

Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine is a fairly new Shanghainese restaurant in Richmond. Located on Browngate road behind Aberdeen, it’s convenient to get to if you take public transit. They also have a parking lot beside the restaurant too or you can park at Aberdeen and sneak over like us.

We didn’t have a reservation so we walked in around 7pm and the manager spent several long minutes debating how to fit us in but he did give us a table! I was also glad that he spoke Cantonese as well because I tried to ask for a table in my terrible broken Mandarin so I was relieved I didn’t have to continue that.

Yuan's Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine

The restaurant looks very classy and high-end inside! I love how all their chairs are blue. It’s very eye-catching and also my favourite colour. They really put a lot of effort into the decor. Price-wise, it wasn’t as steep as we thought too. Their entire menu (which is extensive) is available on Zomato and it includes photos of each item.

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Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen

Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen is located in a plaza on Park Road just across from Richmond Centre. It’s hard to find parking in the parking lot during peak hours though since there are a few restaurants that share the parking lot.

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen

I’ve heard a lot about their XLB’s so that was a must order item. Thankfully they lived up to the hype with a nice thin skin, smooth pork and lots of juice inside! I’m generally not too picky about XLB anyway. They’re almost always good. Continue reading →

Long’s Noodle House

I’ve noticed Long’s Noodle House a few years ago when I went to Au Petite Cafe  to try their bahn me sandwiches. Long’s Noodle House is right next door! I went pretty late at around 8:30pm so it was pretty empty and they said that they were closing soon so anything we order would be last call. The interior is small and sparsely decorated with one wall covered in a mirror to make it look bigger. The menu isn’t too big but it has all the classic Shanghainese dishes.

Long's Noodle House

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Nu Chinese Bistro-15 Course Dinner

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.

Nu Chinese BistroWe started off with the Xiao Long Bao (XLB). These were surprisingly big and super juicy! Continue reading →

Top Shanghai Cuisine

Top Shanghai is one of my favourite Shanghainese restaurants! My family went on a Monday and it wasn’t busy at all. They are usually packed on weekends. Their table spacing is quite cramped so it makes moving around difficult.

Top Shanghai CuisineThis was a Suzhou Style Spiced Smoked Fish. The flavour is a little bit sweet and the meat is still flaky but more tough and cooked through? It also has a lot of bones. Continue reading →

Shanghai House Restaurant

For my friend’s going away dinner, we went to Shanghai House which is in the plaza across from Richmond Centre. It doesn’t seem too popular though since it was kinda empty on a Saturday night. For the first time, I was too busy eating to take pictures of all the food because I was hungry but I can talk about half the things we ate!

Shanghai House RestaurantWhat’s a visit to a Shanghainese restaurant without some XLBs (xiao long baos)? Here they serve six in a steamer and they were big! Much bigger than the ones at Dinesty I had recently. These ones were actually full of juice! And I like ’em big. ;)

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Dinesty-Time for some XLB!

I’ve been to Dinesty quite a few times now but I thought it was time for a revisit post!

Dinesty

We started off with some Hot and Sour Soup which is not what I would order at a Shanghainese restaurant but my friend wanted some so we ordered a small size which just managed to give the three of us a small bowl each. It was actually more “hot” than most hot and sour soup variations that I’ve had which was good. We could also see some chili pieces in it. It also had a nice assortment of ingredients in it.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine & Xiao Long Bao

I had a craving for xiao long bao (little dragon buns!) and decided to go to Top Shanghai for some Shanghainese food. Top Shanghai is probably my favourite place for Shanghainese food and I’ve been here multiple times for dinner but only once for lunch. It’s conveniently located near the plaza with Price Smart on No. 3 Road. I was surprised that the menu sheet for dim sum they gave us was all in Chinese! Thankfully I can read 80-90% of it except even when I could read it I didn’t know what it was exactly.Excuse my rough translations! However, their regular dinner menu has English on it. The menu sheet also did not include any prices on it either but I liked that they had a lot of variety from cold appetizers to many noodle dishes and desserts. Strangely enough, the items we ordered weren’t that Shanghainese because my friend wasn’t feeling very adventurous.

IMAG0524This was our first dish which was a deep fried bun with many “layers” inside and it came with a side of condensed milk for dipping which is the best part. The exterior gave it a slight crunch and the inside was very soft and the sweetness from the condensed milk gave it some flavour.

IMAG0526I know this looks like soup but it’s actually noodles with cucumbers and firm tofu in “ja jeurng” sauce. Sorry I have no idea what that’s called in English (feel free to tell me what it is in the comments!). Anyway, the noodles are hidden under the thick sauce and they were quite soft. I think there was a too much sauce though I expected it to be mixed with the sauce but not drowning in it although I’m not sure what the traditional way of serving it is. Still very tasty though!

xiao long bao top shanghaiFinally we got our xiao long baos (XLB)! They were full of juice and the skins were pretty thin too. The pork inside was very tender and well flavoured. They looked a bit uglier than usual presentation wise. They also have 3 different types of XLB available as well but we had the more traditional Nanjiang style. This is probably my favourite place for XLB! Or I’m just saying that because I’ve eaten them here a lot. :P

dumplings in soupFinally we had dumplings in soup. The soup was more like a light chicken broth and seemed oily. There were 8 dumplings so it was a nice dish to be shared. It wasn’t particularly remarkable though.

top shanghai items ordered

There were a lot of other dishes to be tried but overall I had a satisfying experience here. It would help it we had more people next time! It gets quite crowded at night though and the tables are fairly squished together. Try to make reservations first!

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