|Steamed Pork Dumplings with Shrimp 蟠龍燒賣皇 ($4.95)|
Our original plan was to go to Empire Seafood Restaurant because I've read good things about them online. But FOR SOME REASON, people in Richmond don't work on weekday mornings and the wait to get a table was way too long. The hostess actually recommended us to try their sister restaurant instead, which was located just steps away in the same complex. So off we headed to Parklane Chinese Restaurant, where we were seated right away.
Fun fact: I read a ton of food blogs. Like a ton. And it's funny that a lot of the blog posts about Parklane also mention the fact that they intended to eat at Empire. It's kind of a smart business strategy, open a second restaurant next door to handle the overflow.
We ordered a lot more dishes than shown, but I thought a small sampling was sufficient.
|Steamed Shrimp Dumplings 帝苑鮮蝦餃 ($4.95)|
|Steamed Spareribs with Squash 南瓜豉汁蒸排骨 ($4.75)|
|Baked BBQ Pork Pastry 蜜汁义燒酥 ($4.45)|
|Steamed Rice Rolls with Prawn 野生鮮蝦腸粉 ($5.45)|
The store is run by a Japanese husband and wife team, who were both running the storefront. They were so incredibly nice, handing us samples, being patient when we were so indecisive, and even giving us ice packs to help keep our chocolates from melting.
They are well known for their ganache chocolates, which are as colorful and inventive as their flavours. They are sold individually in portions of two, in cups of ten, or as tarts. I believe they had a promotion of 4 cups for $20, and so the flavours I chose were: milky white, passion fruit, mango and black sesame. I highly recommend the last two, but honestly, whichever flavours you choose, you won't be disappointed.
We also wandered around the marketplace, where I found some limited edition Pocky. Turns out, they weren't that special because Edmonton was also selling them too at the same time...
I think we headed to the hotel afterwards to chill for a bit, but I couldn't help but sneak in a little trip to Daiso again. I mean, I won't have the opportunity for a while. Gotta stock up while I can!
At dinnertime, we regrouped and headed to Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant for some all-you-can-eat gorging. I don't know what it is about AYCE but you always, most definitely leave with regret. Yet we keep on going back. Can anyone explain?
|Salmon and tuna sashimi|