Monday, April 05, 2010

Northern Delicacy-I LOVE Shanghainese delicacy!

EU was channeling a Chinese vibe last night. Knowing that I am a fan of Shanghainese cuisine, she decided to go to Northern Delicacy at Aberdeen Centre.

I've tried Northern Delicacy before and have introduced to EU for a few times. Since my comment is positive, she was excited to give it a try.

Northern Delicacy
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond BC (at Aberdeen Centre)

1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly

Food: 4.5
Price: 4
Services: 4
Ambiance: 5
Overall: 4.5
  • User-friendly menu; it is divided into different sections
  • Under Tropika Canada Group
  • Services are very enthusiastic (They make sure your cup of tea is filled all the time!), but it's a little bit too much for me
  • Modern mix traditional Chinese interiors
  • Parking may be chaotic and very busy
  • The menu from their website is not 100% accurate (For example, one of EU's purpose was to try their Steamed Almond Cream Buns that she saw on their online menu. But it didn't appear on the menu. So after asking one of the staffs, he said those buns are only for set menus, which cost about $700+!!)
Shredded Celery and Dried Tofu-4.5/6
  • $5.95
  • Shredded celery, dried tofu, mushroom and carrot with sesame sprinkled on top and seasoned with sesame oil
  • The sesame oil has a nutty but not very strong flavour. Some restaurants drizzle too much sesame oil on the delicate vegetables, but I think Northern Delicacy did a pretty good job here :D
  • All ingredients taste fresh. The celery and carrot are crunchy, the mushroom is soft, and the dried tofu is chewy. Their textures go well with each other. I like it.
  • For some reason, EU thinks the flower and the cilantro look very Chinese-ish. She likes them. But for the two slices of oranges on the sides, we both find them awkward.
  • Honestly, I don't think this appetizer deserves $5.95.
Tofu Laver Roll (2pcs)-3/6
  • $4.95
  • Fried tofu and pork wrapped with steamed carrot, zucchini and seaweed
  • This dish is not on their menu, but you can find it on the online menu.
  • The carrot tastes good. It is sweet, crunchy and soft enough to bite on. I am not a fan of carrot (especially steamed carrot), but I find this acceptable :)
  • Overall, this is a very light-flavoured dish. The zucchini, tofu and the pork do not have much flavour.
  • The seaweed is bland and mushy.
Steamed Vegetable Dumplings (4pcs)-4.5/6
  • $4.95
  • Diced vermicelli, carrot, mushroom, dried tofu and vegetables
  • They give you a generous amount of fillings. I love steamed veggie dumplings! Especially those with vermicelli. It gives an extra soft texture to the fillings. I like it ;)
  • It will be better if the skin of the dumplings is thinner.

Steamed Vegetable Buns (2pcs)-4.5/6

  • $4.25

  • Diced dried tofu, mushroom and vegetables
  • Again they give you a decent amount of fillings. It is pretty standard; nothing to shout about.
  • I was quite looking forward to their steamed buns, but it was nothing impressive. Average-wise.

The food in Northern Delicacy is average, there isn't anything to shout about. Well, it is a proper restaurant at Aberdeen Centre, so their quality must be in a certain level. But with such prices, I think you can get better and cheaper Shanghai food in other restaurants. I hardly recommend Chen's Shanghai Kitchen on No.3 Rd, which is an authentic Shanghai restaurant. But if you want to have Shanghai food with a twist, you can try Dinesty Chinese Restaurant in Ackroyd Rd (near Save-On Foods) ;)

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