I went to Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen a few days ago with my mom
and we kind of went there on a wim because we have always had mixed feelings
about this place. They are located on Park Road in the same area as Happy Date.Their xiao long baos are certainly one of the best in
Richmond (in my opinion) but their service sucks like no other.
Long Baos (6 pcs) ($4.50) arrived piping hot and were super plump and juicy
up since they were sticking together, but it was completely fine and almost
every single bun was intact with their juices.
soup! The meat was also very flavourful and tender. I highly recommend getting
this because I feel like very few Shanghai restaurants can make XLBs THIS good.
these bad? Let me tell you.
and one in particular (the one in the front) was charred black. I wanted to
tell the server but my mom insisted I not because we know how the servers are
like here. The servers here will argue with you and take no responsibility for
any complaints you have, even if they are surely wrong. For example, my mom and
I came here a long while ago and ordered a few dishes. They gave us one dish we didn’t order so
we told the server. She didn’t take it off our bill so we were confused and
asked her to take it off since we told them we never ordered it, plus they took
it away when we told them anyways. They insisted they heard us order that dish
and forced us to pay for it. It was a measly two dollar soy milk but the lasting
impression of their service haunted us forever. Thus… this is why we throw
caution to the wind whenever we come here.
Snow Vegetables and Meat, Noodle in Soup ($5.80) and it was a gigantic
portion considering how cheap it was.
panfried pork strips, bean sprouts, and “snow” vegetables were incredibly
delicious. I could down that whole noodle by myself if I wanted.
Soy Milk ($2.50) and this is one of my favourite things to get here because
they do it so well. They flavour their soy milk with many ingredients and it
turns into something like a savoury milk soup!
kelp, green onion, chilli oil, dried shrimp (my favourite), and chopped up Chinese
donut. It may look and sound strange, but totally be adventurous and give it a
much food?!”. Well, we packed the above leftovers home. The bill came up to
about $10 bucks per person and our leftovers were enough to feed my brother for
dinner as well. Despite their bad service, their great food and cheap price
gets us every time.