Chuan Chu Ren Jia is a restaurant that serves up some delicious Szechuan Cuisine in South Burnaby. I was invited here by Chopstick Fest to try out this restaurant as they are one of the participating vendors for the “Dine Out Vancouver”-like festival in October.
This was very hard to find because it’s not super close to anywhere. Granted it’s on Kingsway, but it’s near a lot of industrial places. If you’re skytraining, get off at Royal Oak and walk 15-25 minutes.
We started off with the Seaweed Spare Rib Soup and it was very nice to start off the palate. It is very similar to the asian broth soups you normally get at Seafood restaurants.
The Sauteed Pork with Chili Pepper was incredibly spicy even though the chili peppers had all the seeds taken out. If I was enjoying this with a huge bowl of white rice, I think it would have tasted better as the rice absorbs and tones down a lot of the spicyness. Eating this on my own, I think I sweated out two buckets. LOL
These Clear Noodles in Chili Sauce were only alright in my opinion. I expected the noodles to be chewy and have some bite, but they just cut off like jelly with no texture.
I very much enjoyed the Sauteed Free Range Chicken with Chili. Free range chicken has a very specific texture and taste and it’s soooo much better than the regular chickens you get from Costco or Superstore. If you’ve never tried it before, I would highly recommend getting it here.
By now my mouth, tongue, and nostrils were on fire and oddly, this Grilled Lamb with Cumin calmed it down a little bit. Lamb and cumin works so wonderfully together that I might just try to replicate this at home. Highly recommend.
Now for the Kung Pao Chicken! It had tender pieces of chicken, huge red chili peppers, peanuts, and bell peppers. The sauce was a bit sticky and sweet. All in all a good dish.
This is not for the faint hearted. I honestly ate one piece of tofu from this pot because that’s all I could handle. This is called Braised Fish with Hot Sauce and it was HOTTTTT. If you enjoy numb-your-tongue-spicy, get this. It has a whole fish, tofu, and more chili peppers all covered in a hot sauce sauna.
As you can see, almost 90% of the dishes we sampled were spicy and had mountains of chili peppers in it. For a person that always says ‘mild spicy please’ at restaurants, this was too much for me. I sweated through areas of my body that I didn’t know could even sweat. However, again if you are a spicy lover, this would be a dream come true for you and I would highly recommend getting these signature dishes.
Service Rating: 2.5/5
Food Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 2.5/5