Restaurant: Beijing Cuisine
Last visited: April 24, 2011
Location: Richmond, BC (Richmond Central)
Address: 1118-3779 Sexsmith Rd (Continental Square)
Price Range: $10 or less, $10-20 for lunch, $10-20+ for dinner
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Food: 4.5 (based on what I tried)
- Beijing/Shanghainese cuisine
- Popular to Chinese locals
- Fresh home made pastry
- Chinese/English menu
- Good for groups
- Very affordable
- Cheap eats for lunch
- Family friendly
- Cash only
- Mon-Sun: 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
**Recommendations: Tossed Mung Clear Noodles in Sauce, Sesame Paste & Shredded Meat, Fried Pancake with Leeks and Eggs, Steamed Bun Stuffed with Pork
Thanks to a very loyal and regular commenter Bow for suggesting me to try this restaurant. I’m sure you can tell he knows his food just by the the extensive knowledge behind all the wonderful comments he leaves! I was looking forward to trying this restaurant especially since it was Bow’s recommendation, and a fine recommendation it was!
This restaurant has gone through changes in names, and I’m quite sure ownership as well, in the last few years as it struggles to find its niche. I mean they’ve always been serving some take on Shanghainese cuisine whether it’s executed with Shanghai, Cantonese Chinese, Taiwanese or now Beijing style. I remember dining here in previous years and the last time was when it was called Chopsticks Taiwanese Cuisine, but since then I haven’t gone back due to the mediocre food I experienced. I guess part of me always thought that it was the same restaurant with a different name, but it’s actually not the case. Or maybe it is, but the chefs are sure different this time around!
I wouldn’t say Beijing Cuisine is a hidden gem, but it is often overlooked in a strip mall plaza of restaurants. However the Chinese locals do know about it and the place is decently busy for lunch and dinner.
On this occasion I came here for lunch and I must say that the service was a bit interesting. The menu is in Chinese and English (with a few things only in Chinese), but as usual the English translations are very vague. Since my server didn’t speak much English either it made things quite confusing for both of us. In the end I had two random dishes that I didn’t intend to order on my table. After pointing it out, nothing really changed and it just became really pointless. She was pretty young and the prices are more than fair and the random things she gave us weren’t bad, so I just let it go.
I might as well stop beating around the bush and just say it. Expect great food at a great price, but with the standard service you would expect from a Chinese restaurant… which is notorious for not being good.
On the table:
- I’d be satisfied to have this alone for lunch or dinner… all to myself… and I like variety so that means a lot.
- I love this dish in general, but everywhere makes it different depending on the region.
- This is perhaps a more Beijing style of preparing it, but I do like the Shanghai way of making it as well – see Shredded Chicken with Glass Noodle at Northern Delicacy.
- It’s usually an appetizer, but this was entree sized. It was served warm and it can be served chilled too.
- The noodles were thick, fresh, slippery and springy and the pork was lean and tender and well marinated in a garlic chili soy sauce with sesame oil.
- It’s a very aromatic and flavourful dish and it’s savoury, nutty and quite spicy with dried Szechuan pepper flakes.
- The heat lingers and it’s about a medium spicy. The fresh cucumbers cut the spice and add a refreshing crunch to the dish.
- It was more intense with sesame oil than sesame sauce flavour, so it actually wasn’t very creamy.
- I loved it! The noodles were perfectly cooked with a bite and there were lots of ingredients.
- 15 pieces $7.50
- I wasn’t expecting them to offer such a variety of boiled pork dumplings and they were on every table, so I figured it was a specialty.
- It’s a lot of dumplings so hopefully you have a group.
- These were reminiscent of the ones I had in Hong Kong from Wang Fu Restaurant, except these were much more Shanghainese in style.
- They’re home made, and made upon order but the skins are a bit thick and doughy for my liking.
- This one was a bit undercooked, but the rest were fine. The gray pieces were actually raw shrimp, I still ate it and I’m still alive, but that was a major no no.
- They were savoury and full of leeks with coarsely chopped prawn and some scrambled eggs for flavour and texture, but I actually couldn’t taste much pork.
- These are eaten with malted vinegar which was noticeably tangier and very good here.
- 6 pieces $4.95
- The xiao long baos, XLB’s, juicy pork dumplings, soup dumplings, Shanghai steamed pork dumplings… whatever you call them, you have to order them or at least try them! It’s a staple at any Shanghainese restaurant, I guess Beijing in this case though.
- I didn’t expect much from them since it was a Beijing restaurant, but they were solid!
- They were filled with soup! A lot of soup! More than usual.
- They were incredibly delicate and thin skins that weer so transparent you could just see the soup from the outside.
- The size was good and they were piping hot!
- They flavour of the soup was great, but perhaps not as creamy or rich as say the ones from Suhang or Shanghai House.
- The pork may have been a bit leaner and actually seemed more marinated than I’m used to. It was incredibly tender and juicy but it tasted like they used more soy sauce in the marinade.
- Regardless they were well made, flavourful, and they did hold more soup than a lot of places.
- This was the first random order that arrived. I actually like it though, so it didn’t bother me too much that I didn’t order it.
- For what it was it was a 5/6 because it was made very well, but in general I find it a 4/6 based on my enjoyment of it.
- The pancake was very thin and crispy on the top and bottom and it’s a very large portion.
- It’s generously stuffed with lots of leeks, Chinese vegetables, diced omelette pieces, and dried shrimp (the clear things).
- The eggs were pieces of a thin omelette crepe and it was made from preserved salty duck egg so it had a naturally salty flavour compared to a regular egg. They could have used a combination of the two, but I definitely tasted duck egg.
- The whole thing was very savoury with a slight seafood taste from the mini dried shrimp.
- I loved the contrast of the juicy texture of the sweet chives and leek filling with the crispy pancake and it’s a great snack to share with a group.
- This is the other random item that showed up that I didn’t order. I had originally pointed to “beef pancake roll” and then this landed.
- Anyways everyone seems to love these in general, but I don’t see the big deal. Well I did have excellent ones in China once though – see here (The busiest restaurant I’ve ever been to in my life).
- The pancake pastry was handmade upon order, fresh, flaky and crisp, but overall it was bland.
- There was green onion filling but I didn’t get the flavour or the aromatics of it.
- I did like that it wasn’t too oily for what it was though.
- It looked pretty good, but the ratio of dough and onion wasn’t ideal.