ADDRESS : #130 - 4800 No.3 Road, Richmond, BC
PHONE : 604-284-5168
Uncle & Auntie Chiu called us for lunch. Instead of the usual "dim sum", they suggested to go for something different. Auntie Chiu saw an ad for mini stinky tofu hot pot (臭臭鍋) in the Chinese newspaper...yups..."stinky" tofu...hahaha!
According to Auntie Chiu, this place was formerly Kelong Singapore Cuisine (which we never been to). Looking at the pictures on Kelong's site, the decor of this new restaurant changed quite a bit...more "modern" feel now. There was a DIY sauce station, but with only three types of sauces: Garlic Soy Paste (蒜茸醬油膏), Garlic Bean Sauce (蒜茸豆瓣醬), Spicy Oil (特製辣油). Honestly...you don't really need these sauces because the broth is quite flavorful.
The four of us each ordered a Lunch Combo at $8.99 and it came with a choice of mini hot pot, a bowl of rice, and a regular green or black tea. You see, there was a mis-communication, when I asked what kind of drink does the combo include, the server said "black or green tea", so I thought she meant any one type of tea from the black tea menu or from the green tea menu...so Buddha Boy and I ordered a Fresh Yogurt Green Tea (多多綠茶) and a Honey Lemon Green Tea (蜂蜜檸檬綠茶). However, we were later corrected about the mis-communication. LOL! So, to clarify, the combo comes with a Green Tea (泡沫綠茶) or an Old-Time Delight Black Tea (古早味紅茶)...which are considered "regular" green/black tea.
I went for the House Special Hot Soup (招牌臭臭鍋) and I asked for medium spicy (中辣). It was flavorful with lots of ingredients, however, the pot didn't have much "meat" in it. I think I only saw two or three pork slices. The stinky tofu pieces were at the bottom...not bad but could be stinker...LOL!!!
Buddha Boy ordered a medium-spicy Curry Fish Ball Hot Soup (咖哩魚丸鍋). Again, it came with lots of ingredients! And surprisingly...Buddha Boy enjoyed it! Though he wished for more meat...but he complimented the pot.
Uncle Chiu settled with a non-spicy Lamb Hot Soup (酸菜羊肉鍋). He enjoyed the flavor, he said the broth was very flavourful, and, most importantly, it was not oily. Because he's not a big eater, the pot size was just right for him.
Just like Buddha Boy, Auntie Chiu also went for a medium-spicy Curry Fish Ball Hot Soup (咖哩魚丸鍋) but added stinky tofu (臭豆腐) to her pot. Honestly, she should have ordered the pot "super-spicy" since she was dipping all the ingredients in the spicy oil (特製辣油).
We also ordered a couple of add-on's...Meatballs (貢丸) and Pork Intestines (大腸)...hehehe...we needed more food!!! Overall, we liked the place. I will definitely visit again, but I'm not sure about Buddha Boy since he's not a fan of hot pots. Thank you Uncle & Auntie Chiu!
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