A girls’ dinner gathering took me to Sunway Restaurant at Empire Centre, one of the many Taiwanese restaurants in Richmond.
It’s dangerous to be placing food orders when you are hungry (same thing with grocery shopping). The three of us were starving at dinner time and ordered four big plates to share with leftovers for lunch the next day.
First of all, the Three Spice Chicken was very good. They used thigh meat so it’s still juicy and the marinate really came through. It was a decent portion, too, with a lot of chicken cubes for the meat lovers at the table. Even though it didn’t have a lot of sauces, the savouriness, the umami flavours, worked well with the rice.
The One Big Bag Mix Deep-Fried Item (lol pardon the funny name) caught our eyes. How big is the bag? How many types of fried goodies are in the bag? It was quite big – big enough to be an entree on its own – and it’s only $9.95. And it did arrive in a paper bag. It had a combination of classic Taiwanese fried goodies – popcorn chicken, tofu, tempura (i.e. fish cakes) and pork rice cake (pressed pork blood and rice concoction). You can’t go wrong with the chicken, tofu and fish cakes; they were crispy on the outside and soft and spongy (for their own reasons and in their own rights) inside. The seasoning was quite good, too, probably good for eating with beer. The pork rice cake, on the other hand, was an acquired taste thanks to the flavour of cooked pork blood. I’m fine with it but even so I can’t eat a lot of it. This big bag came with skewers to resemble street eating so it was fun to eat.
Don’t be fooled by the name Butter Mushrooms Pot, because it actually has clams in them (fortunately, we could tell from its Chinese name). It reminds me of a steamed clam boil but with a butter sauce and king oyster & enoki mushrooms. It came sizzling hot and smelled really good. The clams and mushrooms have absorbed the creamy, buttery and garlicy goodness from the sauce. I wish there were more clams, though; it was mostly mushrooms.
For the entrees, you could pay $1 for a bowl of rice, or add $4.50 to make it a deluxe combo, which includes the famous Taiwanese minced pork rice, side dish and an Iced Tea. The Minced Pork Rice was so flavourful, with a little bit of oil from the pork and it’s good just on its own, let alone eating it with the dishes we ordered. The Side Dish reminded me of Korean side dishes, but with a Chinese/Taiwanese twist, quite appetizing to have them in the beginning.
Most dishes were no more than $10 and making it a combo is quite affordable with decent amount of food to go around. The flavours overall were very good but if you can’t read Chinese, make sure to ask for a list of ingredients in each dish. The restaurant is quite busy, though, so it’s not a place to hang out for long.
Sunway Restaurant 三味食堂
1300 – 4540 No. 3 Road, Richmond