A new Chinese restaurant popped up in Central Richmond earlier last month — Home BBQ, serving Szechuan Chinese dishes such as grilled skewers and spicy chili hotpot 麻辣燙. Out of curiosity, we checked it out.
What caught our eyes was one of their signature items named Barbecue Chilled Noodles ($4.99). If it’s barbecued, how can it be chilled?! We were intrigued.
Turns out it’s quite similar to the Shanghainese beef wrap, but instead of a pancake, it’s a big piece of noodle. And instead of sliced braised beef, it’s a mixture of ham and green onion. OK maybe they are not very similar but you get the idea. The flavour was not bad. The noodle itself, even though brushed with an egg wash, is quite bland but the green onion & ham combo made some good fillings. The green onions weren’t cooked through, so there’s still that punch you got from raw green onion. It may get a bit messy to eat as the little pieces of filling fell out of the wrap. That said, I’m still not sure how it’s chilled noodles – the server couldn’t explain to us.
Then, we ordered a while bunch of Grilled Skewers – Lamb (you have to order in groups of 5 for $5.99), Fatty Beef ($1.50 each), Chicken Hearts (minimum order of 2 at $0.99 each), Chicken Gizzards (minimum order of 2 at $0.99 each) and Short Ribs ($4.99 for 3 pieces). It’s grilled to order so it did take some time before they were served. The cooking of the meat was quite nice, with char marks without overcooking/burning the meat. The only drawback is that they all had the same chili pepper seasoning so other than the meat texture, they all pretty much tasted the same.
Next was the Grilled Eggplant ($5.99). This was awesome! The eggplant was sliced open lengthwise, then grilled to super soft before they put on this spicy, garlicky sauce. The meat came right off the skin, and boy was it good. I could easily eat the whole thing by myself, leaving me with some garlicky breath. I can also see this replicated at home.
We were debating if we would order some more, but we were at the level when it felt just right. So we didn’t. But looking around, we saw other customers order this grilled whole fish with toppings and chili peppers – it was too much food for us but looks like worth trying next time.
They also have Spicy Crawfish on the menu. $59.99 for 1kg of crawfish. Sounds like something for sharing among four people.
It may seem like we didn’t eat much, but we were also munching on some complimentary Edamame and Boiled Peanuts beforehand so it was kind of filling too.
Overall the food here was not bad and the price was rather reasonable (maybe not the crawfish but they are always overpriced!). The restaurant was only open for 2 weeks when we ate there and there were a number of items crossed off on their menu already. Probably still going through the stage of tweaking their offerings to cater to their customers. I’d be interested in going back to try the grilled whole fish – it looked delicious!
150-8291 Ackroyd Road, Richmond