Quite possibly the best Chinese food in Metro Vancouver

Here’s the quick recap: NY Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee wrote a book about Chinese food, and picked Zen Cuisine in Richmond as the best Chinese restaurant outside of China.

Jellyfish with a vinegar foam and fruit

The reviews have been fast and furious since then, and so has the business. Along with some friends, we went there to try things out.

We had Tasting Menu A. I shall not review each dish, except to say that the meal started with a mango ravioli amuse-bouche, and ended with a red bean mousse as the dessert. The dishes in between ranged from perfectly-prepared straight takes on traditional dishes (salted chicken) to revelatory dishes (double boiled soup in young coconut) I had never imagined.

pork on rice

The service was trying hard, and had high-class moments (our server was very good about explaining each of the dishes, and I for one like that sort of thing), but on the other hand two different people at our table had drink-order problems. I was still happy. You’ll have to ask Ron and Ernie if they agree.

It’s not cheap, but it’s good enough that I will be back, and as often as I can justify the price. And I plan to come up with some pretty ludicrous justifications.

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