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Monday, December 6, 2010

Lin Chinese Cuisine 林

1537 W. Broadway (near Granville St.)
Vancouver, BC V6J 5L1
Tel: (604) 733-9696
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A little Northern Chinese restaurant that's receive a lot of local attention is located by a busy intersection. Parking is difficult but that's expected of the Broadway/Granville area. This place is packed on a regular basis with lunch combos (miniature versions of various full size dishes) serving the local businessmen/women on their lunch breaks.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Shanghai vegetable hotpot rice $6.99
I actually really liked this rice even if it is a bit on the oily side. It tastes refereshing because its basically just rice and veggies, a good choice since most of the stuff on the menu is heavily meat-based. It also smelled really good.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Pan fried pork bun $4.99
This tastes average, a bit too oily for me. I guess my mouth isn't as used to the Northern Chinese food as it is to Southern Chinese.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Pan-fried green onion cake $4.99
Sometimes referred as green onion pancake, its usually available at dimsum as well. There are generally two kinds, deep-fried or pan-fried. This one here had a strong green onion flavour which is perfect. A good pancake has many little layers inside with chopped green onion sprinkled in between. Interestingly enough, there are two pancakes stacked here when its usually served as one.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
小笼汤包 (Xiao Long Bao)
Shanghai juicy pork dumpling $4.99
You can't go to a Northern Chinese restaurant without ordering this staple menu item. As usual, the chef in charge of making these dumplings is situated inside the dining area behind a counter and glass window so customers can see how they're being made right before their eyes.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Honey Prawn $15.99
This dish looks like your typical 'lemon chicken' 'sweet & sour pork' aimed at Caucasian taste buds with one exception that this actually tastes really good! (No offense to those other 2 dishes, but coming from a more traditional Chinese food tasting background, I don't like them because they really misrepresent Chinese food) Anyway, this dish is seriously delicious, I might have eaten the whole plate myself if everyone else I was with didn't also like it too ...

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Shanghai style rice cake $9.99
They've got some good stir-frying skills because this dish, even though it looks simple, actually takes a lot of technique. The chewy rice cake pieces can stick together and form a giant blob if you're not careful. Its also easy to undercook them which causes them to be hard and impossible to chew.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Crispy tofu wrap fish $12.99
The server who took our order recommended we try this, and I'll have to say I wish we didn't. It was hard to eat because the outside yellow bean curd layers were crispy on the outer parts but unbreakable on the inside. The fish inside was tasty but because of the odd outer wrap, it made eating each wrap really difficult due to their large size. It was also the last lingering dish to arrive which was not impressing.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Tan Tan noodle soup with minced meat $6.59
This was alright. The name is misleading, and the noodle is underneath.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Beef sesame cake $4.99
Crispy wrap around sweet beef. Yum.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Deep fried sliced roll $2.99
Can't really go wrong with this one, its a popular item. This comes in a deep fried version as well as the plain steamed version. Both types can be dipped in the condensed milk.

Lin's Chinese Cuisine and Tea house
Shanghai style chow mein $8.99
This tastes really similar to the rice cake one, if not identical in flavour. It was pretty good except for the overly oiliness. I've had this dish at other restaurants and having it less oily but still great-tasting is entirely possible.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That deep fried sliced roll looks incredible: crispy on the outside, soft and layered on the inside. And those two shrimp perched on top of the tan tan noodles looks good too!

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