October 24, 2012

CHINESEBITES x CINDYS PALACE CHINESE SEAFOOD x EAST VAN

ChineseBites signature dishes tour dinner #8 at Cindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant (formerly Golden Phoenix) in Hastings-Sunrise on October 22, 2012.

Cindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver

Venturing into the Hastings-Sunrise area, our Chinese dining crew tried this house-like, neighbourhood eatery. They offered some fun, interesting (but safe) twists to a few Chinese dish staples. This included the found the lamb and fish hot pot fairly tasty, full various meats and veggies. I refrained from the steamed winter melon with vegetables due to my melon aversion but could not deny its pretty look and presentation (above).

Cindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, VancouverCindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver

The pan fried vermicelli noodles with beef in black bean sauce was delectable and went down well. I liked the mix and delightful plating.

Cindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver

Queenie, Sherman, Grace, and Sean were all abuzz for each of our sixteen dishes in the camera corner. Not pictured, but the deep fried shrimp cakes, spring rolls, pork dumplings, special fried rice,  sesame balls were all fairly solid, and less so, the baked pumpkin pastries (which looked nice).

Cindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver

Nicely served in an edible basket was the spicy pork jowl. It was flavourful and delicious but had far too many onions and not enough pork.

Cindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, VancouverCindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver

I always enjoy deep fried squid and they were impossible not to chomp on constantly, salted with a light spicy taste. The stir fried chicken on rice in a large basket was solid and massive.

Cindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver

We found the stir fried prawns with tea leaves by far the most decorative dish, served in a neat basket type holder. The prawns themselves were standard and fair. Another interestingly presented dish was the steamed spare ribs cooked and served in a whole pumpkin (below). They were also more than decent with a light pumpkin flavour.

Cindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, VancouverCindys Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant | Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver

Thus far, I have less than enjoyed any creative twists on standard Chinese dishes and gravitate to the more traditional stuff. However, I found Cindys and their small tweaks to items not only fun, but appetizing. Most of the food was improved with great presentation in addition to being served cleanly. The service was friendly and prompt. I enjoyed it and found it a nice change from the more standard, usual offerings.

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