Monday, 13 July 2015

Golden Rice Bowl Edmonton, AB - traditional Chinese meal with shark's fin soup, deep fried pigeon...

A few weeks back, we stopped by Golden Rice Bowl as we had planned to have a 12-15 course meal for our wedding reception and Miranda, the owner of GRB graciously asked us to have a trial of some of the dishes that we'll be having.  We had a huge list of gluten free, nut free and vegetarian requests on top of traditional and not as traditional menu requests which they were able to accommodate with their wide selection of dishes on their extensive menu. We only tried five dishes for dinner and packed much of it home...if we were to have tried all the dishes we were planning for the wedding, we'd have to try over 40 dishes!



First out was the shark's fin soup loaded with generous large pieces of shark's fin in a savory, unami rich slightly thickened broth topped with steamed shelled crab meat.  It was served in a a cute vessel with a candle underneath to keep the soup piping delicious hot.  There was only two of us, but there was easily enough for four.  This is available by special request only as it takes the kitchen a day or two of prep work.

The deep fried pigeon was out next with its skin nice and crispy and the meat moist and tender.  The most sought after part on deep fried pigeons is the head for the brain. So I tried it for the first time, and while the head could have used a bit more time in the deep fryer to make it more crispy, the tinny bit of brain inside was creamy and similar to eating fois gras.

We had some nicely executed pea shoot tips sauteed in garlic for veges

We also had the beef black pepper sauce. So simple, but so delicious, we kept on picking at the tender savory cubes of beef it long after we were gut bustingly full

Lastly for dessert - this one wasn't on our choices for wedding dinner desserts, but the chef had just made them fresh, so we enjoyed sweet red bean past filled mochi balls rolled in coconut.

Golden Rice Bowl
Address
 5365 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H2H3
Phone 780) 435-3388
Hours Mon-Thur 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-11:30pm, Sat 9:30am-11:30pm, Sun and holidays 9:30am-11pm
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