And let them only eat rice cake, because rice cake is the jam at Jin Jiang Shanghai Restaurant.
Simple as it looks, this dish proves to be more finicky that you would think because if it’s not one thing, than it’s another. And if it’s not bland and boring, then it’s greasy or the cake is too thick. Not at Jin Jiang though where their rice cakes bring all the boys to the yard. And they’re like, it’s better than yours.
While we’re flying high, let’s talk Pan Fried Pork Buns. Never a big fan of this dish on account of having to work too hard at getting to the meat treat inside, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself reaching for a second, and then third piece.
I’ve had my fair share of rubbery dull pork buns but where others fail, Jin’s manages to shine. With their fluffy yet chewy bun exterior and juicy pork interior, good luck stopping yourself after just three.
When we’re talking dumpling, one is never enough and I think it’s safe to say it’s every man for himself. If you have to use your elbows to swipe that last one, you do what it takes.
With this strategy in mind, I was ready for battle when then Xiao Long Bao and Pan Fried Pork Dumplings arrived.
Turns out I didn’t have to fight too hard since these dumplings were’t amazing. Both on the bland side, they weren’t terrible but also nothing to lose a limb over.
Losing a limb isn’t your biggest worry here though, it’s losing an eye and if you’ve ever had a steamed pork dumpling or bun before, you know what I speak.
Friends, beware the dumpling squirt. Mind the spray because drop your guard a second, lose a retina a lifetime.
Any Shanghai meal isn’t complete without Shanghai Noodles so for the sake of tradition and the love of greasy carbohydrates, this is always a requirement. These noodles ain’t got nothing on the rice cake though because tasteless and boring was their game.
Just to shake things up tonight, Deep Fried Shrimp with Spicy Salt and Green Beans also made an appearance. At the risk of sounding like The Grinch, neither of these two dishes were very exciting. Decently seasoned with a spicy kick, the shrimp batter crumbled oddly in your mouth, slightly reminiscent of chalk.
Things started looking up with the arrival of our Shredded Pork with Pancake.
Step 1: Heap pork onto pancake.
Step 2: Drench already drenched pork with hoisin sauce.
Step 3: Decorate with cucumber for colour and refreshment.
Step 4: Roll and Go.
Let’s be honest, there’s not much in life that can’t be solved with a generous helping of hoisin so you know that when I encounter a heaping plate of pork and am left to my own devices, it’s going to be a good time.
A coupla hits, a coupla misses – would I return?
Bizarrely located in a Best Western in Burnaby, it’s not exactly on the way to anything for me but it’s Chinese standard clean and averagely priced with dishes ranging from $7-$14. Their rice cake and pork bun game is strong and I did not hate the remaining dishes.
In no rush but not opposed to returning, my answer is a resounding maybe.