Location: 1800 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 215-1800 | Hours: N/A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
I have just realized that I’m such a slow writer! I’m now almost a month behind my blog posts. Yes, I eat faster than I write. But better late than never, here it is! I came to Bing Sheng for dinner about a month ago. It was a big party for a birthday. We heard raving reviews from many people about this place and how there’s always a crazy lineups for dim sum. We went on a Saturday evening around 6pm and the restaurant was only occupied by a few tables. This place has an underground parkade all for its customers behind the restaurant.
We were seated almost immediately after walking in, as we’ve made reservations ahead of time. We occupied one of their biggest tables as we had a pretty big crowd.
The restaurant is quite modern and grand with several LCD TV’s. However, the outside looks nothing like the inside.
These were complimentary snacks that were served before our dinner. It felt like shredded potatoes, carrots, and pork with sesame oil.
The braised crispy squab here is pretty good for its special pricing. It was $8.90 for a whole squab, which isn’t bad because it tasted very crispy and juicy. For those haven’t had squabs before, they taste similar like ducks but the texture is much smoother than of a duck. It’s less meaty than a duck, of course. But, it’s got quite an unique taste. You must try it, if you are a duck lover.
This dish is another popular amongst many Chinese restaurants. It’s a steamed tofu which is topped with scallops, chicken, gai lan, and carrot bits smothered with a thick sauce. It’s one of my favourite comfort Chinese dish. The tofu underneath the sauce actually tastes like steamed egg, it’s smooth in texture. This one is not the best I have had, but it’s not bad at all.
This was an interesting dish for a Chinese restaurant. The deep fried oyster was crispy and coated with a very unique batter, it tasted like a seaweed batter. The spice was interesting.
The rice here is very different from many other Chinese restaurants. The rice here is individually steamed from raw, it’s very different from rice made from the rice cooker. It feels much firmer.
This dish is an award winning dish at Bing Sheng. It is a full talipia steamed with egg and smothered with sweet soya fish sauce. It was really good! The steamed egg had fish taste to it. And the fish was steamed perfectly, very smooth. The best of it all was the soya sauce, which tasted a perfect dish with the two combos. No wonder it is an award winning dish.
This is a crab meat with egg white covered on top of brocoli. Again, this isn’t the best I have had, but it’s not a bad dish.
The pork spare ribs were very tender. It is definitely a good combo with rice. I’m not sure if I entirely like the sauce, it was a bit overpowering that covered the freshness of the meat.
The deep fried pig intestine is not everyone’s favourite, as the cleaning process needs to be very thorough or it’ll taste really bad. This dish also has a very unique taste that not everyone likes.
The house chicken was pretty good, served with ginger and onion sauce.
I thought the portion of this dish was too small for its price. But maybe, this is also because eel is more expensive. Hence, the small portion. However, the dish was not very hot when served, maybe they should rename it to cold/warm pot instead of HOT pot.
The seafood chow mien had pieces of fish, prawns, squid, and mushrooms all fried with chow mien with a thick sauce. The girlfriend thinks there could be more sauce to make it less dry.
This was apparently a dessert not found likely to be found in most places. It’s called “gai jai ban” in Cantonese. It’s got a rather interesting taste, nothing expected from a regular cookie. It was interesting with a bit of a salty taste but also sweet at the same time.
The red bean soup is a very common dessert at most Chinese restaurants, mostly because they are cheap to make a whole big pot. It is usually too sweet in my opinion, and this one isn’t any different. I’m not a very big fan of red beans or any type of beans, so I’m not going to be bias here.
The bill came to just under $250, not too bad for 13 people. Overall, the food wasn’t bad. There was some interesting kicks to the typical Chinese restaurants. However, the service was very lousy. Even though it is typical that Chinese restaurants are known to have lousy customer service, but it was on the mere to be unacceptable. The servers were not very nice to taking our orders, as they wanted us to get extra large dishes as we were a big group. But, we didn’t listen to their suggestions because we wanted to try more of different dishes instead. And they were giving us attitude throughout the evening. The servers were also not very polite when they served the dishes on the table. I’m big when it comes to customer service at a restaurant. If a restaurant has great food, great ambiance, but terrible customer service. You would have my bet that I won’t be returning!
So to end off today’s post, what is your biggest pet peeve’s for Chinese Restaurants? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.