Location: 4854 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC V5J 1C4
Phone: (604) 558-0995
Mon/Wed/Thurs 11:00AM – 9:30PM
Fri 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM – 10:00PM
Sun 11:30AM – 9:30PM
- Extremely small parking lot in rear / Mostly street parking
- Small restaurant (large parties – reservations recommended)
- Unique yet traditional Northern and Southern Chinese cuisine
- Take out available through Just-eat.ca
I don’t even remember how I found this restaurant, but I was looking for a special place to take my mom for her birthday (a couple months ago). I stumbled upon my wishlist, it’s amazing how the list just keeps on expanding and never shrinking. I needed to find a restaurant with great food, good value, and hopefully some place she’s never been before. Now that wasn’t too hard until the criteria requires to be Chinese food. And not just any, she’s into the whole Shanghainese type of cuisine. Thankfully, I found “Private Home Chinese Cuisine“. However, the only trouble was I never tried this place before. So let’s just test my luck!
I made a reservation for 9 people and we literally almost took up the entire restaurant (like I said, not that big). The restaurant seemed to be family owned and have quite a few selections from the menu of many traditional Northern and Southern Chinese dishes.
First up, a traditional hot and sour soup. You can adjust the hotness as you like. We went for mildly hot. But it was still quite hot. The reason for hot and sour soup (yes, there’s a story) is that in the old days, people drink it to keep warm. Especially in the colder regions. The “hotness” creates a sense of warmth and the “sour” makes it more filling.
The drunken chicken was pretty good. It wasn’t the best I had, but still pretty decent. You can taste the wine sunk into the bone-in chicken.
The wonton was a bit bland, a bland dish in general. I had a bit more of an expectation for this dish, but it just fell short.
The steamed pork buns (or what I like to call “XLB”, short for Xiu Long Bao) is decent. It was juicy and hot.
Another dish that was quite hot! But for those who haven’t had beef tripe, it’s a bit chewy and absorbs the flavours of the beef tripe.
The minced beef soup is also another popular soup in the “Xihu” (Western Lake) region. It’s a clear soup made with minced beef, egg white, and cilantro. If made right, it is a very tasty bowl of soup.
The deep fried wings were not bad. But just plain and simple as salted deep fried wings.
I don’t recall how this dish tasted.
A very interesting dumpling that I don’t see at other places. This is a shanghai style dumpling with sticky rice in it and steamed. Tasted pretty good and unique indeed to Private Home.
A shredded pork wrap. The sauce is sweet mixed with steamed wrap and scallions. One of my girlfriend’s favourite, right here!
The lamb with cumin was amazing. Yet, another hot dish. But the cumin was so strong that I just loved it. One thing I would’ve liked more was less oil. But I think a lot came with the fattiness of the lamb itself.
A traditional Shanghai dish. The white stuff is rice cake with shredded pork, bean sprout and preserved vegetables.
The duck was crispy and deep fried. Yet, it was juicy on the inside. Many restaurants deep fry their ducks for too long, leaving it too dry. But this place made it perfect.
One of my mom’s favourite vegetables when eating out, it’s deep fried beans then stir-fried in garlic and chili. It’s crispy and crunchy at the same time.
The pumpkin cake was a dessert specialty here. The owner was nice enough to give us this complimentary dessert. A bit too oily for my liking, but it was chewy on the outside and piping on the inside. Not too sweet either, which was great!
Overall, I was fairly impressed with Private Home Chinese Cuisine. The food was almost perfect (of the things we’ve ordered). The food was fairly priced. The service was good, we were well looked after from beginning to end. And the restaurant was very accommodating with us taking over half the restaurant. The restaurant was clean throughout and has a flat-panel display for your hockey games.