Gingeri Chinese Cuisine is in Central Richmond, at Lansdowne Centre. The restaurant is very spacious and tidy. We arrived super early, at around 6, so the place was still pretty calm. By the time we left though, most of the tables were full.
Peking Duck: Cousin Chris and her hubby were craving Peking Duck, so this was the star of the night. It’s basically a think layer of duck with its skin and a bit of meat served with spring pancake, hoisin sauce (traditionally would be sweet bean sauce) and scallions. I had one wrap, and although the skin was super crispy, I didn’t like how greasy it was. My pancake was soaked in oil, and I had trouble rolling it up because it kept slipping from my hand, ew.. I defeinitely would’ve liked it better with the fat trimmed off, but I guess it’s personal preference because others including Papa Rae really loved the fatty taste. (2.5/5)
Stir-fry Chicken & Veggies: The veggies- cucumbers, carrots, black fungus, onions, carrots– and chicken were both cooked nice and tender, there was just too much oil used.. but it’s expected in restaurant stir-frys because they kinda need that amount of oil for the wok. (2/5)
Pork Lettuce Wraps: This dish consisted of stir-fried minced pork and veggies- celery, carrots, scallions, cilantro, and was served in big floppy lettuce leaves. It was very flavourful, despite the pork itself being a tad bit overcooked and tough. (3/5)
Stir-fry Scallops & Veggies: The scallops were very yummy, and I especially loved the lotus root s here! There were also mushrooms, carrots, and snow peas. Again, a little less oil would be good.. (2.5/5)
Fried Sweet & Sour Pork: I’m not a big fan of sweet & sour pork- the thick, fried batter covered in sticky sauce doesn’t really appeal to me. However, it seems to be one of Grams and everyone else’s favourites so we always order it.. I just stay away.
Steamed Sole: The waiter must’ve noticed my photography action, because when this came he literally said “take a picture of it now because I debone and destroy it.” LOL. I didn’t try this, everyone who did really enjoyed it though.
Duck Soup: The picture here is of course the pulp, but the soup itself was quite refreshing and delicious. It was simmered with some of the leftover duck from the earlier Peking duck, Chinese mustard and tofu. (3/5)
Desserts — After all the food came desserts.. red bean soup and these Chinese Petit Fours– almond and sesame cookies. I decided not to have any though because my stomach just screamed no. Red bean soup is served in seriously every single Chinese restaurants and it always tastes the same.. As for the cookies, Cousin Mie liked the sesame cookies but found the almond ones to be too sweet.
All in all, a pretty average restaurant. I’m not impressed by the food but it made a decent meal for a family gathering.
Value: N/A (I do know it was an expensive meal..)
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