Sunday, 16 December 2012

Da Fu Seafood Cuisine

We were looking to try another Chinese restaurant other than Maple Yip and my aunt suggested Da Fu Seafood Cuisine.
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The first thing that stuck me was that there were so many big tables for larger parties. I only saw 5-6 tables for smaller parties (4 people and under) and the rest of the restaurant was large tables. It made me wonder if the restaurant primarily catered to larger groups.
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Fish Sauce Chicken
It was done very well - the portion was a little small in serving 8-10 people.
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Wine sauce spareribs with taro
The sauce was sticky and sweet. Definitely different from any Chinese restaurant dish I've ever had.
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Crispy chicken
I loved this! You get the moist tender chicken with the crunchy skin and crispy fried peanuts on top. It was a nice harmony of textures. Delicious!
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Top: Beef and choy sum; Bottom: Sweet and sour pork
The choy stalks were crisp, but the leaves were soggy. The beef was nicely done.
I usually really like sweet and sour pork since it's such a great combination of flavours from the tart sweetness of the pineapples and peppers and the sourness of the sauce. I didn't like the pork though - it felt like there was more fat and air in the battered pork than there was actual meat.
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Salt and Pepper Pork chops
The chilis are what make this dish so spicy, but if you take those off - it's not that bad. It's definitely more heat than I can handle, but the crunchy pork chop is so tempting.

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Fried grouper and tofu
The sauce was a little bland, but the soft grouper and tofu pockets made up for it.
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Three kinds of Seafood with sweet peas and celery
Despite the crunchy toasted peanuts, it was a little bland and kind of oily (as evident from the sheen of things).
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Peking Duck
I LOVE Peking duck and I was actually kind of relieved to go back to the North American version of the dish that I grew up with using hoisin sauce and meaty chunks of duck with the skin (instead of the long strips of duck ersion in Beijing).
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I was still a disaster at wrapping the duck (picutre on left), but my brother did a pro version using the lessons we learned at Quanjude Restaurant in Beijing (picture on right).
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The rest of the Peking Duck
The duck was so succulent and tasty. I was really impressed by the rest of the duck - it held the flavour so well.

Overall: Great for large party dinners! The whole meal was reasonably priced for 8-10 people and there was a lot of food. The food may not have been as delicious as Maple Yip's, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. 
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