A bunch of us headed over to the Burnaby Palace for lunch one day. Burnaby Palace offers what Gene refers to as “Canadian Chinese Food”. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, I guess it refers to Chinese food such as sweet and sour pork, egg foo yung, chicken chow mein, and other similar type dishes. For the most part, it is authentic food but more suited to the mainstream audience, if I may say so.
There were six of us in total, which allowed us to order a wide variety of dishes. Gene and Christina have been here quite a few times so we left it up to them to pick the dishes for us. First came the hot and sour soup. It was loaded with goodies like mushrooms, carrots, tofu, and bamboo shoots. It was very spicy but didn’t hit you until a few seconds after you swallowed.
For our veggie content, Gene selected the Buddha’s Feast, which was a mixture of bok choy, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, onions, and mushrooms. It had a light taste and the veggies were all nice and crunchy.
Christina’s favourite here is the Shanghai fried noodles, which was thick noodles with chicken, green onions, and cabbage. I normally don’t like these noodles because I find them too greasy but the dish here was actually light on the oil and not too heavy.
The almond chicken is breaded deep fried chicken with almond bits. It also comes with a plum sauce for dipping. This was very tasty and the chicken was crispy although probably not the healthiest thing to eat. Some of the end parts of the chicken pieces had a bit too much batter for my taste though.
The plum sauce gave the almond chicken a tangy flavour, making it quite similar to lemon chicken (another popular dish at Burnaby Palace).
The ginger beef must have come straight from the kitchen. It came with sizzling hot and tangy sauce drizzled all over. This dish went great with rice, especially since the kitchen was so generous with the sauce.
The Mandarin-style sweet and sour pork was also quite tasty. However, we found the taste a bit too similar to the ginger beef. It also went great with steamed rice.
We were a bit overzealous with the ordering and probably ordered one dish too many. The portion sizes are Burnaby Palace are quite generous and most dishes work out to around $8-12. Burnaby Palace is pretty popular with the local office crowd and was packed by the time we left around 12:45 in the afternoon. It is best to come here with a group as most dishes are meant to be shared.
3787 Canada Way, Burnaby