Jiangmen: Hotel Jinbao Street Eats

by gigi on May 26, 2008

In our Jiangmen hotel, there was an “eating street” right on the second level of the hotel. Basically, it was a large restaurant but organized into several different storefronts that offered food from all the different regions of China. You can visit as many stalls as you want and everything is tabulated onto one bill. I ate here a couple of times while I was at Jiangmen and really enjoyed how this allowed us to sample several different restaurants/stalls in a single meal.

There were six of us one day for lunch so we decided to go to the eating street so we could sample a variety of different items. First up was a fried curry rice. It had an excellent curry flavour and was very tasty.

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We had to sample some dim sum…after all, we were in Guangdong province, one of the birthplaces of dim sum! :) I found the siu mai (pork and shrimp dumplings) here to be ok but I’ve definitely had better in Vancouver.

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The crab and seaweed dim sum looked pretty interesting so we gave that a try as well. This was actually so popular that I didn’t get a chance to try one myself. I’ll just have to assume it was quite tasty. :)

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The braised pork with veggies went very well with rice. The oil had been rendered out of the pork so it wasn’t too oily.

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The ja jiang mein was spicy and very tasty. The noodles were made fresh on the spot and you could really taste the difference.

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The vegetables were served with preserved (i.e. 1000 year) egg. I really enjoyed this dish because the egg adds a different taste to the overall dish.

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I expected the tan tan noodles to be the peanut sauce version that’s found in most Szechuan and Taiwanese restaurants in Vancouver. This version had no peanut sauce and had a clear soup base but was very spicy.

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Now it was time for dessert. We all shared some almond pudding and some black sesame pudding. They were both very tasty but also very thick…meaning they were quite filling. :)

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The glutinous rice with red bean is a popular dessert item for us when we go for dim sum.  The beans were left whole instead of ground up in a paste so it made for an interesting texture contrast against the gooey rice part.

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We also had a thin pancake with red bean paste.  I enjoyed this quite a bit because it was nice and crispy …but not oily at all.

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Summary:
Food: ★★★½☆
Service: ★★☆☆☆
Price: $ (I think all six of us ate for around $20 Cdn!)

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