China Fried Rice
China Fried Rice and is a restaurant with a name so literal and bare that it is amusing yet awesome at the same time. No pretentious elaborate name and no website, but the consistently good reviews I have read about it piqued my interest.
Another perfect example of do-not-judge-a-restaurant-by-its-exterior. Surprisingly one of the more elegant Chinese restaurants in this region. I cannot think of any other Chinese restaurant in this region that serves peanut appetizers, although it is a common practice in many Chinese restaurants located elsewhere.
Their menu was huge. Amazing variety of meats and flavour combinations but just way too many pages to go through. Spoiled for choice! In retrospect, I probably should have ordered some sort of fried rice…
On the Table for Maple:
- Mutton with Cumin ($12.99)
- Chinese Cabbage with Chestnuts ($8.99)
- Beijing-style Fried Pancake ($8.50)
Found another $1.50 on the bill – either the peanuts or the tea.
When they have a chili symbol beside the menu item to warn you about its spiciness, heed advice! We did not enjoy this dish as the cumin was overpowering and spiciness was choking. The mutton was also too fatty. No one but myself to blame for overestimating my spice tolerance. Thankfully the cabbage dish arrived. It tasted very clean and fresh. I love stir-fry Chinese cabbage dishes! Chestnuts were a nice touch, interesting combination.
The real surprise was the pancake. Not only was it the cheapest, but also the largest. Resembling nothing like a typical Chinese pancake, the pancake slices were stir-fried with vegetables. Though it was oily, there were bountiful amounts of vegetables to provide a good balance.
I enjoyed the meal as nothing was overly salty or oily. Their fascinating menu is enticing me for a return visit. Some dishes I would love to try next include the Smoked Pork Hock in Soy Sauce ($11.99), Sliced Pig’s Ear with Garlic ($8.99), Sliced Jelly Fish with Vinegar Sauce ($5.99), and Szechuan Bangbang Chicken ($8.99).
1) $$ – Main dishes are meant be to be shared, large portions
2) The interior will surprise you, very spacious and bright
3) Service was quick despite the lunch crowd
4) Great flavours and not overly salty
Where: 265 King Street East, Kitchener
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