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Jun 4, 2010 09:26 PM

day 3: richmond day. any hk diner recs for a quick tea?

day three, richmond

ive read some more and i am more and more excited about the richmond. we will def visit parker place mall (thank you florentine) after aberdeen. as for back up things to do, i read about richmond's wharf. may do that. may do richmond public market in addition to parker place mall. i think thats enough. we may just spend all our time at aberdeen too. its all just back up.

BUT i also saw that there are QUITE a number of hk cafes in richmond. even though this isnt really in the best interest of the party, what with a big dinner at sea harbor coming up, i might be able to convince them to have a cup of hk tea with me (will stay strong and not order any dishes).

i literally have not had a cup of hot super thick, creamy hk naai cha in over two years. i miss just popping in somewhere at 1 am and getting a cup with a pork chop rice.

like i said, ive seen/read about quite a few diners. if there is one that you all recommend over the others, and if it is near aberdeen centre and sea harbour, we will drop by your rec if my party is up for it. it must have convenient parking.

thanks so much in advance!

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  1. There's an HK-style cafe right inside Aberdeen Centre so you might want to give it a try. It's called Seventh Heaven. Or for something more "old-school", try Lido Bakery in Central Square (behind Aberdeen Centre, the strip mall between Aberdeen Centre and Parker Place) and get a cup of HK milk tea with a fresh-out-of-the-oven pineapple bun. Makes a nice snack between lunch and dinner. Happy Date Bakery on Park Road or Kam Do Bakery on Alexandra Road are also options for a cup of HK milk tea and a snack.

    Aberdeen Centre
    4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X4J7, CA

    Happy Date Restaurant
    8135 Park Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y1S8, CA

    8 Replies
    1. re: _js_

      I second JS on Happy Date Bakery.

      There's also #9. A bit more of a restaurant (no bakery & snacks per se) but it is open 24hrs and easy to get to & park (nestled in Lansdowne Shopping Mall):

      Local opins of #9 are mixed. I've only been there twice and both times were fine for me. As they say: "YMMV" ....... your mileage may vary.

      Here's a whole whack of HK-style restaurants/cafe in Vancouver, Richmond and other local neighborhoods, again blogged by Chowtimes:

      Aren't ya sorry you asked ..... now more choices to make ;-)

      1. re: LotusRapper

        oh my god, the chowtimes site is amazing! love the voice of the site! very strong opinions!

        im going to look some more there.

        and since js & lotus wrapper borth mention happy date, that will go on the short list.

        thank you both so much!

        1. re: doughnut

          Latest entry is the Empire Center in Richmond, and its foods:

          That ostrich clay pot rice looks amazing !!

          1. re: doughnut

            Happy Date is not really a true HK style cafe as such their milk tea may not be their strongest offering. For good HK cafe style milktea, I'd suggest Pearl Castle, Estea, Well Tea or even Allelulia. They can all be found in Urbanspoon. And they are also open late so it will be a good place to go after your scrumptious Sea Harbour dinner. Happy eating!!

            1. re: CrispyLechon

              suppose there are differing when you say HK style cafe. i agree that Kam Do, Lido, Alleluia, Silver Tower, No. 9, Excelsior and Happy Date as HK style cafe. Though some like the last three have a more extensive menu for family meals etc...
              I think Lido is prob the most 'authentic' HK style with the food similar to HK. Try their pineapple bun with butter..
              I think BBT and milk tea are similar but not the same category.
              Also think some can be considered more restaurant's that serve Milk Tea(Nai Chah), as oppose to just a HK style cafe. Which serves mainly HK style macaroni noodle soup, spam, congee.
              I think Lido is your best bet and it is between Parker and Aberdeen. Better for snacking. Happy Date is good if you go with a few people and order their set dinner where you order a few dishes and it comes with soup, rice yada yada..

              Happy Date Restaurant
              8135 Park Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y1S8, CA

              1. re: betterthanbourdain

                I second your suggestion of Lido restaurant. Their pineapple bun is to die for. A perfect accompaniment to HK milktea. It is quite decadent especially if you order it with butter. You'll get a quarter inch thick slab of butter with the bun. I just wonder if they have it at night. But anyway Lido seems to fit the bill.

                1. re: betterthanbourdain

                  Kam Do is HK style cafe. I don't know if their milk tea is any good but if you like chinese pastries, their "old wives cakes" aka low poh beng aka wintermelon pastries are definitely the best in the city (and probably rivals that famous HK bakery Hang Heung, well considering the master was from HH). If that floats your boat.

                2. re: CrispyLechon

                  Pearl Castle, Estea, Well Tea -- these are more Taiwanese bubble tea places. Which might be another option for that in-between snack after lunch and before dinner. You can have an order of crispy-salty-peppery chicken nuggets to go with some pearl milk tea or fruit tea.