Wen Xin (South Burnaby) ?
- LotusRapper Jun 8, 2010 11:20 PM
Anyone ventured out to Rumble Ave/Royal Oak in Burnaby and eaten at Wen Xin ? I lunch at Sunflower Cafe and/or Sasaya on Royal Oak once awhile. Walked by Wen Xin but they seem always closed midday, which only makes me more curious after looking at their menu on the door.
Is that this place ?
Chinese on awning says: "Sichuan Hot Pot" (left) and "Chengdu Snacks" (right)
The same day I went to Lingering Flavours I actually parked right in front of Spicy Legend. They were closed and I peeped through the window. Broom closet-sized, 3 booths of 4 seats each, and 2 v. small stand-alone tables beside, for a total capacity of maybe 15. No menu posted.
Went there and TOFTT'd. And I survived. In fact I did better than that, I was pleased.
Even though the menu had an indecisive variety of "northern" and Sichuan dishes (incl. 水煮魚/water-boiled fish, 元蹄/braised pigs trotters, "squirrel" fish, etc) and Taiwanese dishes like salty crispy chicken, I still got the sense they are earnest to reproduce the cuisines of each region without much compromise. The pictures of some dishes certainly made them look "authentic".
Place is small-ish, maybe capacity seating at around 35. But cheery and modernly-furnished if modest. Owner lady was friendly and polite. Accepts cash only (ATM across road).
I ordered preserved vegetable with pork belly (mei cai kou rou/梅菜扣肉) on rice for $6. Came within minutes in a steaming hot hearty round dish. Abundant "mei cai" made me happy. The pork belly (6 generous slices) was tender but not as "darkly stewed" as I would have liked. Otherwise still tasty with no hint of MSG. I finished to the bottom of the platter and left happy.
Would return for more exploration.