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Throwing in the towel - Day 5 (Fortune in Oakridge)

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bdachow Jun 22, 2010 02:08 PM

Ok, I'm officially eated out. The only eats I could throw back was dim sum with the family at Fortune in Oakridge Mall. Dinner was a simple roasted chicken at home and it was the perfect way to end the trip.

So...as for Fortune...what can I say...10 family members on a weekend. Busy and hectic. Overall impression...meh. A few hits but more misses than anything. Highlights were Bean Curd roll with soup. It was a sheet of bean curd wrapped around bok choy and mushrooms and pork. The broth was light (and reminescent of Swansons) but was a good dish and not so heavy being one of the few braised dishes. Beef tendons...miss...good braised tendon, absolutely tasteless unless it was sitting in the bottom of the dish and soaking for the entire length of the meal. Halfway decent, they had a steamed rice roll with pea tip sprouts and liver. I liked the idea of it but sadly, they had overcooked the liver so it was tough. I ended up picking that out and just eating the roll with the sprouts which was really good. The rice roll wasn't too thick and gloppy which is a huge pet peeve of mine. They also did a fascinating mixture of water chestnut "cake" with a stripe of red bean down the middle. I'll try and post the picture I took later but that was pretty good surprisingly. Of course, it was one of the first dishes out so perhaps I was just hungry in general. They had an XLB that was rather greenish in colour and when I asked the family, they said spinach which when I look at the bill it says spinach but the English translation came up with Aleo Vera Steamed Buns (Chinglish at it's worst). Go figure that one out. Not good, no soup and quite frankly, the greenish tint makes it look like something rather alien and not right (it kind of glowed green as opposed to spinach ravioli which is all green). Otherwise, the other dishes (too numerous to discuss) were ok, not fantastic but not horrible. I'd say Kirin was better quality but Fortune had an insane quantity of it.

And so that ends my vacation, am looking forward to my next trip back (hopefully in the fall) where I swear I'll make it to Nine Dishes. And thanks of course to all the hounds that came out, it was absolutely great to meet new hounds and see familiar faces. Thanks to Greyelf for organizing 2 events (and the great tip on the lavender tea). Can't wait til next time!

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    islandgirl Jun 22, 2010 03:10 PM

    I'm intrigued by the "tip on lavender tea". Can you divulge?

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      grayelf Jun 22, 2010 05:17 PM

      Glad you had a good trip, bda -- deffo Nine Dishes next time. Ya gotta go with a group though; I took my dad and the SO for Father's Day and while we enjoyed it very much, we had WAY too much food for three people (and we only ordered 4 dishes, two of which I would call appetizers).

      Enjoy the lavendar tea -- I think I'm going to go have one myself :-). FYI for islandgirl: it's instant powdered milk tea from T'n'T in Richmond, no brand name (at least, not in English) but the bag says LAVENDAR down the left side in large white letters and the whole thing is a rather garish pinky purple. Net weight is 330 g but there are a flock of little packets inside. Costs around $6 or $7 IIRC, product of Taiwan and imported by T'n'T specifically.

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        bdachow Jun 23, 2010 06:07 AM

        And it smells like wafer biscuits I used to have as a child, the ones with the layers of wafers layered with cream. Oh yum...am just having a tea now.

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