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Chinese Beef Brisket Curry in GVRD?

brokentelephone Apr 24, 2011 07:39 PM

I've just come back from Gloucester Cafe where I had a poor-to-mediocre beef brisket curry. Not only should it be renamed "potato curry with, if you're lucky, beef brisket," but it was really just crap. The sauce is bright yellow, thick, overly creamy, underflavoured, and so heavy -- the beef bits were flavourless as well and didn't taste like brisket at all (which happens to be my favorite cut).

Is there anywhere to get good BBC in VAn/Richmond? I tried the one at Mui Garden and found it similarly mediocre. I feel so heavy and bloated after eating 1/2 of the portion served.

I suspect most places are using a standard pre-made sauce as they all look and taste the same, and definitely do not taste fresh.

Any ideas? I love this dish when done correctly.

Mui Garden Restaurant
4327 North Rd, Burnaby, BC V3N4N3, CA

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  1. LotusRapper RE: brokentelephone Apr 24, 2011 11:23 PM

    Great question. My personal fave is a coconut milk-heavy version without the doping of tumeric. Recently I had a good one at i-Cafe. But yeah, I'd love to hear what others recommend.

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      clutterer RE: brokentelephone Apr 25, 2011 01:32 PM

      I recall having a pretty decent one at the curry kiosk at the Yaohan in Richmond, but that was quite awhile ago.

      1. toutefrite RE: brokentelephone Apr 25, 2011 07:40 PM

        Don't feel qualified to judge the quality of the dish, but at Deer Garden Signature Restaurant ( or something like that), the beef brisket curry dish was full of beef, a less strident yellow, and not so heavy.

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          LotusRapper RE: toutefrite Apr 25, 2011 08:50 PM

          Curry King (food court stall) in the Crystal Mall in Burnaby has decent curries. Took me a while to remember their name.

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          brokentelephone RE: brokentelephone Apr 27, 2011 10:29 AM

          Thanks guys! I've been meaning to try Deer Garden Signatures (weird name) and will put Curry King on my list.

          Deer Garden Restaurant
          3610 Westwood St, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B4S8, CA

          Curry King Cafe
          , Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

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            LotusRapper RE: brokentelephone Apr 27, 2011 12:20 PM

            I only found one blog review of their beef curry:


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              chowtimes RE: brokentelephone Apr 27, 2011 01:37 PM

              Oh! Did someone just say Beer Garden?

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                brokentelephone RE: chowtimes Apr 27, 2011 02:51 PM

                I wish Vancouver had all-you-can-drink beer gardens!

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                  LotusRapper RE: brokentelephone Apr 27, 2011 06:40 PM

                  Yeah there is, for me it was called: U .... B .... C (Unlimited Beers Coming)


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              bill_n_opus RE: brokentelephone May 1, 2011 09:52 PM

              I've had the Prawn as well as the Chicken Curry at Deer Garden (Coquitlam) and it's pretty good. Haven't tried their Beef Brisket version although i would imagine it would be similar.

              Deer Garden Restaurant
              3610 Westwood St, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B4S8, CA

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                betterthanbourdain RE: brokentelephone May 2, 2011 01:53 AM

                FWIW, I've found brisket an item that is hard to find a consistent place that knocks it out of the park everytime. I believe part of the reason being that brisket being a braise item, texturally and taste wise it makes it harder to make a consistent product daily on a kitchen that has many items on the menu. Batches are made and reheated by possibly several cooks.
                Gloucester Cafe(like most HK style) I've found to be highly inconsistent. It's hard to rate some of the items as you get a completely version each time you are there. In fact it is frustrating especially when you go back and get dissapointed that the item is no where near what it tasted like the last time.
                As far a curry goes in beef brisket, seems to me there are two kinds in town. One curry more along the HK/Macau style with a brighter yellow slightly sweet curry like at Mui Garden/i'cafe and another with a darker more robust curry with more a East/South-East Asian curry like kiosk at Yaohan(curry house)/Ginger Garlic.

                It is possible some are using the same base curry. But anyone who understands curry would certainly never use a curry base.

                LR, UBC the university might see a rise in enrollment :-)

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