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May 28, 2013 09:51 PM

" Live BC Wild Spot Prawns " Chowmeet at the Emperor - A quick review

During the past six months, a couple of thoroughly enjoyable chowmeets, involving pre-arranged off menu items, were held at Maple Yip and O Mei. The latter involving Giant Lobsters prepared 5 ways!

Tonight, braving nasty weather and congested traffic, a group of die-hard foodie chowhounders ( Justxpete, Magic, Embee, Sweetie, Norman Wolfe, Estufarian, Juno, Bytepusher, TorontoJo.......etc ) met up at 'The Emperor ' in Richmond Hill for another chowmeet. This time with Live BC Wild Spot Prawns as the main theme. The result was another successful chowdown gathering with great food complimenting great company!

The menu of the night consisted of the following dishes:

Peking Duck 2 ways ( one of the best rendition in town )
- Chinese Crepe wrapped Crispy Skin & Meat with Hoisin Sauce and Condiments.
- Lettuce Wrap with Sauteed Minced Duck Meat and Crunchy Vegetables.

Wild BC Spot Prawns prepared 2 ways
- Crispy & Aromatic Wok Fried ( a la plancha ) Heads-on Prawns with Garlic Spicy Sea Salt.
- Sauteed Whole Heads-on Prawns with Maggi Sauce a la O'Mei.

Fried BC Jumbo Rock Oysters with Peppered Honey Glaze, sauteed Broccoli

Stirred fry Angus Beef Tenderloin Cubes with Special House sweet Teriyaki Sauce and Crunchy Caramelized Walnuts.

Deep fried Baby Pork Spare-Ribs with Chinese Preserved Olive Tapenade in crispy Rice Vermicelli nest.

Poached Whole Free Range Chicken with Chinese Rose Essence Wine Infused Premium Top Soya Sauce.

Fried Rice with Diced BBQ Pork, Pineapple and Ice-wine Soaked Raisin.

Desserts of Mango Pudding, Sweet Mung Bean Soup and Chinese Cookie

Although the restaurant was packed due to other simultaneously held functions, the true caliber of the kitchen really came out and shine since all the dishes were executed almost flawlessly.

Apart from the lovely contrasting flavored prawns ( one with a salty, the other, a sweetish finish ). The other favorites of the night, from a quick impromptu poll, were undoubtedly the addictive pork spare ribs and the crunchy skin Oysters. Both involving interesting complex flavor and textural play!

All in all, a great evening of fine food and great chowfriends!

Lastly, for a Chinese restaurant, the service, though impeded by language barrier, were extremely attentive and helpful

PS: A 'SECOND SEATING' involving the same menu is planned for Thursday 6th June. For those of you chowhounders who missed out on this meet and would like to participate in this next gathering, PLEASE CONTACT ME at by Sunday, 2nd June, the latest! ( lead time needed for the restaurant to secure the live Prawns for our group ). First come first serve basis still applies!

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  1. I hate to be crass, but how much a head?

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    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

      $50 all inclusive of food, tax and tips.

      1. re: Charles Yu

        Great price for all that good quality food! Don't even need a coupon!

        Was MSG used?

        Why not a fruit based dessert?

        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

          Although no mango was evident, technically mango is a fruit no?
          Besides dessert does not always have to include fruit.

    2. Thanks for organizing Charles! Great chowmeet as usual! My fav is a toss up between the spare ribs and oysters.

      1. The sea salt prawns, oysters and ribs were the standouts. Thanks for organizing another terrific chowmeet, Charles!

        1. Looks like another great meal. Wish I could have gone but probably a good thing I didn't try considering the weather and my commute!

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          1. re: ylsf

            I fully agree! I keep staring at these Chowhound meets and I wish I could go to these but the commute for me is 1+ hours!

            1. re: Nevy

              I drive in from Niagara-on-the-Lake for these. You can do it! :o)

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Yeah, and I drove in late from downtown TO, which initially *said* an hour on the GPS. Luckily I got there in much less time.. the secret is Don Mills North.

          2. Bytepusher was there? Where was he sitting? Would have liked to have met him!

            ps, Magic is waaaaaaaaay nicer in person. :P


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            1. re: justxpete

              I know, where/who was bytepusher?! Would have loved to have meet him/her. Great to meet magic in person. Need to chat more next time!

              1. re: TorontoJo

                I was right behind you, Mrs bytepusher (aka savagehenry) and I were beside Charles and Vincent

                I try to keep a low profile...

                1. re: bytepusher

                  Oh, doh! You did a good job with the low profile. :o)

                  Nice to meet you, though. Thanks for holding the door!

                2. re: TorontoJo

                  Lovely to meet you too! Definitely chat more next time :)

                  I had lots of fun with a wonderful couple with some great US recs, Estufarian and juno. Note: juno is such a joy.

                  More TorontoJo chatting next time!

                  1. re: magic

                    Love juno and estufarian. juno was my neighbour for many years. He needs to post more -- great writer. :)

                    See you next time!

                3. re: justxpete

                  So are you, dude! justxpete rules!

                  Honestly, that was a fantastic meal!

                  More comments from me later most likely....