Vancouver has hundreds of authentic Chinese restaurants to choose from but we also have an abundance of hybrid Chinese restaurants where they serve dishes from many different Asian countries. One such place that I love is called Red Ginger on West Broadway. Casual and comfortable, Red Ginger serves up Asian cuisine with influences from China, Malaysia and Thailand. At Red Ginger is that there really is something for everyone, whether you are trying it for the first time or grew up eating Chinese food you’ll find something you love. For me the coconut rice is like eating dessert and I love my dessert.
Red Ginger is located at 967 West Broadway at Oak Street. The half way spot between Cambie and Granville streets along West Broadway. It’s also only a short walk from Peaceful Restaurant at West Broadway and Cambie Street.
Dinner tonight is with two of my best friends, Henri and Gus. Henri grew up eating Chinese food fairly regularly while Gus is newly acquiring a taste for some of the more authentic dishes. Gus is a Honey Garlic Spareribs kinda guy. Red Ginger is filled with all sorts of great Asian decorations. There is a wall of tea pots and even a few engraved wooden doors used for screens and room dividers to add warmth. The real warmth though at Red Ginger comes from the manager Kam. If you’ve eaten at his restaurant once before he remembers you but everyone is greeted like a long lost friend. Kam is as much a part of the décor as the paint on the walls.
Dinner tonight is going to be four dishes served family style. I swear I only want to eat family style from now on, this way you can try everything. To start off the meal we have some Vegetarian Spring Rolls. Lightly fried these arrive piping hot and surprising non greasy. A big hit with Gus and Henri.
The next couple of dishes come at the same time, Long Bean Spicy Chicken with chilli and garlic and Sweet and Sour Pork. To go with both of these dishes we have some Steamed Coconut Rice wrapped in Banana Leaf. All are tasty dishes. Well made and perfectly suited for a North American palette. In fact, before I started this culinary adventure exploring Chinese Cuisine these dishes would have been at the top of my favourites.
Our last dish to arrive is called Mee Siam with Beef. It consists of crispy vermicelli noodles served with stir fried vegetables and Beef in a Soy Bean sauce. Nicely sauced this was a very nice dish. The beef was so tender you barely had to chew it and the vegetables were cooked until they still had a bit of crunch to them, just the way I like them.
We are stuffed and ready to go but it’s not possible. Kam won’t let us go without a little dessert on the house. I say no because I can barely move but it doesn’t matter. Soon a bowl of Deep Fried Banana served with Mango Ice Cream arrives with three spoons. I resist but Henri and Gus both try it and give it two thumbs up.
If you are looking for a night out of Chinese food where the atmosphere is casual and comfortable then you will be thrilled with Red Ginger. The food is good, prices are reasonable and Red Ginger offers up a North American accessible entry to enjoy some Asian cuisine.
The service is excellent and the food is well made. A great place to have dinner with a couple of friends in a fun and casual environment. If your Asian food palette isn't too experienced, Red Ginger offers up plenty of dishes that you will enjoy and all with a smile.
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Would I go Back?7