June 19, 2013

Mother's Day Dinner @ The Oriental Gourmet

I live 5 minutes away from the Oriental Gourmet and it's one of my favourite Chinese restaurant around the area! The place specializes in Chiu Chow cuisine, though I find that the flavours are still very much Cantonese in style. For Mother's Day, we opted for a $78 package meal that included most of their specialties, starting off with the pig stomach soup. I know that doesn't sound very appetizing, but I can assure you that it's delicious. 
This was some sort of fried fish with a sweet sauce. It was accompanied by mayo for dipping but I didn't find it necessary- the fish was flavourful enough on its own.
Honestly, my mom picked this place for Mother's Day for only one reason: the smoked duck in sugar cane sauce. It is unbelievably delicious and I cannot sing enough praise for this dish. I order the duck almost every time I come and I always end up eating way too much of it. Definitely a must-order!
Next up, some veggies and mushrooms to provide some nutritional balance.
Szechwan-style chicken with vegetables was also delicious, albeit a little greasy.
Ginger wok-fried lobster is another Cantonese favourite. The portion wasn't very big, but it was sufficient for our small party of four.
Another bright note is that the restaurant usually provides complimentary dessert (even if you didn't order a meal package like we did). Of course, I was absolutely stuffed from all the food to eat too much of the dessert. I think our meal was meant to serve 5-6 people (we only had 4) and we definitely had a lot of leftovers to take home. One last note: reservations are highly recommended because the restaurant is small and very popular, especially around dinner time.
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