A noon at Aberdeen Centre

by KimHo on March 9, 2011 · 15 comments under: British Columbia,Food,Restaurant



Sky is falling!!! In my last post, I wrote about Excellent Tofu & Snack, a dessert tofu shop in Richmond next to Aberdeen Centre. Going there wasn’t that much of an issue; after all, it was late night (*) and I was already in Richmond in YVR. However, the issue is going to Richmond during the day where all hell break loose!

(*) Just because it is night does not preclude from tweens driving expensive cars taking over the parking lots of most strip malls!

Aberdeen, Centre, Yaohan, Centre, Richmond, Vancouver, Cambie, Road, No 3, food, court, mall, Osaka, T&T, pork, chicken, curry, soup, fried, chicken, wings, home style, hainanese, chicken, rice, rib, sausage

But, in this case, Chris, Sarah and Bin wanted to go for some Chinese eats and to Richmond it was… However, there was sort of a reason…

We arrived at Yaohan Centre and the experience I was hoping to show Chris and Company happened almost right away: The crazy Richmond drivers. See, one of the things that some of us have complained about Richmond, aside from the narrow parking spaces, is their drivers. Truth is, people there do NOT know how to drive. I am not talking about just hitting the gas or brake; people don’t know know how to maneuver nor want to walk an additional 100 metre. Instead, they would rather double park (and don’t give a damn in the process) or stop, holding all the traffic while waiting for somebody who is starting to load his/her car, rather than turn around to the next open spot. In fact, in the two trips to Richmond, I think Chris and Company saw a bit of everything. In the particular case of Yaohan, I was turning around and had the right to take a parking spot. However, a SUV speeds up trying to take that same spot. Nope, I didn’t budge! Just because you have a bigger car does not mean I will yield to you, bastard!

But back to the trip. Once in Yaohan, we went to Osaka Supermarket (aka, T&T in disguise) and then a peek at their food court. Alas, we arrived a bit too early and several of the shops there was still empty. So, we took a quick drive to the mall across the street to Aberdeen Center. First thing I had to show them? That insane turn at the entrance. To those who haven’t driven there, as soon as you enter the building (driving, of course), you have to do a sharp right turn and, less than 10 metres later, a sharp left turn which leads you to the parkade. Here is the problem: as mentioned above, people do not want to walk an additional 100 metres and, given there is only lane up and one lane down, they would hold all the cars while waiting for somebody to leave. Going to the next level? Not a chance! “Fortunately”, we were still relatively early and managed to snag a spot almost right away.

Taking them to a small tour to what this mall has to offer, we went to our intended destination: their food court. Now, I must mention that I offered to drive to Burnaby, specifically to Crystal Mall as an alternative but, I guess due to time (despite it was noon, remmeber the one hour time zone difference), we decided to look for options at the food court. So, it was Chris and Sarah, Bin by himself and I by myself, buy something and meet back in ~15 or so minutes. In the end we got…

Aberdeen, Centre, Yaohan, Centre, Richmond, Vancouver, Cambie, Road, No 3, food, court, mall, Osaka, T&T, pork, chicken, curry, soup, fried, chicken, wings, home style, hainanese, chicken, rice, rib, sausage

Aberdeen, Centre, Yaohan, Centre, Richmond, Vancouver, Cambie, Road, No 3, food, court, mall, Osaka, T&T, pork, chicken, curry, soup, fried, chicken, wings, home style, hainanese, chicken, rice, rib, sausage

Aberdeen, Centre, Yaohan, Centre, Richmond, Vancouver, Cambie, Road, No 3, food, court, mall, Osaka, T&T, pork, chicken, curry, soup, fried, chicken, wings, home style, hainanese, chicken, rice, rib, sausage

Aberdeen, Centre, Yaohan, Centre, Richmond, Vancouver, Cambie, Road, No 3, food, court, mall, Osaka, T&T, pork, chicken, curry, soup, fried, chicken, wings, home style, hainanese, chicken, rice, rib, sausage

Chris seemed to be hypnotized by the siu mei and ended up getting not one or two but *three* dishes from Leung Kee Cantonese Food, from char siu pork to rib and Chinese sausage on rice and curry. All of these came with a small soup.

Aberdeen, Centre, Yaohan, Centre, Richmond, Vancouver, Cambie, Road, No 3, food, court, mall, Osaka, T&T, pork, chicken, curry, soup, fried, chicken, wings, home style, hainanese, chicken, rice, rib, sausage

On Bin’s side, he went to Cafe D’Lite Express and got an order of Hainanese Chicken with rice. To me, it was OK. For some reason, I felt there was something… Missing? Probably I didn’t scoop too much of the sauces? Maybe…

Aberdeen, Centre, Yaohan, Centre, Richmond, Vancouver, Cambie, Road, No 3, food, court, mall, Osaka, T&T, pork, chicken, curry, soup, fried, chicken, wings, home style, hainanese, chicken, rice, rib, sausage

And, finally, despite people have said it has gone downhill, chicken wings from Wo Fung Dessert (my previous post here). Has it gone downhill? Well, I will have to say that, probably a bit less of that ginger marinade like taste it had in the past but still delicious in its own ways.

Aberdeen, Centre, Yaohan, Centre, Richmond, Vancouver, Cambie, Road, No 3, food, court, mall, Osaka, T&T, pork, chicken, curry, soup, fried, chicken, wings, home style, hainanese, chicken, rice, rib, sausage

And here is a plate with a bit of everything.

To me this food is more on the lines of “comfort” food, not necessarily fine dining or anything on those lines. After all, hey, this is a food court! As for the food itself, aside from too much carbs/rice, I won’t necessarily call the best (for example, for pork only, I would have gone to HK BBQ Master) but, for variety and quick fix, this definitely does the job. Is this food court better than the other ones? Well, it is a hard call. Aberdeen’s have things that Yaohan does not have (Frappe Blisse) and vice-versa (congee in Yaohan). Likewise, these do not have something that Crystal Mall has (XLB at Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine) and, once again, vice-versa. In the end, it is a matter of whether you want to travel to these places, else just what is available in the closest place and enjoy what you can get. As for myself… Well, while most of the stuff here are things I can find alternatives without driving down to Richmond so unless there is a good reason, like driving out-of-town friends to visit them, I will stick with what I can find in either Vancouver or Burnaby. As for Chris’ thoughts? How about you check his post!

Oh, one another thing I really hope happened is that Chris, Sarah and Bin now know what mean when people like me and Sherman says “Richmond”! Why? Because, when leaving the parking lot, what I described about Aberdeen Centre parking lot actually happened: long line from the entrance, almost bumper to bumper. As soon as I signaled, there was a car right next to mine waiting to take my spot. At least they were using the blinkers!

Cafe D'Lite Express (Aberdeen Centre) on UrbanspoonLeung Kee Cantonese Food (Aberdeen Centre) on UrbanspoonWo Fung Dessert (Aberdeen Centre) on Urbanspoon



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