When my dad and grandmother go out to eat, they only like Chinese food. CHINESE, not Taiwanese, Thai or Vietamnese food. It is quite frustrating actually. Originally, I was going to take my dad to Whole Food to try their awesome made-to-order food as I always rave about it. Total change of plan when my grandma is also coming. Deciding where to go, I quickly remember that Peaceful opened up another location around Main & 5th! So off we go!
The restaurant is actually ON 5th and around 7pm, lots of street parking available (C: Thank goodness for this, because finding parking for the Broadway Peaceful sure isn’t easy…). This restaurant was featured on the popular US Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri (C: They even have a billboard with Guy on it!). I believe that is also why there is a sudden surge of popularity, enough for the restaurant to open up 2 other locations. As you can see, there is a deck/patio. I don’t know if the restaurant has the intention of using it as a patio but it is too small to really put tables and chairs. In addition, the windows you see above the patio, they can be open so it would be really weird space….
With lots of industrial and residential area, this place does a lot more take-out than seating people inside. The restaurant itself is extremely small. C forgot to take a picture of the interior but here is my description. By the window, there are 4 tables for 2 ppl seating. 4 people around a bar top overlooking into the kitchen. 4 tables for 4 seats. BUT MAN IS IT TIGHT. I am uncomfortably rubbing chairs behind the guy me! I had to move out to the outer corner for more space. IT IS THAT SMALL OF A RESTAURANT! (C: It may be small, but I think it’s actually more roomy than the one on Broadway…that one is super cramped. This one has more seating space).
It is nice to know that the noodles are indeed made in house. It is always very neat to watch how the chef turns a ball of dough into strands of noodles. HOWEVER, when the chef slapped the dough onto the hard board, the whole table/restaurant shook. Before I knew what was happening, my heart pounded out of my chest and thought it was an earthquake! (C: It was pretty cool! The chef takes the dough and smashes it against the steel table top. Then, he takes it and stretches/folds it before continuing to slam. If you’re not into loud noise though, it could be pretty distracting!)
My dad picked this dish as it bears the restaurant’s name. In his opinion, it has to be good or else it brings shame to the name! We tried it and loved it! Immediately you can tell it is made with a very hot wok as you can taste the “wok air” which can only accomplished by those high voltage gas stove! (C: and can only be accomplished by a wok that has been used extensively). I can taste a tad of spice which enhanced the flavor. It had plenty of vegetables and decent amount of seafood. The restaurant is famous for the noodle, and of course it was quite good! I love the good spring from the noodle and it is not easily cut up by chopsticks. This is a dish that won’t do well once it is cold or as left over since it gets more oily as time goes by. (C: Very nice stir-fried noodles. Definitely dig into this one hot, before all the oil and grease is released. It’s a bit spicy, but not so much that it becomes difficult to taste the layers of flavour).
My grandma and dad like their xiao-long bao (XLB) and had to order it despite the restaurant isn’t known for that (C: I love XLB too!!). To my surprise, the XLB is still very juicy inside! The skin is thicker and it is weird how the XLB is served with white vinegar instead of the traditional red vinegar! For that price, it is a good deal since it came in 9. I still think Long’s Noodle’s XLB is the best in Vancouver with its super thin skin and lots of juice inside. (C: This XLB is a pass in my books. Excellent soup and tender meat. Skin is a little on the thick side, but these XLB were quite tasty. I didn’t find it that weird to have white vinegar, but normally I think we have a black Chinese vinegar instead).
BEEF ROLL! C’s favourite dish and it was featured on Triple D! I remember ordering it at the original location and wasn’t impressed by it. This time, for some reason, it is fantastic! Maybe the pancake was made extremely crispy and very tasty on its own! As you can see, the pancake probably is pan-fried on both side before the beef is rolled in. The beef was tender…but overpowered by the Hoisen sauce. (C: Really good beef roll! Very crispy on the outside, and has plenty of flaky layers. Delicious! Just enough sauce in between the beef as well. Definitely order this one.)
C had to take another artistic shot of it! It is a dish I would definitely order again!
Dumplings were mentioned in the Triple D show and I suggested we have an order of it too! I am glad we did! I liked the seasoned, juicy pork filling wrapped by a cripsy and chewy skin. It is very delicious and I don’t think it would taste as good if the dumplings were prepared by just steaming! (C: This one was surprisingly good. I was expecting some standard fried dumplings, but somehow they were pan-fried perfectly – ie. it wasn’t overly grease, soggy, and flavourless like some other pan-fried dumplings I’ve had before).
Thinking we didn’t order enough, we ordered another noodle dish, boy were we wrong! By the time the noodle came, we groaned simply because we were already so full! I was disappointed the fried pork chop was not served on a separate dish. The pork chop were soggy by the time it arrived to our table. The noodle is of same quality as the stir-fry dish we order. I felt like there is MSG in the soup. I was extremely thirsty after this dish. (C: I really liked the noodles, but the pork was a let-down. It was already soggy by the time it arrived. The soup wasn’t amazing for this dish; I remember ordering a lamb noodle at the Broadway location and the broth there was much more flavourful and without so much MSG-like taste).
Service was ok? There were 3 waitresses only and they were so busy taking phone orders, orders and getting dishes out. Their English were basic conversational but enough to order and answer questions. Our teas were refilled. Extra utensils and bowls were given promptly upon request. (C: I thought service was decent considering how busy they were and the fact that it’s a Chinese restaurant. I’d definitely come back!)
All in all, I would come back for the solid food!