Empire Garden Szechuan & Cantonese Chinese Restaurant – Langley

January 18, 2012

August 14th, 2011.  Sunday Lunch Dim Sum~!

 

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

  Dim Sum is always best with more people!  It was about time we had another dim sum meet-up…what’s better than Sunday lunch?  We went to Empire Garden in Langley – our good ol’ dim sum standy by   And there were so many of us we took up 2 of their big tabels!

  First up we have the Baked Mini BBQ Pork Buns.  A sweet crumbly coating on the exterior and sweet chinese bbq pork inside an almost donut like coating.  It was a bit dry in the mouth, but not terrible.

 

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

  The BBQ Pork Pastries were really flakey..like, it’s impossible to eat these and be neat!  But the bbq pork was deliciously savory sweet, just how I like it!

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

  Of course we can’t skip out on Sticky Rice Wraps in Lotus Leaves!  Chinese sausage, preserved yolk, sticky rice all wrapped up in a lotus leaf gives a great woody flavor!  Never a let-down

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

  Someone ordered the Steamed Squid in Curry Sauce.  I wasn’t a huge fan of this one, but at least the squid were cooked just right   Not rubbery and nice and tender.

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Steamed BBQ Pork Buns.  Do we love BBQ Pork?  I guess so!  One of my favorite dishes.  Fluffy exterior and steaming bbq pork nestled inside.  Love!

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

  Deep Fried Green Onion Pancake: nice crispy exterior, piping hot inside with the subtle sting of the green onions!  The vinegar and soy sauce cut the grease and bring all the flavors together  😀

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

   The Steamed Rice Flour Rolls with Prawns came out and I was excited that the prawns were tender and bouncy, which contrasted well with the super soft rice flour wrapping.  Yum~!

 

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

  We also got some Deep Fried Wonton with Sweet and Sour Sauce.  When you deep fry any kind of wrap it just gets tastier…so what’s not to love about these piping hot little nuggets of love?  Especially when you have some sweet & sour sauce to dip it in!

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

  So Evangel ordered Stinky Tofu….I was like WHAT tofu????  I love tofu…but what, this stuff smells like feet?  Turns out they are pretty delicious and not stinky!  Deep fried and seasoned on the outside with soft, silky tofu inside.  I like!

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

  How beautiful are these translucent Steamed Prawn and Chive Dumplings.  The wrapping is light, not doughyand the prawns are crisp and the chives are flavorful.  Delicious!

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

  The Deep Fried Sesame Balls w/ Lotus Seed Paste had a wonderful toasty flavor from the sesame seeds while the paste inside had a nice sweetness to it.  Come on, who doesn’t love a donut?  Lol!

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

  I loved that these Steamed Shiu Mai Dumplings were not dry like they sometimes can be at other places.  Nice and moist, meaty, and the roe had a nice pop to them! 

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Deep Fried BBQ Pork Buns.  Sticky sweet rice dough deepfried with BBQ pork inside.  Yum~!!!

 

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

  So at this point we were stuffed……but somehow got suckered into ordering some dessert as well.  James was the only one who wanted the Mango Pudding.  They actually poured the condensed milk over it table side!

empire garden chinese restaurant

empire garden chinese restaurant

  

 

 

  Aaaaaand the house special dessert of the day….Deep Fried Pudding Balls.  Uhmm…complete fail….it was over fried which means it was way too chewy on the outside…and the pudding inside was just meh.

 

 

  All in all it was a really wonderful Sunday dim sum lunch!  As always with dim sum, the more people the merrier and more food to go around for a great price!

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