Meh Files – Dinesty Aberdeen, a gateway to the Uninitiated

Not Spectacular,

But Dinesty great for those
new initiates
My last get together with Speedy before we headed off to our separate Christmas family festivities was at Dinesty at Aberdeen centre for our gift exchange.
As much as Speedy has had XLB before, her experience with food from Taiwan and Shanghai is limited.  As a result I found Dinesty’s menu both helpful and slightly confusing.

All their items are illustrated on their menu, which is immensely helpful for those that are not familiar with the cuisines.  What confuses me is that most people who were dining at the Aberdeen location were Chinese who would have some knowledge of the dishes.  I guess the menu is standard for all their sites, which I assume might be for the benefit of the Robson Street eatery.
Since it was Speedy first visit, I went easy and stayed with the easy to understand and well-known dishes on the Dinesty menu.
Part of the reason I consider this meal at Dinesty meh was that out of the six dishes we order, the Cold Cucumbers in Garlic Sauce were the only two dishes that I thought were super enjoyable.

 

In general I love pickles.  These cool, crunchy, garlicky, tart cukes were refreshing and helped clean our palates after the heavier dishes.

 

The Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings (a.k.a Xiao Long Bao (XLB)) were thinned skinned, pleated nicely, and came with a good smooth pork filling and umami rich soup.  They were good but didn’t stand out in anyway and were smaller than other XLBs I’ve had.
Speedy insisted we get the Pan Fried Chive Dumplings  I don’t like green chives.  Don’t ask me why.  I can’t explain it.  I like green onions, leeks, yellow chives, and garlic stems but absolute despise the herby metallic taste of green chives.

 

The crispy, flatten pizza pop like dumpling had a savoury chive, egg and vermicelli filling.  Overall I thought this appetizer was well executed, but chives are not my thing.  Speedy enjoyed them too and ate 75% of this dish.

 

Moving onto the more substantial dishes, I ordered the Deep Fried Popcorn Chicken.  These large pieces were not greasy and seasoned well.  I wish they were crispier but the meat was juicy.
For the veggie quota of our meal, we ordered the Spicy String Beans with Minced Pork.  The dish was ample.  The beans were a touch softer than I would prefer my veggies.
Overall the veggie dish was savoury, well seasoned but not very spicy at all.
What’s a Chinese dinner without rice of some kind.  Thanks to Selina’s review on vancitynoms.com, I wanted to try the Fried Rice with Sakura Shrimps.

 

I have to agree with Selina’s assessment of this fried rice.  The dried sakura shrimp added a fragrance and burst of umami to an otherwise plain fried rice.  I found the inclusion of cabbage odd, but I would order this again.
Speedy and I enjoyed our meal and I would return for another.  However, I felt it was pretty average food as I’ve had the same items better prepared at other restaurants.  There was nothing I would rave about to my friends.  Although given the expansive menu, perhaps I didn’t order the “Wow” dishes.
The folks behind Dinesty seem to be expanding this franchise across the Lower Mainland with the latest location opening in the Metrotown area.  I understand the appeal of the Dinesty, as it’s very accessible to those unfamiliar to Taiwanese and Shanghainese cuisine.  The menu is easy to understand, the dinner room is modern, and the service is efficient and multilingual.
Now that Dinesty has Speedy’s stamp of approval, we may be more adventurous on our next visit and try to find something more exceptional on the menu.
Dinesty (Aberdeen Centre)
2788 – 4151 Hazelbridge Way
Richmond, BC V6X 0A4
604 303 9998

2 Comments Add yours

  1. grayelf says:

    Hey moyen, have you tried the Sampan fried rice at Good Choice? My fave fried rice so far, lots o' umami.

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  2. Moyen Chow says:

    Hey GE, no I have not had Sampan fried rice at Good Choice. Is it like Sampan Congee, where there's a hodgepodge of dried seafood?

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