Since we wanted something quick and kind of felt like Taiwanese food, we went to Flo Teahouse in Richmond. Well, that was kind of a mistake. I had always thought it was a Taiwanese restaurant like Pearl Castle since when I passed by the older one on Cambie street, the font and styling gave it a Taiwanese vibe. Plus it said 時尚食品, which I thought kind of implied Taiwanese cuisine.
|To me, cute-ish fonts and weird words AND bubble tea implies Taiwanese food, I think?|
Rather than having just Taiwanese cuisine (which they indeed did have), they had cha chaan teng food, such as those mix-and-match combos, Szechuan food, and individual dishes of veggies and meat to be shared. I was super confused because there were way too many choices. It really reminded me of that episode of Happy Endings where Dave thought of creating his own super-restaurant called Pangea where it would have every single cuisine in the world. I kind of felt that way at Flo.
Confused and with the intent of going through with my plan of having Taiwanese food, I ordered the milky seafood and pork hot pot (牛奶海鮮火鍋, $9.25). There was a lot of tofu, which I'm not a fan of. I was looking forward more to the pork and seafood. Sadly, the English description mentioned it to have pork but it had none at all. There was prawn (which was alright), imitation crab meat, and prawn to represent the seafood category. There was a reasonable amount of fish, but it was really bitter and basically tasted like baking soda. I wanted to get some satay sauce to cover the baking soda taste, but they didn't have any!
After complaining about it to a friend, she called us "ambitious" for ordering these things and not sticking to cha chaan teng food like fried noodles and whatnot. But seriously, it's not my fault I don't know "what I should and shouldn't order". Shouldn't everything be up to standards before restaurants create their menu? There's not point of putting some really good food and some disgusting food -- especially when there's so much unnecessary variety.
And another interesting note: I tweeted I had a horrible experience at a restaurant that night, and someone asked me where. So after some consideration, I mentioned them, but Flo completely ignored me. Initially I thought it was because they weren't following me and didn't see the mention, so I wasn't angry or anything. But then the next day, they followed me and still didn't follow up with my tweet. Wow. Not like I'm expecting anything really, but it's just nice to have a business listen and address your tweets and not ignore them.
Flo Tea Room 采
7771 Westminster Hwy