3.30.2014

Vancouver: Humboldt Squid & Crispy Pork Belly @ Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie 寶貝小館

Hello, long time no blog again. Admittedly I've been a bit lazy and have just been marathoning (TV, obviously) for the past while. Anyway, Dorothy and I decided to go to Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie 寶貝小館 in Chinatown, where we shared quite a few dishes for a nice evening.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

First, the beef tartare ($14) -- pemberton beef tenderloin, preserved mustard root, crispy shallot, ginger, quail egg, watercress, burnt scallion oil, and taro chips. I really liked the idea of having taro chips to scoop up the beef tartare, which was quite delicious.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

Doro really liked the steamed truffled pork dumplings ($7.50), which I thought were quite intricately wrapped. It was a bit different from the traditional Chinese dumplings with the truffle flavour and quite fragrant. Some of the dumplings had popped though, sadly.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

We also enjoyed the more classical flavour -- the steamed prawn and chive dumplings ($7.50). These definitely had a lot of filling in them and had a nice crunch and bounce from the prawns.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

The crispy pork belly ($16) was so soft and tender inside. I should've taken a photo of the inside, but I was too busy eating. It was not overly fatty as some braised pork done Asian style can be, and rather moist. Served with an interesting star anise tomato sauce, I thought it was pretty good.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

This was probably one of my favourite dishes of the evening, the Humboldt squid ($18). We had to order it after the folks sharing the table with us had it because it smelled so good. The squid was nicely done and not tough, yet had a nice slightly chewy texture to it. It was really the housemade spicy sausage and the black bean that made the dish, since it was so fragrant and really added a lot of flavour to the squid.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

The kick ass house fried rice ($13) was not bad. We topped it off with a fried egg for an extra dollar. My memory of this is kind of vague since we definitely over ordered and I was pretty full (and busy eating squid) by the time this came. Overall, it was a mildly expensive evening, but definitely a tasty one. Definitely one of the few Chinese fusion places doing it right.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie 寶貝小館
163 Keefer St
Vancouver, BC
(604) 688-0876
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