I love dim sum, and Empire Garden Chinese Restaurant in Langley is one of my favourite dim sum places in the Lower Mainland. Thus, my parents and I decided to try out their dinner on a Saturday night (Sept 23, 2017). Unfortunately, it was below our expectations, and we will only revisit this place in the lunch hours, not in the evening anymore.
Veggie spring rolls were the worst dish in the entire course. It wasn’t hot as expected and for some reason, they were super oily. We probably just shouldn’t order spring rolls in any restaurants.
The next dish we had was the Hot & Sour Soup. It was getting colder in the evening, so we thought that a bowl of soup would be a good fit. I found it OK because I haven’t had the Hot & Sour Soup for a long time. But my mother said it tasted like the one made from the Knorr soup mix. Oh well.
This BBQ Pork turned out to be better than we expected. We had BBQ pork take out from time to time, and it was usually dry. What surprised me was that every piece of pork here was very juicy, probably because they were soaked in the sauce for a long time.
I ordered this dish just to have some vegetables. Even though the stem of the gailan looked very thick, it wasn’t difficult to bite them through. Overall it was OK.
The restaurant has many seafood dishes, including crabs and lobsters. It was a bit difficult to choose the one I wanted because I didn’t want to have an expensive one or anything deep-fried. In the end, I decided to have this Teppan Seafood which came with squid, scallops, and fish. It was tasty when eating with white rice.
I didn’t have the chicken chow mein for a long time and had high expectation when I ordered it. It turned out to be the most disappointing dish of the night. I thought I would have soft noodles, but the noodles I got were soft on the outside and crispy on the inside, which was somewhat similar to “al dente” for pasta. It only became tasty when I brought it home and reheated it. The only good thing about this dish was its decent portion.
Before we paid the bill, we had the complimentary dessert, which was quite tasty compared to the chow mein I had. It was good that my dinner didn’t end with something terrible and disappointing.
I think I have problems having an excellent dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I found that it is hard for me to choose the right dish to order because of my pickiness. I prefer not to have deep-fried dishes and go healthy. Also, I want something a bit special and food that I can’t cook at home. I probably should just have other cuisines for dinner in the future.