7.9.10

CN: Yue Chuan Tian Di 粤川天地

By looking at the blog post title it probably made you go WHAT IS THAT? It's simply the name of the Chinese restaurant that i went to during my visit to Guangzhou (China). Guangzhou is roughly 3 hours away (by train) from Hong Kong and in terms of shopping and eating, i would say that they are pretty similar but cheaper.  If you thought eating in Hong Kong was cheap, then eating in China will make you go WOW. For instance, i had a bowl of noodles in a small noodle shop for only CNY 8 (which is just AU$1.30) and a plate of 8 dumplings for only CNY 6 (AUD 0.95). Obviously, if you go to a proper restaurant it will be more expensive but on average the dishes do not go over AUD 10.

Yue Chuan Tian Di (荔湾区康王路301号华林国际 - i could only find the address in Chinese) is the normal Chinese restaurant that you'd go to but why it? That's because they had a whole roast chicken for only CNY 28 (AUD 4.50) and we just couldn't miss a bargain like that (even for Chinese standards)! We ordered quite a few dishes and i have to say that overall, i was pretty impressed. We ordered two entrees to start with, Pickled Cucumber and Sliced Pig's Ears. I love pickled cucumbers in general and loved these too - not overly sour and with a hint of chilli! The sliced pig's ears were nice and crunchy!
After finishing the entrees, that's when the feast started. Dishes kept coming non-stop and it was just awesome to see so much delicious food on the table. Let's start with the seafood, we ordered the Boiled fresh prawns, something like Kung Pao Prawns and Crabs with shallots, ginger and garlic. The prawns, unfortunately, were not as fresh as i expected and the Kung Pao prawns were nice, but i just couldn't withstand the heat *duh me. I liked the simple way the crabs were cooked as it brought out the sweet and fresh taste of the meat.
Boiled Fresh Prawns
Kung Pao Prawns
Crabs with shallots, ginger and garlic
Ta-daa~ here is the much awaited Chinese Roast Chicken! The skin was golden brown & crispy and the meat was cooked just right and juicy. Do i need to say more? *stares happily at the photo. I still can't believe that it was only AUD 4.50...
We also ordered some stir-fried veggies, just because it's healthy and i like my Asian greens!
The two dishes that simply stood out for me were the Stir-fried Pork Ribs with Wheat and Thin Slices of Beef cooked in clear Tom Yum Soup with Vermicelli. I thought both dishes were quite unusual and something that i've never tried before. I really liked the pork and wheat combination because the pork was cooked well and the wheat added that chewy texture to the whole dish (think of small and plump brown rice texture). The Tom Yum soup in the beef dish was good, not overly sour and tasted lovely with the thinly sliced beef and vermicelli.
Stir-fried Pork Ribs with Wheat
Thin Slices of Beef cooked in clear Tom Yum Soup with Vermicelli
Dinner was good and i think everything came to a total of about CNY 350 (AUD 56). The highlights for me were definitely the Chinese Roast Chicken, Stir-fried Pork Ribs with Wheat and Thin Slices of Beef cooked in clear Tom Yum Soup with Vermicelli. I would recommend this place to any of you who ever have an opportunity to go Guangzhou...at least go there for the roast chicken!!!

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The InTolerant Chef said...

my little daughter has to have an entire dish of asian greens just for her own self. Last week she had to do a cooking demo at school and she chose steamed pork buns and asian greens all from scratch!
I have to say that the chicken looks fantastic!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Mmm this looks delicious and I can't believe that the chicken is only $4.50. Was everything else very reasonably priced?

Yuki said...

@inTolerant Chef: Wow..seems like ur little daughter is very talented ^^
@Lorraine: yeah..everything else was around 5-8 AUD equivalent

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