My friend has been talking about this Taiwanese restaurant in Richmond with awesome popcorn chicken that his friends brought him to. Last week it was my turn to try it out. They were hyping it up a lot!
I obviously ordered the Popcorn Chicken, but also ordered a Beef Roll. Our group of 5 actually also got even more popcorn chicken. I think 4 in total, along with a Chicken Cutlet, and a Sweet and Sour version of the popcorn chicken. Yup, it must be that good right? The other dish we ordered was the Taiwanese Sausage. The cooks in the back were shocked that we had 4 orders of popcorn chicken (2 with rice, 2 without), I guess I would be too.
My popcorn chicken meal was also served with rice, and 3 side dishes – tofu, chop suey, and green beans. I’ll admit the popcorn chicken is good! The amount of chicken is quite a lot. This isn’t like some places where it’s all batter, or just slivers of chicken. These are nice big juicy chunks. The breading was very flavourful, and crisp. However, I think there was some MSG in there, as near the end of my meal, I was getting very sick of it, and very thirsty. I don’t know how my friend ordered chicken cutlet plus an order of popcorn chicken. It was basically the same thing, just cut differently. He was struggling after finishing just his cutlet. I think it’s good in moderation, and I’d gladly order it again here. Of the sides, I enjoyed the tofu the most. It was fried tofu packed with lots of flavour. The chop suey was good too, but I think they have some small pieces of squid in there. The beef roll was nice too. Fairly crisp roll, and a bit flakey. They used a bit of a thicker cut of beef than I’m used to seeing, but still was tender. The Taiwanese Sausage was really good too.
My meal also came with a yummy custard pudding that Beipas usually brings back for our friends from Taiwan, and it was just as good if not better.
To order you have to look at the menu, then mark down your order on a piece of paper to order. That’s where the prices are on that sheet I think because they definitely were not on the menu. It wasn’t too expensive, as I think my popcorn chicken combo was $8.50. Also note, it’s Cash Only!
The popcorn chicken did live up to the hype and I do recommend ordering it, but try to limit yourself and not go overboard like we did. We had a bit of a headache an hour or so after our meal, but we still crave for that chicken!
130-8100 Ackroyd Road