With the world, and especially the restaurant industry being turned upside down on its head, it is no surprise that this year’s Dine Out Vancouver has a record breaking 350 restaurants participating. We are seeing restauranteurs get creative with their offerings, and what they can do to bring more patrons through their doors. We aren’t just simply seeing the traditional 3 course set menus with your choice between what appetizer, entree, and dessert you want. And it isn’t simply $15, $25, $35, or $45 price points anymore. The offerings reflect the times and what the restaurant is focusing on to get you down for a visit.
At Heritage Asian Eatery they are putting their best price forward. Rebranding as “a casual, counter-service restaurant that features a menu of Far-East flavours prepared with locally sourced ingredients and modern techniques.”, taken from their press release. Their Dine Out menu is a door crasher at $15, available during both lunch and dinner service. You are able to choose from any two of their Chinese BBQ offerings served over rice, finishing your meal with an in house made black sesame ball for dessert. With nothing else in the area offering Chinese style BBQ meats, they are certainly the go-to.
Your meaty choice are as follows. Chicken poached in house made soy sauce, served with their house made ginger scallion sauce. I would order this for the sauce alone, where tender chicken is given some zest.
The tangerine roast duck was my favourite. I don’t get duck often so when I do, and it’s done this well I relish it, more so with their sweet and sour plum sauce. Anywhere else you have to spend $15 for just this much duck alone.
And the honey roasted pork is an instant favourite for those unfamiliar with Chinese style BBQ. Although this have used more sweet and salty flavouring, but texture wise it was spot on.
As for the sesame ball, it was a fun teaser of their newer dim sum offerings. So good that we did ended up ordering some, because dim sum should really be all day food.
But to start, we were given some freshly fried shrimp crackers. Crispy and airy with little shrimp flavour, you are actually eating this more for texture than taste.
For dim sum we started with an order of their “Classic flavour bomb dumplings”. Similar in style to polish porgies they are available in beef, pork, or lamb. We had the latter with an dill and chilli vinegar dressing. It had a rich spice note to it, a unique flavour that I have not had in any other dumpling.
The Crispy wontons that were filled with prawn, pork, and chives were a familiar classic. Each made more tastier with plenty of sweet chilli sauce.
The BBQ pork above also found its way into a white dough bun. Saucy and sweet with a little bit of salt from the bao made this a tasty number.
The Crystal prawn dumplings were your classic ha gao shrimp dumpling. It tasted as expected, with a sticky wrapper.
And when I order hao gao, I always find myself adding sui mai to the mix as well. I like the flavour of the pork mix plenty, I just wished that the tobiko that topped each wasn’t steamed along with them, but instead placed last so that they remained raw and popped in your mouth.
And because our littlest guest wanted some noodles, we added on an order of their Dan Dan udon to round out our meal. Udon noodle, ground pork, pickled cucumber, cilantro, green onions, and peanut sauce. I have had this one before so expected the same today. But sadly, we all agreed that this bowl was bland. Although easily remedied when we added in the side order of sauce that came with the classic flavour bomb above. The thick soy and chilli mix inserted the heat and salt that we were originally missing from these otherwise saucy noodles.
Worth noting is their seasoning offerings. Like the oysters that were a show stopper in their large shells. Two seasoned in garlic and the other two in black bean sauce. They are a limited edition menu item, in celebration of Chinese New Year in weeks to come. They slurped down easy and were tasty with all the dressings piled high.
Similarly, their salted egg yolk buns saw a refresh in time for Chinese New Year festivities. They were dyed orange, and came garnished with spinach leaves. They were made to look like mandarin oranges, popular during the season as it refers to good fortune.
In short, $15 for a full meal and dessert is a great deal. Where else can you find Chinese BBQ in the city? And as I did, when you come in and save, you can then take those savings and try more of their menu for less.
Heritage Asian Eatery
382 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R2