It was New Years Eve, and we wanted to grab a bite to eat to kill some time - and we found ourselves walking by what use to be one of our favourite Chinese places to eat... and noticed the place had changed names. So, out of curiosity, we went into what is now called Great Taste Chinese Restaurant
Since this wasn't a meal, and we were looking for snack, we ordered really random snacks - which we really LOVED! Something I've always ate if I found, it would be Shanghai Style Sticky Rice (Savoury)
. These sticky rice are only availability on weekends only - so I was really happy it was a weekend when we popped in! We can pick from sweet or salty sticky rice, but I do prefer the salty ones.
Dumplings will also always be a great snack for me! It's never too early or too late to eat dumplings, and here, they have Pan Fried Shanghai Style Pork Dumplings
which we always remembered them as being like wor-tip (potstickers)
pan fried to a nice crisp. I believe they make these dumplings themselves as it doesn't look uniform - so I like to think it's made of good quality pork dumpling filling. This filling is very flavourful and is perfect alone or with the vinegar dip they provide you with.
The last snack we had to order is Deep Fried Sweet Buns
which is an Asian style bun made with either Hong Kong or Korean rice flour as it adds much more "bounce" in the dough. This bun is made with "threads" of the dough and then steamed. In this case, it is deep fried to a wonderful golden brown such that you get a crispy shell with a soft bun inside that shreds into strands/threads. This wonderful bun is then dipped to one of my all time favourite condiments - condensed milk. It's a great vehicle to move condensed milk to my mouth - and when paired, it's a great combination! The hot crisp of the exterior of the bun, the soft gooey strand inside of the bun with the sweet condensed milk sure make it a treat!
I've been trying to not use too many pictures in my blogs lately, but i have to post a picture of the "silver thread buns" interior as well! Even though this bun is cut into 3 pieces, it's a great bun and I think the picture kind of shows it!
This was such a great place for simple Shanghai style snacks that I'm sure I'll be back to eat here! I loved it before the new owners and I'm still loving it! I assume the owners changed, as the concept of the restaurant has changed - but the food is still really good.
Great Taste Chinese Restaurant
123 2nd Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0B2