Looking for authentic Chinese seafood dishes? Check out Grand River Seafood Restaurant in Coquitlam for what owner Howie Zhang promises to be an authentic Chinese seafood experience.
“Our recipes are served as they are in China,” says Howie, “and most Chinese like that.”
According to Howie, westernized Chinese dishes are those that have been adjusted to suit westernized taste buds. For example, they’re less spicy, less starchy and more sweet, using ingredients that are more familiar to many Canadians.
Instead of Westernizing their dishes, Grand River Seafood Restaurant focuses on the authenticity of the dining experience, offering a non-buffet style, traditional Chinese cuisine.
Although the Grand River Seafood menu contains some favourites for Western culture, such as spring rolls, fried rice, and wanton soup, the preparation of each dish is different than what you’ll find in a more Westernized restaurant.
Chinese cuisine varies greatly by region with Sichuan food leaning heavily on the spice, Cantonese opting for sweet, and Shandong going for the salty and crispy.
In general, authentic Chinese seafood — Grand River’s specialty — is lighter in flavour where ingredients such as chili, ginger and salt are added to give it sufficient taste. The food is usually cooked by steaming with these ingredients bringing out the natural sweetness of the seafood.
Other seasonings such as soy sauce, spring onion, and rice wine are also used in more traditional dishes. Ultimately, the fresher the seafood, the lighter the seasonings, as chefs want patrons to experience the seafood’s natural flavours.
Zhang encourages patrons of Grand River Seafood to experience a traditional meal, regardless of their background.
“We have great ambiance here and excellent service,” Howie says. “But most of all, we have exceptionally fresh, authentic food.”
Grand River Seafood Restaurant also has a 10 per cent discount for Dim Sum on weekdays (not available on weekends or holidays).
To experience the authentic Chinese seafood at Grand River Seafood Restaurant first-hand, visit them at #112-100 Schoolhouse St in Coquitlam, call 604-526-1338 or check out their menu on their website.