Food for Thought
A Dinner Review: Green Bamboo Peking House
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After teching an exciting magic show in Pincher Creek, Alberta, I had dinner with the lead magician of Yeats Magic Co. at a Chinese Restaurant on Main Street. The decor was dated – reminiscent of a retro styled Chinese restaurant that I frequented when I was much younger.
Framed western styled artwork mixed in with the display of traditional Asian art. The contrasting orange wood accents with pink walls would have made a professional interior designer’s jaw drop. Adding to the mixed up retro style, wood fans with blossom shaped light fixtures dotted the ceiling.
The room was softly enhanced with the music of Mountain Radio Station. The music played at a soft volume, allowing a comfortable level of conversation. For seating, the chairs are thinly padded plush covered structures – no comfort here for your tooshie.
Despite the cheapness of the restaurant interior, the service was quick and friendly and the food was served freshly hot. The staff spoke Cantonese and the magician conversed with them with ease, so I found it funny when the server brought us knives and forks as cutlery and asked if we wanted chopsticks. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Chopsticks should be the default when eating Chinese food!
The Meal – $35 (Two People)
The green tea was mild and refreshing, but the cups and pot were really small – requiring a lot of refilling.
The wonton soup was clear, light, and peppery. The pork wontons were savoury – flavoured with Chinese style BBQ pork. The equal balance of meat, veggies, starches. well textured soup.
Highly Recommended: ♥♥♥♥/5
We ordered shrimp and snow peas, but the kitchen was currently out of snow peas, so the greens were substituted with mixed vegetables (broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, carrots). The broccoli pieces are huge! They had a nice soft crunch and the shrimp meat was fresh and firm. The sauce was smokey flavored, buttery thick, sweet, and gingery. I would have preferred a lighter and tangier sauce to complement the ingredients, but in this dish, the sauce was the prevalent flavoring and overpowered the subtle flavours.
In other restaurants, the rice is kept in a little container with a little to keep the rice hot and moist. Unfortunately at Green Bamboo, the side rice was presented on a plate and was just enough for two person. The rice was fluffy and moist when we received the dish.
The Salt and Pepper Squid dish was a very big dish for two people, but it had very few veggies – there were splinters of carrots, onions, and green peppers. Although the dished smelled like stinky feet, the salty and spicy flavouring made the dish very addictive. In addition, the squid was lightly battered, well-drained of oil for extra crispiness, and heavily flavoured. The magician was concerned about food poisoning because the stinky feet smell was very strong – no food poison occurred.
Location Address: 757 Main St, Pincher Creek, AB