Living in Berlin is epic but when it comes to Chinese food, Vancouver still wins. So when Kebin was back, one of his asks was to have some Chinese food. And we’d never say no to Chinese food. Mell had a work party that same day so luckily Kebin picked her up (drunk, of course) from work.
First up, fried buns with condensed milk. Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. These were perfect.
G: The condensed milk is my favourite part of this. Is that fucked up?
M: OMG I LOVE THIS. THANKS GUYS for understanding me. Do you think they’d charge if I asked for more?
Because we’re always veggie-conscious, we got the spicy string beans with minced pork, aka. “four-season beans” in Chinese. (G: I have no idea where the four-season thing came from, other than maybe people eat this year-around, butthat’swaytooobviousnoooooo?) These were very flavourful and the little red peppers gave it a surprisingly big kick. Solid.
We had quite a few votes around the table for the wok-fried spare ribs with salt and hot pepper. Because you can never have enough spicy Chinese food. The name says it’s seasoned with just salt and pepper, but if you look closely, you’ll see the chili peppers, green onion, and garlic. Meaning… HELLO FLAVOUR TOWN. This ain’t no Kentucky fried chicken.
M (still drunk): I love green beans
Kebin: Ughhh these spare ribs are so good
If you ever find yourself at a reputable Chinese restaurant, duck is a must-order. With crispy skin and moist, well-seasoned meat, Chinese-style duck is a delicacy.
Tea-smoked duck (“zhangcha duck”) is a Szechuan specialty, and is tricky to prepare. (It has to be marinated for hours and smoked over camphor twigs and tea leaves.) Dinesty’s come with little steamed buns for a bit of sweet flavour to go with your savoury, smoky duck.
G: This is so. Fucking. Good. Favourite dish. Hands down.
Aladdin: Mmm Mm, could eat this whole plate and probably will
Of course, we had to get xiao long bao because these soup dumplings are pretty friggin good here.
Filled with minced pork and aspic, these came to our table steaming in a bamboo basket. Scoop a whole dumpling in your spoon, poke a small hole so the juices escape a little (also to cool it down), and pop into your mouth whole.
We also needed some noodles so Kebin chose fried noodles with beef and satay sauce. Can’t really go wrong with the satay/fried noodle combo—especially if you need something to soak up the alcohol—and these did the trick.
Kebin: Dayum, look at them beef rolls.
M (still drunk): Don’t even talk to me about your beef rolls. REMEMBER WHEN YOU AND DRAGONHEAD TROLLED ME YOU FUCKS [re. that time Mell believed that Dragonhead miraculously predicted Kebin’s beef roll order via psychic powers]
Dragonhead: Is it still called trolling if it’s that easy?
M (still drunk): 😔
Finally, Shanghai pan-fried pork buns. A little less juicy, a lot more bun. Heh. We loved this combo anyway, especially topped with green onions and sesame. A nice contrast to the XLBs.
Like most Chinese restaurants, Dinesty isn’t one of those restaurants where you can eat alone. Or at least, we wouldn’t recommend it. Bring lots of peeps so you can order more and try all the things! Variety is the spice of life, people. (Yes, Mell’s still drunk writing this.)