|Chinese Cress with Minced Bean Curd|
The first dish to arrive was Chinese Cress with Minced Bean Curd, the same as what I had back at Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle during my 2011 Vancouver trip. Considering most of what we ordered had proportionally more meat and starch than vegetables, and considering Shanghainese cuisine can be greasy, this was a pleasant and refreshing vegetable dish to have. Dried bean curd was used here as well, and I especially enjoyed how there was a whiff of sesame oil in this dish.
|Hot and Sour Soup|
|Jiaozi (pan-fried dumplings)|
|Shanghai-Style Fried Noodles|
I still would conclude that this restaurant is definitely worth a visit, but unfortunately during this visit I encountered a few more hit-and-miss dishes than I normally would. Some dishes were created faithfully, while others were not as I expected, and I can only speculate now as to why some of those dishes were done differently. Hopefully, the next time I'm in this neck of the woods I can try some other dishes and see if it was just luck of the draw this time or if the kitchen truly had a different view of Shanghainese cuisine in mind.
Name: A La Kitchen
Address: 18-11 Fairburn Dr., Markham, ON
Price Range: $5-$35/dish