NOTE: As part of the ChineseBites media event, all food was free, but all opinions are based on my own experience.
Nu Chinese Bistro is located on the second floor in Richmond’s Cosmo Plaza on McKim Way. It used to be called Nu Shanghainese Bistro, but has since changed names because of new ownership. I was invited by ChineseBites along with 10 other food bloggers to taste their menu. Since we had a large group, we got seated in a private room. The interior of the restaurant is pretty nice.
Xiao Long Bao 南翔小籠包
Right off the bat, we were served the Xiao Long Bao with vinegar sauce on the side. These were decent with the skin not being too thick and there was a good amount of soup.
Sautéed Black Fungus 涼拌木耳
We were then presented with three cold appetizer dishes. At first, I thought the Sautéed Black Fungus was underwhelming since there was nothing but the fungus in the dish. However, we later realized that the black fungus was seasoned with wasabi! Sort of odd, but I sort of enjoyed it after eating a few more spoons.
Traditional Shanghai Smoked Fish 老上海熏魚
Another cold appetizer was the Traditional Shanghai Smoked Fish. This was flavourful and smoked nicely. I personally didn’t really like the dish just because there are bits of thin bones in it, which you can technically eat.
Soy-Braised Kaofu Bran with Assorted Mushrooms 四喜烤麩
The last cold appetizer was the Soy-Braised Kaofu Bran with Assorted Mushrooms, which I quite enjoyed. This is a typical Shanghainese appetizer. The gluten, mushrooms, and black fungus were soaked in a flavourful sauce.
Clay Pot Wonton Chicken Soup 砂鍋竹笙餛飩雞
Next up was the Clay Pot Wonton Chicken Soup, which I really enjoyed. The soup was sweet and flavourful and filled with chicken, wontons, black fungus, and pea shoots. The pea shoots were tender and delicious. The wontons were just average with the skin being a bit too thick.
Special Beef Wrap 撈餅牛肉卷
The Special Beef Wrap was just average. I still enjoy the one at Peaceful Restaurant the best. The dough was a bit too thick and not crispy enough.
BC Dungeness Crab with Fried Shanghai Rice Cake BC肉蟹炒年糕
Next up, the BC Dungeness Crab with Fried Shanghai Rice Cake was a messy but flavourful dish. The dish came with two crabs and was braised in a savoury sauce with green beans. I usually love rice cake, but I thought they overcooked them a bit too much so it was mushy. The crab itself was fresh and filled with meat.
Stone Pot Braised Pork Belly Shanghainese Style 石鍋紅燒肉
As usual at Chinese dinners, there is pork belly. The Stone Pot Braised Pork Belly Shanghainese Style came with knotted bean curd and was quite flavourful. However, I found this to be slightly on the oilier side.
Braised Tofu with Seafood 瓊山海鮮豆腐
The Braised Tofu with Seafood would’ve been great served with rice. The tofu was smooth and silky. A good dish.
Zhenjiang Style Ribs 鎮江骨
One of my favourites of the night was the Zhenjiang Style Ribs. It was sweet but you can also taste the vinegar that was used to flavour it. Meat was tender and fell off the bone.
Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork 幹煸四季豆（攬菜肉鬆）
The Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork was pretty average. I thought it was flavoured enough and they were quite oily.
Sichuan Style Boiled Fish 蜀香水煮魚
Another one of my favourites was the Sichuan Style Boiled Fish. I am not one that can take a lot of spice, but I like to eat spicy food once in a while. I liked how they give you a ladle that has wholes so that you don’t end up scooping the soup onto your plate too. The fish was tender and numbing because of the fish, but the spiciness didn’t last long. It was a good numb!
Xiang Jiang Tea Smoked Duck 湘江樟茶鴨
The Xiang Jiang Tea Smoked Duck comes with little buns. The skin was crispy, but some of the meat is a little dry. It depends which part you get.
Beef Tenderloin and Eggplant with Black Pepper Sauce 黑椒茄子牛柳粒
Another veggie dish was the Beef Tenderloin and Eggplant with Black Pepper Sauce. Quite flavourful with the meat being tender and eggplant cooked well. Again, it seems that their veggies are slightly too oily for my liking.
Eight Jewel Sweet Rice 八寶飯
To finish our huge meal, we had the Eight Jewel Sweet Rice. This reminded me of the lotus wrapped rice you eat during Mid Autumn Festival, but the sweet kind. The rice is flavoured mostly with red bean paste. Flavour-wise, I thought it was okay, but it didn’t look too attractive.
Overall, Nu Chinese Bistro had some hits and misses. Service is also a bit sparse. The ambiance is quite nice to host family dinners though.