dan shing restaurant
15912 stony plain road
780.483.1143 or 780.944.0394
Recently my friend Sherri and I were discussing lunch plans and decided we were both in the mood for some won ton soup. In the past we had gone to Good Buddy and were pleased, so we decided to head back for another round. We made a last minute decision to see if your friend Kevin, who happens to live on the other side of the city, would come as well. With Kevin now coming along Good Buddy was out so Sherri and I headed to the west end. Not having a clue about Chinese food on the west side, we both left the decision in Kevin's hands. He mentioned a greasy spoon/hole-in-the-wall restaurant he used to visit back in high school. So ladies and gentleman - dan shing restaurant.
Arriving just after 1PM, the restaurant was surprisingly busy and stayed that way through out our visit. Kevin's greasy spoon description was bang on. Dan Shing serves a huge menu, the take-out sheet goes to 400 items, with most being typical western styled Chinese fare. This massive list of dishes is available under the following categories - soup and noodles, lo-mein, congee, steamed rice roll, rice dishes, fried rice dishes, chow fan or mein, fried spaghetti, chef's choice, hot pot, and snacks. I know about chow mein, but can anyone tell me about chow fan? Oh yeah, the picture below is a condiment pick in honor of KimHo.
A last minute addition of Kevin's brother and his girlfriend brought our group to five, so we decided to order family style. We decided on;
chicken fried rice - it was bland and non de-script, almost no reason to eat it.
fried beef with gai lan - probably the best choice, as it was a good mix.
deep fried squid with spiced salt - nicely battered and perfectly cooked, too bad there was no spicy heat; so much for the menu warning.
ma poa tofu (my choice) - I was hoping for a spicy, mouth numbing szechuan dish with this order but like the squid, there was no heat to be found.
I think overall the experience was average. The restaurant interior is nothing to write home about and the service is quick. After our order was placed, the dishes started to arrive in typical speedy fashion, and that was the last attention we got until clean up. All of the plates, besides the rice, were off the chef's choice section which easily held the more traditional options. With that said, I really was looking forward to our spicy choices, so I was bummed to discover the dishes anything but spicy. With so many options on the menu, I wonder if they have a handful that really shine, because if you are looking for Chinese food I wouldn't say there is any reason to go out of your way to visit dan shing.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
dan shing restaurant