Chinese · Restaurants

Long’s Chinese Food

On Friday night, I hosted a dinner for Blondie and her new beau. The next morning, I felt pretty rough. I contemplated getting a bowl of pho to cure my ailment, but remembered that I organized a work event at Pure Contemporary Vietnamese Kitchen + Bar later this week. I suggested to L that we have dinner at Long’s Chinese. I thought Szechuan food would help me burn the toxins that were slowly crippling my body. For this post, let’s listen to Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

You don’t come to Long’s for the decor or service. They don’t even play music in the background. Instead, there’s just the loud hum of what sounds like a very old refrigerator. The only reason you’d ever come here is because you want good Szechuan food but don’t want to commute to Chinatown to Han’s, Delicious Country or Great Taste.

I thought our server was just fine – she came over when I made eye contact and questioned whether I ordered the right dish. Initially, I asked for Spicy Fish ($18.99). She gave me a long look and said “Are you sure? Most people … order the boiled fish.” She was right. The boiled fish has that reddish coloured broth that I wanted.

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All tables receive a complimentary plate of spicy pickled vegetables, which consists of minced daikon, celery and cabbage. There was a subtle application of chili oil that gave the cold, crunchy vegetables more range than just sweet and sour notes. I enjoyed the pickles, though I would prefer more of that chili oil. The aroma was mouth-watering.

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We ordered Dan Dan noodles ($8.99). You have to mix up the spaghetti noodles with the sauce on the bottom of the bowl. I loved the taste of Szechuan peppercorns – it has a unique floral taste to it. The peppercorns left a buzzing sensation on my lips. The chili oil was deep and rich, savoury, spicy and smoky. If I take my buddy Office Dad here, I’m going to ask him to ask in Mandarin if I can buy their oil.

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L and I shared the Boiled Fish ($18.99) with mixed vegetable and a small bowl of rice ($1) each. The soup wasn’t the bright oily red hue that New Tang Dynasty and Delicious Country in Chinatown serve, but a darker, murkier sauce. There was a ton of tender, succulent white fish. I would have preferred more spice but it was still very tasty.

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I could hear all the other customers speak Mandarin. I can only understand a little Cantonese. I watched the other customers order several dishes. When they were finished their dinner, they would walk over to the counter and grabbed Styrofoam containers and pack up the leftovers. One customer even got up to refill his teapot. No one seemed too fussed or put out.

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I should have packed up my own food to go. We barely made a dent in our boiled fish dish. However, when a server packed it up for us, we received half of what was in the big bowl. I’m guessing the server threw away the sauce and sprouts and just gave us the fish. Oh well, I’m sure that fish covered in oil sauce isn’t low calorie, so she was doing me a favour in the long run. The fish tasted just as good the next day.

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L’s friend Grohl is coming to town with his wife during Stampede. He always has a hankering for Szechuan food when he comes to Calgary, though he ordered all the wrong dishes when we ate at South Silk Restaurant in Kensington. Or I might change it up and try Szechuan Restaurant, which was highly recommended to me by fellow Yelper Bruce K. You need to check out Bruce’s reviews. I never met anyone who was so intense about Vietnamese and Szechuan food.

Long's Chinese Food Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cheap Eats · Sandwiches · Vancouver/Richmond

Richmond – Bob’s Submarine Sandwiches

Beep Beep picked me up at YVR for our girls’ trip to Seattle. We wanted to get a bite to eat before the drive over to the border. I saw on Yelp that Sakana Sushi was a popular bet, so off we went.

Beep Beep parked her car and we walked to Sakana, which is a few doors past Bob’s Submarine Sandwiches. I’ve read about this sandwich joint but I never tried it. Sitting by the front window, I saw two guys with huge smiles on their faces, just about to dig into their footlong sandwiches. Screw Sakana… Beep Beep and I were going to eat subs.

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I walked up to the guys and asked them what they were eating. They told me they got a large Teriyaki and Deluxe hot subs. Each half sub is cut into two pieces, so each of their subs looked like four sandwiches. Based on the expression on their face, I wanted to try Bob’s submarines.

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Inside the shop, it’s like a time warp. The decor and set-up reminds me of a 80’s style diner, a dingier version of the coffee shop in Seinfeld. There’s a steady line-up of customers and tables filled with dirty plates. There’s one chef at the front grilling the meats for the sandwich, a young man at the cashier and a woman popping in and out of the kitchen.

I noticed an empty heater for fried chicken. There was grease and crumbs littering the bottom of the case. When we left, it was refilled with freshly fried chicken. Maybe next time…

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We shared two small hot submarines, the Super Sub ($5.90) and the Teriyaki Chicken ($5.90) and a side of fries with gravy ($2.50). The Super Sub was the best of the two sandwiches. Packed with double layers of melted mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, salami, capicollo and steak, this is one of the meatiest subs I’ve ever consumed. The toasted seasame bun looked puny compared to all the meats, grilled onions, shredded lettuce and tomatoes.

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The Chicken Teriyaki sub came with big, meaty pieces of chicken. I could see the teriyaki sauce but I couldn’t taste it. Flavour-wise, both subs could use more seasoning, like salt and pepper and maybe some mustard or mayo. I found the chicken a bit bland.

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The subs were hot off the grill and messy to eat. Oddly enough, the fries tasted better when cold. Filling, super cheap and retro cool, I think this is a neat place to check out. If you’re a germophobe, I would skip this place for something more sterile, like Subway.

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