By Tana Kosiyabong
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me. I’ve been working long hours with very little sleep. Coffee has become my best pal while I worked through the cold winter night. Duuring this hectic week, I had also tried an energy drink called “Monster” but it was too sweet for my taste. I felt as if I drank sugar syrup down my throat. The good ol’ coffee is the best for me. It not only keeps me awake in the wee hour, but also makes me warm.
Last week, my team and I had to give an important presentation which we got a short time to prepare. Fortunately, we had managed to pull off a great one. After the event, we decided to have a quick celebration at Well Tea, a Taiwanese style teahouse and restaurant located next to the BCIT downtown campus on Seymour street. Since the majority of the customers are the BCIT students, you can rest assured of the affordable food prices and generous serving portions. (The drinks are a bit pricey though.) Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera with me at the time. So earlier today, I decided to revisit the restaurant and made it the Cheap Appetite mission of the week.
As I walked inside Well Tea around lunch time, the restaurant was not busy at all. Perhaps there were not many students around on Sunday. The interior décor was clean, young and hip, perfect for hanging out in-between the classes. After seating, it took me a while to go through their long menu (over 100 items). Eventually I decided to order the Taiwanese Style Fried Chicken Thigh Fried Rice ($7.95 plus HST). Because I like both fried chicken and fried rice, I was really looking forward to it.
Soon enough, the dish was served. I was surprised to see a big piece of deep-fried chicken thigh. It was pounded thinly similar to the Dae-Ji pork cutlet I wrote about a while back. And, perhaps because of the dark meat, the chicken was still moist inside while the thin crust was crispy. I could taste a mild curry flavor in the batter. All in all, they were yummy pieces of deep-fried chicken. But I have to say that Wo Fung deep-fried chicken wings are a notch better.
The fried rice was good but not great. The medium grain rice was stir-fried with eggs, peas, carrots and corn. I wouldn’t complain about the grease because it was expected. Unfortunately it lacked of “wok hei,” the flavor essence imparted by a hot wok on food during stir-frying which could have made this dish great.
Because both the fried chicken and the fried rice were both greasy, I couldn’t eat the whole dish in one sitting. So I had the leftover fried rice (no chicken) for the dinner earlier tonight. It was still good after a quick heat up in the microwave.
If you are on a budget, check out the Minced meat sauce on rice ($4.50). I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s definitely cheap.
Happy Holidays Everyone 🙂
NOTE: Well Tea also sells deep-fried chicken nuggets and deep-fried chicken knees on their snack menu for $5.75 per each order. You can add a variety of flavors such as seaweed, kimchi, spicy, wasabi, black pepper, and fried basil to your chicken for 25 cents more. The flavored nuggets will be on my list for the next visit. Enjoy and Cheap Appétit.
Well Tea Taiwanese Style Fried Chicken Thigh Fried Rice: ©©©1/2
Well Tea is located at 551 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC (T) 604.681.9777
Remaining Budget: $32.05
Budget Spent: -$7.95
Budget Available: $24.10
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