By Tana Kosiyabong
I’ve been a regular at New Town Bakery & Restaurant in Chinatown for a few years now. The Chinese style bakery (also sells Dim Sum) is located in the front; The restaurant section is in the back. The interior decor is old and outdated. During the first year, I only purchased their baked goods and dim sum. My favorite is the spicy pork bun. It made mouth water just to think about.
Not until I moved into my condo a few block away did I start to go for lunches at New Town. But recently I found myself heading there mostly for dinners. New Town Bakery & Restaurant $5.50 Dinner Specials are hard to resist. Although it was not as cheap as the pre-cooked meals at Kent’s Kitchen (located a few blocks away), I could upgrade to a freshly prepared dinner at New Town for just 75 cents more.
There are 16 menu items on the Specials including a few vegetarian dishes. I have tasted six or seven different dishes so far. And I’ve got a few favourites. But for this week Cheap Appetite Mission, I decided to go with the Spicy Chicken on Rice.
All the dinner specials come with New Town soup which will change daily. The soups were made of scrapped veggies and meat, soup stock (normally made with pork bone), and sometimes beans or grains. But don’t let the low-end ingredients fool you. No one should underestimate the power of pork and veggie stock. The subtle, natural sweetness is the best part of the soup. I enjoyed it as is although some may think it’s too bland. You can always add salt and pepper to taste. If the waitress is in a good mood, she may ask if you’d like to refill your soup. But don’t count on it. She has only asked me once in the past two years.
The Spicy Chicken was made of dark meat which is my favorite part of chicken. They were tastier, juicier, and more chewy than the white counterpart. The onions, green peppers and carrots were cooked just enough to release their natural sweetness, yet still preserved the crunchy textures. The bamboo shoot added an extra layer of texture and flavor to the dish. The spicy chicken was well-seasoned with soy sauce, but not so much with the chili. It didn’t have enough kick to please my masochistic taste buds. So I had to add some chili oil to make them happy. The white long grain rice was perfectly cooked. All in all, this mission was a success.
It’s a matter of time that I’ll eventually try all 16 dishes on the New Town’s Dinner Specials. Give it a try if you happen to be in Chinatown between 5-8 pm.
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New Town Bakery & Restaurant (Chinatown) is locate at 158 E Pender St., Vancouver, BC V6A (T) 604.681.1828
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