Garlic & Chili Restaurant

A few months back I heard about a good Chinese restaurant in Burnaby. Lunch plans were made. We anticipated deliciousness. To our surprise, a new restaurant had replaced it. The sign read Garlic & Chili. Jacky the Macanese Chilehead tells me its Szechuan. This has to be a good thing.

Turns out, after many, many visits, to have been a great thing.

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The obligatory Hot & Sour Soup. Really well made…some good punch.

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The Spicy Chile & Garlic Wontons. Tender pork dumplings drenched in goodness.

Save the sauce for the Shanghai Noodles:

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The Ginger Beef is tasty but quite a bit overdone.

Singing Chicken

The centerpiece of the meal is the Singing Chicken Hot Pot. The dish was literally spitting when it hit the table. Some serious wok hay.

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Singapore Fried Noodles. Some more good heat but with a curry hit.

Mongolian Beef

The Mongolian Beef.

So far, Garlic & Chili has remained a bit of a secret. It’s a spotless, tiny Mom & Pop operation with exceptional food. The portions are generous and the chef is a serious heat-freak. Giggity.

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5 responses

  1. Hi Karl, I’ve been following your blog for a while and love what you have to post. Am I safe in assuming that you’re also a left-handed foodie living / working in the same area? (Or am I complete douche now?) Anyways, thank you for posting about Garlic & Chili, I look forward to reading more of your blog!

    January 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  2. Karl

    Hi Jessica, thanks for your kind message. Figuring out I’m a leftie is somewhat eerie! Not douchie in the slightest, just freakily perceptive! I noticed you went next door to Bentei…have you tried G&C? The Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup is a must. The chef even once prepared a special lunch for six, Szechuan-style. I managed to talk Sherman into visiting. It’s my go-to lunch spot and a big favorite of my co-workers.

    Loved your post on Shoryumen. Looks like a very unique venue, definitely worth a visit.

    February 1, 2010 at 2:53 am

  3. Well, I am a leftie and noticed that in one of the photos, the chopsticks were coming from the left. (I had noticed it in my own photos and contemplated flipping it. haha!)

    I may get a chance to do takeout G&C tonight. Will do a short post if I get to it!

    BTW, in the same strip mall, Kam Moon Bakery (Golden Door / Gate?) has nice frozen offerings. Their meat buns are average (to be nice), but their egg tarts are a nice find for the area.

    February 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    • Karl

      Hey Jessica, I went there for lunch today (it’s usually once or twice a week). Had the Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup. I order it very spicy so it’s absolutely loaded with flavour! Cannot get enough. Might have to do a re-post just for the soup!

      Heard good things about the bakery from co-workers. Definitely worth a visit.

      I’m trying to get together a bunch of folks for Beef 7 Ways at Song Huong next Monday. Sherman’s in, waiting to hear from Kim. Are you interested?

      February 3, 2010 at 12:39 am

  4. vivian

    I had the curry beef fried bun from Kam Moon, it was to die for. I went back 3 times in a week to get it.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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