Sunday, 22 July 2007

A taste of Culture - Lee Ka Chu

Me, Kelvin and my family went to the restaurant called A taste of Culture (Chinese name: Lee Ka Chu - Family Lee's Kitchen) on the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 139 in Amsterdam

The restaurant is rather small. The walls are up for a paint job, but are decorated with the menu written in calligraphy. The tables are small and wobbly, but the staff is kind en the food is good.



As most Chinese restaurants you get complimentary Chinese Tea. We also ordered cold milk tea as we often do in Chinese restaurants. After we made our choice and ordered our dishes, the waitress came with a complimentary pot of soup. As it is summer, they served a light refreshing soup made of carrots and cabbage. I like that they have these soups as I don't drink much Chinese soup since I'm not living with my parents any more..


The large steamed oysters were very nice although I missed the glass noodles that normally are on top of the oyster. The blanched duck and the white fish in creamy corn sauce was a special offer. We paid 1 euro for the duck and I think 8 euros for the fish. Nice to try out.



My mom is a Buddhist, and does not eat meat or fish on the 1st and 15th of the Chinese calendar. As it was the 1st that day, we had two vegetarian dishes. One was a clay pot with bean curd and season vegetables. Other one is blanched Gai Larn (Chinese Broccoli) with soy sauce (instead of oyster sauce) on the side.



For the non Buddhists we had Gu Lo Yuk (Sweet Sour Fried Pork) and Phey Pah Ngap (Marinated Roast Duck). This duck dish needs to be ordered a day in advance so the kitchen can prepare it. The taste is great. Skin crispy and the meat is tender.


The final dish was tofu stuffed with fish (shrimp?)balls. I wouldn't order this dish again as it was quite dull. The complimentary dessertsoup (Thong Seu) was white fungus with red dates. Nice finish :).

The price here is very reasonable. The bill came up to 100 euros including tips. We were with a party of 5 and all pretty full. Try their clay pot dishes!

4 comments:

Yin said...

Hehe.. looks good.. gonna go back there sometime!

My mom is Buddhist too and does the veg things as well.. :) coolness, I don't hear many people do that nowadays!

Love,
Yin

Chrystal said...

Yes you should :). I like their food!

My mom didn't follow the 1st and 15th rule untill 5 years ago, I think.. The kids are grown up, so she has more time for spirituality.. Happends quite often that Chinese elderly get more dedicated to Buddhism as they get older and wiser :D..

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