Signature Dishes Tour # 11 – Fortune City Seafood Restaurant

Our latest Chinese Bites Signature Dishes Tour took place at Fortune City Seafood Restaurant. Fortune City is a Chinese restaurant located on East 1st Avenue in a strip mall. I have never noticed the place before, but the inside was packed full of people.

The main purpose of this meal was to sample their peking duck, which surprisingly we have never had at a Chinese Bites dinner thus far.

Pan-Fried Tiger Prawns

The pan-fried tiger prawns were very large in size. They were cooked well and had a plump, springy texture. The savoury sauce they were coated in was really good.

Peking Duck

This was my first time having a real peking duck meal. I know, crazy right? I have nothing to compare this to, but I loved it and would recommend trying it here.

The skin was very thin and crispy and the piece I ate had a good amount of tender, flavourful meat on it. I loved making little wraps with the steamed pancakes, onions, and sauce. For some reason food is more fun when you can make it and eat it with your hands. I think I could have eaten this whole plate on my own.

Duck Lettuce Wrap

Part two of the peking duck feast was the duck lettuce wrap. I always like a good lettuce wrap and I enjoyed this version. It was meatier than others I have had and the filling had a rich, flavourful, salty flavour from the addition of Chinese sausage. My only gripe was that there wasn’t enough lettuce cups to use all of the filling.

Sautéed Cod with Veggies

The sautéed cod with veggies was very simple and a bit boring. The cod didn’t have much flavour and it lacked seasoning. The veggies were my favourite part, which says a lot. This isn’t a dish I would order.

Deep-Fried Crispy Skin Chicken

The deep-fried crispy skin chicken was one of my favourite dishes. It is like the Chinese version of fried chicken. The skin on the outside was perfectly crispy and flavourful and the meat inside was moist. I liked how it was cooked on the bone so you got all that extra flavour.

Pork Chop in Plum Sauce

The pork chop in plum sauce was another dish I enjoyed. The pork was tender and coated in a batter that wasn’t too greasy. The plum sauce was pretty sweet, but I enjoyed it. White people just like plum sauce.

Braised Egg White with Crab Meat and Broccoli

The braised egg white with crab meat and broccoli was a dish that I didn’t care for. I don’t like egg white dishes because the texture is too runny and they taste bland. To me, the best part of the egg is the yolk and separating that is blasphemy.

Winter Melon with Assorted Seafood

The winter melon with assorted seafood was alright. It wasn’t bad, but winter melon doesn’t have much flavour.

House Special Chow Mein

The house special chow mein was okay. Topping wise, there was a lot of stuff on it, which was good, but I feel like it needed more sauce on it. Some of the noodles in the middle didn’t get to soak up any sauce, so they were completely plain and too hard.

Baked Tapioca Pudding Pastry

We had a baked tapioca pudding pastry for dessert. I love this dessert and I am always happy when I get to eat it.

Some people at the table didn’t like the texture of this dish. The inside filling was more of a pudding consistency than a custard. While I have had better, I still didn’t mind it and enjoyed eating it. I always like dessert.

There were a few hits and a few misses at Fortune City, but I left feeling satisfied. I was very happy that I finally got to try peking duck and I really enjoyed it here. If you come here, I would recommend trying that and the deep-fried crispy skin chicken.

Disclosure: I did not pay for my meal.

Recommendation:

Yes, for peking duck.

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3 Comments on “Signature Dishes Tour # 11 – Fortune City Seafood Restaurant”

  1. July 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    That just means you need to pack more meat into the limited lettuce wraps!!!

    • July 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

      Haha true. Clearly I made a rookie mistake!

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