Pearl Castle

Where did I eat?

Pearl Castle 1128-3779 Sexsmith Road in Richmond for a Chinesebites event.

What do they specialize in?

Taiwanese food and bubble tea.

What was the vibe?

Modern, bright, busy.

What did I order?

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Young Girl’s Dream – grenedine, calpis, and pop topped with cotton candy

  • Pearl Castle just introduced a line of bubble tea drinks that are topped with cotton candy
  • The presentation of this drink is beautiful. The cotton candy was large and fluffy and made for a great Instagram photo.
  • The drink is quite sweet and syrupy. The first few sips were good, but I got sick of the taste before the end.

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Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice

  • This rice was filled with shrimp, big chunks of pineapple, egg, and carrots
  • The rice wasn’t too heavy or greasy and had a slightly sweet taste to it

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Deep Fried Mushroom

  • I liked that this dish was something different from the normal deep fried tofu or chicken that you see at Taiwanese restaurants.
  • The mushrooms were really good and cut into nice bite sized pieces
  • The breading was light and crispy and had similar spices that you would find in Taiwanese chicken nuggets.

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Taiwanese Sausage

  • The sausage was good and it was the perfect appetizer or snack.
  • It had a slightly sweet flavour to it that was magnified by the dipping sauce.
  • The inside of the sausage was quite fatty and it had a crispy thin skin on the outside.

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Deep Fried Tofu

  • The batter on the tofu was the same as the above mushrooms
  • The tofu was good, but nothing too special, so if you wanted something deep fried I would try the mushrooms for something different from most places.

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Wonton with Chili Sauce

  • I wasn’t crazy about these wontons.
  • I found the wrapper to be too thick and there was too much of it in proportion to the filling.

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Marinated Chicken with Rice

  • The chicken was very juicy and tender and the portion of it was large.
  • The sauce had a slighty sweet taste and reminded me of a chili sauce.
  • This would be a good filling meal.
  • I also had another variation of this dish with a pork chop instead of chicken. It was also good and had the same sauce.

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Milk Seafood and Pork Hotpot

  • I didn’t know what to expect from the milk hot pot, but I was surprised and impressed with how good the broth was. It was creamy, but not too overwhelming or heavy.
  • I mostly just sampled the broth, but it was also filled with shrimp, pork, and a bunch of vegetables.

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Curry Coconut Seafood and Pork Hotpot

  • The curry coconut hot pot was also as delicious as the milk one. This broth was rich, aromatic, and had a hint of coconut flavour.

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Kimchi Seafood Fried Udon

  • I always love udon noodles, so I enjoyed having some noodles.
  • It was filled with big chunks of kimchi and prawns and was slightly spicy.

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Original Taiwanese Beef Noodle

  • I liked the beef noodles here because of the delicious broth and thick, chewy, noodles.

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Three Cup Chicken

  • The three cup chicken had a tangy soy flavour and punches of flavour from the thai basil.
  • The pieces of chicken thighs were juicy and the portion was large.

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Garlic Chicken

  • The garlic chicken was quite similar to the three cup chicken except it had a stronger garlic flavour and some sweetness to it from honey

Disclosure: I did not pay for my meal.

Final Thoughts?

Pearl Castle has some fun bubble tea drinks and an expansive menu with a lot of good options on it.

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