My first time having a dinner at Grand Dynasty was a few weeks ago, and it was so good that I decided to bring my parents here for dinner, along with B and T. Here is a combined post of those epic dinners.
For an appetizer, we got the Shredded Chicken with Sesame Sprinkles. The dish is basically steamed boneless shredded chicken, tossed with sesame oil and sesame seeds. Sprinkled with fried wonton skins, green onion and thinly sliced red peppers, this dish is tasty and texturally very rich. A great appetizer.
Quack Quack - my all time favourite...Peking Duck. They serve it whole here and after they present it to you, they remove the skin tableside, and serve it with hoisin sauce, and celery and green onion sprigs. You get some steamed pancakes to wrap the whole thing in.
The crepe is quite unique - see the specks of sesame here? I'd have to say this is the first time I've seen this in a Peking Duck crepe. Love the fact that it's so thin...you can see the print of the plate it's resting on.
For those of you unfamiliar with Peking Duck - here is the "before" shot. Load the crepe up with a slice of the crispy duck skin, grab a blob of hoisin sauce and a sprig of green onion. Then, just wrap it all up and enjoy.
We also go the Pan Fried Beef Filets, Chinese style. It's thinly sliced beef with a tangy sweet sauce. My stepdad loves this because it's one of the few meat dishes we'll order at dinner. Honestly, Chinese dinners consist more of poultry and seafood, and less red meat, in general.
Needing a side of carbs after all the chicken, duck and beef? Try the ever-reliable Sliced Beef with Pan Fried Noodles. It's a dish you can find in many Asian cafes, and almost a comfort food. The flat rice noodles are tossed with sliced beef in a light soy sauce mixture and thin slices of onion and bean sprouts.
And another standby? Sweet and Sour Pork...This is a favourite of both my stepdad and T...just something about this dish that appeals to the young and old. It's essentially deep fried morsels of pork, tossed with green and red peppers and a rich juicy sweet and sour sauce. They elevate it a bit here and serve it with cantaloupe and honeydew melon balls.
This is round two of the duck. They take all the meat off the duck and toss it with assorted veggies and pine nuts and serve it with a side of iceberg lettuce. Just scoop some of this into the lettuce (taco), add some hoisin sauce, and roll up to your heart's content. The addition of pine nuts is what brings this dish to the next level for me...usually most placed add deep fried vermicelli for the crunch.
Oh, yes - King Crab time...if you haven't had this before, you need to try it next time it's in season. For our group of 4 adults plus one child, they brought out a 7.5 pounder and they will cook it anyway you like. There are a variety of things they can do, such as steaming with garlic, or with egg whites and wine. They can also toss it in a spicy salt mixture, black bean sauce, or other spicy sauces.
We got the legs steamed with garlic and broth, and I love the way they make it easy for you by half-shelling them. No work required, just grab and use the little fork they give you to pick out the meat. Order a bowl of white rice and scoop some of the sweet garlic sauce/broth into it...best way to have rice, ever.
We got the crab knuckles deep fried with special spicy sauce...which is really more of a breading as opposed to a sauce. It is not crazy spicy, unless you end up with one of those little Thai Chillies in your mixtures...and then, all bets are off!
In order to have some veggies, we ordered their Pea Shoots, just simply steamed in broth. I have to admit that this is the one dish I loved but found way overpriced. $18 for a plate of veggies...oh no...Considering the two servings of duck were $33, this seems way out of what in terms of pricing.
Nevertheless, I have zero complaints about the service and the food here. In fact, I am tempted to visit this place for dimsum, just to see if they have anything different to offer. I love the fact that it's close to home too.
Oh, one caveat, as of Mid-April, they still don't have their liquor license yet...it will save you a bit on the bill. :)