I'm not ashamed to admit it. Sometimes I indulge in Westernized Chinese food. Yes, it can be seen as sacrilegious, but really, food is food. No prejudices here. Well, maybe I won't set foot into a PF Chang's... or will I? Yah probably. This time around, I knew a long work day would require take out since cooking was out of the equation (also, I ran out of propane, so no BBQing!). So I stopped by Orange Blossom on my way out. Formerly King's Choice, this is your typical take out Westernized Chinese joint. However, rumour
has it that the food is actually decent, especially for North Delta. Considering the state of Chinese food in the area, that is not a stretch.
I ended up getting the Dinner for 4 ($40.00) which included 6 items. Starting with the Spring Rolls, they were a bit soft (even after throwing them into the toaster oven to crisp them up), probably from being packed full of veggies. I liked how they placed a paper towel underneath to soak up the residual oil because there was lots of it. The surprisingly large order of Fried Prawns were okay. The batter was a bit dense for my tastes, but when reheated, it was crispy. The prawns themselves had a meatiness to them and were not mushy. Again, the paper towel underneath was welcomed.
I found the Sweet & Sour Pork to be meaty while still tender with just the right amount of fat. The sauce had a noticeable tang which gave way to sweetness, a nice balance in my opinion. As for the Beef Chop Suey, the veggies were crisp and vibrant. The slices of beef were tenderized just enough so there was some remaining texture. There was a modest amount of starch-thickened sauce which was a bit garlicky and not in the least salty. Love the fact they do not use MSG. The Chicken Chow Mein was soft while not being mushy. The ample amount of large chunks of chicken were moist and tender. Again, the dish was flavourful without being overly seasoned.
The same could be said about the BBQ Pork and Shrimp Fried Rice. It was seasoned just enough that it could not be seen as bland, yet not salty either. The shrimp were cold-water crunchy while the finely diced BBQ pork was not fatty. I liked the ample amount of fluffy egg which added a nice texture to the rice. It was on the drier side though. Overall, this was more-than-acceptable for take-out Westernized Chinese food. Definitely an option out in North Delta.
- Mostly well-executed dishes
- Friendly people
- Some dishes were a bit greasy
- Purely take-out, only a few counter seats (not really a bad though)