This past week I have been a boat load of nerves. I have been anxiously waiting for my stagette and wasn’t sure if I should be excited or terrified. I have been to many stagettes in the past so I know how much of a gong show they can end up being. I also sometimes think I can still party like I am 20, so this could have been a recipe for disaster. The entire day was a surprise so I didn’t know what to expect either but heard “it’s a doozy” and my outfit was hilarious. It turns out that I didn’t need to be scared or nervous at all because from start to finish I had a blast. I did still however party like I was 20.
Needless to say I wasn’t in any sort of mood to cook at all. J nursed me back to health with some Gatorade and McDonalds but even still I couldn’t really think about cooking food. I might have been able to handle a grilled cheese sandwich but instead we decided to order Chinese takeout. J and I haven’t ordered Chinese in Maple Ridge yet so I turned to Urbanspoon for some assistance. I sort of wanted to try Chinese Palace but they don’t have a website or menu online so instead we tried Ocean Village instead, located at 20830 Lougheed Hwy.
I have to say that I was a little nervous about this, since I picked one of the only places without a review on urbanspoon. It was their menu, specifically the dinner for 2, that I liked the best. Most dinner for 2 will include sweet and sour pork, chop suey and chow mein but this place also includes 6 small deep friend prawns, and pork fried rice as well for 21.95.
The sweet and sour pork wasn’t quite as crisp as some other places I have had but overall it has a nice flavour and there wasn’t too much coating which was nice.
The beef chop suey also had a good flavour and had lots of crisp vegetables and beef. They didn’t use cabbage as filler either which impressed me.
The chicken chow mein had a lot of small bite sized pieces of chicken in it. The texture of the noodles was also perfect, not soggy!
The pork fried rice had good texture as well with a slight smoky flavour to it. Seasoned well.
The prawns were as expected. Thick battered prawns. Since the bar was set low here I couldn’t really complain. You could still taste the prawn so that was good.
Overall for your typical North American basic Chinese food this was pretty good.