Date

June 2014

Meal

Dinner at 8:30pm

 

Ordered

  • Wai Po Hong Shao Rou 外婆红烧肉 Braised meat
  • Ma Po Dou Fu 麻辣豆腐  Spicey ToFu
  • 茶香雞 Chicken with tea
  • 干煸四季豆 Spicey Green beans
  • 綠茶餅 Green tea cakes¥12
  • 冰桔茶 Ice Tangerine tea

Food

Wai Po Hong Shao Rou 外婆红烧肉 (Braised pork meat)

Wai Po Hong Shao Rou 外婆红烧肉

Wai Po Hong Shao Rou 外婆红烧肉

This looks delicious does it not? Unfortunately it was not marinaded and braised long enough.  The meat was hard and flavourless.  All the sauce was on the bottom of the pot, so best to rub the meat in the sauce.  Lots of pickled vegetables on the bottom too, great dish eaten with rice.

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Ma Po Dou Fu 麻辣豆腐  (Spicey ToFu)

 

Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

This was the worst dish from here and worst Ma Po Tofu I have ever tasted. It was bland and watery.  One spoonful was enough.  Coming to think of it, we only ordered it because of the price – only 12 rmb! But it wasn’t even worth the 12rmb.

Ma Po Dou Fu 麻辣豆腐  (Spicey ToFu)

Ma Po Dou Fu 麻辣豆腐  (Spicey ToFu)

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Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

This was my favourite dish and almost every table ordered this. It was outstanding. Probably the best whole chicken I have ever had.  It came in a clay pot, the chicken has been slightly roasted so the skin was cripsy, but the meat was ever so tender and juicy.  It was fabulously marinaded.  Splitting the chicken in four only with a spoon, the meat easily came off the bone.  it was that tender. But the crispiness of the skin, it was definately the best chicken. Full of flavour, but did not camouflage the chicken taste. On the bottom of the pot, the chicken juice/oil or the essense of the chicken was so wonderful mixed with the rice. Incredible dish.

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

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茶香雞 Chicken with tea

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

 

 干煸四季豆 Spicey Green beans

 干煸四季豆 Spicey Green beans

干煸四季豆 Spicey Green beans

We wanted some vegetables and we usually order green beans in Hong Kong.  But this was different from the ones we have in HK. Firstly there was alot more chilli and not much mince meat.  I wouldn’t recommend unless you just want stir fried chillis.

 干煸四季豆 Spicey Green beans

干煸四季豆 Spicey Green beans

 干煸四季豆 Spicey Green beans

干煸四季豆 Spicey Green beans

綠茶餅 Green tea cakes

綠茶餅 Green tea cakes

綠茶餅 Green tea cakes

Hangzhou is famous for their tea and tea leaves, so how could I not order the recommended green tea cakes.  It is one of their specialty dessert, so how could I resist?  The cakes are lightly pan fried coated with white sesame.  I loved how crispy on the outside with the molten green tea mixture inside.  It was a great dessert, that is not too dense nor too sweet.  It was so easy to eat 4 of them in one go, and still manage to pack some back to the hotel.

綠茶餅 Green tea cakes

綠茶餅 Green tea cakes

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Mushy inside

Great snacks/dessert

 

綠茶餅 Green tea cakes

綠茶餅 Green tea cakes

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冰桔茶 Ice Tangerine tea

冰桔茶 Ice Tangerine tea

冰桔茶 Ice Tangerine tea

I expected it to be one glass, but turned into one bottle – a big bottle.  It was ice cold, but with no ice, which was perfect as the drink will not be dilluted towards the end. The drink was superb for this hot summer weather. It hydrated me and it was super delicious. Could drink this all day long.

冰桔茶 Ice Tangerine tea

冰桔茶 Ice Tangerine tea

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Atmosphere

Interior

Interior

Nice interior

Dark with nice decorations

Spacious

Great interior

the walls

Stairs

Menu explanation

The menu is never ending and no English I am afraid. But if you do ask for English, the lady will give you a magazine which provides photos of the food.  So, the menu is ever so long and it is hard to see what is good and what is not.  So watch out for the logos next to the name of the dishes.  Some are recommended and some are their speciality.

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The long menu

The long menu

Recommendation

 

茶香雞 Chicken with tea

綠茶餅 Green tea cakes

冰桔茶 Ice Tangerine tea

 

Damage

Receipt

Receipt

Total of 138 rmb for two people at dinner

 

Verdict

Would I go back again? YES!!!!!!!!
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥
Rating from my Heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 10/10

Details

Grandma’s Home 外婆家

浙江省杭州市上城区湖滨路3号

Lots of branches in China

The branch I visited was near the west lake

West lake nearby

The branch

 

Reservation

No reservation policy!

Do go 1 hour early to get a ticket as the line is super long

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Lots of people waiting

Lots of people waiting

Grab a ticket outside and wait inside for your table to be called, or look out for the TV on the wall for your number to pop up

The TV

The TV

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