Empire Chinese Cuisine: King Crab + Duck + Tapioca Pudding

Diana Chan April 7, 2012 Chinese, Richmond, Three Beakers

It’s the time of year for Alaskan King Crab! The 604insomnia crew decided to head down to Empire Chinese Cuisine for one of the King Crab Dinner sets. We chose this place since it was a decent price and has good food.

Since it is in Richmond on Alexandra Road, the parking is quite packed even though they have their own parking lot. I had to park all the way at Lansdowne for free parking.

We went at around 7:30pm and it was packed inside. Not everyone was eating King Crab, but a majority of people were.

This was about 9 lbs. Most places show you the crab before preparing it in the kitchen. You can pose with it too if you want.

Seafood in broth soup was pretty good! It had lots of different seafood inside and it’s one of my favorite types of soups.

Peking Duck Wraps comes with some cucumbers, onions, hoisin sauce, slices of duck and the wrappers.

The duck slice was very juicy and had lots of meat content to them. They lay it on the plate on top of fried shrimp crackers.

All you do is put a little bit of everything together, wrap it up and munch away. It was yummy!

The main part of the feast arrived! This is the steamed garlic Alaskan King Crab legs. All the legs are cut in half so it’s really easy to eat.

There’s a lot of minced garlic on top, so the taste really infuses into the meat.

You can get them to turn the head into a baked fried rice for a few dollars extra, but we didn’t do that.

Deep Fried Alaskan King Crab Knuckles is another favorite dish! It is seasoned with salt, chillies, and garlic. Super yummy and kickass!

Duck Lettuce Wraps incorporates the rest of the duck in a type of meat mixture. You take the lettuce leaves and a few scoops of the duck mixture, wrap it up and eat it.

Alaskan King Crab Broth with Noodles has a nice fragrant taste and cooked well.

Braised Bean Curd with Bok Choy was quite yummy and you kinda need vegetables to accompany the meal since everything else is kinda fatty.

Baked Tapioca Pudding was something we had to order. We actually forgot to pre-order this ahead of time, but they had one more left so we grabbed it up! It’s really delicious and has a very nice crust on top. Kinda like the pineapple bun thing.

You can see all the little tapioca balls. It’s one of the best baked tapioca puddings I’ve had, so it’s highly recommended to pre-order this!

Overall, the food was pretty solid and it costs $43 after tax and tip per person. We had 8 people at the table. We were all pretty stuff after this.

Words of Wisdom:

  • Can be hard to find parking at peak hours
  • Reservations are recommended
  • Decent service
  • Pre-order the Baked tapioca pudding

We Rate Empire Chinese Cuisine


8251 Alexandra Rd
Richmond, BC

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Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

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