We were invited to Longtail Kitchen and Freebird Chicken at the River Market in New Westminster to try delicious creations by Chef Justin Cheung and Chef Angus An. Their other sister restaurants are Maenam Restaurant and Fat Mao Noodles. The items in the photos aren’t 100% representative of how it will be served as the serving sizes have been modified for our dinner.
This restaurant is named after the iconic water taxis of Thailand. Longtail Kitchen has Thai-style comfort food. I’ve come here several times for their famous wings and other dishes.
They also have a wall of different products to purchase.
Thai Iced Tea
This is my favourite drink to get at any restaurant that serves it. Delicious depth of tea flavour with the creamy milk and touch of sweetness.
Steel & Oak Beers
If you love local beers, they serve a variety of beers from Steel & Oak. The brewery is even close by.
Mango Pok Pok Slushy
Pok Pok is a restaurant in Portland and they sell their drinking vinegars. They even take the vinegars and turn the into slushies.
Crispy Chicken Wings
Their famous chicken wings are delicious. Very crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.
Sticky Chicken Wings
If you like getting messy, their sticky chicken wings are a delight too. Lots of flavour in the sauce that coats the crisp skin. The skin stays crisp even with the coating of sauce.
Mama Cheung’s Laksa
The laksa has a kick of spice to the broth, but it is pretty clean and not too rich.
This popular Filipino dish has pork belly, peppers, and green beans and a delicious sauce with a base of coconut milk.
Duck Yolk Butter Prawns
The prawns were flavourful but the duck yolk wasn’t too strong. Perhaps an extra pinch of salt would enhance them.
Shaking Beef Tenderloin
This dish was delicious and the beef was super tender. Great paired with a side of rice.
The newer addition to River Market is Freebird Chicken, an Asian-style rotisserie chicken shack. They serve flavourful free-range, hormone-free chickens with sides of rice, soup, and salads.
Khao Man Gai
This is Hai Nan chicken and it comes with soup and chicken rice. The chicken is poached and there is a bunch of different sauce that pair with it. I personally like the classic ginger and green onions.
Tumeric Fried Chicken
The fried chicken was super crispy and they use NextJen Gluten-Free flour in their batter mix. You would have never thought this was gluten-free, but it is.
Tom Yum Spiced Fried Cauliflower
If you’re in need of more vegetables in your meal, this dish was a good accompaniment.
Tom Yum Spiced Fried Brussel Sprouts
Vegetables are great deep fried and spiced with Tom Yum.
If you’re looking for another type of chicken, they have rotisserie chicken. Tasty skin and moist inside.
Overall, I loved this introduction to some of the newer items on the menu since I usually order the same thing.
810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster