Restaurant : AuntDai
Event: Turquoise Blog’s #ExperienceAuntDai Foodies & Bloggers Dinner
Restaurant type: Chinese, Asian
Prices: $2.99-$9.99 entrées, $9.99-$23.99 mains, $3.99 dessert
Date: Wednesday August 21st 2019
Table of: 8
My favorite dishes: pork belly + spicy beef
Last month, I had the pleasure of hosting another Foodies & Bloggers Dinner, this time, at AuntDai! AuntDai is an authentic Chinese restaurant, with a location downtown (where we dined) and another in Anjou too (where I dined in 2017). They offer some fan favorites like General Tao chicken and chow mein, but also, some less common dishes like: beef and potato stew, braised pork belly with sweet potato noodles, dry wok pork intestine, braised pork neck bone and more!
Present this time around to #ExperienceAuntDai, there was myself @elisebgravel, Sabrina @tinyfoodie, Victor @randomcuisine, Dini @dini_the_foodie_mtl, Nad @nadeat, Gigi @gigi.in.mtl, Ryan @hungryhungryhipgrave and Rola @montrealesque!
Here are the dishes we had the pleasure of trying:
- Tofu skin salad
- Mouth-watering chicken
- Braised pork belly with sweet potato noodles
- Spicy shrimps
- Singapore noodles
- Thai fried rice
- Hot pepper with beef (spicy beef)
- Twice cooked pork
- Sweet and spicy eggplant
- Seafood and tofu wok
We enjoyed a very delicious evening, full of amazing dishes and wonderful company! Although the pork belly and the spicy beef were my favorites, all of the dishes were excellent. The braised pork belly with sweet potato noodles is a phenomenal dish, full of flavours like corriander, star anis and many more. Its a bit on the fatty side (because its pork belly) but the fat just melts in your mouth. Plus, it comes with some delicious noodles that are covered in the same sauce as the pork belly; divine. The hot pepper with beef isn’t all that spicy, especially if you avoid the pepper bits in the dish. But, if you want that extra kick, don’t hesitate to mix the two! I love the tenderness of the beef in this dish, as well as the sauce it is covered in. But, if I’m being totally honest, I’ve had these two dishes before and chose them for our group’s menu because I knew how good they were.
So in terms of new dishes, I really liked the sweet and spicy eggplant, because of the way the eggplant was cooked. Sure, the sauce was great, but the eggplant had such a nice texture; not too soft and not too hard. My friend Victor also chose two of the dishes – tofu skin salad and mouth-watering chicken – which I’d never tried, and both were very nice. The tofu skin salad was more of a “tofu noodle” salad and it was nice, refreshing and flavourful. I loved the mouth-watering chicken and get where the name comes from! It was thin slices of cold chicken (with the bone and cartilage bits) soaked in a salty, oily and spicy sauce, and it was oh so yummy. Definitely happy to have discovered so many new great dishes!
Overall, we had a great time at AuntDai, where we got to try many delicious dishes; some new and some old. What we sampled though was just a portion of what they offer, as they offer many more dishes. Sharing plates are always a great way to sample and enjoy many dishes in one visit. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to making this evening special, to my guests for attending and to AuntDai for the wonderful dinner!
This time, the goodie boxes for the Turquoise Marketing & Turquoise Blog goodie bags were provided by Lisa from @britishbakeco. Each goodie box contained a cherry bakewell and a chocolate bourbon biscuit. Thank you for your generous contributions!
AuntDai is the perfect place not only to enjoy delicious and authentic Chinese meal, but also, for your family, corporate and meeting needs! They offer a private dining room on the second floor, which includes multiple dining areas, a projector/screen set-up and a lounge area. So, how will you #ExperienceAuntDai ?
*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.
*All photos and comments are mine