Authentic Eats: Redbud 紫荊閣 is one of the better Hong Kong-style cafes in Richmond

Redbud Restaurant has been around in Richmond since 2012. It seems to have a reputation for authentic Hong Kong-style cafe dishes, slightly pricier but with better quality.  With so many choices around Richmond Centre, I never thought of visiting the restaurant as it is not exactly walking distance from my old place or my mom’s house.

As I discovered they offered 10% off for take-out on Chowbus, the third-party Asian food delivery service, I thought I should give it a try.  And I ordered a couple of the popular dishes. Both were raved about in this Chinese foodie group on Facebook that I joined.

The Baked Pork Chop on Rice ($14.50) is simply amazing.  Fried to be perfectly crispy outside but still moist inside, the chop is covered with a layer of sweet and sour tomato sauce with melted cheese, where big chunks of fresh tomatoes are visible. I just love how flavourful and rustic the chop is.  Even the fried rice under the chops is quite tasty.

The Hainanese Chicken on Rice ($13.95) impresses me with the Chicken-flavoured rice more than the chicken itself.  I have decided this chicken dish always tastes better at a Malaysian/Singaporean restaurant as the Hong Kong restaurant.

To complete a Hong Kong cafe experience, the meal has to come with a drink, cold or hot. The price of the hot drink is usually included in the price of the meal, but it was not the case on Chowbus.  For each meal, a hot drink costs $1 and a cold drink is $2.25. I enjoyed my Iced Yuenyeung (half coffee half black tea) and mom found her Hot Almond Tea was up to her standards.

 

 Redbud Restaurant, Richmond, BC
Redbud Restaurant, Richmond, BC

 

Baked Pork Chop on Rice @ Redbud
Baked Pork Chop on Rice @ Redbud
Hainanese Chicken on Rice @ Redbud
Hainanese Chicken on Rice @ Redbud
Iced Yuenyeung @ Redbud
Iced Yuenyeung @ Redbud
Hot Almond Tea @ Redbud
Hot Almond Tea @ Redbud

Final thought

Pricier than the average Hong Kong-style cafes in Richmond, Redbud Restaurant does deliver food with better quality and taste.  I definitely will order from here again. The baked pork chop here has totally won me over!

 

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rating: 3.5/5

 

Redbud Restaurant

8360 Granville Ave #120, Richmond, BC V6Y 1P3
(604) 285-2822

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