I’m always around Metrotown so I’ve been slowly attempting to try everything in the area. We’ve been twice for dinner at MaMa Rich. They’re a Northern Chinese spot that specializes in Guangxi cuisine. They’re located right next to Onezo Tapioca.
Sign inside. Someone please translate.
Even though it closes at 9:00pm, there were still people after us that came in for late night eats. We didn’t have any issues with service; they came by to fill our tea a few times. Just wish they gave bigger cups. Food comes out in a hurry.
The menu is short and sweet: noodles, rice meals, appetizers, wontons and drinks.
They’ve only got chili oil as condiments on the table. Clearly popular because ours was all done.
First visit was on a late Wednesday evening (around 8:30pm).
Decent but don’t think we’d get it again.
Sour and spicy crystal noodle ($6.98)
Glass noodles with minced pork, bean sprouts, cilantro and peanuts. We got our dish medium spicy which was mild. Broth was excellently balanced; loved the sour notes.
Glass noodles had a satisfying bite and cilantro added freshness to the bowl.
House special escargot rice noodles in spicy noodles ($13.98)
Escargot, pig ear, beef, tofu, marinated egg, shrimp and pork intestine. There was also pickled green beans, bamboo shoots, tofu skins, wood ear mushrooms and peanuts. Really different with a good variety of textures and flavour.
Loved all the types of meat, especially the tender beef, pork intestine and pig ear. Escargot was tasty but we wanted more!
The tofu skin and wood ear mushrooms underneath were excellent.
Second trip was on a Friday evening (around 8:00pm).
Pig ear wasn’t crunchy but the sauce (some sort of Chinese mushroom) was good.
Tofu was fairly standard.
For the price, it’s a small dish. I didn’t think it was worth it.
Tofu skin, wood ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, peanuts and pickled green beans. Satisfying and spiciness finally came through.
The noodles were thin and the sauce was almost like a dan dan mein. We liked how it wasn’t overwhelmingly peanutty.
An interesting twist to the normal Northern Chinese spots you’ll typically find in town. Cash or debit only.