MaMa Rich

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.

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Sign inside. Someone please translate.

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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.

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The menu is short and sweet: noodles, rice meals, appetizers, wontons and drinks.

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They’ve only got chili oil as condiments on the table. Clearly popular because ours was all done.

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Trip #1
First visit was on a late Wednesday evening (around 8:30pm).

Mama’s unique special milk tea ($4.80)
DSC07362We added grass jelly ($0.50) which was unfortunately from a can. The milk tea was different than the norm as there was sweet fermented rice bits mixed in.

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Decent but don’t think we’d get it again.

Sour and spicy crystal noodle ($6.98)
DSC07365Glass 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.

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Glass noodles had a satisfying bite and cilantro added freshness to the bowl.

House special escargot rice noodles in spicy noodles ($13.98)
DSC07367Escargot, 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.

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Loved all the types of meat, especially the tender beef, pork intestine and pig ear. Escargot was tasty but we wanted more!

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The tofu skin and wood ear mushrooms underneath were excellent.

Fresh meat wonton ($5.98)
DSC07376This comes in a light broth with 15 homemade wontons, pickled seaweed and baby dried shrimp. Broth is basic but the wontons are great.

Trip #2
Second trip was on a Friday evening (around 8:00pm).

Braised beef, pig ear and tofu ($10.98)
DSC08275The beef is the same as what you get in their noodle bowls.

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Pig ear wasn’t crunchy but the sauce (some sort of Chinese mushroom) was good.

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Tofu was fairly standard.

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For the price, it’s a small dish. I didn’t think it was worth it.

Beef and escargot rice noodle in spicy soup ($9.98)
DSC08282The beef is super tender. Again, the escargots are hard to find but everything else in
this bowl is delicious.

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Tofu skin, wood ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, peanuts and pickled green beans. Satisfying and spiciness finally came through.

Shredded chicken, vegetable and cold noodle with house sauce ($9.53)
DSC08280They asked us how spicy we wanted it; we went with spicy. It’s not so don’t worry.

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The noodles were thin and the sauce was almost like a dan dan mein. We liked how it wasn’t overwhelmingly peanutty.

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An interesting twist to the normal Northern Chinese spots you’ll typically find in town. Cash or debit only.

MaMa Rich
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mama-Rich/
4949 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
(778) 379-0559

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