I was having a discussion with Fatboo and The Hangry Bitch during dinner one day about food (what’s new, hey?).
Our topic of discussion was, “Is there such a thing as comfort food and what is your comfort food?”
The four of us were harping on and on about how Chinese food makes us all feel relaxed, happy and completely satisfied as it was our comfort food.
Jo’s Ang Moh, being the only caucasian in this discussion couldn’t quite comprehend what we were going on about. We tried to explain it to him. About the satisfaction and comfort of eating good food and how it makes you utterly relaxed and happy.
It’s a different feeling from eating your favourite food. It’s more about the food that makes you reminisce about your childhood and gives you flashbacks to a certain period of happiness in your life (a bit like that scene from Ratatouile).
Not surprisingly, we were having this open discussion around a massive dinner at Pacific Seafood BBQ House in Richmond. It was our third time there with a separate group in less than 2 months.
Ever since Winston introduced us to this restaurant via instagram, we just can’t get enough of the food in this place.
It’s seriously affordable and delicious Chinese food.
Don’t be deterred by the various roast meats hanging out at the front of the shop. If you have not experience this display of food in front of a restaurant, step up, be brave and take the plunge. It’s not that different to a rotisserie 🙂 This is a compilation of all the dishes we have tried from all three of our visits (we seem to order the same delicious dishes!).
The Siu Yuk (Crispy Roast Pork Belly) $20.00 is crisp and succulent. Not the best I’ve ever had but quite good all the same.
The pièce de résistance of the restaurant and a definite must order is the Roast Duck. Order half $23 or a whole duck $46, the choice is up to you.
The Eggplant with Mince Pork in Szechuan Sauce ($19.00) is definitely tasty, slightly spicy and very comforting, especially on a cold chilly night. Perfect with rice.
On a separate occasion, we tried their Deep Fried Eggplant with Prawn Paste and Chilli & Garlic ($24.00)
A favourite of ours is the Deep Fried Chicken Ribs in Salted Duck Egg Yolk ($22.00). Its rich yolky coating encases sweet juicy tender chicken flesh which is to die for.
I’d never had pipies with chinese doughnuts before, but I haven’t a clue why! I highly recommend ordering a plate of Pipi in X.O. Sauce ($22.00) with added Chinese Doughnut.
The Boy’s favourite type of beancurd is the Pipa Tofu (Beancurd) $20.00 which they do well here. If you would like to know how to make these, look at the recipe we prepared earlier 🙂 (Fried Pipa Tofu).
Outside of Japanese cuisine, I have not had eel (unagi) in any other way. I quite enjoyed the Eel Steamed in Black Bean Sauce ($24.00).
If you can’t tell from the above pictures, we often order a little too hard on the meat dishes. So occasionally when questioned, we add in the greens. We like the Spinach with Two Egg Sauce ($21.00).
So if you are looking for a good Chinese restaurant to dine and experience the “comfort food” feeling, look no further than to Pacific Seafood BBQ House in Richmond. It makes me hungry and wanting to plan the next trip there now as I’m writing this post!
This is a typical Chinese restaurant, so expect the same kind of service usually associated to that. But what seems interesting is that the average price for the dishes ordered is around the low $20 mark regardless of meat, seafood or vegetable 😀
In wrapping this up, I’d like to ask, “What is your comfort food“?
*Disclaimer: All food ratings & review are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality at the time of visit
Food/ Cuisine: Chinese
Dining Style: Restaurant
Monday to Sunday, Lunch & Dinner
8 / 240 Victoria Street
Richmond VIC 3121
Tel: (03) 9427 8225
How to get there:
So hungryyyyy just looking at all your pictures! 🙁 I’ve only been to the Pacific BBQ in the city (which I didn’t enjoy) and the branch at South Yarra which was fantastic. Would love to give the Richmond one a go. It’s been on my list for a while now – need to bump it up!
We can go together gether soft soft one 🙂
LOL This is definitely my parents type of comfort food! They love Pacific Seafood BBQ house SO much! We go at least once a week it’s insane! my parents will only eat chinese and cantonese food!
my type of comfort food is SUPER rich, warm and sweet self saucing chocolate pudding 😛
Love this place man. Need to revisit soon!
everything looks great esp the eggplant pot and pipis!
Uhuh! Pipis forever!
My comfort food is LAKSA from Chef Lagenda. Hands down.
Ooo love laksa 🙂
char siu of course but unfortunately, meat is off bounds. D:
Why is meat off bounds?
I still haven’t been! I need to go soon just need to get a few people together coz me and hubby can’t eat that much lol!
my comfort food is definitely congee, I know it’s usually for the sick but it usually so comforting and great to eat during winter/cold
Ooo.. you need the whole family!
I’m crazy for Pipa Tofu although I’m terrible at pronouncing it so nobody seems to know what I’m talking about. We had some excellent crab in XO sauce here. Loved it!
Now I really want to hear you say it 😛
mmm that roast duck.
When are we going again? =)
My all time favourite comfort foods are moo parlow aka tow yu bak and kao man gai aka hainese chicken. Who invented doesn’t concern me as long as these dish are around in my lifetime 😀
Ooh I don’t know those dishes pronounced that way… sounds delicious! Yeah, as long as there is food 0_0
Argh! Your pictures make everything look so shiny and tempting!! I haven’t been to Pacific House in ages, and even then I only tried the roast meats on rice! I have to go back in a group and order dishes! 🙂
Shiny Shiny Shine!
SHINY SHINY SHINY DUCK. But I really want to try the Deep Fried Chicken Ribs in Salted Duck Egg Yolk. Oooooo!
You’ve been requesting a lot of salted duck egg yolk dishes.. is it cause it’s a novelty?
Yes! Because me never had but me likey salty umami flavour and wackytown.
Look at that lonely green dish. Bhahaha. Token.
Poor veggie dish!
This all looks wonderful to me indeed! I don’t know why, but when I’m sick I crave combination Chow mein- totally random! I guess that makes it count as comfort food, doesn’t it? LOVE the movie Ratatouille!
Really? Chow Mein? hMmmmm
Dear Ms I-Hua,
I was here last week and the roast duck is comparable to the best of Sydney. I would have tried all the other dishes if ony there was more than just the 2 of us.
Hooray! I’m itching to go back again!
Your pork spare ribs in Mandarin Sauce are sensational. I wish that I knew how to make the sauce at home?