Pearl Castle is a Taiwanese restaurant located at Richmond’s Continental Plaza. The place is always packed because they offer great-tasting food at extremely reasonable prices. Another reason Ed Lau and I like going there is because they have an all-female wait staff. However, their service doesn’t match the food.
I was saddened to hear that the Castle no longer offers their house special stew pork. I loved that dish, but I can understand why they may have gotten rid of it – the amount of fat on the pork is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Luckily, Pearl’s other signature dishes remained on the menu. I went with the kung pow chicken and Ed went with the fried chicken nuggets with fried rice. The chicken was extremely tender and had a good amount of heat from the chilly peppers (just the way I like it). A selection of side dishes, plus a dessert accompanied the meal.
In addition to great-tasting food, Pearl is also known for their great selection of teas and coffee. I went with a hot milk tea with pearls. The tea comes in a clear teapot, and the pearl bubbles are on the side. You add the pearls to a small english tea cup, and then pour in the tea. It’s a Taiwanese take on serving English tea. Ed and I did a video to show how it’s done.