I Do, Let’s Eat! Kirin Mandarin Restaurant


The evening dinner reception for my cousin’s wedding was held at Kirin Mandarin Restaurant at the Three West Centre in the heart of Richmond. The entire 350 seat restaurant was booked out for this event.

If you have ever been to a Chinese wedding banquet then you know they are a big deal. I think Chinese wedding banquets ranks near the top of the most expensive list. Dinner cost $548.00 per table of 10 (there was 32 table plus the head wedding table) and I haven’t even added tax, tips and drinks yet. Expensive yes, but you only get married once. At least you hope so!

The twelve course dinner menu was fit for royalty. The service at Kirin was top class. They’ve changed our plate after every course. The menu consisted of the following:

  • Kirin Special Platter with Roasted Pig
  • Geoduck SautΓ©ed with Prawn and Chicken
  • Deep Fried Crab Claw Wrapped with Minced Prawn
  • Shark Fin with Crab Meat and Fish Maw Soup
  • Live Lobster in ConsommΓ© with Light Ginger and Green Onion
  • Sliced Abalone Braised with Chinese Mushroom and Selected Vegetable
  • Steamed Live Rock Cod
  • Crispy Skin Chicken
  • Kirin Special Fried Rice
  • Stewed E-Fu Noodle with Tender Scallion in Abalone Sauce
  • Two Kinds of Dim Sum Dessert
  • Chef’s Special Sweetened Soup

Enjoy the pictures. Hope it doesn’t make you too hungry.














83 thoughts on “I Do, Let’s Eat! Kirin Mandarin Restaurant”

  1. Ed Lau says:

    Mmmm…I love banquet food although last time I went, Kirin’s shark fin soup wasn’t particularly impressive.

    1. Geedos says:

      Shark fin soup is one of those dishes I’ve never tried but always wanted to. It sounds nice and exotic.

      I’ve eaten crocodile but that just tasted like chicken!

      1. Jack Book says:

        oh my.. it’s an hour to lunch here πŸ™
        is that mushroom over there? ouuhh….

        1. Steven says:

          Dude, I’m getting hungry just from all this food talk lol and its like past midnight already.

        2. I’m just about to have my lunch, Cornflakes, thanks for that.

          1. Geedos says:

            Cornflakes for lunch – times must be tough! Personally I’m more of a Frosties man. πŸ˜†

          2. Steven says:

            LOL Corn Pops, that’s where its all at.

    2. Good Chinese food is the best! These photos are making me sad as I eat my boring sandwich!
      πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯
      – Raymond

  2. kenny says:

    Gotta love Asian weddings! Invite as many people as possible, and serve them the best food as possible and as much of it as possible. :mrgreen:

    1. Steven says:

      LOL, I wonder how much that ended up costing them with everything factored in or how much John spent on his own dot com mogul of a wedding 😈

      1. I wonder if John got them a good deal with the restaurant in exchange for this post as a wedding present. That would be typically πŸ‘Ώ of John I think!

        1. Geedos says:

          I guarantee that if John had anything to do with it he got an exceptionally evil deal – probably involving no actual cost!

  3. Steven says:

    Looks delicious!

  4. David says:

    Almost all Chinese wedding food menu is the same!

    1. Steven says:

      Yeah, you go to enough of these, you’ll get sick of the free food.

      1. Geedos says:

        You can never get sick of free food – surely!

        1. Steven says:

          You will if you have to eat the same thing over and over again.

        2. I’m old fashioned, I’m a big fan of free beer at weddings. The food I can take or leave.

        3. Geedos says:

          Yeah I’m with you – free booze is the real reason to go to weddings – after enough of it you can’t even taste the food on offer!

  5. kingjacob says:

    those purple squares look good for some reason

  6. GettyCash says:

    Geoduck SautΓ©ed with Prawn and Chicken
    YUMMY! :p

  7. chtanxw says:

    It is 8-10 course per table in M’sia and S’pore. It is rare or never heard of to have 12 course here.
    The pictures are very nice!

    1. Geedos says:

      Personally I can only stomach 4 or 5 courses – especially after all the alcohol that flows at weddings – too much to drink and too much to eat followed by drunken dancing are not good combinations! πŸ˜†

  8. Arhi says:

    dude, where did you put all that food???

    1. Steven says:

      I am sure with that many people, it shouldn’t be hard to find a place for all the food.

    2. John Chow says:

      Tons of left over. That is a requirement of a Chinese wedding dinner. It’s consider bad form if there is no food left at the end. Generally, the first five dishes are consumed. After that, you’re pretty much full and the rest of the stuff you take a bite here and bite there and pack the rest home.

      1. You get to keep the leftovers? We’re so far behind in the UK! Is that a common thing elsewhere, what about restaurants?

        1. John Chow says:

          Yes, you can pack the leftovers home. As far as I know, nearly every restaurant in Vancouver will let you pack a dogie bag.

        2. Geedos says:

          Yeah I think the doggy bad phenomenon is mainly a North American thing – i’ve never eaten in the UK and seen it and the same can be said over here in Australia.

  9. Geedos says:

    To be able to afford laying on a spread like that you need to be a dot com mogul – oh hang on!

    It’s a good job earnings are up! πŸ˜†

    1. Steven says:

      Haha, I think John makes more than enough =]

    2. Oh John hasn’t yet seen banquets of Albanians, where they spend nearly 10k Euro and the medium payee is around 250 euro a month…now thats what i call “stupid expensive”.

      One thing i like, both chinese and albanians attend 300+ people during the evening banquete, but what i can’t understand is that albanians are couple millions while chinese are couple billions πŸ˜›

      1. Steven says:

        Unfortunately there are too many idiots in this world who spends excessive amounts of money on needless things (many celebrities for example). While I am all for spending a lot to have a good once in a lifetime wedding, I wouldn’t spend a ton for no reason.

      2. Geedos says:

        Wow – that is a lot of cash. What kind of food is traditionally Albanian? There must be some rich grooms in Albania to be able to afford that kind of outlay.

  10. somedudewhoquitbloggingbecauseofgooglesinterference says:

    That third picture is just scary John. Don’t drop it while you eat or it may snip something important!

  11. Word Hugger says:

    Looks amazing. πŸ™‚

  12. musica0911 says:

    malaysia have all the foods,
    juzt vacate it
    come here,Malaysia,Malacca

  13. The noodles look pretty tasty πŸ˜‰ and that desert looks good as well.

  14. bob says:

    Yummy..the crispy roast pork is my favorite!!

    1. Geedos says:

      My favourite Chinese food is Peking Duck – yum yum!

  15. Daniel_Shop says:

    Can I get discounts from restaurant.com?

  16. It looks great John!

    I’ve also been to a few Chinese weddings and they both had a 10 course meal!

    I love Chinese Weddings!


    1. Steven says:

      I love them too!

  17. Love your site. Love the food as well. Yum.

  18. betshopboy says:

    It’s interesting to know that the chinese wedding banquet in Vancover is very similar(price & menu) to those found here in Singapore.

    1. Steven says:

      I think you can find the same menu anywhere as long as you find a restaurant that caters the same type of food. They can be found here in the US too.

  19. just looking at the food makes me wanna go to a chinese restaurant right now!! πŸ˜›

    1. Steven says:

      I was so hungry I went to go get food at 2am in the morning. Now I’m stuffed lol

  20. Zero APR says:

    It’s definitely not free food.

    They invite almost any distance relative. Even if you decline, you are expected to pay $35-$50 USD. Attending one, cost at least $100 USD pp. More if you are closer to the bride/groom $500-$5,000+++ pp

    In Chinese banquet, the whole purpose for the dinner banquet is to MAKE money (and receive jewelry). They probably (100%) make more money on that night than Dot Com Mogul’s August blog earning.

    Yes.. all chinese banquet serves the same food. They start out with suckling pork/jellyfish, broil live shrimps, big white snails, abalone with veggies, followed with shark fin soup, followed by dry scallop with black hair thingy, fried chicken, lobster, whole fish, dessert.

    Gets boring (and costly) after a while.

    1. Geedos says:

      So you’ve gotta have a lot of disposable income to attend a Chinese wedding. Aren’t Chinese families typically quite big? Sounds like it could get very expensive very quickly – especially if there’s a crop of family members around the same age who decide to get married in quick succession!

  21. Sean says:

    I eat some of those myself since I came from Asia too. I miss those kind of foods sometime here in America. 😳 πŸ˜₯

  22. chinese food iS very delicious~~~ πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  23. Alex Shalman says:

    John, I can’t stand the food reviews and pictures. The reason is that you make them look so good and make me unbelievably hungry with the beautiful pictures.

    Today is labor day, I have no plans but to hang out with my girlfriend. I’m up early and she’s next to me sleeping. So until she wakes up, and I take her out to breakfast, I’m stuck here starving and staring at your pictures!! Evil!! 😯

    1. Geedos says:

      Just check out the old lobster video nasty – that might put you off food for a while! It did for me!

  24. So delicious…. I feel at the party with you John…
    Is there Indonesian menu there ? πŸ™‚

  25. starboykb says:

    Damn, i never have this nice foods for quite a while.! πŸ˜₯

  26. Click Input says:

    Price per table sounds pretty cheap… only thing is there was so many of them!

  27. This food looks incredible! I am so hungry looking at it now, hope you had a blast and eat for a week πŸ˜€

  28. lsg says:

    Great photos! Have you ever considered a career in food photography?

  29. David says:

    John – with all this great food you are eating…how do you stay so thin? πŸ˜€

  30. Alex says:

    My stomach hurts. I feel like going to my Chinese buffet. It has AYCE sushi, crab legs, and of course noodles. πŸ˜†

    Yum Yum
    I hope you enjoyed and savored that food.

  31. medicboyz says:

    John, u still have this great appetite for food.

  32. Hip Hop says:

    Wow these pics are making me hungry πŸ˜•

  33. Asma says:

    Come on maan, your bring along your camera even for a dinner at hotel? Imagine all of the guess delicously tasting the food but suddenly there is one man shooting your food with macro shoot in front of you. Aaah maybe its normal in Canada… πŸ™‚

    1. John Chow says:

      You mean to tell me you don’t bring a camera to a wedding? :mrgreen:

  34. Simon says:

    Great! but abalone is sliced which is not so great. There better be 4 head abalone for everyone :mrgreen:

  35. Reagu says:

    I’m officially hungry.

  36. j0sh says:

    is that a chicekn head?

  37. TY Tan says:

    What a feast in Vancouver? Vancouver right?

    I thought Chinese Banquets are popular and a must in Asia. Wow, it’s available in Van ! Bravo, John.

  38. Gdog says:

    Ahh, the joys of Chinese food in Richmond! I just had dim sum myself and I’m stuffed. But yeah, you gotta love the dinner at Chinese weddings…you just eat, eat, and then eat some more!

  39. ThienLee says:

    the roasted pork and the deep fried crab claw looks tasty ..
    in hakka roasted pork is called sao chu lol

    lol my mouth is watering now eheehehe

  40. Those noodles look delicious… I think I may have to order some in tonight for dinner. :mrgreen:

  41. will says:

    Looks nice. Did you know all those people john?

  42. Nick says:

    Glad I just got done eating a good home-cooked meal before reading this post or it probably would have made me hungry.

  43. Too much meat. Not enough vegetable.

  44. Samo Kralj says:

    Wow.. makes me wanna have chinese wedding πŸ˜› Congrats to the couple!

  45. Shaun says:

    Wow. I think it’s lunchtime now… πŸ˜‰

  46. Max says:

    Cool, I ate some similar Chinese food at my friend’s wedding 2 weeks ago. It was freakin’ good, we were all wasted though…before…during…and after…

  47. Oh, YUM. You said you hoped you wouldn’t make me too hungry, well, you did. What a feast. I have to go get something to eat now. πŸ˜†

  48. Alopecia says:

    I would love to attend such royal receptions. I can just imagine how classy the whole ambiance of the place would be.
    And yes John You have made me feel very hungry.
    Get me some foooooood

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