Good Buddy Restaurant, Edmonton

I don’t write a lot about Chinese restaurants in Edmonton – not because I don’t go to them, but because they’re usually… well… average.

There are two Good Buddy restaurants in Edmonton; one in the north and one in the south. I have never been to the south location so I can’t comment on that one. I have a love/hate relationship with the north side location. I love that they’re convenient and that going there means I don’t have to drive all the way to Chinatown. I love that they have a decent selection of dishes, and that the food is tolerable.

I hate their customer service with a passion. Their servers are barely present, and once in a while downright surly. Even just trying to find someone to flag down for the bill can be a huge effort. I dislike their service so much that I have avoided going there if there was another viable option.

So why am I writing about them now? Well I was there recently for dim sum and, while most of the meal varied from okay to barely tolerable, there was one stand out dish that made me go wow. So much so that I ordered a second helping.

shrimp stuffed eggplant

shrimp stuffed eggplant

Shrimp stuffed eggplant is a common dish found at dim sum restaurants. This dish is often soggy and limp. This magical dish, however, was particularly notable because of the large piece of eggplant, large chunk of shrimp, and the high level of crispyness of the shrimp. It’s almost enough to make me want to go back to this restaurant more often. Almost.

Good Buddy Restaurant (north)
Northgate Centre Mall
9499 137 Avenue, Edmonton

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Eggplant curry (baingan bharta)

Eggplant curry (baingan bharta)

Eggplant curry (baingan bharta)

For dinner on Thursday night, and lunch leftovers on Friday, I cooked with eggplant for the very first time. This dish also gave me the opportunity to try out the new non-stick marble coated wok I picked up the last time I was at T&T.

For this dish I chose something relatively simple to make. Simplicity doesn’t necessarily mean simple flavours though; this dish had plenty of layers. I could definitely see myself doubling the recipe next time in order to have additional leftovers. Eaten with half a piece of Olafson’s flaxseed and multigrain breakfast pita (toasted in the already heated broiler), the meal was healthy, full of vegetables, spicy, hearty, satisfying and filling. My best reaction was a statement from one of the other people who ate the dish – “you’re allowed to make this one again.” Continue reading