In earlier samplings, Bobby Chao's restaurant, in a strip mall just off 53rd St. NW, opposite the Edgemont Racquet Club in Calgary, seemed to have poorer quality food compared to its predecessor restaurants in this location. No more. My wife and I have now eaten here twice, once for dim sum, and yesterday for a full dinner, and have nothing but praise for it. The staff were friendly and solicitous and took the time to speak with us about the choices. The menu was amazing, huge and with a plethora of photographs visually describing many if not all the dishes. I ordered a bowl of wanton soup and a beef with onion and Chinese pickle entree; my wife selected a beef with bitter melon entree, because she had heard that bitter melon is helpful for diabetics. We were not disappointed. The individual wanton soup came in a generously large bowl with very tasty broth and many large wantons. Both meat dishes had similar vegetables with black beans and green and red pepper. The beef was tender and without gristle, and the vegetables were very tasty. All this and very reasonable prices: $4 for the soup $12 and $14 for the entrees. We said we would be back, and we will be!
For diabetics, BTW, the bitter melon appeared to work, to a degree. Despite taking some noodles, my wife did not take any insulin and two hours later, her blood sugar level was between 5 and 6 on the Canadian scale; however, in the middle of the night, her value was just above 8 when she usually measured 5, so she is not sure if the melon continued to work well into the night or not. In any case, the bitter melon really tastes bitter, and must be offset with another vegetable, such as sweet onion, to be palatable.
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