Wow! Golden Island is re-open after closed down for the last 11 years! This restaurant has always topped my parent’s list, I know for the fact we would eat there not less than once every two weeks. When they shut down, I felt my childhood was taken away. I was not the only one. I truly love their food.
Rumours says the owner closed the business for early retirement. The place then became an indian restaurant.
Golden Island is a 100% authentic Chao Zhou cuisine restaurant. From what I am aware of, there is no other Chao Zhou restaurant in Calgary. Some chinese restaurants may serve a few chao zhou dishes but if you want the full menu, it’s Golden Island. They are located on 16 Ave near Peter’s drive in – 122 16 Ave NE.
Whst is Chao Zhou cuisine? Chao Zhou is a city located in the eastern part of China. Unlike other parts of China, Chao Zhao use light flavoring, so focus is on the natural flavoring from the raw ingredients – seafood, which is their main use of ingredient in their dishes. Yum! They also known for their late night meal. At Golden Island, some dishes are available in snack size after 9pm, prices will drop to almost half the price. Now the snack size menu is in full Chinese…I am sorry. There are a few options, bring your Chinese friend or you can pick from the original menu, then ask your waiter if snack size is available. You will find Golden Island opening late until 12am or 1am, varies by day.
Finally I am back tonight. The restaurant sign was the same. Inside, they kept the same arrangement and chairs. There was minimum renovation done. They change up the floors from red carpet to laminate. They may have repainted, otherwise there was my childhood.
I cannot explain how heartwarming this is. I am so excited to taste their food again. I ordered my family’s favorite dishes, also the popular Chao Zhao dishes. So here they are –
Oyster Omelette. Most Asian like to have this along with plain congee.
Shrimp Cake (snack size). Dip this in that honey sauce it comes with. So damn delicious!
Marinated Whole Duck (snack size). My Boyfriend’s pick. He cannot help himself to “hmmm” on every bite. The marinate is just right. I had try this at other restaurants, the duck is either over marinated or overcooked. Golden Island really nailed this one.
Taro Paste Dessert. My Pick This is a true love for me. The puree is topped with Chinese fruit call ginkgo – supposedly ginkgo contain tons of health benefits. More for taro fans, you also cannot miss their Sugar coated fried taro.
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