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Corydon Chinese spot offers authentic delights…
Even though the Corydon strip is one of the city’s most restaurant-dense areas, the few Chinese options are mostly takeout or delivery.
But that’s not the case behind Sunshine’s bright yellow door. It, too, has one of those standard menus for in-house dining and takeout or delivery, but I didn’t try them. I had come for the special menu of authentic Chinese specialties — in English, unlike the Chinese-only practice at other places.
The wise diner who asks for it will be rewarded with some delicious specialties. It’s small, as Chinese menus go — just 50 items — but the portions are huge, withmost main courses ranging from $9.95 to $15.95.
Several dishes are very spicy. It pays to ask before ordering, and the degree of heat will be reduced on request.
Many of the dishes may be familiar, but the menu also delivers such lesser-known specialties as the fabulous No. 26 — succulent head- and shell-on prawns in an incendiary coating, with a milder stir-fry of thin strips of celery, chunks of potatoes and little cubes of red chili peppers. The wild pepper referred to in the description is actually Szechuan pepper, which isn’t a pepper at all, but a crushed berry that adds a slightly citrusy flavour and a bit of tang.
I liked all I tried, both hot and mild; as it happened, one of my favourites was one of the mildest — the lightly breaded little pieces of basa fish, with a fresh, delicate flavour, greaselessly deep-fried and strewn with shreds of ginger and green onion. With them came a light, soy-based sauce for dipping.
I’m always delighted when I find Lion’s head meatballs on a menu. These are enormous, but with a light and springy texture, bathed in a dark but mild soy-based sauce with hints of five spice. I prefer the more common garnish of leafy Chinese greens (representing the lion’s mane), but the little chunks of broccoli that were used instead were perfectly cooked.
Tender, stir-fried strips of lamb seasoned with cumin seeds are spiked also by a sprinkling of hot chili powder. More moderately spiced is the meltingly soft fried eggplant, which comes in strips instead of the usual chunks, with minced pork in a very garlicky sauce with a slightly sweet tinge from sweet-bean paste.
I often find bamboo shoots too earthy for my taste, but I loved them here, stir-fried with strips of pork and chili sauce.
Although for most of us soup is the first course, in many Chinese dinners it’s the last one, and if your mouth is still alive with a blaze of chili, I’d suggest ending with the soothing and delicious tofu soup with ground beef and cilantro.
The interior — with a sunshine-yellow wall and columns — is cosy and comfortable, the service is pleasant and exceptionally accommodating
SUNSHINE CHINESE RESTAURANT
635 Corydon Ave., 204-715-2615.
Ask for the menu of authentic Chinese specialties instead of the standard takeout menu. It’s shorter than most, but it’s the only authentic Chinese food I know of on the Corydon strip, and it’s delicious.
Many dishes are spicy, but they’ll turn the heat down on request. Some top choices: No. 26 — incendiary head and shell-on prawns with wild pepper in a milder stir-fry of celery, potatoes and red chili peppers, lamb with cumin spiked by hot chili powder, or, for milder tastes, eggplant with minced pork in a slightly sweet sauce, and the enormous lion’s head meatballs
- “Tried this restaurant a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised! The food was very good and portions generous. We had enough left over for lunch the next day for 2 of us. Would recommend. Service was good also”
- “Fantastic addition to CorydonLived on Corydon for 20 years and have been waiting for good Chinese. While Evergreen is good, Sunshine is walking distance. Seriously, every dish we have tried has been solid. Excellent hot and sour soup contains 4 big shrimp. Shanghai noodles just right amount of spice. They do brisk takeout on the weekend. Great food and reasonable prices.
- One word – WOW – On Friday my wife and I ordered the Deep Fried Veal. It was the most tender veal I ever tasted in any restaurant anywhere at any price. We also ordered the house special Chow Mein, The size of the shrimp was amazing. Whatever you order you’ll be more that satisfied. On our next visit, I was thinking of just telling the hostess to pick the dishes for us. My wife favorite is Black Bean Garlic Shrimp. Where ever you live in Winnipeg try this place out and see why I rated the restaurant so highly
- Best Hot & Sour soup ever! – They recently opened, from closing their 3 restaurants to combine into this one.
Their Hot & Sour soup is the best I have ever had, and repeatedly order take out regularly.
They also have the “Chinese” menu, that we have ordered off of, real authentic dishes that I dont think I will ever order an “American” Chinese dish again!