Saturday, January 10, 2015

Red Pearl Restaurant

In my mind, the concepts of Birmingham, Alabama and authentic Chinese food just don't go together. Yet, the city has one of my favorite Chinese restaurants -- Red Pearl. The restaurant used to be tucked away in a supermarket and occupied merely a hallway of space, and was frankly pretty ghetto, but they've expanded tremendously over the past year. My family ate here for lunch the day before I flew back to school and saw the beautiful new renovations (the restaurant is now almost the same size as the supermarket itself). 

The legit that it's no longer legit. Only a handful of Asians used to eat here, but the crowd has diversified significantly since the renovations.

Vege keke

Mmm cold spicy beef tendons ^^

House fried rice sticks. I actually didn't expect this, since I thought the rice sticks were chow fun since I freakin' love chow fun, so this was disappointing. But it tasted good.

House style tofu, my fave (but I'm a tofu fiend, weird ya). 

Sauteed snails. I know it sounds weird but these are great, and very few restaurants serve this even in bigger cities. This a gem of a dish.

Aaand they have good fortunes ever, instead of those open-to-interpretation BS fortunes that I've gotten recently from other places.

#Vulcaning at Vulcan Park on my last day of break. I look happy but I'm crying on the inside at the prospect of going back to school :(

243 W Valley Ave
Homewood, AL 35209
(205) 945-9558

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