Chef Raymond Lee worked at Oriental Gardens for more than 15 years before opening his own Chinese restaurant in 2004.
At Lee’s Garden, which is located in Fortune Shopping Centre, there are over 120 delicious Cantonese and Szechuan menu items to choose from.
On my most recent visit, I ordered four dishes and they all arrived quickly, steaming hot and aromatic. I tried the honey garlic chicken, Singapore fried rice noodles, prawns with tomato sauce, and Buddhist feast.
Crispy to perfection and drizzled with a mouthwatering sauce, the honey garlic chicken at Lee’s Garden has easily become one of my all-time favorite dishes. Each piece of chicken breast was tender and had a nice crunchy outer texture that seemed to hold just the right balance of garlic and sweet honey. Generously portioned, it was great for sharing… and pairing! Honey garlic chicken is best accompanied with a curry dish, like the Singapore fried rice noodles.
Although most people would probably agree that skinny, pale-yellow noodles don’t look very appealing, I’d say this is like a “green eggs and ham” scenario. You know how that goes, right? Dr. Seuss’s character ends up liking the green stuff. Similarly, if you give Singapore fried rice noodles a try, there’s a pretty good chance that you’d enjoy this warm and gluten-free dish too! Bursting with flavour, it was a tasty curation of egg, shrimp, celery, carrots, pork, cabbage, rice noodles and curry. I also liked that the Singapore fried rice noodles could be personalized based on your preference for spice: mild, medium and hot.
Next up was a dish called Buddhist feast. Deep-fried tofu pieces increased the fun factor of eating this vegetarian dish. The tofu had a firmer texture on the outside and seemed to really pick up the succulent flavours of broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peas and bok choy.
Last was an aromatic tomato dish with a to-die-for sauce. As a kid, I can recall having up to 25 tomato plants in my backyard — because my family loved tomatoes that much. Having grown up with an abundance of fresh tomatoes, I’ve tried numerous tomato-based dishes over the years. Lee’s prawns with tomato sauce are definitely worth a try. It’s the sauce that makes this dish special, especially when poured over a bowl of rice. The sauce is slightly sweet, but not too sweet, and has a similar consistency to a broth. I also appreciated that the dish was served with a generous number of prawns and that the fresh tomato slices were thick. Overall, this is a well-balanced dish and something I’ve reordered multiple times.
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Dine-in or takeout, this Kamloops restaurant is ideal for sharing a meal with family! Perhaps with the cold weather finally setting in, you’ll also be happy to know that as a small family-owned business, Lee’s Garden offers free home delivery after 5 p.m. on minimum orders. There’s just something sentimental about passing delicious plates of food with generous portions around the table to share with loved ones. So, the next time you visit the North Shore, you should definitely give Lee’s Garden a try.
Until next time, Kamloops!
Emiko Ohama is a Kamloops resident, writer, photographer and speaker. When she's not searching for her next local establishment to review, she’s either working as a Kinesiologist, volunteering in the community, or travelling. You can now follow her journey on Instagram.