|Deep Fried Chinese Donut|
Soon after came the rice noodle deep fried Chinese donut. This "donut" is not what you would find at Tim Hortons; it has more of a savory flavor, similar to a fritter, and is often eaten with congee. I was disappointed to see that it was served with just sweetened soy sauce as opposed to the peanut and hoisin sauces that it usually comes with. Without stronger sauces to complement the rolls, I could more easily taste the grease of the dish. The Chinese donut was a little too dense and oil-soaked for my liking.
Overall, Cafe de Tropika offers up standard Hong Kong fare that is fairly decent by Edmonton standards. Because the restaurant is clean and bright, and the servers friendly and helpful, I think they have a good future ahead of them in their south side location especially with the lack of competition. However, the portion sizes were small and the menu was full of starch options, so I wouldn't recommend Cafe de Tropika for a hearty, healthy, or balanced meal.
Top Pick of the Night: Nothing stands out