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Iceberg Lettuce Fish Paste Porridge

Vanessa is back from Hong Kong and she starts work in the community kitchen right away. She made an Iceberg Lettuce Fish Paste Porridge; Hong Kong style, I presumed.

The Iceberg Lettuce Fish Paste Porridge is flavored in a rich broth made from pork bones and dried scallop. A pot a hot porridge is good for days when one does not have appetite to eat. Porridge is easy to the digestive system too.


  • Roast pork bone
  • Pork bone (“G gin guat” in Cantonese)
  • Dried scallop
  • Fish paste
  • Rice
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • ground pepper and salt to taste

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Lucky Fortune Seafood Restaurant in Richmond

Updated 21st Jan 2012: We were notified by Jim & Karen that this restaurant had closed.

For a change, Polly and I decided to go for dim sum instead of cake. Actually, we had no luck that morning in search of a good cake place. First, we went to Richmond Bakery at No. 5 Rd and Cambie where we found out that the parking is only limited to one hour maximum. On top of that, when we checked out the bakery, it does not meet our appetite. Then we decided to go to Le Bon Bon but found out that it only opens at 11:00 am and it was not even 10:00 am at the time. So, we finally decided to go dim sum instead.

I remembered my neighbour had recommended Lucky Fortune Seafood Restaurant for their dim sum. So, Polly and I decided to check it out.

Lucky Fortune Seafood Restaurant is located at Union Square.

The restaurant is of medium size and the tables fill up quickly. We noticed that the prices for Chinese dishes are very reasonable too, range from $5 to $8. The Dim Sum price is only $2 for small, medium or large before 11:30 am and there after it’s $2.50. The restaurant opens at 9 am.

The only problem is that the dim sum menu is in Chinese only. Luckily, Polly can read Chinese. Ben and I will have some problem coming here ourselves.

Polly and I ordered 8 dishes to share, a bit too greedy. Here are the items which we ordered.

Steamed Black Bean Pork Ribs.

Steamed Beef Ball with Bean Curd Skin. We thought that it is a wrap when we ordered this.

Steamed Squid which is very tender.

Siu Loong Pau.

Chicken Feet or Fung Jau.

Prawn Rice Roll. The prawns are relatively large and springy.

This is special for today, Steamed Fish Head, with lots of ginger. This costs $2.50.

The fish eye ball is the only thing left as Polly and I dont eat the fish eye ball. Any one of you game for the fish eye ball?

Sticky Rice.

Instead of wrap in lotus leaf, the sticky rice is wrapped in bamboo leaves.

The bill came up to $21 including tax and tips. We were amazed at our appetite. After the meal, we decided to go for a walk to digest all the food we ate.

River Road is Polly and family’s favourite place during spring and summer for an evening walk. The river view with the north shore mountains as a backdrop is simply breath taking. One can also watch the planes take off from YVR airport.

In a glorious spring day, even the dandelions are smiling at the sun. I simply love spring except for my allergy which comes with spring.

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7 days a week

Dim Sum: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm to 1:00 am except Wednesday

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Seattle: House of Hong in the International District

This is our last post on our quick vacation to Seattle. It’s Day 5 and we decided that we go to Chinatown and check out the dim sum in an American city. We had expected that the dim sums here would be Americanized … you know … serve things like chop suey, beef & broccoli, fortune cookies and such.

We had wanted to go to a place called the Jade Garden and Hongkong Restaurant. It was recommended by Jeniffer who also recommended Cedar’s to us. As it turned out, we could not find parking. Well, we could find pay parking but we did not want to pay for parking. Alright, I admit, we are stingy especially for things that is supposed to be free!

So, we ended up going to this place called the House of Hong. As it turned out, it was a good thing we came here.

The House of Hong had won a lot of awards over the years. The awards (for best chinese, best dim sum, etc) were all plastered all over a wall near the entrance. The interior was cavernous which surprised us. We hardly had such a huge dim sum place in Vancouver and yet the one we went to is so big. It was very early on a weekday when we were there and there were only two tables taken.

We like the courteous and prompt service.

The Baked Char Siu Bun were great … soft and fluffy with moist sweet BBQ pork in it. We were pleasantly surprised how authentic the dim sum was.

Braised Chicken Feet … we love it. He he he … I know almost all my whites friends do not touch it. But seriously, it is really good and we always order this for dim sum. Until today, I am trying to fully figure out why chicken feet puts people off. Some told me that there is no meat in it but I think its the thought of chicken feet walking around chicken shit that really puts people off.

For the chinese, they don’t call this chicken feet. No, no … that’s too crude. The formal name for this is “fung jau” which means Phoenix Claws.

The Char Sui Bau (BBQ Pork Bun) was equally superb. Suanne had never quite figure out how to make fluffy texture buns like these although her buns can beat any Char Sui Buns in the world, no kidding.

Oh, one thing we noticed here … they serve the dim sums in metal tiffin cans, not the normal bamboo basket we normally see. Weird.

Potstickers … I am not sure if this is really Chinese traditional dish. Can someone confirm? I always thought that Potstickers are more Japanese than Chinese … you know, gyoza?

Beef tripe … nice. If people who are not used to dim sum ask me what this is, I normally tell them “don’t ask, just eat”. I love the crunchy texture. You guys know what tripes are, right?

Bean Curd Rolls are another favourite of ours. Looks awful right? But they are quite harmless … just meat wrapped in bean curd rolls.

Siew Mai … traditional chinese dumplings. Quite good … and very authentic.

Siew Mai is not complete without the type of chili sauce above. I don’t know if there is a specific name for this but we simply must have this chili sauce with siew mais.

The Shrimp Toast was OK. This I think is Americanized dim sum. I am not familiar with this.

We could not resist the delicious looking BBQ Duck with the crispy looking skin. It turned out cold. We would have preferred it warm. No bad though.

The Shrimp Rice Roll was also good. This is the favourite of Arkensen and Nanzaro.

Zeen Dui are sesame seed coated ball. You gotta love the fragrance and crunch of the sesame seeds and the chewiness of the glutinous rice ball.

We give this place a double thumbs up. The service was great, and the food was great. Highly recommended. We’re still quite surprised that there is such a place in Seattle.

So, here ends our Seattle series. Hope you all enjoyed it. Suanne and I are plotting our next vacation this summer. We’re gonna ship our boys to a 2-week camp which we scoot off, just the two of us. We are now looking at a 2-week trip of flying to Washington DC, rent a car, drive to Philadelphia, to New York City (yeah again but Suanne wants to see NYC) and fly home. It will be fun … and am sure I’ll document the entire trip too!!

Back to Suanne’s recipes for the next two weeks while I take a break from blogging!

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Seattle: Paseo Caribbean

One of the must-visit places that I had on my list was Paseo. I did some brief research before the vacation and found that everyone is raving about this place. I could hardly find anyone that had anything negative at all despite the various shortcomings like parking, tables, etc. As a matter of fact, everything is bad except for the food. The food is so good that everyone overlook these shortcomings.

Locating the place was difficult. We have an address but Paseo did not have a sign in the store front at all. There is not even a number posted on it. We took a couple of drive up and down the road and each time the GPS announced “you have arrived”, we looked around and did not see any restaurant at all.

Paseo, after all, is just a shack. We had not expected that.

Paseo is sometimes described as a Cuban and at times a Caribbean restaurant.

We only found this place after the third day. When we first came by at night, we could not locate the place and left. On the next night when we finally figured out the location (by counting address numbers!), we found out to our chagrin that it was closed. Paseo closes on Sundays and Mondays.

The place is a shack alright, not quite what we expected. He he he … it is certainly not what one would call a family restaurant. We felt kind of out of place here.

The place is so small that they had only six very tiny tables in the entire place. Also, if there is a queue, the queue will snake out of the outlet even if there are 6 people in line.

They accept cash only, so be forewarned. After all, this place is a no frills place. All they care about is good food.

The first order was their Cuban Roll Sandwich. Although it was snugly wrapped in paper, this had got to be the messiest sandwich we had ever had. It was awesome because it is also extremely juicy and moist and had oozings all over our hands and plates. The sandwich too was crusty.

Oh, you know how cheap Paseo is when you see that they serve their stuff on plastic Chinese plates!

We also ordered the West Caribbean Bowl. It is like some chilli rice. I am sure it is great for some but we found this like some weird combination. We did finish this but I won’t say that we love this.

The 1/2 Chicken Dinner Platter was much better. It was no big deal really … just chicken and rice with some of the most colorful vegetable combinations we ever had.

The total bill came up to $30. For a shack like this, it seems expensive but we’re not complaining.

When we were done, we were expected to clear our own table. We just need to chuck everything through the hole on the counter. If you want a drink of water, you could help yourself with the cups and tap just next to it.

We could come back for their sandwiches again but not the other stuff.

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Seattle: The Pacific Science Center

The last place we went to this trip was the Pacific Science Center. Entrance to the Science Center is covered by the CityPass we had. We almost had difficulty getting in because the guy who manned the entrance were quite insistent that we produce our media credentials. This is because the CityPasses that we had been issued were “media passes”. It took him a few phone calls to get clearance for us to get through.

The Pacific Science Center is located in the area of Seattle called the Seattle Center. The Seattle Center is a park, fairground, arts and entertainment center all rolled into one. This is actually the site of the 1962 World’s Fair and when they constructed the Space Needle as the centerpiece structure of the fair.

We had been up the Space Needle before and did not go up again this time.

The entire Pacific Science Center is located in several buildings, each focusing on a particular areas in science. It is designed more for young children.

There are actually TWO IMAX theatres here. Our CityPass admission includes an IMAX movie. Because of time constraint, we opted for the one which is the most convenient timing-wise. We caught a show called “Mummies, Secrets of the Pharoahs”. I enjoyed the IMAX a lot … the chairs were so comfortable and the air conditioning so cooling. Good thing Suanne nudged me everytime I started to snore. No, the show was not boring … it’s just that I was tired.

I don’t know the story behind the structures in the center of the Pacific Science Center. I am sure that there’s a name. It’s like an open air cathedral of sorts.

The boys enjoyed the outdoor fountain the most.

The exhibits were quite extensive. Arkensen took pride in being able to explain to mum some of the exhibits. As much as we wanted to spend more time there, it was closing time (they close at 5PM).

After the Science Center, we took a short walk around the Seattle Center. It’s still spring and cold. The International Fountain is closed apparently. During summer, they turn on the fountain and water spouts from all over the globe. It’s a great place to bring the kids on a hot day.

The other main attraction in the Seattle Center is the Experience Music Project. We had been in there before and decided to give this place a miss.

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Seattle: Dick’s Drive In

If there is one restaurant chain that is described as an institution of Seattle, it has to be Dick’s Drive In, or at least that was what I was told.

We took a short detour after the zoo trip to find a Dick’s as I wanted to see what it is all about. We were not really hungry at all, after all the food in Shari’s.

Dick’s is exactly what I had imagined it to be. It is old-fashioned, no-frills kind of place reminiscent of 1950s, the date that Dick’s first opened in Seattle. All these years, Dick had resisted changes and seems like doing a good job at it too. The owners had made a conscious decision to not open outlets outside of the Seattle area.

Almost all the Dicks are simple outlets. They do not have seatings; they are what it is described to be … a drive-in.

They have a very simple menu. I thought In-N-Out had simple menus, Dick’s menu is even simpler. They only have burgers, shakes and fries. Even that, they have have no variation … i.e. for burgers, it’s just Deluxe and Special. If you crave for stuff like chicken, tacos, curly fries, forget it.

Dick’s philosophy is simple … the food must be affordable and quickly prepared. We only got ourselves a shake which costs $2. We’ll be back someday for their burgers but that day, we were simply too full to eat.

BTW, they only accept cash.

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Seattle: Woodland Park Zoo

After breakfast, we headed off to the Seattle Zoo. It is better known as the Woodland Park Zoo and located just north of the city.

I had no idea exactly how big The Woodland Zoo is but it sure felt like it’s a medium sized zoo. We got in using the CityPasses which included entrances to the zoo. Without the CityPasses, it would have costs $11 each.

We did not spend a lot of time in the zoo. I think it was 2 hours or maybe 3 hours max. We like this zoo because it is so compact and well planned. Most important of all, it is very walkable. I remembered how tired we were when we visited the San Diego Zoo which located in a hilly area — lots of steep slope and all.

If you ask me, I would feel that the Woodland Zoo is designed with the young ones in mind. There are a lot of really kid friendly exhibits. Our boys were quite bored because they wanted more exciting stuff.

The last time we were there, there was a flight demonstration at the Raptor Center. Our timing were off. Instead of waiting for the next flight demonstration, we decided to move on.

The African Savanna was a well planned exhibit. It is a large area where the animals are allowed to roam. It’s kind of hard to get a clear view especially when the animals are far away from the viewing points.

It was a hot day when we went. Many animals were sleeping.

Patience is what I did not have that day. It was obvious they boys wanted to move on. So, I managed to take a lot of butt shots. Here is one of the tapir …

… another of the elephant in the midst of dropping it …

… and of the hippos.

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Seattle: Breakfast at Shari’s

Day Four. Today is the last full day we have in Seattle. Sightseeing wise, we only have a couple more places to cover but as far as food is concerned, we still have a long list we wanted to check out.

We started the day with breakfast in Shari’s. For some reason, we had always enjoyed Shari’s when we are in the Washington State. Given a choice of Shari’s, IHOP and Denny’s, we prefer Shari’s. We like the way the restaurant is laid out — it is always housed in a hexagonal building which maximizes use of windows. Breakfasts are to be eaten in bright places — that’s the only way to start the day … bright, sunny and cheery.

We like their menu too. Lots of tantalizingly delicious pictures. We always had a hard time deciding what to order. We wanted everything!

We like their coffee too. I am not sure the background of the Arosta coffee but they are pretty good. I like the consistency of the quality … i.e. they always taste great, always. Some places, we find that the coffee is iffy, sometimes they are great, sometimes not.

Normally, we would order three items to share between the four of us. The first item we had was the Flat Iron Steak and Stuffed Hashbrown Platter. It has a tender 6oz flat iron steak cooked medium rare, and THREE eggs and Sharis’s exclusive stuffed hashbrown. $10.

The steak was great. I wished it’s a bit more juicier but it was alright. Steak for breakfast, I like that.

Suanne’s choice was the Cinnama-sation Platter. This plate is even larger. It has two slices of Cinnama-sation which is basically their ultimate version of French Toast. You should try this Cinnama-sation, they are devilishly good, especially when you drown it in more syrup. Other items here are THREE eggs, homestyle potatoes, two strips of bacon, two sausage links and ham. Just $9. Pretty good looking, huh?

I love eggs. And practically no one else really care for eggs in the family. Suanne shuns eggs, especially if it’s not scrambled. Arkensen and Nanzaro too does not care for eggs. So, it is down to me to finish the eggs most of the time. I did 4-5 eggs that morning. I need to check my blood pressure the next week or two!

Nanzaro insisted that he has his own order that day. Strangely, after the episode of the coke in the kiddie cup in Famous Dave the day before, he ordered his from the kiddie section of the menu. He has the “Eggs”ceptional Cheese Omelette. It’s a steal at just $3.70.

So, the total bill came up to $31. Not bad, huh? It sure was much, much better than the $55 bucks tab we got for the breakfast from Portage Bay Cafe (yeah, we could not get over how expensive it was).

We heart Shari’s.

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