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Yuu Japanese Tapas on Sexsmith Road in Richmond

It was BC day. Nanzaro had gone to Playland with his friends. The three of us went out for lunch. Ben wanted noodle soup. We kind of debating on whether we should go for Vietnamese Pho or Japanese Ramen.

We ended up at Continental Plaza. G-Men was still closed as we had noticed sometime ago. Our second choice was New Asia Deli which is a Vietnamese Restaurant. Unfortunately, it was closed too for summer vacation or something like that. Then, we were attracted to this quite new Japanese Tapas restaurant which took over the Purity Vegetarian Restaurant. There were colourful posters of ramen on their door. That’s it, we will take it.

The interior is clean and neat. There are banquettes that line one side of the wall while booth seats on the opposite side. The flat screen tv on the wall was displaying some of the Japanese dishes and it shows how it’s made, etc.

There were Japanese written menu on the wall too.

Service was prompt. We were served green tea after we sat down.

Ben ordered the Hell Fire Ramen.  The name of the dish sounds very intimidating. As the name indicates, it is very spicy. The Hell Fire Ramen has Japanese style char siu (BBQ pork), half an half boiled egg, bamboo shoot, bean sprout, corn and green onions. On the menu, the price of this is $8.99 but … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Yuemicka Noodle House in Richmond Central

Lorna, Marian, Emily and I met up for lunch at Yuemicka Noodle House in the strip mall where Alleluia Cafe and New Concept Hot Pot are located. It’s an impromptu meet up since the summer break for the community kitchens.

If I remembered clearly, this restaurant was opened in June. We were there just before 11:00AM and the restaurant is not opened yet. The business hour sign on the door did not indicate the time and we were wondering if it’s closed for that day. Apparently, the restaurant just open slightly later that day. Luckily, someone in our party was also late and we decided to wait for the last person before we decide to go somewhere else.

Yuemicka Noodle House is clean and neat. The walls are decorated with pictures of some of the dishes they served. Since we were the first customers, the place looked empty in the photo above but at about noon, it is full.

Although the name of the restaurant indicates that it’s a noodle house, they also served snacks and bubble teas. You may click on the menu above to have a larger view.

Their noodle combo is the kind that you select your soup base, type of noodle and toppings. The basic combo is $7.50 which include a hot coffee or tea. Iced drink will have an extra charge of $1. You may get extra toppings with additional charge. The menu is clickable for larger view.

We ordered two noodle combos to share. The above is Tomato & Pumpkin Fish Soup with ramen, sliced beef and beef tendon. The ramen is …  More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Homemade Asian Marinates

Lorna shared with me a homemade Asian marinates which a friend of hers shared with her. When this friend of hers brought some baked chicken wings for a potluck party, they were so good that everyone asked for the recipe.

This homemade Asian marinates is good for chicken or pork. I had tried it on both chicken and pork and it is really good.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (591ml) Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1 bottle of Mirin (about the same size as the soy sauce)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peel and lightly smashed
  • 2 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 piece of 2-inch rock sugar

Source: Lorna

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Fenders Restaurant at the Richmond Automall

Polly and I met at the Fenders Restaurant in the Richmond Automall for breakfast simply because Polly has a car maintenance appointment at the automall. I think this is the only restaurant in the area. It caters for the surrounding businesses.

Fenders opens early on weekday i.e. at 7:00 AM. I have not visited this place although I had been to the automall for car maintenance many times. If it’s a short wait like less than 2 hours, I’ll just wait in the shop. Otherwise, if it’s a long wait like 4 hours, I’ll take the courtesy bus to Richmond Center.

Fenders is pretty big to my surprise. The section where I’m seated is very bright. There is even a private area that can be partitioned off for private party. The other side of the dining area has booth seats.

The breakfast menu is typical western style with eggs, bagel, pancake, french toast, etc.

The lunch and dinner menu include sandwiches, burgers, pasta and Chinese food. You can click on the menu to view them larger.

They also have a breakfast and lunch special menu. We did order one of the breakfast special item from above.

We had the French Toast with Coffee or Tea for $6.75. Coffee by itself is … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Appetizers for Lunch

Of late, this is what I am so addicted to.

But I am not gonna tell you where I had this. I want to see if any of you can make a good guess.

This is called Pork Slices in Garlic Spicy Sauce. Or at least I think this is what it is called. I had this so many times, I am not sure anymore.

The waitress already know me and she knows that I order this ALL THE TIME. What I am sure is that it is called #7. Every time I walked in, I just smiled at her and just say “#7 and 1 bowl of rice”.

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I Can’t Stand Red Jelly Bellies

I like Jelly Bellies.

I munch them while at work.

What I hate most is the red ones. Actually it is the Very Cherry flavoured ones that I can’t stand. The red ones could also be Red Apple and Cinnamon. So instead of accidentally eat the Very Cherry one, I pick them out.

I want to throw them away because no one else in the family wants it too. But then Suanne can’t stand to throw them away because she is just being who she is. So she keeps all the red ones in a Tupperware. If anyone wants red ones, you know who to get it from.

What is your favourite flavours?

I like the Caramel Corn, the Buttered Popcorn, the Grape Jelly and especially the … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe on W 4th Ave, Vancouver

I met up with Angie of Seasaltwithfood for lunch at Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe in Kitsilano. It was a beautiful summer day. Kitsilano is a great neighborhood with lots of shops and restaurants.

The patio is opened and is full. Vancourites just love the sun. We read that there is always a line during the lunch hour at Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe. We met around 11:30 AM to beat the crowd and were able to get a table without waiting.

Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe is very colourful. The restaurant is decorated with nostalgic memorabilia and it just simply looks very busy echoing it’s business.

On the table were a bottle of Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe home made ketchup. We did not try it because none of us order fries.

Angie had tea while I had coffee. There is option of cream or milk for our drinks. Coffee and tea is $2.59 respectively. As most diners, there is free refill for the coffee.

Angie ordered The Cosmic B.L.T with fried egg. The Cosmic B.L.T is 10.99 and the fried egg is $1.05. There is a few options for the bread but I cant recall what they are. Angie commented her bread … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Vera’s Burger Express in Aberdeen Mall, Richmond

The summer vacation had started. Nanzaro is eager to come with me for some groceries shopping because I promised to bring him to the newly opened Vera’s Burger Express in Aberdeen Mall in Richmond.

Although it is still early around 11:00AM, there is a short line up. Nanzaro told me that this location was a Burger King before Vera’s Burger Express took over. He sure has better memory than me.

For the opening of this location, Vera’s Burger Express advertised in the local newspaper by offering a $5 coupon. This offer expires on 30th June 2011.

Vera’s Burger seems to have won numerous awards for their burger as displayed on the banner at the store front.

Vera’s Burger Express has an opened kitchen where we can see the action going. Occasionally, we can see the flames from the grilling of the burger. This is what Nanzaro ordered, … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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