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Old Buddies Seafood Restaurant on Alexandra Road

Ben, Nanzaro and I went out for lunch on a Sunday afternoon as Arkensen wanted to sleep in during weekends.

We took the opportunity to go to Old Buddies Seafood Restaurant which Arkensen refuses to go to since it took over his favourite Hong Kong style restaurant, Kam Do Bakery and Restaurant.

The restaurant has been nicely renovated but strangely it does not look as big. Perhaps, it’s due to the use of round tables.

I ordered the Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup to share with Ben as I saw many tables have it. It came with 5 golf ball size shrimp wontons. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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The One Cafe on No. 3 Road

Ben wanted Hong Kong style cuisine for dinner. It’s been a long while since we last visited The One across the Brighouse skytrain station simply because of it’s very limited parking.

Ben, Arkensen and I shared two dishes since Arkensen was not really hungry. One of the dishes which Ben ordered was Curry Lamb with rice. It was kind of weird to have lamb slices for curry. I always associate curry with chunks of meat and not meat in thin slices. The lamb flavour was not pronounced, perhaps over powered by the spices in the curry.

Since Arkensen likes baked rice, Ben ordered a Baked Portuguese Chicken on Rice. This was sweetish with a strong coconut flavour. There were tomatoes and onions in the curry with chunks of boneless chicken. Arkensen was surprised that this was served with steam rice on the side and not with fried rice under the curry. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Beijing Noodle House on Buswell Road, Richmond

This was the first dining out meal after Ben returned from Beijing. Ironically, he picked Beijing Noodle House.

The Cumin Lamb ($14.95) is for the boys as they love this dish here. It’s just pure deep fried lamb with cumin without the contamination of vegetables.

The Stir Fried Green Beans ($12.95) is also the boys pick. The two vegetables that they like is green beans and egg plant. The green bean dish has some crispy ground pork, onion, green and red sweet peppers and chili pepper. The rest of the vegetables were cut small, so the boys do not mind.

Ben ordered the Chinese Burgers ($5) with pork for Nanzaro to try. The order comes in two. They were quite dry. Not a fan. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Strike on Garden City Road, Richmond

When I asked my boys where to go for lunch on one of the weekend while Ben is away, Nanzaro wanted to give Strike another try.

We had attempted to dine here a couple of times but parking was impossible. This time we came for late lunch, past 1:30PM and we managed to find a parking spot.

The restaurant was not very busy at this hour. Service was prompt.

Arkensen ordered the traditional Taiwanese meat sauce on rice. It came with 3 sides, pickled cabbage and a marinated egg. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Dim Sum at Parklane Chinese Restaurant on Westminster Hwy

I met up with Lorna for dim sum at Parklane Chinese Restaurant on Westminster Hwy.

Parklane is located in the London Plaza where Empire Seafood Restaurant is located too.

We had a nice window seat with a view of Richmond Center.

I ordered Chrysanthemum tea but what we got was Iron Goddess which gets bitter the longer it steeps.

Parklane Chinese Restaurant has some Chiu Chow dim sum and dishes besides the regular Hong Kong style dim sum and dishes. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We ordered one of the Chiu Chow dim sum; Steamed Pork and Radish Dumpling with Peanut. The radish and peanut adds some crunchiness while the skin is chewy. This is $4.45.

We also ordered another Chiu Chow marinated item from the kitchen wonders. The above is Marinated Egg and Tofu Slices. The tofu is silky smooth and the marinated egg is fabulous with the semi liquid yolk. This dish is served with a garlic vinegarish dip. This is $6.80.

The above is another Chiu Chow dim sum; Steamed Fish and Seaweed Roll. This is $4.75. Something different from regular Hong Kong style dim sum. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Farewell Dinner for Ben at Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant on Park Road

Ben had to travel for one last time to Beijing. Ben wanted to get some Bak Kut Teh spice packs for one of his colleague in Beijing. I remembered Great One Supermarket has it and since we were in that strip mall, we had dinner at Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant for convenience.

Nanzaro ordered a Fried Rice Noodle Malaysian/Singaporean style. It was a large serving for $10.80.

Arkensen ordered a Baked Seafood Rice. It was another big serving. This is $11.80. Both Arkensen and Nanzaro had to pack their leftovers to go.

Arkensen’s order came with a bun and drink. Since Arkensen ordered a cold drink, there is an extra 50cents charge. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Winter Combo at Hing Fung Restaurant

It was a storming winter Saturday evening. We went out for dinner looking for something heart warming.

We recalled seeing a poster of a winter combo at Hing Hung Restaurant and East Fusion Food on Capstan Way.  We were surprised that East Fusion Food was closed (for renovation ??). So, we settled for Hing Fung Restaurant.

The winter combo is a three dish combo. One of the item in the combo is the above Snake Soup. It is a thick soup with bamboo shoot, cloud ear and shiitake mushroom besides some slivered meat.

We are not sure how snake meat looks like. Is snake meat a white meat or dark meat?  The meat above was a bit tough. Anyway, there was not much of meat in the soup. We found that the soup was quite bland and there was quite a bit of leftover since it was a big bowl.

The main course of the winter combo is the Lamb Hot Pot. It came on a burner to keep it hot. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Chef Tony in Richmond

There is a new dim sum restaurant on the previous King Buffet location. It is very rare for a Chinese restaurant to be named after it’s chef; Chef Tony is the name of the restaurant.

We came on a Sunday morning. We arrived at 11:45am and was told the wait will be 30 minutes since we did not have a reservation.

The decoration of Chef Tony is modern and the paint work is very shiny, not typical of dim sum restaurant. Do not be misled by these empty waiting seats. They were occupied most of the time.

The entrance is decorated with photos of Chef Tony with some celebrities, I presumed.

We waited for almost an hour before we got our table. So, reservation is highly recommended if you decided to give this restaurant a try.

The charge for tea is $2 per person is a little steep. We had Chrysanthemum tea.

We spent our waiting time browsing through the menu which has lots of pictures. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We ordered 6 items to share but when one of the item was missing. We just let it go.

Fried Glutinous Rice with mushroom and Chinese sausage from the chef choices. The rice was al-dante as it should be but the serving is small for $8.95. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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