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Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken at Crystal Court

Arkensen needed us to drop him at school to return a lot of library books and to complete one of his lab work with his partner. After dropping him off, Ben decided to go to Crystal Court for lunch.

Finally, I got the chance to try the Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken stall. At previous visit to this food court, there was no tables available. It was not easy to get a table this time but we managed to find one.

I ordered the Hakka Pan Mee which is handmade noodle  with ground pork, fried anchovies, shiitake mushroom and some fried tofu skin.

The noodle was al-dante (a little chewy) and it was good enough for my craving after not having this dish since my last visit to Malaysia. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Take Out from Sambal Coconut Malaysian Szechuan Cuisine on No. 5 Road

Ben decided to surprise the family with a Malaysian meal on a Friday evening on his way back from work.

We had noticed a new Malaysian restaurant on No. 5 Road a short while ago. When I checked it out on Urbanspoon.com, I noticed that it only opens in the evening. We usually eat out for lunch on weekend, so, we have not check this place out until now.

Apparently, Sambal Coconut Malaysian Szechuan Cuisine only caters for take out only. There is a 10% off for pick up with some conditions applied.

The above is Mee Goreng for $8.25. It has beef, egg, shrimp, tomato, bean sprout, choy sum, cabbage and tofu. This was slightly sweetish.

Fried Kuey Teow is $8.95. This was slightly spicy and sweetish also, with shrimp, fish cake, squid, bean sprout, egg and chives. Nanzaro commented that the serving was relatively small compared to the one he always get from V’s Malay & Thai Food in the Richmond Public Market for $7. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Kaya Malay Bistro on W. Broadway and Oak St., Vancouver

I had to pick up my passport from the Chinese Visa Office on W. Broadway. I took the opportunity to have lunch at Kaya Malay Bistro just a few doors a way.

I invited Lorna to join me as she loves Malaysian food too. Kaya is a Malay word which means rich. It is also the Malay name for coconut jam.

The restaurant was spacious. Hibiscus which is the national flower of Malaysia decorated the wall. We were there just before noon and the restaurant was not busy yet.

The server brought a sampler of guava soda for us to try.

We ordered an Appetizer Sampler plate to try. The appetizer for one is $8. It came with 3 sauces, sweet chili, peanut and curry. The curry sauce was very rich in coconut flavour. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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City 1 Cafe on W King Edward Ave, Vancouver

When I was running some errands in Vancouver with Nanzaro, I stopped by City 1 Cafe for lunch.

City 1 Cafe is a Malaysian restaurant.

The menu is not big. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We were there just after 11:30am. The restaurant was pretty empty. But, half an hour later, more customers drop in for lunch. This restaurant seats 26.

I ordered a Malaysian coffee to try. It is $2. Malaysian coffee has a thicker consistency than western coffee. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Prata Man on Capstan Way, Richmond

When we visited Pho Han, we put a long forgotten hole in the wall restaurant, Prata-Man back in the our places to visit. We had visited it when we were new to the city. That was more than 10 years ago. We over heard the server telling a customer at the table next to us that Prata-Man has been in business for more than 20 years.

It was a Saturday that we came here. Only Arkensen came with me because Nanzaro wanted to watch a winter classic alumni hockey game that afternoon.

Prata-Man served Singaporean cuisine which is very similar to Malaysian cuisine.  We noticed there were quite a number of Costco staff that came here for lunch because of it’s proximity to Costco in Richmond.

There is hardly any decoration and even the tables and chairs are mix and match.

The good thing is they have menu with photos for easy ordering. Their menu is limited, less than 30 items. So, ordering is made simpler rather than some restaurants which offer 100 over items and making choices seemed so difficult. You can click on the photos to have a larger view.

Prata-Man also offers combo for 2 for eat in only from Tuesday to Thursday. It looks like a good bargain. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

For appetizer, we ordered half and order of  BBQ satay. We ordered the mix version, i.e. 2 beef, 2 chicken and 2 pork to try. The half dozen satay costs $7.75.

The BBQ satay is served with sliced cucumber, pickled daikon and carrot and peanut sauce. The peanut sauce is not as spicy as we are used to. But I like the chunky peanut texture. Of the three types of meat, I still prefer chicken which is more tender. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Hawker’s Delight and a Day in QE Park

After 6 years of blogging, we had written over 2,200 blog posts. There are so many posts that s0metimes we can’t quite remember some of the places and recipes that we had bloged about before.

However, there is one post we always remember. It was the first post where we received the first negative comments. That first negative comment did bite. It was over 4 years ago and I still remember the words clearly. Someone left a remark saying:

“you sound like an arrogant fool for some reason. no. more like a petty-bourgeois douchebag.  meh.”

It was at this post where I blogged about Hawkers Delight. I thought it was a balanced and honest review. I said the food is cheap and tasty. I also said that the place is also not exactly clean.  The first time we got a comment like that, it did hurt a lot. Since then, we did get more such comments. The bigger chowtimes got, the more comments we get and along with it not all comments were positive. I guess this all came with the territory.

It is quite alright for people to disagree with chowtimes … but it is better to do so respectfully. One thing Suanne and I have always done is to make sure that we publish every comment even if it is negative. After six years, we have only thrashed six comments that we thought had grossly crossed the line and if we did that, we do announce that we had deleted comments. You can rest assure that we will never delete any comments even if it criticised chowtimes.

Hawkers is one of those restaurants that we had been back many times. It is just that we did not blog about it. We like it because it is cheap and most often than not, it is also good.

A few weeks ago, Suanne and I decided to have lunch in Hawker’s Delight and blog about it. After all, it was four years already since we last wrote about them. Time to refresh the content.

Hawker’s Delight is located on Main Street near the intersection with King Edward.

Hawker’s Delight is small. It seats less than 30 people and it is really cramped. The place had not changed much over the years.

Hawker’s is known for their … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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JB Malaysian Cuisine on Kingsway and Royal Oak, Burnaby

We are getting increasingly more emails from our readers recommending restaurants. Since we do not eat out everyday, it is getting harder to follow every recommendation.

However, there is one that came from Audrey that got my attention. It was the mention of Hokkien Mee with Jee Yow Jar. Jee Yow Jar is the Cantonese word for fried pork fat. That sure got my attention!

It is a Malaysian restaurant and for me I will find it hard not to check it out. Moreover this restaurant is just walking distance from my office.

Well, the sad news is that this new restaurant takes over the place vacated by Miki Ramen where we once held a chowtimes event. See what I mean? For every new restaurant that opens, it mostly mean that it is the closure of another.

JB Malaysian Cuisine is located on Kingsway by Royal Oak. For those of you who are familiar with the stalls in the Crystal Mall Food Court, it is the same people who is behind the Triple One Malaysian stall. Yeah, they closed the stall in Crystal Mall and re-opened as JB Malaysian Cuisine.

The word JB refers to the southern city of Johor Baru which borders Singapore. JB is popular with day trippers from Singapore because everything is cheaper there. Singaporeans will go over to JB to eat and shop. They will throng the supermarkets in JB and will buy all sort of things … like toilet papers, cooking oil, etc. Just like we Vancouverites go over to Bellingham for the same thing.

Malaysians always call Singaporeans as Kiasu (scared to lose out), Kiasi (scared to die) and Kia-jingfu (scared of the government). For being Kiasu, they will … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Mui Garden in Richmond: Food Was Good But Tips Not Necessary

I just want to start off by saying that “nobody is perfect”. We all make mistakes from time to time. What is important is how one deals with the situation when a mistake is made. Don’t ever lie to cover a mistake. It makes things worse. Mistakes, once realized, must be fixed as fast as possible. More about that later …

A couple of weeks ago, the whole family went out to dinner at the Mui Garden in Richmond. I wanted to go there because I ordered the wrong dish during the visit to the other Mui Garden on Victoria and 43rd in Vancouver. In that post, I complained that Curry Chicken which they are supposed to be famous for was terrible. It seems that they have different curry dishes and we got the wrong one. Yeah, there was a barrage of comments on that post telling us (again and again and again!) saying “Hey Ben, you got the wrong curry chicken!”.

The O-C (obsessive compulsive) Ben just gotta go and check the deal curry dishes out or else he keeps thinking about it day in day out. Arkensen is more than happy that dad suggested Mui Garden when I told him “yes, it is in Richmond” and “yes, it is like a HK Style Cafe”. He knows that HK Style Cafe means they have salted fish and chicken fried rice.

The Mui Garden in Richmond had been here forever. They are located on a street called Firbridge Way which no one, including Richmondites, knows the name of. To many, it is just that little side street which connects No 3 Road with Minoru Blvd behind the London Drugs building. It is hidden from the main thoroughfare but yet many people knows of Mui Garden and where it is.

Parking here seems limited but there is a roof top parking above the single storey structure that the restaurant is on. You need to drive round the back and up the ramp. We did not even realize it until we saw that inconspicuous words on the awning.

The dining area is big and it is split into two separate sections. One of the sections is on the upper level overlooking the rest of the restaurant.

There is nothing remarkable about the restaurant. Very typical Chinese restaurant with booth seats and smaller square tables.

The restaurant was … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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