Christmas Celebration at Richmond Chinese Evangelical Free Church

Landa, a friend from the Richmond Community Kitchen, invited Lorna and me to attend a Christmas Celebration at her church, Richmond Chinese Evangelical Free Church.


The theme of the celebration is about the true meaning of Christmas, i.e. the birth of Jesus Christ.


The program started with the performance by a choir of young and adults. They sang about the story of the birth of Christ.


Then, dinner is served; roast turkey, ham, mash potatoes, sweet corn and pineapple. The members of the church made the delicious dinner. Various cookies were served as dessert.


The highlight of the night was the performance of “Hung Hung”, the daughter of the late famous Cantonese opera legend, “Hung Sin Nui“. She led the choir on some Cantonese opera style song of praise and she also performed solo. I’m so lucky to sit a the table right in front of the stage to watch her performance close up.

Other programs of the night  included scavenger hunt conducted by Landa’s son, Ken and also the most anticipated lucky draws. I was lucky this time to have my number drawn.

Landa, thank you so much for inviting us to a wonderful Christmas Celebration.

Multicultural Community Kitchens Christmas Potluck 2013

The multicultural community kitchens celebrated the last session of 2013 with a potluck at the Caring Place.


It’s nice to see old and new faces as I have not been attending any of the multicultural community kitchens for more than a year. As usual, there are lots of food in the potluck.


Appetizers: Octopus & Seaweed, Chicken Salad.


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Richmond Community Kitchen Potluck Picnic 2012

The Richmond Community Kitchens celebrated the end of the session before the summer break with a potluck picnic at the South Arm Park.


It was a great summer evening and the group enjoyed the food and the company in the park.

Catching up with one another.


We enjoyed the varieties of food from all the participants. The above was pancit from Jinda. It was a little spicy and tangy and quite appetizing.


Teresa made a traditional Salvadoran dish called Pupusa. Pupusa is made with corn tortilla and her Pupusa is filled with some kind of meat. Teresa served the Pupusa with curtido and salsa. Curtido is fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar.


Teresa also brought some fried yucca (cassava) for finger food.


A lot of interest in the Salvorado dishes.


Shirley mad a big plate of mashed potato salad with hard boiled egg, ham and strawberries.


Shriley also made some mini bagel sandwiches with ham, lettuce and olives.


Minoo made a big jug of the refreshing Apple Cider Mint drink for the picnic.


Terumi made California Roll which is always in great demand, especially from kids.


Terumi also made a sweet rice cake filled with red bean paste for dessert.


Lingering around the table waiting to dig in.


I made a Tofu Puff Appetizer which I got the recipe from my friend, KY during one of the summer potluck gathering. This is so simple to make but my family loves it.


The Tofu Puff Appetizer is made with just three ingredients, deep fried tofu puff, cilantro and Thai sweet chili sauce. Just snipped the tofu puff into small cubes, add chopped cilantro and season with the Thai sweet chili sauce to taste.


Linda made fried vermicelli noodle, another filipino style noodle.


Peggy made some phyllo cups filled with corn, peas, carrots, etc.


Peggy brought along her friend, Lulu who made some cranberry and walnut buns. I would love to have the recipe for this.


Catherine made a chicken dish with herbs, onions and potatoes.


Some participants had to leave early, so they had the privileged to start first.


It’s time for everyone to dig in.


For those who were working and did not have time to cook, they brought store bought food. Carlos and Linda brought a beef and fish dish from some foodcourt.


Emily H brought a Lemon Cheese Crisp from Costco and watermelon.


Candy bought Tofu Pudding from the Garden City Kabob Grill which I have always wanted to try. It was creamy and tender.


Annie brought a sweet yam bread. The yam is in the filling.


Someone (sorry I did not get your name) brought a pizza which is popular with kids.


A few people brought cherries which is in season.


Migrating from the main dish table to the dessert table.


Kim and Dorothy made some egg tart to share.


Kiki made some mini cranberry muffins.


Hanna made some Chinese Eight Treasure Black Sticky Rice Pudding.


Lastly, Irena brought some fried ribbon like pastry that gone in a jiffy.


Mingling around.


We had a great time at the potluck with food and friends. Till me meet again in Fall.

Richmond Community Kitchens Christmas Potluck 2011

The Richmond Community Kitchens celebrated Christmas with a potluck at Gilmore Park Church. We are very grateful for the church to allow us to use their facility for this potluck.


Old, new and existing members and friends attended this potluck. Some of the members also brought along their kids since the kids are on their winter break. The more people the merrier.


We had a lot of food to share. The above are the savory dishes.


There were not many items on the dessert table. The cake is sponsored by Safeway as I was told.

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Alaskan King Crab Dinner — Anyone Interested?

Wow … I think a lot people are excited about the Alaskan King Crab and I am sure many of you will be organizing a chowdown these two short weeks.

The problem is, for AKC, you need to have many people to devour the 8 pound crab. An 8 pounder will feed about 5-6 people, there abouts.

I think some of you expects me to organize a Alaskan King Crab dinner. So here I am again, sticking my neck out. :-) OK I admit, I can’t get AKC out of my mind today.


Suanne had made some inquiries and here is what we have planned. We need to make sure we have the numbers to pull this off. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT PART OF MY WILD WIN-WIN-WIN IDEA. LOL! This one you got to pay — almost through your nose because this is not your $7.95 Char Koay Teow with free milk tea kind of thing.

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The 3rd Day of Chinese New Year: Roast Pork, Yee Sang and Keeping Friends Honest

For the past many years, we had been doing the same thing.

Our closest family friends had always made it a point to all meet up at least three times every year. In summer, we always have a big picnic. On Christmas, we meet up too. But the most important gathering is during Chinese New Year. To many of our family friends, this yearly reunion is how we keep the Chinese New Year traditions alive.

And every year, Suanne and I go through the same motions. We would always go to the same place to buy roast pork and that would be one of our contributions for the gathering. Of course, Suanne is also expected to cook something. This time she decided to make some Garlic Chives Jiaozi which is CNY delicacy.

We always get the Siu Yook (Roast Pork) from the Parker Place BBQ Shop. We were kind of worried that the line would be long. There was once on CNY eve, we queued for 45 minutes to buy the roast pork here.

Many people buys a lot for the festival.

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For The First Time Visitors from Fairchild TV Program

At 8PM PST today, the documentary on chowtimes and on food blogging was aired at the eastern side of the country. One of the main highlight of the program was about the 8GTCC (Eight Great Traditions of Chinese Cuisine) Dinners.

The same program will be re-aired at 10PM PST today for Western Canada. So, I am putting this post up so that the new visitors may have a convenient way to look at the posts related to the 8GTCC dinners.


Click here to learn about the 8GTCC Dinners.

Click on the pictures below for the posts of the three dinners organized so far. Five more to go!

The Hunan Cuisine Dinner
at Alvin Garden

The Jiangsu Cuisine Dinner
at Shanghai Village

The Cantonese Cuisine Dinner
at Red Star Seafood

The following cuisines to follow in 2011:

1.  The Anhui Cuisine
2.  The Fujian Cuisine
3.  The Shangdong Cuisine
4.  The Zhejiang Cuisine
5.  The Sichuan Cuisine

Malaysian Food Tasting at Mamak Cafe – Anyone Interested?

Updated: 4th July 2012; This restaurant had closed according to

There is a new kid in town and it is called Mamak Cafe. I am sure many of you foodies have heard about them already and some of you have even tried it already. But for those of you who have not try Mamak Cafe’s food yet, here is a great opportunity to taste it.

How does this sound?

  • Private dining room (oh yeah, we have the entire private room just for ourselves!)
  • You get to try Roti, Satays, Bak-Kut-Teh, Curry Chicken, Beef Rendang, Prawn Sambal, Mee Goreng, Acar, Coconut Rice.
  • For drink you get a choice of draft beer, teh tarik or refillable pop.
  • $12; only for chowtimes readers … and that includes HST!


The Mamak Malaysian Cafe is located in Gastown. I have never been there but I heard that it is located inside a bar.

The people behind Mamak Cafe is Charles. Charles was behind the popular Jonker Street in Yaletown which is now closed.


I hope some of you can make it a point to attend this event and I know there are a lot of Malaysian food fans out there judging from the responses we had on the Penang Delight Restaurant. Besides enjoying the food, come also for the learning on Malaysian cuisine.

Here are the details of the event …

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South Arm Christmas Potluck 2010

The South Arm Community Kitchen ended the year with a Christmas potluck. Minoo also invited members from other kitchens to this potluck.


Among those who came are members from the South Arm Community Kitchen, the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors, The Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen and the Caring Place Community Kitchen. There were members from the current kitchens, ex-members and also potential new member.


Needless to say, we had a lot of food to share. The above are the savoury spread of goodies.


We also had a good spread of desserts, my favourite.


It’s a season of celebration and we wished everyone a happy holiday and a great new year ahead.  Here are more on the food.


There were 2 meatball dishes. On the left was from Lorna which was stir fried with celery. On the left was  holiday meatballs from Jane of the senior kitchen.


For rice dishes, on the left, Terumi made California Roll and on the right. Emily W made steamed sticky rice with shiitake mushrooms, Chinese sausage and dried shrimp. There is another sticky rice dish from Ada which I missed to take photo.


Vanessa (ex-coordinator of South Arm Community Kitchen) made Kimchi Wild Salmon Fried Rice and a big pot of Bean Curd Egg Swirl Gingko Nut Dessert Soup.


There were more dessert soups on the table. On the left was Taro and Tapioca Dessert Soup made by Peggy. It has some little tang yuan (sticky rice ball) in it which was very appropriate for the day since it was Tongzhi (mid winter festival) for the Chinese.  On the right was a 8 treasures porridge from Julie, ex-member of South Arm Community Kitchen. According to Julie, there were more than 8 treasures in the porridge which includes red dates, goji berries, peanuts and lots of beans.


For vegetarian dishes, on the left, Peggy made a vegetarian stir fry of black fungus, carrot, pressed tofu and vegetarian meat. On the right, Lorna made a Daikon Stew.


We had quite a few of noodle dishes. On the left was fried vermicelli with prawns from Vicky. On the right was Magu Vermicelli topped with meat sauce from Joanna.


Julie also brought another dish which is stir fry vermicelli topped with meat sauce and green onions on the left. On the right was a Northern Cold Appetizer (Liang Parn) from Lily which is lightly vinegarish.


For something none Asian, Jean, ex-coordinator of the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen made Devilled Eggs.


At last, desserts. I made a Chrysanthemum Longan Goji Berry Jello. I adapted the recipe from here by substituting osmanthus with chrysanthemum, dried longan with can longan and some minor changes to the type of jelly powder and sweetness.


Betty made mochi filled with red bean paste and coated with shredded coconut while Emily W also made some mochi and Chestnut Mini Buns.


Marian made a Filipino dessert called Suman which is sticky rice with coconut milk and sugar wrapped in banana leaf and boiled/steamed.  On the right, Venus made a Red Beans Coconut Jello.


Lastly, Vivian brought a Bumbleberry Crumble Pie. I also missed out a photo of Egg Tart topped with peach made by Cedric which you can see from the spread of dessert on the front page.

It’s a great potluck with good food and good friends. We look forward to meet again next year.