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New Year Day Potluck

Emily H opened her home for a new year potluck lunch. She invited some of her friends and some community kitchens friends to usher the new year.

The table is loaded with food.

Appetizers from the host.

Vegetarian dishes: Stir fry tofu strips and cilantro; blanched Chinese broccoli.

Poached chicken; Pepper chicken.
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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.

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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

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Malaysian Food Tasting at Mamak Cafe – Anyone Interested?

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

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!

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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.

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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.

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