Gourmet Pineapple Bun from Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant, Richmond

On one of my groceries shopping trip to Great One Supermarket, Ben noticed some new product posters on Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant.

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We went there for breakfast to check out the following.

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They have Pineapple Bun Burger now. The price shown comes with a hot drink.

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I ordered the Chicken Fillet Specialty Crispy Top Bun. It was alright, sweet bun with savory chicken fillet and some crispy lettuce. I do find that the pineapple bun burger is slightly pricey. Continue reading

Lunch Special at Lucky Noodle, Kingsway

I admit that I’m weak when coming to food. Ben tempted me to go to Lucky Noodle, next to the Bubble World we just stopped by.

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Since I have not been here for a while, I surely agreed.

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I ordered the Chinese Restaurant Award winning dish of Stir Fried Slicked Pork with White Chili. I like the combination of crispiness and chewiness textures of this dish.

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Ben ordered the Garlic Stems Stir Fried with Smoke Bacon. The smokiness from the bacon was really pronounced. The lunch special came with steam rice.

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You can have daily soup or soy milk for the lunch special. I had the hot soup while Ben had the cold soy milk.

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This restaurant accepts cash only.

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Bubble Cafe Waffle and Bubble World on Kingsway

On a lovely Saturday morning, Ben and I wanted to go for a walk in Central Park. Before the walk, we decided to grab a light breakfast in Crystal Mall food court.

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We decided to share a bowl of noodle from Bubble Waffle Cafe. There were not many stalls that open that early.

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We had a Spicy Minced Pork Mixed Noodle. It was on the salty side but we like the numbing spiciness of it.

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I also ordered a plain bubble waffle to snack on. It was crispy on the outside and lightly chewy inside. The bill came to $8.50.

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You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

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Silkway Halal Cuisine on Saba Road, Richmond

I picked Silkway Halal Cuisine for Mother’s Day and birthday celebrations. I felt short change because my birthday is near mother’s day and I only got to celebrate once.

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The parking spots at rear are quite small and difficult to park.

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This was a Sichuan restaurant before and now it changed to a halal restaurant. So, Muslim can eat here.

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The decoration is still the same as the previous restaurant. The theme of wooden furniture has an antique look to it. Arkensen commented that the chairs are very uncomfortable as they are hard.

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We saw the Chinese award plaque as we walk to our table.

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We ordered the award wining Sliced Lamb with Pickled Cabbage in Hot Pot. It was alright. The sourness of the pickled cabbage kind of whet up our appetite. This soup is slightly spicy as there are some green chilies in it. Continue reading

Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea

The South Arm Hungry Men Community Kitchen served Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea for the drink of the day.

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This Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup loose Earl Grey tea, or 12 Earl Grey tea bags
  • Peel of 1 orange, plus orange wedges for garnish
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • ice

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Macerated Berries

The South Arm Hungry Men Community Kitchen served the Chocolate Mug Cake with some Macerated Berries.

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Macerated berries are berries that are marinated in sugar and/or juice to soften them and bring out their flavours. These berries would be delicious over yogurt and granola, folded into whipped cream or served with a slice of simple cake.

From everydayhealth.com:

Berries May Keep You Mentally Sharp

Women who eat about two servings of strawberries or one serving of blueberries a week experienced less mental decline over time than peers who went without these nutrition powerhouses, research published in the Annals of Neurology. In the study, researchers reviewed data from 16,010 women over age 70.  Those with the highest berry intake postponed cognitive decline by about two and a half years.

“We think that the effect might be related to a class of compounds called anthocyanidins, which is a type of flavonoids,” explain study author Elizabeth Devore, ScD, an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “These compounds, found almost exclusively in berries, are known to cross the blood-brain barrier and locate in learning and memory centers in the brain.”

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries or blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons marnier (or orange juice)

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Source: cookinglight.com

Instructions

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Chocolate Mug Cakes

This is a super delicious chocolate cake that can cure any chocolate cravings in 5 minutes flat!.

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The hungry men in the South Arm Community Kitchen served this Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake with creamy Greek yogurt, Macerated Berries (in the next post) and Vanilla Glaze.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla or plain Greek yogurt (or 1/4 cup buttermilk and omit the water)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso or instant coffee granules, optional (but recommended as coffee boosts chocolate intensity; make sure they’re instant so they will dissolve)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon baking powder (a little less than 1/4 teaspoon)
  • pinch of slat, optional and to taste

Vanilla Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • about 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • splash of cream or milk, only if necessary for consistency

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Source: averiecooks.com

Yield 2 mugcakes

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Smoky Chicken, Peppers and Spinach Pasta Salad

Since I’m not free on the last week of May, I asked Michelle if I could attend the South Arm Hungry Men Community Kitchen instead of missing the session for women. Most of the times, the recipes are the same for both kitchens.

Here is my observations of the Hungry Men Community Kitchen; they are eager to learn to cook and they socialize well with one another. They are helpful with the clean up too. I wish the men in my home are the same. They only need extra guidance  with some basic kitchen skills and more complicated recipes ((in term of many steps) .

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For this kitchen, the main course is a Smoky Chicken, Peppers and Spinach Pasta Salad. This salad can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions (vegetable rotini is preferred)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper,or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • about 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups (2 heaping handfuls) fresh spinach leaves, sliced thinly (chiffonade)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, seeded and diced small

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Yield: serves 8 generously

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John 3:16 Malaysian Delights on Anderson Road, Richmond

Ben was craving for Malaysian food. We went to John 3:16 Malaysian Delights since Ben had not been to this restaurant before.

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The verse John 3:16 adorns the wall inside the restaurant.

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Ben ordered Nasi Lemak, which came with curry chicken, hardboiled egg, fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, sambal and coconut milk flavoured rice. This is pretty good.

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I ordered the Sambal Halibut on rice as recommended by the server. The sambal sauce was slightly tangy and there were some tomatoes and red onion in it. It was good except I would like to have more sauce for my rice.

The bill came to about $20 before tips. Credit card is accepted for bill above $30.

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Gold Stone Bakery & Restaurant on Keefer St., Chinatown

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. Ben and I went to QE Park for a leisure walk.

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It was a very pleasant morning as it was not too sunny for a walk. I actually enjoys cloudy days.

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After the walk, we went to Chinatown for early lunch. It’s been a while since we come down to Chinatown. We can clearly see revitalization here with a lot of new buildings.

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We ended up having lunch at Gold Stone Bakery & Restaurant on Keefer Street. The restaurant is surprisingly big.

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Ben wanted a light lunch. He ordered two pineapple buns for himself. But I stole one from him. Continue reading