Penang Delight Cafe on West 73rd Ave, Vancouver

This is our third attempt to look for the Penang Delight Cafe at the Marpole area.

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Apparently, it is located in a very small strip mall on W73rd Ave. Parking is limited.

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A wall is decorated with photos of the menu item. This is good for customers who are not familiar with Malaysian cuisine.

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Another wall is decorated with photos of Malaysia tourist highlights and also some antique photographs.

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Ben has no problem with the ordering as he has been craving for nasi lemak lately. He ordered a Nasi Lemak Rendang Lamb for $13.95. Continue reading

Park Here Seafood Restaurant on Kingsway, Vancouver

Ben has the crave for dim sum lately. It’s a good place to have a variety of food in small plates.

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This dim sum restaurant is on Kingsway where Vietnamese restaurants dominated the scene. Park Here Seafood Restaurant is a Vietnamese Dim Sum restaurant as the signboard below indicates.

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Park Here is just a direct mimic of the phonetic of its Chinese name which literally translated to hundred happiness.

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We ascertained that it’s a Vietnamese Dim Sum restaurant because the man who managed the counter speaks Vietnamese and Cantonese.

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There are life fish in tanks in view from the dining hall as this is a seafood restaurant.

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After browsing at the dim sum menu above, Ben decided to order all the three dishes with a star denominator. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

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The first star item is Beef Tendon Brisket with Rice Flour Roll from the kitchen specialties. Continue reading

Winter Fruit Salad

This is a simple fruit salad made in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen for dessert.

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The pomegranate adds colour and crunch to this wonder Winter Fruit Salad. If pomegranate is not in season, you can substitute it with berries.

Ingredients

  • 2 crisp red skinned apples such as Fuji or Pink Lady, cored and diced
  • 2 firm but ripe pears, cored and diced
  • 2 oranges, peeled, membrane removed from each segment and cut into thirds
  • the arils (seeds) of one pomegranate
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablepoon honey
  • finely chopped a few fresh mint leaves

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Source: This recipe is adapted from foodista.com

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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen serves a side dish of Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with the Beef Stew with Noodles.

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These roasted broccoli flowerets come together with just few minutes of preparation time. It’s the perfect and easiest side dish to any meal.

Broccoli Health Benefits from Medical News Today

Broccoli contains high level of fiber (both soluble and insoluble) and is a rich source of vitamin C.

In fact, just a 100 gram serving of broccoli will provide you with more than 150% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which in large doses can potentially shorten the duration of the common cold.

Broccoli is also rich in vitamin A, iron, vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and phyto-nutrients.

Phyto-nutrients are compounds which lower the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces (5 cups) broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • juice of 1 lemon

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Source: This recipe is from http://damndelicious.net/

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Beef Stew with Noodles

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen is back in action after Christmas break.

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For the first kitchen, Michelle prepared 3 simple recipes for some old and some new participants. The main course is a Beef Stew with Noodles. This is a hearty one pot complete meal.

Tips

  • Use affordable chuck roast for stews because it becomes tender and flavourful as it simmers. Cutting the meat into smaller pieces shortens the cooking time.
  • Cutting vegetables into evenly sized cubes helps to ensure that they’ll finish cooking at the same time.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) chicken broth (preferably reduced-sodium)
  • 1/2 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 2 cups egg noodles (or more)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar

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Source: This recipe is adapted from MarthaStewart.com

Serves about 6, depending on serving size

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Cattle Cafe on Alexandra Road, Richmond

We have not been back to Cattle Cafe for a long time. Ben occasionally had lunch at Cattle Cafe at Metrotown. He thinks we’ll like the menu as Cattle Cafe is not just about the pick your self noodle.

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He thinks we’ll like the menu as Cattle Cafe is not just about the pick your self noodle.

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Cattle Cafe is not as busy when it first opens here.

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Nanzaro ordered the Curry Boneless Chicken with Rice for $9.59. He likes boneless meat. The curries menu includes a hot drink. Continue reading

Star Anise Restaurant on Kingsway, Vancouver

On Boxing Day, Nanzaro hanged out with us for shopping in Metrotown. Ben suggested to go for dim sum again and he agreed.

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We went to Star Anise Restaurant, the former location of Samosa Garden.

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The restaurant is nicely decorated and seating is not tide.

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The first thing after seated down is to order tea. I ordered Chrysanthemum tea this time.

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The order chit is fancy, with colour photo of the dish. We like it. Continue reading

Old Xian’s Food on Alexandra Road, Richmond

When Ben told me that there is a new Xian restaurant in Richmond via Tiffanie’s of Eating Club Vancouver posting on facebook, I told Ben to go there the next day. It brings back memory of our trip to Xian. Before this discovery, the place I can find Xian food is at the Richmond Public Market.

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Old Xian’s Food is located between Deer Garden and Haroo, the only strip mall where restaurants are found on the second level on Alexandra Road.

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The poster in front of restaurant immediately brings back memory of the Biang Biang Noodle we had at Xian.

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The restaurant was not busy when we were there on a Sunday afternoon. The wall is decorated with some very colourful art.

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The menu is simple, just a one page menu. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

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Ben ordered the Lamb Meat in Soup for $9.75. Continue reading

Qoo Cafe on Granville St, Vancouver

We found a new Hong Kong style cafe on Granville St., Vancouver.

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The English name is Qoo Cafe while it’s Chinese name in Cantonese is “Mai Ji Lin” (from my limited Chinese knowledge) which sounded like michelin to me, :-)

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What I like about this place is that it does not feel cramp. I also like the music video displaying on the TV which I had a direct view. It’s a concert by Joey Yung.

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We ordered two dishes to share. The above is the Penang Fried Koey Teow. Continue reading

Golden Swan Restaurant on Victoria Dr, Vancouver

Ben and I went out for brunch during his “staycation”. He has to clear his annual leave and we do not have a plan to travel. So, he calls it staycation, i.e. stay home vacation.

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We did not plan to come here but an early destination was either not open yet or we were not able to find a parking spot. And fate is there is just a parking spot right in front of Golden Swan Restaurant.

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Typical decor for a Chinese restaurant. The decor is very common for Chinese wedding celebration.

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It’s a good thing there are dim sum on carts served here.

Golden Swan Menu (1)Golden Swan Menu (2)

You can order dim sum special and lunch special from the menu above, but we did not even check it out as all our items were from the cart or served by server who brings out food fresh from the kitchen. Continue reading