Jiangnan Soy Sauce Duck, Richmond Public Market

There is a new restaurant in the Richmond Public Market. We happened to see it while dining across the street from the RPM.


The restaurant name captured our interest as it’s called Jiangnan Soy Sauce Duck.


So, here is their specialty; Jiangnan Soy Sauce Duck.


The duck was tasty with some drier parts resembles preseved duck ( “lap ngarp”). It has to be eaten with steamed rice as it is quite salty on it’s own. Continue reading

Old Country Buffet, 200th Street SW,WA

After dropping Arkensen at the airbnb place, we continued our journey home.


We stopped at Old Country Buffet on 200th Street NW to have a late lunch. The strip mall where the Old Country Buffet is located was so quiet. The car park was pretty empty.


This Old Country Buffet has a large sitting area; definitely bigger than the one in Bellingham.


Ben started with fried chicken, roast chicken, roast beef and steamed corn. I tasted some roast beef from Ben’s plate and it was rather dry.


I started off with a chicken pot pie, fried and roast chicken. They were all pretty good. Continue reading

Seattle City Center Day Trip

After breakfast, we stopped by Costco to pick up some snacks for Arkensen. This is his first trip that he will be all by himself.


We shared a twisted churos from Costco. It is flavoured with cinnamon sugar. I find that it was dry. Arkensen had most of it as he did not eat anything for breakfast.


Nanzaro wanted to try the ice latte which I find too sweet.


After shopping at Costco, we proceeded our journey to Seattle City Center. Arkensen wanted to pick up his ticket and pre-ordered stuff from Key Arena so that he does not have to rush the next morning for the event.


The Secret Shop is where he picked up his pre-order items. Last year, he lined up for 5 hours to buy stuff from Secret Shop. It was a great idea to have the pre-order this year.


Arkensen told us that this year’s event price pool money has exceeded 18 millions. I just can’t believe computer games can generate such a big money event. Continue reading

Panera Bread in Burlington, WA

Arkensen is attending the Dota International tournament again this year. So, we have to drive him to Seattle for the 6 days event.


We intended to gas up at Costco in Burlington but then we saw Panera Bread just nearby. So, we decided to have breakfast before going to Costco.


The ordering counter.


It was a quiet morning; just us and a few more customers. The dining area was quite big.


Self service coffee and tea station for brewed coffee.


Nanzaro ordered a mocha which was delivered to our table. The rest of us just have brewed coffee.


Nanzaro had a chocolate pastry. Continue reading

Al Bhasa on Blundell Road, Richmond

Lorna called me to go for “yum cha” on a weekday. “Yum cha” generally meant to go for dim sum for Hongkong people.


I suggested middle eastern food instead. I remembered Nanzaro told me about a sharwama place in Blundell and Garden City Road.


This restaurant used to be operated by Filipino but now it looks like it’s more authentic as the owner is of middle eastern descendant.


We ordered two items to share. Continue reading

Wonder Milk Tea in Empire Center, Richmond

Ben and I went out for breakfast and groceries shopping on a Saturday morning. We had a picnic to go to in the late afternoon. One of the request for the picnic was roast pork from Parker Place.


After buying the roast pork, we tried to look for a table at Parker Place food court for breakfast. We could not find a table as the food court was full. So, our plan B is to check out KD Restaurant, the relatively new HongKong style restaurant in the same mall. Unfortunately, there was already people waiting for tables outside the restaurant. Our plan C was to walk over to Lido for breakfast. Another 30 minutes for Lido. Our last resort was to walk over to Empire food court.


Since it’s still early, there were not many stalls that were open. We settled with Wonderful Milk Tea which was open at that time. It’s a Hongkong style stall.


We shared a garlic scallop and shrimp fried rice. It was very fragrant with garlic aroma. Serving was quite big too.


Ben had ice milk tea while I had hot milk tea. The tea flavour was strong. I like the size of the hot milk tea here as it was bigger than other Hongkong style restaurants where hot drink is served in a small cup. The meal came to below $12.

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Lobster Combo from Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant, Park Road

On a Sunday evening, Ben suggested to go to Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant for dinner. He saw a tank full of lobster the other day when we had breakfast here.


Complimentary daily soup of pork bone and lotus root was flavourful.


We had the lobster combo with 2 dishes. I added the “yee mien” for an additional $5. Since we wanted noodle with the lobster dish, we had the ginger and green onion flavour so that the noodle can soak up the sauce. The boys picked the meaty and easy to eat part of the lobster. They are not a fan of shell fish or anything with bones in. Continue reading

Mei Yee Bakery on Victoria Dr., Vancouver

After lunch at Benss Cafe, we walked along Victoria Dr. a bit to help digestion. Ben likes to walk after a meal. Not so much for the boys.


We stopped by Mei Yee Bakery to buy some stuff for breakfast and snacks.


Ben wanted the Chicken steam buns which comes in 4 in a bag.


The bun does not look big when we bought it, but when we had it for breakfast the next morning, it felt bigger than it look. It is filled with chicken, ham, salted egg yolk and some crunchy daikon (I think). Continue reading

Benss Cafe at Victoria Drive, Vancouver

We intended to go Kedah House for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We wanted to have the all you can eat buffet which will be replaced with mixed dishes style of serving. The owner told us that they are not sure when they will implement it yet. We were disappointed to see that Kedah House was not open. Perhaps they are closed for the Muslim holiday.


So, Ben suggested we go to Victoria Dr. to look for a place to eat. We decided to eat at Benss Cafe which is a Hong Kong style cafe which our boys agreed to.


The restaurant was not busy when we arrived just around noon. More customers arrived later.


I ordered the minced pork and salted fish claypot rice. It was quite a big serving. Luckily, Ben helped me to finish it. Continue reading