Pho 37 in Ironwood Plaza, Richmond

I noticed that there is a new Vietnamese restaurant in Ironwood Plaza while I drove by after having lunch in Pho Ten with Nanzaro.

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This new Pho 37 has taken over the location of Red Pagoda which was also a Vietnamese Restaurant. When we asked the server about the name of the restaurant, we were told that 37 is a lucky number for the owner according to a fortune teller.

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There is minimal changes to the restaurant from Red Pagoda, the previous tenant.

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Even the condiments look the same as the previous tenant. I guess the new owner just took over everything from the previous owner.

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I ordered a Chicken Banh Mi. There were plenty of pickled daikon and carrot but not so much of the grilled chicken. The baguette was not as crispy as we would love it to be.

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Ben ordered the Pho Tuan which was posted on the wall as chef’s recommendation. It is pho with a twist. It has more pronounced flavour of ginger and garlic in it. The other non-regular ingredient is the raw egg.  Continue reading

Tian Shi Fu Restaurant on Anderson Road, Richmond

Lorna, Marian and I met up at Tian Shi Fu Restaurant on a week day evening.

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We love to catch up with one another every other month whenever possible.

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There are some photos of celebrities and award winning photos at the entrance way into the restaurant.

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I presumed this is a Hunan restaurant as chairman Mao’s photo is hung high in the restaurant. It was not busy at 6:30PM but it quickly filled up.

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We started off with Leek Pie. It was quite a large serving as half of a pie is quite filing as an appetizer. Continue reading

Strawberries Syrup

Michelle intended to make rhubarb syrup but she was unable to find rhubarb during her groceries shopping for the kitchen. So, she substituted rhubarb with strawberries.

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You can find the rhubarb soda recipe here. We used only half of the sugar from the recipe as local strawberries are so sweet.

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One of the participant anticipated that Michelle will use strawberries in this kitchen as they are in season. She shared an interesting way of removing the stem and top leaves from the strawberries by using a straw. She just insert the straw from the center bottom of the strawberries and pushes the straw upwards towards the stem. We were all in aw watching her doing this kitchen trick. It’s definitely worth sharing with chowtimes readers.

Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins

With the local strawberries in season, Michelle shared a Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins recipe in the South Arm Community Center’s Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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These lightly sweet muffins with fresh strawberries and a delicious coffee cake crumble can be frozen for enjoyment later.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Crumble:

  • 1/4 cup butter (cold)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 granulated sugar

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Yield: 18 muffins

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Tortellini Salad with Pesto and Broccoli

Michelle shared a pasta salad recipe in line with the summer theme in the South Arm Community Center Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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This pasta salad can be served warm for dinner and cold for lunch the next day or two.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound broccoli florets, cut into short length
  • 250g (about 1/2 pound) fresh tortellini
  • 3 tablespoons pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (we used red wine vinegar)
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved

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Source: bbcgoodfood.com

Serves 2
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Chilled Cucumber Soup

It’s summer; Michelle shared some recipes which are great for the summer heat in the South Arm Community Center’s Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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This Chilled Cucumber Soup is very refreshing and filing too due to the Greek yogurt component.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 4 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: from countryliving.com

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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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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