Deer Garden on Sexsmith Road, Richmond

Deer Garden in Continental Centre has moved to Union Square.

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Ben and I had an early lunch at this new location since it just opened for the day and there is no wait yet. Deer Garden is usually busy at peak lunch hour.

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Awards wining plaques decorated the wall at the entrance of the restaurant.

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The restaurant has simple and clean lined decor.

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Since I was not hungry, I ordered their Special French Toast with butter and peanut butter to snack on. The Special French Toast is in bite size pieces, unlike most other Hong Kong style restaurants which serve French Toast in whole. This gives it a higher ratio of crispy outside. Continue reading

Annual Friends of Tai Chi Celebration Dinner

Lorna invited me to the 9th annual dinner of Friends of Tai Chi in the middle of March. Lorna was a Tai Chi student before.

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I knew the master Tai Chi, Annie through the multicultural community kitchen in Gilmore Park Church some time ago. There were several Tai Chi demonstrations prior to the dinner.

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The celebration was held at the Continental Seafood Restaurant on Cambie Road. From the conversation, I learned that it’s difficult to book a restaurant for function nowadays. One of the popular restaurant for banquet like Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant has closed down the lower floor for a hotpot restaurant.

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Here are the dishes for the banquet. First up was the appetizer platter which consists of several items like roast chicken, BBQ duck, pork hock slices, another kind of slice meat and jelly fish. The serving here is generous. Continue reading

Zen Kitchen on Steveston Hwy, Richmond

Emily H organised a lunch with several of the participants of the Multicultural Community Kitchens at the Zen Kitchen in the International Buddhist Temple on Steveston Highway.

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The vegetarian restaurant is located at the rear of the temple. Follow the arrow of the sign above which is located in several locations in the temple.

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This is where the restaurant is located.

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The restaurant has an exquisite Chinese architecture and decoration.

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There is a minimum order implemented here. i.e. each patron must order 1 main dish or 3 dim sum items. Main dish is $15 while dim sum is $5 each. There were five of us, so, we ordered 4 main dishes and 3 dim sum items to share.

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The above is from the dim sum selection; Vegetable dumplings. The skin of the dumpling was rather thick especially at the pleating.

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The above Radish Cake was not bad, which was crispy on the outside and with ample radish. Continue reading

Taco Luis in Lansdowne Foodcourt

This is another Nanzaro’s food adventure. He loves food which he has the say of what ingredients he wants.

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Taco Luis in Lansdowne Mall is one of the places he went for lunch after school.

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The above is the 10-inch Beef Special. It came with a drink and a side of tater tots.

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Nanzaro’s choice of accompaniments include lettuce, red onions, sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapeno and hot banana peppers. He loves spicy food.

Note from Nanzaro: the servers usually add all toppings by default if you do not tell them your preference.

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The amount of beef is generous.

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Nanzaro also enjoys the crispy crunchy tater tots.

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The Soup House revisit

Ben had been craving for some good hotpot rice lately. But his plan is always disrupted by our boys who wanted something else.

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Finally, Ben had decided to stick to his plan on a Saturday evening. We returned to The Soup House as we remembered the hotpot rice was good here.

Complementary soup of the day and seaweed which comes with the hotpot rice. Nanzaro likes the crunchy seaweed and he had all of them.

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Ben also ordered a Pork Stomach Soup which he loves. This has plenty of pork stomach. But I find the soup on the sweet side.

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We ordered two hotpot rice to share. The first is Salted Fish Minced Pork. It came with seasonal vegetables which happens to be bok choy. Continue reading

Super Stars Cafe on Leslie Road, Richmond

Ben and I went out for early lunch, just after 11:00AM on a Sunday morning. We decided to give Super Stars Cafe another try since my first attempt failed to secure a parking spot.

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This time, there were plenty of parking spots because we were early. The photos on the entrance look just like it’s predecessor’s (Hollywood Steak House) dishes.

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Even the interior looks exactly the same.

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Ben ordered the Free Range Chicken Herbal Hotpot which I ordered the last time we visited Hollywood Steak House. It tasted exactly like the old time. The only difference is the price which is $1 more now at $13.95. Continue reading

Orange Bizcochitos

The Mexican theme meal of the South Arm Women Community Kitchen ends with a Mexican cookie called Orange Bizcochitos.

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Bizcochitos are anise-flavoured cookies that originated in New Mexico. Prepare the dough in advance, and refrigerate up to three days. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to three days. Omit the aniseed if you don’t care for its licorice flavour.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Source: this recipe is adapted from myrecipes.com

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Raspberry Lime Aqua Fresca

Continuing with the Mexican theme, Michelle shared a Raspberry Lime Aqua Fresca drink in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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From Wikipedia:

Aquas fescas (Spanish “cool waters”) are a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make light non-alcoholic beverages. They are popular in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Some of the more common flavours include tamarind, hibiscus and aqua de horchata.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or one 12-ounce bag frozen raspberries (or strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • ice cubes
  • fresh mint sprigs and lime wedges for garnishing

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Source: http://napavalleyregister.com by Isabel Cortez “Isabeal’s Cantina”

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Quick Tortilla Soup

The main dish for the Mexican meal which Michelle shared in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen is a Quick Tortilla Soup.

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This is a filing soup which can be a meal by itself.

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Serve the tortilla soup with desired accompaniments.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 x 398ml can of diced, fire roasted tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn or small can corn
  • 2 x 398ml can of black beans, rinsed and drained

Garnishes:

  • cooked, cubed chicken breast (baked or leftover rotisserie)
  • tortilla chips
  • avocado, chopped
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • grated Cheddar cheese
  • cut up limes
  • cilantro

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Source: Michelle Li

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