French Potato and Green Bean Salad

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a French Potato and Green Bean Salad for the main course.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 pound small French beans, or small romano or wax beans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion (or chives)
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • l large sprig of thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste (or chopped anchovy)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 to 8 anchovy fillets, optional, for garnish

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Source: this recipe is adapted from NYTimes Cooking

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Asian Apple Slaw

The South Arm Community Kitchen met at Gilmore Park Church again one more time for the summer.

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We started off with an Asian Apple Slaw recipe. This recipe is a good source of potassium and Vitamin C. The mint makes it so refreshing.

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, julienne
  • 1 medium size jicama, peeled and julienne
  • 3 to 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 sprigs of mint, use leaves only, tear in pieces
  • juice from a lemon
  • rice vinegar to taste
  • fish sauce to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • salt to taste

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Jicama can be eaten raw or cooked. It is high in dietary fiber, low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine on River Road, Richmond

During the summer, I joined another praise dance group which takes place in the South Arm Park. This group goes to dim sum after every practice but I have not join them until this time.

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We went to the relatively new Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine across the Oval on River Road.

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The restaurant is decorated quite lavishly. When we arrived before 11:00 AM, the main hall was already full. So, we were seated in a back area, sort of a separate room. We had a large table as there were 16 of us.

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Tea is free of charge because one of the participant has a VIP card.

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She managed to get the VIP card for everyone. The VIP card entitles for free tea and 12% discount except for seafood menu. The VIP card on the right was given out in the early days of opening. Now, they switched to a more economical type of paper card,🙂.

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Those who had been here before did the ordering. The above is Truffle, Ginger & Kai Lan, Egg White Fried Rice. Love the presentation. Continue reading

Summer BBQ

Our group of Southeast Asian friends got together for a summer BBQ. It’s sort of a house warming event too.

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The star of the BBQ event is beef steak. We had steaks from different sources. Sweet potatoes on the side.

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The one in front was from Costco while the one on the back was from local farmer.

Some of the steaks were marinated and some were just seasoned with the Keg’s steak seasonings.

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The BBQ master actually using an app to make the perfect steak. Continue reading

Pre-trip Breakfast at Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant

Arkensen is going for watch the Dota International Tournament in Seattle again. I heard that the pool prize for this year has risen to 20 million. The competing teams are all professional gamers whose full time job is playing computer games.

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Anyway, since Ben was away for his monthly business trip already, Arkensen has to take the Greyhound bus to Seattle. Before his trip, he wanted something Asian for his breakfast as he will be eating Western food for a whole week.

He ordered his favourite Satay Beef with instant noodle. Besides the satay beef, he got to choose another ingredient which he opted for luncheon meat. He likes this dish here because there is no green and red peppers which he considers contaminating it.

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His noodle came with a drink. Sorry for the blur photo as I took it with my cell.

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Nanzaro ordered the Congee combo. His choice of congee is Fish Congee. The congee is already seasoned.

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Nanzaro opted for the Steamed Rice Roll with his congee combo. The rice roll is very soft and tender. I just a bit of Nanzaro’s food as I already had my breakfast earlier before I went for my morning walk.

The bill came to $18 with tax and tips, cash only.

After breakfast, I drove Arkensen to the Pacific Central Train Station to catch his bus.

Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lunch Special at Specialty Chicken & Wonton House, Richmond

Of late, Ben’s obsession is soy sauce chicken. He loves the umami taste of the soy sauce.

We went to Specialty Chicken & Wonton House for an early lunch after our weekend walk.

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We ordered from the lunch special. Soy Sauce Chicken Rice is $9.45.

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For the lunch special, you can have a soup or a drink. Ben opted for the daily soup. The daily soup of the day was pork bones with red carrot and green carrot. Continue reading

Honolulu Cafe on Kingsway, Vancouver

Ben wanted to go to Central Park for our morning walk on a weekend. We went out early like before 8:00AM. At this early hour, there seems to be very little choice of breakfast place.

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The only place we found was Honolulu Cafe on Kingsway. The restaurant looks really dated. It was a quiet morning as I overheard a server chitchatted  with a regular customer.

Ben ordered a Congee Combo. He had the Fish and Liver Congee, a not so common combination. We like the combination though. The congee was already flavoured, so no extra condiment required.

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The soy sauce fried noodle which Ben picked for his combo was more moist than other places. Ben said the congee and noodle is better than Happy Date Bakery and Restaurant in Richmond. Continue reading

Dae Ji Cutlet House in Metrotown, Burnaby

Ben brought Arkensen to Metrotown for dinner to show him the Pokemon Go hot spot. It was unbelievable to see so many people at one spot playing the game.

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We walked across the hot spot to have dinner at Dae Ji Cutlet House. It is a relatively new restaurant.

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The menu is not too big and some pictures of food is always good.

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The typical setting of a Korean restaurant, ice water in a bottle and plastic cups, practical.

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Ben ordered the Garlic Pork Cutlet to share with me. The pork cutlet is served with garlic spicy gravy, salad and rice. Continue reading

Chao Shou Wang in Crystal Mall Foodcourt

Ben and I went to Crystal Mall for an early lunch after a long walk in Central Park.

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The Crystal Mall Foodcourt is a really busy place at lunch time. It’s a good thing that we were there early. Ben recommended me to try food from Chao Shou Wang because he found a noodle that resembles something he really enjoy during his stay in Beijing.

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The House Hot Noodle is a dry mix noodle with Sichuan seasoning. We like the peanuts which add a crunchy texture to the noodle. It was quite spicy even though we just ask for medium spicy.

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Ben wanted the Wonton with Chicken Giblets as he thought it is the Wonton in Spicy Sauce (Chao Shou wonton). He was also enticed by the chicken giblets in it. Apparently, this  came in a broth. It came with a generous amount of wonton in it. Like the above, medium spicy was quite spicy. This is $8.75.

With all the above spicy food, just beware that there will be some pain with plumbing issue the next day.

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To cool down the heat, we shared a Durian Tapioca Icy from Cherry Tea Icy Bar. It is $6.00. There were some durian flesh topping the icy.

Chao Shou Wang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato