Hey everyone, happy weekend!
I got quite a lot of stuff to unload today and so let’s get cracking!
Din Tai Fung — Coming To a Location Near Us!
I can’t believe it when etranger alerted us to the news that the legendary Din Tai Fung restaurant is opening in a location near us!
Look at that! The thinness of the skin … the pleats. Amazing huh? Click here to read pacejmiller’s post about Din Tai Fung.
For those of you who don’t know, Din Tai Fung is known within the Chinese culinary circles as the king of Xiao Long Bao. They were even once rated as one of the Top 10 Gourmet restaurants by the New York Times (that was back in 1993). Even though they originated from Taiwan, today they have restaurants all over Asia including Taiwan, Japan, China, Singapore, Korea, US, Malaysia and Australia.
Until now the closest one to us is in Los Angeles. All other locations requires flying over the pond called the Pacific Ocean.
The good news is that they are opening a restaurant near us! Or should I say … “near” us. They are opening it in Bellevue, WA. It is still quite near right? Here is the news that etranger alerted us to. They are opening in Fall this year. No dates mentioned yet.
Any of you crazy enough to take a long drive to Bellevue? Come on, it is only a 3 hour drive (with a potentially 2 hour border wait. LOL!). When they open, I am gonna go. I like to see if anyone would like to come along too. You know, we can organize a Xiao Long Bao brigade, form a convoy and invade Bellevue together.
I am thinking what a change. We Vancouverites always pity the the Washingtonians who comes up to Canada for Chinese food. With Din Tai Fung opening in the Seattle area, they can thumb their noses on us for once. 🙂
Here … enjoy this video of the Din Tai Fung in LA.
Finally Located Tenku Bakudanyaki
It was like playing hide and seek with Tenku Bakudanyaki. Tenku along with Fumisen and Shoryumen are the only three food trucks operating in Richmond (OK discounting the ones in the Richmond Night Market). Here is my blog post about them: Tenku Bakudanyaki and Fumisen+Shoryumen.
A while ago, they announced that they are relocating to new site. It was to a god-forsaken industrial part of Richmond. Ed even blogged about their new location (see here).
When I first heard that they were moving, I was puzzled why they moved from an established location to an industrial area. So, I busy-body went and ask them and they gave me the party-line that it is the better location and that they have shelter and customers can eat indoors. I think they were forced out of the location between Elmbridge and Gilbert.
About three weeks ago, I went to the location in the industrial zone but I couldn’t find them! I thought that they had closed considering how lousy the location was. I thought that was the last of them. I know that the cities in Metro Vancouver does not make it easy for street food to operate.
Last week, a friend told me they are still alive and kicking. They had quietly moved to a new location in Charles Street. I had never heard of Charles St in Richmond but a quick check on Google Map showed that it is just behind the River Rock Casino and Bridgeport Skytrain Station.
There you go, the familiar food trucks are there in a fenced up lot. I think they are operating because there is a sign outside the area — just that they are closed for the day or something. I think this location is much better than the original location.
Talking About Food Carts
As you already know, the City of Vancouver has started a pilot project to introduce street food carts in various locations in the city. Going over the list of food carts selected by way of a lottery, I am not too excited with most of the food carts.
I was speaking to a person who had applied for the food carts. There were complaints that the lottery system is opened to abuse. There were people who got all their family and relatives to put in multiple applications in the hope that, well, they strike lottery.
In all, I find most of the carts selected are unimaginative and that a lone will cause the failure of the program. There is even one cart that sells, of all things … lemonade! Puh-leez!!!
Anyway, I had created a Google Map of all the food cart locations. Here it is:
The embedded Google Map above is a bit klunky to maneuver around. Use this link instead, it is much easier to navigate.
Soccer – Worst Dives of All Time
OK, this is off topic but I thought it is so funny that I want to share this with you all. All in line with the recently concluded World Cup:
Alright … that’s it for today. Have a good weekend!