Coming in Spring To a Place Near Me

I had given up all hope already. I had been waiting and waiting for the past six month that I don’t even care to ask anymore.

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Today I went to Shanghai House to make reservation for a dinner I am organizing. As I was walking along No 3 Road, I thought I saw something different across the street. The windows right under the red signboard were … (more…)

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Cake-Ya in Port Moody: But Ya … Ya Dun Have To Drive That Far

Cake-Ya had been long on our list of places to visit. Actually, it was more on Suanne’s list because truthfully, I am indifferent to desserts and sweet stuff.

This would have been a perfect place for her cake meet but since this place is over 1.5 hours drive from Richmond and back, that pretty much rules out this place for her cake meets. So who do you think she looks at to accompany her there?

We would not have gone to this place recently if not because we had to drive Nanzaro to Port Coquitlam for his scholarship interview. Nanzaro is trying to snag a precious spot for a six week scholarship training in Ontario this summer. He seems confident he will get it and if he does and if we can figure out something for Arkensen, Suanne and I will have our summer vacation this year!

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The name of this place Suanne wanted to go to is called Cake-Ya. Simply put, this place can be sort of called Cake House … sort of because “ya” means house in Japanese.

Jenny (My Secret Eden) was the one who alerted us to Cake Ya in this post on Kurumba in Port Moody. We would not have found it on our own not only because it is located in Port Moody, but it is on Clarke Street which is not a main route that many would take at all. Even when we had the address, we missed this place because the signage is so small.

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I thought this place would have been bigger but it’s just a small two person bakery type of operation with an open kitchen in full sight.

The whole place is sparsely decorated with a small counter for retail sales. What they offer is simply all you see above. What they are famous for is the Cream Caramel and a few other cakes — all of them Japanese style.

The two Japanese ladies who worked there were polite and friendly. They told us that they don’t really sell a lot of their food in the store but people do come here for them. Most of what they make is sold all over the city. When we told her that we are from Richmond, she told us we can get them from Izumiya … and for the same price too.

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The above is what they are famous for. In English they call this Caramel Cream.

In Japanese, this is called purin. I think perhaps that the name purin is sort of translated from the English word … (more…)

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Shanghai House Restaurant in Richmond

You know there are restaurants that intimidates us that we don’t consider going to unless it’s for a special occasion. Although we do spend quite a bit eating out, we feel uncomfortable going to expensive looking restaurants.

Sometimes we don’t even know if they are expensive or not. If it looks too posh, it has got to be expensive. If the captains wear suits, it is not cheap. If they have a chandelier, it might not be affordable.

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If they have a large vase outside the restaurant … gosh, I don’t want to think how much that cost. Yeah, frankly, it was this vase outside the restaurant that intimidates me. I had peered inside the restaurant before too. It was fancy.

I was taken by total surprise when JoyLuckClub blogged about this place. The food here is cheap … unbelievably cheap. I think you will too if you see the prices of the food we had.

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The Shanghai House Restaurant is located at the Brighouse strip mall. This is about as central Richmond as you can get. Located across the No 3 Road from this restaurant is the Richmond Center. It is also next to the Brighouse terminus station of the Canada Line. So for those of you from outside Richmond, getting here would be an easy train ride.

In such a centrally located area, parking here is sometimes a challenge. It is not as bad as in Yaohan Center but sometimes you will need to circle round to get a spot. So they are serious about parking here. I think 2 hour is the limit.

They enforce parking limits here by chalking the tires of the car. So, you know … next time you are here and you need to park more than two hours, you need to “top up”. To top up, you need a … (more…)

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The Richmond Public Market on Westminster Highway, Richmond (Part 2 of 2)

Alright. This is the follow-up on the previous post where I talked a bit about the Richmond Public Market.

We visited the Richmond Public Market (RPM) over a period of several weeks. So, don’t be surprised over all the food we described here. We are not pigs, OK? Alright, sometimes we are but not this time. 🙂

The RPM Food Court has a total of about 16 stalls. In this post we are going to cover just five of them.

All of the sixteen stalls have something unique to offer. All of them has lots to offer. All of them are really cheap too. And the menu of each stall is not trivial. I would say that if we just consider conservatively an average of 40 dishes per stall, we are looking at over 640 dishes to select from.

However, those of us who had been to the RPM knows that is not the cleanest of food courts around. It is showing its age. At least as far as I know they had passed all health inspections.


XI AN CUISINE

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Xi An Cuisine is named after the capital of the Shaanxi province. The city of Xian is one of the cities of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and the home of the Terracota Army. That is one city I would love to visit one day.

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Nanzaro and I often want to get the Spicy Wonton. Suanne and Arkensen are indifferent to this dish. It wasn’t the greatest of spicy wontons but then this is just … (more…)

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The Richmond Public Market on Westminster Highway, Richmond (Part 1 of 2)

This is continuing the series of the Asian Food Courts in Richmond.

It was back in September when I sat down and listed down all the food courts in Richmond. It did not occur to me before that but I soon realized that there are eight food courts peppered all over Richmond. I was surprised. I knew there are a number of food courts but I did not realize there were eight.

Since then I went back to these food courts and had made fresh blog posts about these places:

Mind you, it is not like we had never blogged about the Richmond Public Market before. Looking back our archives, it seems like we had at least four other posts about this public market: here, here, here and here.

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Way back when our boys were just toddlers and money were tight for eating out, this is the place we often end up with. The food here is cheap and the choices were plentiful. We hold fond memories of this place.

The food court is located on one half of the second floor of the building. Right in the middle of the food court is a bubble tea stall. We remember that stall but it has changed owners already by now. When Arkensen and Nanzaro was just really small, they … (more…)

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Chinese Almond Cookies

Marian completes the Chinese theme cooking session at the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors with a Chinese Almond Cookies. There are a number of the members who have sweet tooth like me.

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The Chinese Almond Cookies are buttery and crisp and great with coffee or tea.  Love the presentation demonstrated by Minoo.

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Stella also bought some Chinese New Year cookies for the Chinese New Year celebrations. There are some sesame balls called ‘Laughing Jo’ and some deep fried wonton skins like pastry.

Marian, Stella and Minoo, thank you for sharing the Chinese New Year festivities in the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon water

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P/S: The baking powder should not be in the photo. Also, the team doing this recipe had started creaming the sugar and butter before I took the photo of the ingredients.

Source: Marian

Yields 30 cookies

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Orange Beef Stir Fry

Marian also prepared another stir fry dish for the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors. It is an Orange Beef Stir Fry.

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This citrus beef stir fry is also another west meets east recipe. The use of oranges in stir fry is not very Chinesey.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups slice flank steak
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • orange segments from 2 oranges
  • 2 green onions, cut into 1-inch length
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Marinates

  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground pepper

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Source: Marian

Serves 4

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Chop Suey

The second Chinese theme recipe which Marian shared in the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors is Mix Vegetables Stir Fry which also common known as Chop Suey.

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You can be creative in this recipe that you can used up all the leftover vegetables and meat. It is a great recipe to clear your refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken, cut up into bite size
  • 1 cup broccoli, cut into flowerets
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup cauliflower, cut into flowerets
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1 medium carrot, scrub and thinly sliced into coins shape
  • 1 red pepper, cut into medium pieces, same size of the carrot
  • 1 can chestnut or fresh ones
  • 1 can baby corns
  • 1 can mushroom of your choice, Marian used oyster mushroom in this recipe
  • 1 medium onion, peel and slice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce or soy sauce
  • garlic powder, ginger powder, salt and pepper to marinate chicken
  • cooking oil
  • sesame oil

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Source: Marian

Serves 4

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