Last weekend, Suanne and I went to check out a new and exciting little restaurant that had just recently hit town. Let’s see how many of you can guess which restaurant I am talking about. Here are some clues for you:
- It serves an ethnic cuisine that is rare in Vancouver. There are two other restaurants that covers this ethnic cuisine but they are nowhere near what this restaurant does.
- It is small and family owned. Limited seats. At max, only 18 at an incredible squeeze.
- They don’t have a signboard outside the restaurant. When asked why, they said they cannot keep up and dare not let anyone know more about them until they deal with the overwhelming demand.
We thought we be smart and go and have lunch at 2:30PM and guess what … the restaurant was packed with people waiting for a table even at that hour. There was no way we will get a table for the next 1.5 hours.
We wanted to try their national dish which is a bean-based dish but like I said “dashed!”. We made all the way there and thought we would be OK at 2:30PM for lunch. Now I know why my friend was raving about this new little place. The people were really nice people and was apologetic that they are unable to seat us. Before we left, we looked at the sweet lady and vowed “We shall return!”.
Let’s see if anyone of you can make a right guess which restaurant I was talking about above. Any guess?
OK, here is another clue. The small new restaurant I was talking about is quite near this place above.
Since we were already in the neighborhood, Suanne and I needed to come up with a Plan B. We figured that since we could not try that national dish in the small new restaurant, we go instead to try another national dish.
It just so happen that it was the Burmese Water Festival that day and the national dish of Burma (Myanmar) is Mohinga. We remember Grayelf telling us that Mitzie’s have good Mohinga on their menu.
With disappointment in our hearts, we walked over to Mitzie’s instead. But really, it was a good and interesting alternative. We like trying new exotic dishes.
The New Mitzie’s Restaurant is the name of this restaurant. Being just a “teenager” in Vancouver, my knowledge of such old establishments goes only so far. I am guessing the “New” in their name was a result of a change of ownership at some point. Yeah, I love learning and reading of the historical backgrounds of these restaurants.
Does anyone know the origin of that name Mitzie’s?
Anyway, the New Mitzie’s is basically a Hong Kong Style Cafe. The interior is dated. Sitting there Suanne and I did feel like … time had stood still since the 1980s.
The dining area is separated by a split level with some awkward table arrangements. There were the usual booth tables on the sides and also some round tables in the middle. We took the booth table overlooking the street below. That is good for people watching.
With a single track of mind to try the Mohinga (which they call the Burmese Fish Noodle Soup), we got that without thinking twice. It was just $6.00 and we thought it was really cheap.
The menu above is clickable to show it larger.
Their prices is inline with one would expect from HK Style Cafes. Their menu also included a good selection of more western dishes like hamburgers and sandwiches which appeals to their wider customer base. By and large, they are known as a Western and Chinese restaurant.
Service were good. Actually better than many Chinese restaurant in that she greeted us, asked how we’re doing … that sort of thing.
So we ordered two simple dishes. One was the Mohinga.
The other the Curry Chicken and Coconut Noodle Soup which reminded us that it is like Laksa. We were thinking about Bo Laksa King and of his Laksa and Mohinga. So we got that. New Mitzie’s did not call it laksa though.
We were served the side dishes above. We figured that they are for the Mohinga because Mohinga is a fish based soup and this is to balance the “fishiness” of the soup.
They even brought us a bottle of chili powder. It has a real kick to it … very spicy! I like this.
The above is the Burmese Fish Noodle Soup (Mohinga) ($6.00).
At a glance it did not quite look great. It is just soup and noodles that we see in the bowl. However, the soup has lots of ground up stuff in it like onion, lemon grass and of course fish. In there too was a hard boiled egg that has disintegrated from perhaps left cooking the soup for sometime.
The noodles are thick vermicelli. The serving is not big-big like you see in some pho places. But it is more than adequate for a nice meal.
The soup does have a fishy flavour. I understand some people will find the fishiness too strong but yet others would find it real nice. What I am trying to point out how sometimes people (bloggers, readers, etc) have differing views what constitute good food. So I guess there is no point to get into a debate … like thrashing other’s favourite dish or feel hurt when people says that their favourite dishes are no good. To each their own.
Fo us, we needed the lemon juice and slice onion to go with the Mohinga. We did enjoy the dish as simple as it was. We were thinking of how this can be equated with the Malaysian Assam Laksa which is more tangy.
The Curry Chicken and Coconut Noodle Soup was also $6.00. It is heavier in coconut milk. So heavy that it is both thick and creamy. We think the yellowness of the soup came from turmeric.
Besides three pieces of chicken meat, it also has a broken hard boiled egg.
Oh I added a lot of chili powder to add spiciness.
The noodles in this dish is different. This one is made with egg noodles.
This is a cheap simple meal. No frills. Just simple soup noodles for a cheap low price. We did like the noodles here. It was good to know that New Mitzie’s accepts credit cards.
Anyway … anyone guessed yet the restaurant we originally wanted to go before we came to New Mitzie’s? I’ll let you know tomorrow.