It was BC day. Nanzaro had gone to Playland with his friends. The three of us went out for lunch. Ben wanted noodle soup. We kind of debating on whether we should go for Vietnamese Pho or Japanese Ramen.
We ended up at Continental Plaza. G-Men was still closed as we had noticed sometime ago. Our second choice was New Asia Deli which is a Vietnamese Restaurant. Unfortunately, it was closed too for summer vacation or something like that. Then, we were attracted to this quite new Japanese Tapas restaurant which took over the Purity Vegetarian Restaurant. There were colourful posters of ramen on their door. That’s it, we will take it.
The interior is clean and neat. There are banquettes that line one side of the wall while booth seats on the opposite side. The flat screen tv on the wall was displaying some of the Japanese dishes and it shows how it’s made, etc.
There were Japanese written menu on the wall too.
Service was prompt. We were served green tea after we sat down.
Ben ordered the Hell Fire Ramen. The name of the dish sounds very intimidating. As the name indicates, it is very spicy. The Hell Fire Ramen has Japanese style char siu (BBQ pork), half an half boiled egg, bamboo shoot, bean sprout, corn and green onions. On the menu, the price of this is $8.99 but … Continue reading
Updated 6th Oct 2014; This restaurant is closed.
Lorna, Marian, Emily and I met up for lunch at Yuemicka Noodle House in the strip mall where Alleluia Cafe and New Concept Hot Pot are located. It’s an impromptu meet up since the summer break for the community kitchens.
If I remembered clearly, this restaurant was opened in June. We were there just before 11:00AM and the restaurant is not opened yet. The business hour sign on the door did not indicate the time and we were wondering if it’s closed for that day. Apparently, the restaurant just open slightly later that day. Luckily, someone in our party was also late and we decided to wait for the last person before we decide to go somewhere else.
Yuemicka Noodle House is clean and neat. The walls are decorated with pictures of some of the dishes they served. Since we were the first customers, the place looked empty in the photo above but at about noon, it is full.
Although the name of the restaurant indicates that it’s a noodle house, they also served snacks and bubble teas. You may click on the menu above to have a larger view.
Their noodle combo is the kind that you select your soup base, type of noodle and toppings. The basic combo is $7.50 which include a hot coffee or tea. Iced drink will have an extra charge of $1. You may get extra toppings with additional charge. The menu is clickable for larger view.
We ordered two noodle combos to share. The above is Tomato & Pumpkin Fish Soup with ramen, sliced beef and beef tendon. The ramen is … Continue reading
Lorna shared with me a homemade Asian marinates which a friend of hers shared with her. When this friend of hers brought some baked chicken wings for a potluck party, they were so good that everyone asked for the recipe.
This homemade Asian marinates is good for chicken or pork. I had tried it on both chicken and pork and it is really good.
- 1 bottle (591ml) Kikkoman soy sauce
- 1 bottle of Mirin (about the same size as the soy sauce)
- 6 cloves of garlic, peel and lightly smashed
- 2 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
- 1 piece of 2-inch rock sugar
Polly and I met at the Fenders Restaurant in the Richmond Automall for breakfast simply because Polly has a car maintenance appointment at the automall. I think this is the only restaurant in the area. It caters for the surrounding businesses.
Fenders opens early on weekday i.e. at 7:00 AM. I have not visited this place although I had been to the automall for car maintenance many times. If it’s a short wait like less than 2 hours, I’ll just wait in the shop. Otherwise, if it’s a long wait like 4 hours, I’ll take the courtesy bus to Richmond Center.
Fenders is pretty big to my surprise. The section where I’m seated is very bright. There is even a private area that can be partitioned off for private party. The other side of the dining area has booth seats.
The breakfast menu is typical western style with eggs, bagel, pancake, french toast, etc.
The lunch and dinner menu include sandwiches, burgers, pasta and Chinese food. You can click on the menu to view them larger.
They also have a breakfast and lunch special menu. We did order one of the breakfast special item from above.
We had the French Toast with Coffee or Tea for $6.75. Coffee by itself is … Continue reading
Of late, this is what I am so addicted to.
But I am not gonna tell you where I had this. I want to see if any of you can make a good guess.
This is called Pork Slices in Garlic Spicy Sauce. Or at least I think this is what it is called. I had this so many times, I am not sure anymore.
The waitress already know me and she knows that I order this ALL THE TIME. What I am sure is that it is called #7. Every time I walked in, I just smiled at her and just say “#7 and 1 bowl of rice”.
For some reason they don’t … Continue reading
I like Jelly Bellies.
I munch them while at work.
What I hate most is the red ones. Actually it is the Very Cherry flavoured ones that I can’t stand. The red ones could also be Red Apple and Cinnamon. So instead of accidentally eat the Very Cherry one, I pick them out.
I want to throw them away because no one else in the family wants it too. But then Suanne can’t stand to throw them away because she is just being who she is. So she keeps all the red ones in a Tupperware. If anyone wants red ones, you know who to get it from.
What is your favourite flavours?
I like the Caramel Corn, the Buttered Popcorn, the Grape Jelly and especially the … Continue reading
I met up with Angie of Seasaltwithfood for lunch at Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe in Kitsilano. It was a beautiful summer day. Kitsilano is a great neighborhood with lots of shops and restaurants.
The patio is opened and is full. Vancourites just love the sun. We read that there is always a line during the lunch hour at Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe. We met around 11:30 AM to beat the crowd and were able to get a table without waiting.
Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe is very colourful. The restaurant is decorated with nostalgic memorabilia and it just simply looks very busy echoing it’s business.
On the table were a bottle of Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe home made ketchup. We did not try it because none of us order fries.
Angie had tea while I had coffee. There is option of cream or milk for our drinks. Coffee and tea is $2.59 respectively. As most diners, there is free refill for the coffee.
Angie ordered The Cosmic B.L.T with fried egg. The Cosmic B.L.T is 10.99 and the fried egg is $1.05. There is a few options for the bread but I cant recall what they are. Angie commented her bread … Continue reading
The summer vacation had started. Nanzaro is eager to come with me for some groceries shopping because I promised to bring him to the newly opened Vera’s Burger Express in Aberdeen Mall in Richmond.
Although it is still early around 11:00AM, there is a short line up. Nanzaro told me that this location was a Burger King before Vera’s Burger Express took over. He sure has better memory than me.
For the opening of this location, Vera’s Burger Express advertised in the local newspaper by offering a $5 coupon. This offer expires on 30th June 2011.
Vera’s Burger seems to have won numerous awards for their burger as displayed on the banner at the store front.
Vera’s Burger Express has an opened kitchen where we can see the action going. Occasionally, we can see the flames from the grilling of the burger. This is what Nanzaro ordered, … Continue reading
It’s summer and it’s time for canning all the bountiful fruits and vegetables. The Richmond Food Security Society once again is hosting a number of Canning Drop-in.
The Canning Drop-in started on Aug 2nd and for the month of August, it will be held at Garratt Wellness Center. The Canning Drop-in is scheduled every Tuesday from 5PM to around 8PM. You can bring your own produce to can and use the equipment and jars there or you can help to preserve produce from the Sharing Farm for the food bank.
Some of the participants did take advantage of the facilities and brought their own fruits for canning.
The above are apricot jam and raspberry jam made by some of the participants.
For the first Canning Drop-in, chef Karen DW showed us how to can herb jelly and made some garlic herb pesto. Here is the link to the recipe of making easy herb pestos that Karen DW did last year.
We made two types herb jellies, i.e. basil jelly and mint jelly. The herbs are harvested from the Richmond Sharing Farm that morning.
Karen brought some of the jelly that she made earlier for us to taste. The green color is mint jelly (with food coloring) while the amber color is basil jelly. They were delicious. Anyone has any idea of how to use these herb jelly other than enjoying them with bread?
- 2 cups (500 ml) coarsely chopped fresh herbs, loosely packed
- 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) unsweetened apple juice or dry white wine
- 1 cup (250 ml) water
- 1 cup (250 ml) white wine vinegar
- 5 1/4 cups (1300 ml) granulated sugar
- 1 pkg (57 g) powdered Fruit Pectin
Source: Karen DW; Bernadin
Yield: 6 x 250ml jars
Chef Karen DW will demonstrate how to can Tomatillo Salsa in the next Canning Drop-In.
Polly suggested to go to Sciue in Yaletown for our cake meet. She past by this Italian bakery when she and her son came downtown for her son’s provincial exam. We took the Canada Line to downtown. Sciue is just a short walk from the Yaletown Roundhouse station. There is another Sciue located at West Pender, Vancouver.
It was a beautiful summer day. The patio of Sciue is full. Sciue opens early on weekday, from 6:30AM and closes at 7:30PM.
Sciue is pronounced as “shoe-eh”. Sciue in Italian means good and fast. This particular location is warmly decorated. Booth seats lined the wall. Sciue’s breakfast includes daily baked goods, donuts (Ciambella), and their famous ‘”Pane Romano” creations.
For drinks, I had the Caffe au Lait (picture on the left). A medium cup costs $2.50. I was hoping that it’s going to be like the Cafe Con Leche that I had in Spain. Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s just not thick and strong enough. Polly had a medium Chai Latte for $3.80.
We started our breakfast with Pezzetta which is Sciue Flat Pane Romano Filled with Prosciutto Cotto and Fontina Cheese. The above is … Continue reading