Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant opens for dinner only

My family came out for dinner on a Saturday evening. We wanted to go to Happy Tree House BBQ on Alexandra Road. But there was no parking available despite we went around the block twice.

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So, Ben drove to Continental Plaza which he thought parking will be slightly better. Yes, indeed. We had no trouble finding one. We walked over the Firebird Cafe but it was closed without any notice on the door. Strange.

Then, Ben suggested to go to Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant which is opened for dinner only for sometime already. Sing Yee was full house. We had to wait for at least 20 minutes for a table.

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We ordered a dinner combo for 3 where we get to choose three dishes for $46.80. The above was the complimentary soup of the day. It was pork soup with carrot, corn and almond. The soup was flavourful.

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Our choice of dishes included the above Steamed Pork with Salted Egg. We enjoyed comfort home style food. Continue reading

Young Coconut Agar-agar

I made this dessert for Ben’s office potluck. It’s kind of last minute request. He only told about the potluck  on Monday evening and the potluck is on Wednesday. I only do my groceries shopping on Sunday and am not prepared for it at all.

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So, I had to whip up something from what I can find in my pantry.

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I  still have the shredded young coconut which I mistakenly bought in the freezer. I also have some can coconut juice and 1/2 pack of the agar-agar (missing from the above photo).

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 454g shredded young coconut
  • 18grams agar-agar
  • 1 can 520ml coconut juice (plus enough water to make up 800ml)
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (depend on the sweetness you desired)

Instructions

  • Soak agar-agar for 30 minutes and strain.
  • Combine agar-agar, coconut juice and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Stir until the agar-agar and sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the shredded young coconut, give them a few snips if the strands are long.
  • Bring back to a boil.
  • Ladle into mould or container.
  • Let cool. Refrigerate until set.

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R&H Chinese Food in Lansdowne Foodcourt, Richmond

Nanzaro and I went to Lansdowne Foodcourt for lunch after running some errands.

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I went to the R&H Chinese Food stall while Nanzaro opted for the Bubble Waffle Cafe.

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When I was there, a lady was making Siao Loong Bao at the counter.

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I ordered the Pan Fried Bun. It came in four for $6.99 before tax. Continue reading

0755 Restaurant & Lounge in Continental Plaza, Richmond

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. It was quite difficult to organize a meet up even with just 4 people as Marian is working and busy in the evening for her girl’s Wushu practice. This meet up is a spontaneous one as Marian had to take the day off the resolve her kitchen plumbing problem.

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Lorna suggested to have lunch at 0755 Restaurant and Lounge at Continental Plaza. We had walked pass this restaurant many times but never check it out because it was all dark and there is no menu display outside. We have no idea what kind of restaurant is this. Finally, I have a chance to try it.

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Only some part of the restaurant is opened up for lunch as it was not busy at all. We were told by the server that on weekend night, there is a live band performing in the restaurant.

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I was equally surprised that this place serves Sichuan cuisine. The menu is in the format of an album and there are lots of photos in it. I love this kind of menu.

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Sun flower seeds for munching while waiting for our food. This is very common in Beijing.

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We started off with items from the appetizer section. The above is the Saliva Chicken. Continue reading

Faubourg on West 41st, Vancouver

After the dim sum at Neptune Seafood Restaurant in Surrey, Polly and I went over to Burnaby as Polly had to run an errand there. On the way back to Richmond from Burnaby, Polly decided to go to Faubourg for tea break as she still had some time to kill before picking her daughters up from tuition after school.

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Faubourgh is one of the best cake meet place that Polly and I enjoy. The little cakes are very pretty but quite costly.

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We saw the above sign on the way in and smoothies is just perfect for a warm late spring afternoon.

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We shared two desserts. The above was something green tea and passion fruit. It is $5.95. Continue reading