Royal Seafood Restaurant in Garden City Shopping Centre, Richmond

The praise dance group from Richmond Chinese Alliance Church has dim sum lunch at the end of each month. There is also an extra 30 minutes of revision time at the end of the regular time table.

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We went to Royal Seafood Restaurant for dim sum lunch at the end of September.

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One of the attendant brought her own tea leaves for us to try. The name of the tea is literary translated to “Big Red Robe”.

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The “red” tea was smooth and pleasant. Thank you for the sharing.

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Since it’s already close to noon, we ordered mostly items from the kitchen. We could smelled the salted fish when the above Diced Chicken, Salty Fish & Pineapple Fried Rice arrived at the table. (more…)

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Afghan Chopan at Richmond Public Market, Richmond

My family had wanted to check out the newly opened Afghan Chopan on the first level of Richmond Public Market a couple or more months ago. However, it only opens at 12:00PM and most of the time when we were around the area, it was not open yet.

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This time, we came here for dinner. The boys said how come the door has Chinese characters on it. This is because Afghan Chopan took over a Chinese restaurant in this location.

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At one far end of the restaurant, there is a raised floor area lined with cushion and carpet for people who would like to dine sitting on the floor. Definitely not for us.

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We went for the smallest special combos for family which serves for 4 to 5. It is $59.95.

First came to the table was three vegetable dishes, eggplant, mixed beans and spinach.

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You can eat the vegetables with pita bread which was served at the same time.

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Next came the rice with raisins and carrots. The boys likes the flavoured basmati rice, except for the sweet and plump raisins. (more…)

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Tsawwassen Mills

Ben and I visited the newest mall in British Columbia on its first weekend of debut. We were there early, like just after 9:00AM. We did not have traffic or parking problem when we arrived.

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We came to this new mall because we heard that it was of the largest mall in BC. It was a rainy day and we were looking for indoor walking space.

The mall has 1.2 million square feet of retail space and will have 200 retailers.

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A sculpture at one of the many entrances.

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The body of this bear sculpture is made with recycled items.

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A tree like decor. (more…)

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Chicken Tzatziki Salad

The last salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen is a Greek style salad.

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This healthy chicken salad has a yogurt base (much better than mayo base) and with Greek inspired flavour. If you can’t find garlic paste, just finely grate some fresh garlic.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (optional)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • mixed salad greens

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks for People Too Tired to Cook

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Black Bean Burrito Bowl

The second salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen with rotisserie chicken has Mexican flavour to it.

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You can make this a vegetarian version by leaving out the rotisserie chicken but it still has protein in it in the form of black beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans (drain and rinse if using can beans)
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
  • fresh cilantro (optional)

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon/lime juice
  • ground cumin to taste
  • chili powder to taste
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Brown Rice Bowl

The South Arm Community Kitchen theme for this kitchen is to make quick meals with rotisserie chicken. Rotisserie chicken is a versatile ingredient. We made three different flavour salad out from two chicken breasts from a rotisserie chicken.

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The first salad is a Brown Rice Bowl which has an Asian flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (click here on how to cook brown basmati rice)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, julienned or grated
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
  • rice vinegar to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • torn nori strips (optional)
  • salt to taste

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks fro People Too Tired to Cook

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Root Vegetables Soup

The South Arm Community Kitchen met again on a Wednesday. We made a winter soup with various seasonal root vegetables.

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This simple, robust and cold weather soup can be made with almost any mixture of root vegetables you can get on hand. We made this with carrots, parsnips, celery root, turnips, rutabaga and sweet potatoes. Winter gourd, potatoes and squash are great for this soup too.

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We served the Mixed Root Vegetables Soup with a 3 chicken salad of 3 different flavours.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion or 2 leeks (white and light green part only), chopped
  • 2 to 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 rosemary or thyme stalks (or 1 teaspoon dried ones)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 1/2 pounds mixed root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, celery root, turnip, rutabaga, sweet or regular potatoes), peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon, or more for serving
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • chili flakes, optional

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Leisure Tea & Coffee on Alexandra Road, Richmond

It’s been a while since Polly and I met up for cake meet due to her busy schedule. We found time to meet up and went to Leisure Tea & Coffee for a light lunch, more like a snack lunch.

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Leisure Tea & Coffee only opens at 12:00PM.

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Polly told me that this is a popular place for Taiwanese. Truely enough, a group of middle aged people came in for coffee at the later part of our meal and they spoke “Hokkien”/”Fujian”.

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We had the Oriental Style Combo for 2 with 1 black coffee and 1 pot of tea for $26.25. For the tea, Polly selected the Passion Fruit and Pineapple Tea. It was very sweet and fragrant. We asked for a pot of hot water so that we can dilute the tea before drinking. (more…)

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