Sun Sui Wah on No. 3 Road, Richmond

The  Richmond Success Women Club visited the Oak Tree Senior Home to bring some joy and spirit of Christmas.

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The itinerary for the visit include Chinese folk dances, Chinese fan exercises, karaoke and games.

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After the visit, a group of 14 people went for dim sum lunch at Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant on No. 3 Road.

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X.O. sauce; one of the more delicate sauces. Here are the dim sum we had.

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Siu Mai (pork dumpling).

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Steamed Tripe with Ginger & Green Onion. Continue reading

Christmas Dinner at Continental Seafood Restaurant at Cambie Plaza, Richmond

Lorna invited me and Polly to the 2016 Success Richmond Women Club Christmas dinner at the Continental Seafood Restaurant in early December as most restaurants are fully booked for Christmas dinner nearer towards Christmas day.

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As usual, it is also an appreciation night for committee members who had served for 6 years and also members who had joined for 10 and 20 years. It is also a night to present the ledger and introduce the new committee members for the following year.

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The table setting includes a small table gift for everyone to bring home. No one is going home empty handed.

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Various sauces for different dishes. For example, plum sauce for BBQ duck, vinegar for soup, green onion and ginger sauce for steamed chicken, etc.

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First course always start with a platter of BBQ duck, Mushroom Bean Curd Wrap (cold), BBQ Pork, Marinated Spiced Beef Tendon and Seaweed Salad.

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The next dish is Stir Fried Squid and Chicken with Celery. Continue reading

Samsoonie Noodle & Rice on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

My family went out for lunch on a Sunday. Ben and I were surprised that our boys agreed to go for Korean cuisine.

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We went to Samsoonie Noodle & Rice on Westminster Highway. This restaurant is managed by Korean and am pretty sure it serves authentic Korean food.

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As usual, banchans were served. Here, it only serves two banchans.

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Nanzaro ordered the Nagazaki Seafood Ramen. He likes that the cabbages were fried and flavoured. Continue reading

Hasselback Apples

For dessert, the South Arm Community Kitchen made some Hasselback Apples.

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Choose firm apples with sweet-tart flavour for this Hasselback Apples recipe. Pink Lady or Honeycrisp works well while Fuji and Granny Smith falls apart.

Ingredients

  • 2 large firm apples, peeled, halved vertically and cored
  • butter to grease pan or lined pan with parchment paper
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2  cups vanilla ice-cream (optional)

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 4

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Spinach and Mushroom Pasta

It was a very cold morning during the last kitchen of the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen in 2016. We made a comfort soup to battle the cold.

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The soup we made was Salmon and Potato Chowder which I had blogged before here.

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For the main dish, we made a Spinach and Mushroom Pasta.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces penne noddles (you can use any type of pasta of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 4 cups mixed fresh mushrooms, sliced (oyster, shiitake, cemini, portobello, etc…)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, rinsed well & chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil or parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 4

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Pearl Castle Cafe in Richmond Center

I went with Lorna to her house after the community kitchen to install a portable backup drive that I helped her to buy during the Black Friday sales. After the job was done, Lorna wanted to go out for afternoon tea. She suggested to go to Pearl Castle Cafe in Richmond Center.

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We ordered a couple of appetizers. The above deep fried chicken was really good. It was super crunchy outside and moist inside.

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The second appetizer was deep fried squid. It was served with a Thai sweet chili sauce. This was not bad but I would prefer the deep fried chicken better. Continue reading

Beard Papa’s on No. 3 Road

I had to send my car for maintenance on a Tuesday afternoon and had three hours to kill. Coincidentally, Polly called me up a day before to ask me if I wanted to go out for coffee. So, I made arrangement for Polly to pick me up from the automall after I dropped off my car. We went to Beard Papa’s on No. 3 Road for convenience as I can take the free shuttle back to automall from Richmond Center later.

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We shared a couple of little cakes. The above is Mont Blanc which is a sponge cake iced with chestnuts cream. It is called Mont Blanc as it resembles a snow-capped mountain.

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The next cake we tried was the Mango Mousse Cake.

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There is even some mango puree in the center of the cake. Continue reading

Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Ben was away and the boys wanted Japanese for lunch on a Sunday afternoon.

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We went to Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant on Alexandra Road. We were there after 1:30PM and parking did not come easy as the parking lot was full. Nevertheless we managed to find one, otherwise we will have to go somewhere else to eat.

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Arkensen ordered the Tuna and Salmon Don. Beside sashimi, this is his next favourite item. He commented that the sushi rice here was too vinegarish for his taste.

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Nanzaro ordered the Lunch Box E which comes with Spicy Salmon Sashimi, Spicy Tuna Roll, Dynamite Roll and Chicken Karaage. I tried a piece of his chicken karaage which was crunchy and hot (i.e. it was made to order). Continue reading