It’s been a while that my family had been to Pho Lan, simply because the parking is difficult. We decided to give it a try a Saturday evening as we came out early for dinner, around 5PM. We were surprised to see the parking lot was quite empty at that time.
Arkensen ordered his usual #7; Pho Lan Special Beef Noodle Soup. It has rare steak, well done flank, beef balls, tendon and tripe. I love the huge bowl because I got to tax his soup.
The regular complements; bean sprouts, basil and lime for the pho noodles.
Ben and I shared a plate of 3 skewers of beef/pork or chicken on vermicelli. We had one of each, beef, pork and chicken. There were a lot of meat. The meat were lightly charred which added caramelization to the meat.
The vermicelli and salad were seasoned with some fish sauce.
Nanzaro got his favaourite Bun Bo Hue which I forgot to take a photo.
The meal came to CAD41 including tax and tips. Pho Lan accepts cash only.
The South Arm Community Kitchen made an Italian Tossed Salad to complement the Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce.
- 8 cups torn or roughly chopped Romaine lettuce (or a standard 10oz bag of lettuce greens)
- 1/2 cup quartered artichoke hearts (half of 14oz can), drained
- 1/4 cup diced pimentos or roasted red peppers, drained
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
For dessert, we made Gingered Rhubarb Apple Crisp as rhubarb is in season. You can find the recipe here.
The Gingered Rhubarb Apple Crisp is best to be served warm with a scoop of ice-cream.
Source: South Arm Community Kitchen
For the summer months i.e. July and August, the South Arm Community Kitchen is held in other locations as the kitchen in the South Arm Community Center is fully booked for summer activities. For the month of July, the South Arm Community Ktichen is held at the Gilmore Park Church kitchen. Thank you Gilmore Park Church for accommodating us.
Minoo shared a Bolognese Sauce recipe in the kitchen. We served the sauce over spaghetti.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (we omitted this)
- 1 large onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground pork (we substituted this with beef)
- 1/2 pound fresh mushroom, sliced
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 (28 ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes
- 6 ounces tomato sauce (we substituted this with 2 tablespoons tomato paste)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (we substituted this chicken stock)
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound pasta (we used spaghetti)
Source: South Arm Community Kitchen
While we were in Surrey, Ben decided to go for dessert at Krispy Kreme since we seldom patrol this area.
This is the only Krispy Kreme in Metro Vancouver.
Like all Krispy Kreme locations, customers can view the making of the donuts from a glass enclosed kitchen.
It’s always difficult to choose from so many varieties. I wished they have bite size samplers like the Tim Horton’s donut holes. Continue reading
On a Friday evening, Ben brought me to Apna Chaat House for dinner.
Apna Chaat House serves Indian Street Food in a restaurant setting.
One of the wall serves as a huge menu.
Another wall is decorated with a huge mural about Indian street food.
There are also Indian style Chinese food.
Ben ordered the Pav Bhaji; it’s a thick vegetable curry served with two soft bread rolls. There were a lot of onions in the sauce. Continue reading
Our family had been trying to come to this restaurant more often once we learned that the current location will be closed in July due to redevelopment. We really hope they will find a new home.
When we come as a family of four, we always get the combo for 4 for CAD52. We like it because for that we get two appetizers and choose four main dishes. You cant beat that for value because Szechuan cuisine is generally more expensive than other Chinese cuisine. We sure are going to miss this place when it closes soon.
The free appetizers are Spicy Pig Ears and Mung Bean Noodle in a tangy and spicy sauce. Ben likes the sauce so much that sometime we bring our own container to take the leftover sauce home as we dare not ask the server to pack the sauce to go.
There are three choices for the fish dish; Water Boiled Fish, Fish with Tofu (that’s our choice this time) and Fish with Preserved Vegetable. Ben commented that the fish is good, just wonder what fish is it. Continue reading
Ben and I finally get to try the ramen hot pot from Nabegugyo Hot Pot Cuisine on Cambie St. on a Friday evening.
We had wanted to check this place out for several times but just did not make it.
There is a communal long U shape table and several 2 and 4 seater tables. We were seated at the communal table. It reminds me of a hot pot place named Xiabu Xiabu that Ben and I like to go to when we were in Beijing. I did not blog about it because no photography is allowed in Xiabu Xiabu.
We were served an appetizer of sea weed salad before our food arrive.
Ben ordered the Sukiyaki Hot Pot with pork but they gave him pork instead. It came with a bowl of steam rice and … Continue reading
The June birthday boy wanted to celebrate his birthday at Tandoori Flame, the new Indian Buffet in Delta. I was not so eager for any all you can eat as I always ended up regretting it.
We called up to check if they accept reservation. Unfortunately, no. So, we arrived about 5 minutes before the dinner opening time at 5:00PM and there was a line already.
We waited for at least 30 minutes before we got to the reception desk just next to the bar.
One of the server briefly showed us the buffet area and brought us to our table at the covered patio. The server returned to check with Ben if we wanted to order some cocktail or juice while the rest of us were lining up to get our food, she was definitely not happy when Ben said no.
The above is from the appetizer section.
The most interesting item is the puri where you crack the top of the fried bread and stuffed it with some savory accompaniments and some sour and spicy sauces. Continue reading
It’s only Arkensen and us went our for dinner that Saturday as Nanzaro went out for dinner with his friends.
We did not want to go too far, so we went to the Garden City Shopping Centre. Arkensen picked the Hainan Kitchen for dinner.
Hainan Kitchen is kind of like an Asian fast food place. Customer order and pays at the counter and when the food is ready, you pick it up from the counter. The operation is like a food court but this is an individual stall with it’s own seating area.
The menu is simple; just a few items. Arkensen ordered their signature dish, Hainan Chicken Rice. Arkensen likes this especially when the chicken is deboned. It came with three types of sauces; chili sauce, ginger onion sauce and a green onion pesto. Continue reading
Ben and I had our casual walk on a Saturday morning. We parked our car in Lansdowne Mall, window shopping in the mall for a while and then exit the mall and walked under the Canada Line for shades purpose.
By the time we reached Aberdeen Mall, it was lunch time. We decided to have lunch at the Aberdeen food court. Lately, it’s hard for us to eat out as we cannot eat as much anymore. If it’s just the two of us, we cannot eat in a restaurant as ordering two items will be too much for us. Unless, we have to order something that we can bring the leftover home. Our most convenient destination is food court as we can get one item to share, especially when we plan to go out for dinner with our boys and we do not want to bring home any leftover food.
We ended up ordering an eggplant stir-fried with chicken ball from Mambo. The wait time was long, 20 minutes. The food was good; piping hot and the sauce went well with the steam rice. It was enough for both of us.
The meal came with a free drink. Ben wanted iced milk tea which has an extra charge of $1.00 for cold drink. Our meal, came to $10.75. Mambo accepts cash only.