Steamed Chicken with Chicken Essense

Ben made this Steamed Chicken with Chicken Essence for dinner. I love this kind of healthy dish.

He learned how to make this dish from a youtube channel that he subscribed; Cooking Ah Pa. He is not a professional chef but the recipes he makes are just the comfort food that we enjoy. Ben is his disciple.

He likes his recipe because it does not involved very precise measurement. A little of this and a little that.

For this recipe, we used:

  • 2 chicken legs, trimmed fat and cut into drum sticks and thigh
  • About 10 dried shiitake mushrooms, re-hydrated in 2 cups of water, reserved soaking liquid, remove stem and cut into halves
  • 2 inches of ginger, thinly sliced into match sticks
  • About 10 red dates, cut into halves lengthwise, removed seeds
  • About half a napa cabbage, cut into 2 inches pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 bottles of chicken essence
  • 1 tablespoon Goji berries (soaked)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  • Place Napa cabbages at the bottom of a steaming plate (use a deep one as there will be quite a lot of liquid)
  • Top with chicken pieces.
  • Line the side with shiitake mushrooms
  • Top with ginger slices and red dates
  • Drizzle with chicken essence
  • Add mushroom soaking liquid
  • Season with fish sauce or soy sauce, salt to taste
  • Steamed for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken (lesser time if you chop the chicken to small pieces)
  • Garnish with soaked Goji berries

This dish is great with steamed rice. It is particularly warming on cold days.

The soul of this dish is the chicken essence. You can find chicken essence in Chinese herbal shop. I bought the above for about CAD22 for 6 bottles.

Barnet Marine Park, Burnaby

On the drive back from Coquitlam, Ben stopped by Barnet Marine Park for a walk since the drizzle had eased off.

From the parking area, we crossed a covered bridge for safety purpose.

The covered bridge crosses over a railway line that runs parallel with the park and the Barnet inlet.

After crossing the bridge, a spiral walkway leads to the park area. This is wheelchair friendly.

A remnant of a structure that looks like a fort. Continue reading

Torta Persian Cuisine in Henderson Place Mall, Coquitlam

After the Lafarge Lake visit was cut short by the weather, we went to the nearby Henderson Place Mall for lunch.

We love this mall for it’s variety of Asian and Middle Eastern Cuisines.

This time, the mall seemed more busy than our previous visits. This time, we decided to try the Torta Persian Cuisine.

We picked their specialty Dizi Sangi to try as we saw a copy of a local Chinese newspaper cut out with the photo of Dizi meal pasted in the stall front. We were told that it will take 10 minutes for the food to be heated up. Continue reading

Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam

Ben and I intended to go for a hike at the Admiralty Point Park on a Saturday. But Ben dilly-dallied after he woke up and only ready for the journey at 10:00AM. He changed his plan as it’s too late for the hike.

We went to Lafarge Lake for a walk instead. Lafarge Lake is a man-made lake located in Town Centre Park in central Coquitlam.

The fall foliage adds colour to the park.

We saw a group of people having a picnic under this canopy. Continue reading

Fall Season at the Richmond Country Farms Market

Richmond Country Farms Market is one of our favourite place to shop. There is also a small animal farm (not petting zoo) on site for viewing. Pumpkin patch is opened in October and is a popular place for primary school outings. You will see a lot of school buses during the pumpkin patch season.

Country Vines Winery Tasting Room is opened for wine lovers.

It is a great place to shop for seasonal produce. When we were there, corn was the highlight.

There were few truck loads of corn and the price is unbelievable, 10 for $1.

Squashes are in season.

Ornamental Gourds for Fall decorations. Continue reading

Homemade Flat Rice Noodle Soup

This is Ben’s home cooking, :-). I feel so blessed.

Ben made the above Flat Rice Noodle Soup for my family. He made the broth from scratch with chicken bones, onion, carrot and celery, You can get the recipe from here.

Ingredients

  • Home made chicken broth
  • A pack flat rice noodle (enough to serve 4 people)
  • a bunch of baby greens, torn into 2 inches pieces)
  • 1/2 pound ground pork (I had some that had been pre-fried)
  • Shallot (1 or 2 depending on size), thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Bian Fu Chang Noodle Shop in Richmond Public Market

Ben and I went to the Richmond Public Market to get groceries. Since, it was near lunch time, Ben suggested that we had lunch here before we headed back home.

Ben decided to try the above Bian Fu Chang stall which was new to us.

Bian Fu Chang is primary a noodle shop which also has some appetizers on the side.

We decided to try their specialty noodle which is the item number 1; Special Six Delicacies & Pigskin. Wow, the bowl was huge.

It was loaded with pigskin, pork slices, pork liver, Chinese sausage, wood ear and bok choy. You have the option to choose the spiciness that you like. We always go with medium. We really enjoy this noodle and will be back to try others.

Bian Fu Chang accepts cash only.

Gia Minh Vietnamese Restaurant on Fraser St., Vancouver

TGIF! My family went out for dinner as the home cook is taking a break.

We went for Vietnamese cuisine as it’s been a while we had that. We went to Gia Minh Vietnamese Restaurant on Fraser St.

Gia Minh was not busy at about 6:30PM.

Although the restaurant was not busy, the service was a bit slow.

Ben and I shared a Gia Minh’s special combo, Combo A. We can have the option of rice or vermicelli and we picked vermicelli. It came with 2 brochettes and we had one pork and one chicken. Continue reading

Karakoram Restaurant in Victoria Drive, Vancouver

On a weekend, my family went to Karakoram Restaurant for lunch.

Karakoram Restaurant took over Tibisti which was also a middle eastern restaurant which offered all you can eat.

We were there before noon and the restaurant was very quiet. It is still an all you can eat place.

We went to take a quick look at the buffet before we decided to go ahead with the all you can eat at $14.99 per person. The above are the salad and condiment bar.

Chicken Biryani, Lemon Potatoes, Mixed Vegetable Stew, … Continue reading

Panos Greek Taverna on SE Marine Dr, Vancouver

My office celebrated the birthday of a colleague on a Friday. We ordered lunch from Panos Greek Taverna on SE Marine Dr which is 5 minutes drive away.

My colleague called up Panos Greek Cuisine to place the take out order at 11:00AM, when the restaurant opens for lunch. We told the restaurant that we will pick up our orders at 12:00PM. When one of my colleague arrived at the restaurant 5 minutes past 12:00PM, he was asked to wait. He waited for 20 minutes before our food were ready. That is how busy the restaurant is.

I had the Chicken Souvlaki which comes with Greek salad, potato, rice and tzatziki. All of us swapped the tzatziki with hummus except one but somehow, all our orders came with hummus. We preferred hummus as it goes better with the pita bread.

There were plenty of pita bread left over as most of us only had half a pita bread.

Here are some of the items that my colleagues ordered: Prawn Souvlaki. Continue reading