Simple Bites on Fraser Street, Vancouver

We decided to have breakfast near my work place on a week day. We always walk past this restaurant which opens early for breakfast.

It’s a Japanese style restaurant with simple bites, hence it’s name.

The menu is simple and price is reasonable.

Customer orders and pays at the counter.

Food will be delivered to the customer. There is 2 small tables in front of the counter and a long bench seating facing the wall, so seating is limited.

Nanzaro ordered a Sausage and Scrambled Eggs Muffin for $2.50. The scrambled eggs were fluffy. Continue reading

Homemade Sambal Chili with Dried Shrimps

Ben found a pack of belachan in the store room. I must have bought it a while ago but reluctant to cook it as it will stink up the apartment.

Ben decided to use it to make some Sambal Belachan with Dried Shrimps as a condiment for rice or noodle dishes. We love sambal belachan but making it at home will require me to burn a lot of scented candles to get rid of the smell.

Ingredients

  • 50g dried shrimps (soaked in 1 cup of water, reserved soaking liquid)
  • 200g shallots
  • 30g garlic
  • 20g ginger
  • 1/4 cooking oil
  • 25g dried chili – hydrated (deseeded if you do not want it to be too spicy)
  • 150g fresh chili (deseeded if you do not want it to be too spicy)
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass (use white part only)
  • 50g dried toasted belacan
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Another reason Ben is able to make the sambal belachan is we managed to find fresh red chilies in the groceries stores like T&T.

Source: Spice N’ Pans

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Han Ju Restaurant on Kingsway, Burnaby

Ben and I went to Crystal Mall after church service for grocery shopping and lunch.

We had lunch at Han Ju Restaurant. In the colder weather, we look forward to a hot bowl of soup.

I ordered the Ginger Flavored Duck Soup with rice for $9.95. This dish is more Chinese than Korean.

I can taste the ginger flavour in the broth. There were 3 small pieces of duck with bone in and plenty of suey choy.

Ben ordered a bowl of Beef Noodle Soup for $10.50. Ben commented that it’s just so so and the serving is small. It’s not really worth while to him.

We certainly detected the presence of msg as we felt quite thirsty after the meal. Any, msg is present in a lot of sauces.

Han Ju Restaurant accepts cash only.

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Gia Minh Vietnamese Restaurant on Fraser St., Vancouver

Jo invited Ben and I for dinner on a weekday impromptu.

Jo ordered a couple of appetizers. The first one was the above BBQ squid. It was tender and it came with a dipping sauce.

Jo wanted the salad roll but ordered wrongly and got the spring roll instead. The spring roll was rather skinny. I prefer those wrap in rice paper.

Jo decided to order another salad roll which she originally intended. Salad roll is more healthy without the deep frying. This came with a peanut dipping sauce. Continue reading