Ikea Richmond

After the early dim sum, we went home to drop off Arkensen before we went out for our walk.

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It was a beautiful time of the year. The cherry blossoms never fail to amaze me.

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We walked from Costco to Ikea. It was a cloudy morning and the walk was very pleasant.

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We stopped by the Ikea food court for coffee. I need my coffee fix since I did not have coffee for breakfast. Continue reading

Early Dim Sum at Imperial Court Beijing Cuisine at Brighouse Square, Richmond

My family went for an early dim sum breakfast on Good Friday.

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After searching for a while, the only restaurant that opens as early as 8:30am is Imperial Court Beijing Cuisine at Brighouse Square. Most of the dim sum restaurants in Richmond open after 9:00am.

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Tea charge is $1.25 per person. Even though there is people in the party who do not drink tea (like Arkensen), we still have to pay for tea charge for 3 people.

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Hot pot rice is on special price ($3.80) before 11:00am. We had the Chinese Sausage & Spare Ribs on Rice. This is a good deal. Continue reading

Gee! Taste Good in Pacific Plaza Foodcourt, Richmond

I went to the Pacific Plaza food court with a friend for lunch.

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I was craving for some ‘kueh’ (Malay dessert) and Gee! Taste Good is just the place for it.

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The layer cake (kueh lapis) is $1 per piece. I know how tedious the recipe is and it’s not feasible for me to make a whole tray as the rest of my family does not like dessert that much. So, $1 per piece is just right for me.

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I also bought another piece of kueh which is cassava cake topped with coconut, also $1 per piece. The cassava layer is not as fibrous as I have in mind. I think it is made with cassava flour and not with grated cassava. Anyhow, the kueh is good, not too sweet and with a slight chewiness and a hint of saltiness. Continue reading

Banana Peanut Butter Double Dipped French Toast from IHOP

TV commercials do influence us. I was captivated by IHOP’s commercial on their new Banana Peanut Butter Double Dipped French Toast and Ben decided to bring me to IHOP on a Saturday morning back in March.

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Apparently, the Banana Peanut Butter Double Dipped French Toast is on a separate menu. The server only brought us the menu when I asked for it.  I thought it’s an item by itself but it actually come in a meal combo.

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So, Ben picked the above combo for me as he promised to help me with it. He asked for sunny side up which is his favourite way of eating eggs.

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The Banana Peanut Butter Double Dipped French Toast was not as moist as I expected it to be. I did not have it with syrup as there is more than enough calories in it by itself. The cereal and chocolate chips added crunchiness to it. Continue reading

Richmond Sushi in Union Square, Richmond

This was a birthday lunch for the birthday boy in March.

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Initially, he wanted AYCE from Ninkazu but we could not find a parking spot. So, we went with our plan B, Richmond Sushi. When I looked back at the archive of chowtimes.com, Richmond Sushi was one of the very early post. We have not come back as a family but Nanzaro had revisited it several times.

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Some cute Japanese items at the display shelf at the entrance.

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We can see the chefs working on our way to our tables.

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Miso soup and edamame to start off our meal.

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Various sushi.

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I’m most surprised by the size of the grilled salmon head. They are humongous. I will certainly order this again the next time I’m here. Continue reading

Hanppy Tofu Pot House in Union Square, Richmond

Ben and I went to the Union Square for lunch. After exploring the area for a bit, we settled with Hanppy Tofu Pot House. Hot pot sounds good on a cold and rainy day.

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Hanppy Tofu Hot Pot House serves Korean and Asian cuisine.

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The high and brightly coloured ceiling looks inviting.

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Ben ordered an appetizer of marinated pork ears. It’s all about the crunchy texture.

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We had the Hancuan Blazing Pot. It was more spicy than we expected. There were quite a bit of bean thread noodle in it. It came with beef slices, beef tripe, fish balls, squid, bean curd sticks and cabbages. It also came with a bowl of steam rice. Continue reading

Kongee Dinesty on Capstan Way, Richmond

Lorna and I went to Kongee Dinesty for lunch before we went to Costco in Richmond.

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Kongee Dinesty offers customizable congee and traditional Chinese dishes.

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Kongee Dinesty has a open kitchen where customers can see cooks at work.

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Chinese tea is served. The tea had a flower scent to it.

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Lorna ordered her favourite handmade Sweet Chinese Donut.

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She also wanted to try their Imitation Shark Fin Soup. The imitation shark fin is actually bean thread noodle. Lorna commented that the version here is just so-so.  Continue reading

Pho Japolo on Bridgeport Road, Richmond

My family had dinner at Pho Japolo on Bridgeport Road before Ben left for another business trip.

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We came back to Pho Japolo wanted to try the specialty dishes. Unfortunately, those dishes had been discontinued. They only serve regular Vietnamese noodle soup, rice plate and vermicelli bowl.

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Nanzaro’s favourite condiments, various chili sauces.

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Arkensen ordered the Noodle Soup with well-done flank, fatty brisket, soft tendon and beef tripe. The large bowl is $9.95. The serving is not as large as other Vietnamese places. Continue reading

Boston Restaurant on Victoria Dr., Vancouver

Ben and I went to Vancouver for our morning walk. We parked along Victoria Dr. and walked along it to look for a place for breakfast.

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We came across the above Boston Restaurant which was opened early. We were there just after 8:00AM. This is a Hong Kong style restaurant.

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The restaurant is nice, with nice lighting, even a chandelier. Each table has a Chinese news paper on it for the patrons.

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I ordered French Toast for $6.95. Continue reading

Cantonese BBQ Restaurant on Capstan Way, Richmond

My family went out for dinner on a Saturday evening. Only Nanzaro came with us as Arkensen was in the midst of doing his homework and he did not want to be interrupted.

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We went to the new (to us) Cantonese B.B.Q. Restaurant on Capstan Way, Richmond. We did not see a lot of BBQ meat from the window.

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The menu cover is nice. We ordered a combo for 3 at $50 which comes with 2 BBQ meat and two dishes.

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Complimentary daily soup.

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We had BBQ duck and BBQ pork for the 2 BBQ meat because we had roasted pork from HK BBQ master the day before. Continue reading