Chongqing Restaurant on Commercial Drive, Vancouver

A few of the participants from the Experience Works program which I attended in early 2018 got together for lunch.

Eva suggested Chongqing Restaurant as she and her gardening group used to dine here. The restaurant was not very busy on the Saturday that we met here.

Elena and I arrived first. She ordered a pork dumpling from the dim sum section to start off as she was hungry. When the rest of the group arrived, she took charge of the rest of the ordering. We had fried rice with shrimp to go with other dishes.

Since Eva is a vegetarian, we ordered one of her favourite dish, Fried Green Bean Szechuan style. Continue reading

Popeye’s on Hawkins Street, Coquitlam

After the walk at the Lights of Lafarge, Nanzaro recommended to have dinner at Popeye’s in Coquitlam since we were in the neighbourhood.

Popeye’s is located in the Fremont Village. Luckily, it’s opened on Christmas day.

The seating area is partitioned into 2 sections by this spice display unit, quite creative.

Since this is a fast food place, you order at the counter and pick up your order. They will call your name when the order is ready.

The walls are decorated with the Popeye’s history and how the chicken is made.

We ordered the 8 pc family deal for $19.99. It came in a paper box.

The top layer are the big pieces from chicken breast and thighs. Continue reading

Dhaliwal Sweets & Restaurant on Fraser St., Vancouver

My office celebrated a colleague’s birthday on Christmas eve. We ordered take out from Dhaliwal Sweets & Restaurant as the birthday girl is from Gujarat.

We had Fish Pakora as starter. The fish is marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic

The Chicken Biryani was quite spicy.

The Prawn Goa Curry was creamy and mild, cooked with ginger, garlic, onion and coconut milk. The prawns were on the skimpy side.  Continue reading

Good Choice Restaurant on Fraser St., Vancouver

My company had the Christmas dinner at Good Choice Restaurant. It’s convenient for everyone due to it’s proximity to the workplace.

The restaurant was busy and it was full house after 7PM.

My boss brought a couple bottles of red wine. I’m not a wine drinker, so I just pass.

Snacks for us to munch while waiting for dishes. Fried peanuts and pickled daikon and carrots to vet our appetite. We love these so much that we asked for seconds.

XO sauce is served when the dishes is served.

We started with the daily soup which is pork bone soup with some kind of root vegetable. The root vegetable in Cantonese is called “fern got”. Anyone know the name in English?

We had Ling Cod prepared in two ways. The first is stir fry ling cod balls with mixed vegetables. This was pretty good. Continue reading

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, 8:00AM to 8:00PM.

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

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.

Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Costco Foodcourt in Bellingham

When we were shopping in the Costco in USA, we decided to grab our lunch there. There is self service terminal for ordering food here.

We had the usual hotdog and soda combo which we can get in Costco in Canada. This is the most value for money item on the menu.

The Chicken Bake was very nice. It is a big serving too. Ben and shared one while Nanzaro had one on his own.

We also had a Beef Chili bowl. We were so full that we could not finish it and brought it home.

For dessert, we had the Twisted Churro. It was kind of bready and dry.

Visa card is accepted here. I will definitely get the Chicken Bake again.

Malay Curry House in Crystal Mall Foodcourt

After church service on Sunday, Ben and I went to Crystal Mall food court for lunch and buy groceries, killing 2 birds with one stone.

We tried the Malay Curry House since the Ipoh Beansprout stall is closed on Sunday.

We shared a Hainanese Chicken from Hell combo. There was too much sauce which was not as spicy hot as its name suggest. In fact, the sauce was too salty.

There were generous amount of boneless Hainanese chicken and the oily rice was good.

The combo came with a drink, some sort of flavoured tea.

Cold drink has an extra $1 charge. We paid cash for it.

I would get the traditional Hainanese Chicken Rice if I’m craving for it but not this saucy one.

Malay Curry House, Crystal Mall Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fraser Park Restaurant on Byrne Road, Burnaby

Nanzaro treated the family with a German brunch.

Fraser Park Restaurant is located at an unassuming warehouse park at Byrne Road. It was very busy when we arrived around 11:30AM on a Saturday. Sharing table is a norm here.

Ben and I shared a German breakfast as the serving is big. It is a bed of hash brown topped with 3 eggs scrambled with sauteed onions, peppers and cheese. On top of that, there is sausage and generous amount of bacon and ham.

The German breakfast also comes with 2 toasts of your choice and a piece of fruit. Continue reading