I have been attending a career exploration program for the past six weeks. It was a great experience for me to go back to a learning environment with daily commitment of 9:30am to 3:30pm. I will talk more about this program at the end of this post.
On the last day of the program, the group celebrated with a program paid lunch at Sala Thai on Burrard St., which is just a short walk from the YMCA.
Since our lunch was on a Friday afternoon which is one of the busiest time, we arrived at the restaurant at 12:00 noon. The decorations are mostly comprised of Buddhist art, carvings and ceramics.
We waited for a bit at the waiting area before we were let to our reserved long table. We had the opportunity to have our group photo taken here while waiting for our table.
Three of the participants including me decided to share our dishes. The above is the day lunch special of Red Curry Chicken with comes with rice and spring roll. Continue reading
Nanzaro, Ben and I went for lunch after church service on Sunday. It was a cold day and Nanzaro wanted something with hot broth.
Ben drove along Victoria Dr. and spotted the above Lim Kee Restaurant with Beef Noodle House on it’s awning. We thought it serves Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup.
Ben ordered the House Special Noodle and it turned out to be Vietnamese style beef noodle. No wonder we smelled the aroma of Vietnamese beef noodle while waiting for our order. The house special noodle soup comes with sliced beef, tendon and tripe.
Lim Kee Restaurant only serves bean sprouts with the beef noodle soup. There is no basil like most other Vietnamese restaurants. Continue reading
My family has not been to Silver Tower Cafe for dinner for a while, simply because finding a parking in this strip mall is quite slim.
We were lucky this particular weekend as we found one right in front of the restaurant when we arrived just after 5PM.
One of the most likable feature of Hong Kong cafe is the free drink that comes with your meal. I had a hot almond drink while Ben and Nanzaro had a cold chocolate drink and iced lemon tea respectively. Silver Tower does not charge extra for cold drink, a plus point.
Nanzaro ordered the Duck Meat with Preserved Vegetable Fried Rice. The serving is big. Continue reading
I was in downtown Vancouver attending a program. On the lunch break, I went out with two new friends to get a bite. One of them lives nearby and she volunteered to be our lunch guide.
She brought us to One Saigon Bistro on Hornby St. because she was having some tinkering in her throat and a bowl of hot noodle soup should be a good remedy.
We arrived during peak lunch hour. Luckily we were able to secure a table as a couple of customers were just about to leave. The restaurant was small with tight seating. Customers order their food and pay at the counter at the back of the seating area. Food will be deliver to your table.
Our guide had a bowl of wonton rice noodle soup. She commented that she had better pho than this. Continue reading
Ben and I revisited Kowloon Bay BBQ House in Richmond for lunch after returning from a quick trip to downtown Vancouver.
This time we tried the noodle dishes serves in the restaurant. Ben had the Spicy Chili Pork Intestine noodle. It has generous amount of ingredients. I think the marinated egg is extra charged.
I had the Guilin Noodle which came as a dry mix noodle. The sauce was mild. Mine has some roasted pork and marinated meat slices, pig ears, etc. I like the peanut which gives some crunchy texture. I also enjoy the pickled green chili which adds some saltiness to it.
My noodle came with a bowl of broth on the side. The server told me that I can make it into a noodle soup by adding the broth into the my bowl.
The thick vermicelli noddle was smooth and slippery. It’s a bit of challenge to eat with chopsticks.
There are also chili oil condiment on the table if you like to add spiciness to your noodles.
Our meal came CAD20. This is a cash only place.
My family went to the Pacific Plaza Foodcourt for lunch on a Saturday afternoon.
Ben and I decided to share something from Chef Cong Cong which serves cuisine from Northern China.
We had the Tofu with Pork Innards Noodle Soup, price at CAD9.50. It has lung, intestines and tripe. I only ate the tofu and leave the rest for Ben to enjoy. He loves the gamey taste of the innards.
I also ordered a deep fried dough which was displayed on the counter with some Chinese donuts. The deep fried dough was quite oily when I used my fingers to tear it into smaller pieces for dunking into the broth. It has similar flavour like the savoury pancake from Double Double Restaurant. This is CAD2. This stall only accepts cash.
Ben had to pick up his notebook from the downtown Microsoft office, so I tag along.
After picking up his notebook, we walked a bit but it was not a pleasant walk as it was raining. We decided to grab a bite as it’s at the peak of lunch hour. We went to the food court on the second level of H-Mart on Robson St.
A sidewalk sign near the entrance of H-Mart enticed us to eat here. The sign was about a Japanese Curry House by the name Zac.Zac.
Ben ordered the Deluxe Curry to share with me. From the first look, there was a lot of curry sauce. But, the sauce was just enough as there were a lot of rice underneath. The deep fried pork chop, prawn and potato patty were nicely done as they were not oily but crispy on the outside. Continue reading
Ben and I went to Burnaby for lunch on a Sunday. There are 3 new Japanese ramen restaurants on the stretch of strip mall across Metrotown.
We went to one of them which is Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen as the decor was quite impressive from the outside.
The entrance was decorated with a big gong.
I like the Chinese characters “La Mien” and the bowl of ramen logo made with pennies. I just wonder how can we get hold of pennies now when they are not in circulation anymore.
Ben ordered the Miso Ramen at $12.50. It was ok but nothing too extraordinary. Continue reading
When we go out as a family of four to Szechuan Delicous, we usually order the Combo for four. However, this time, there were only three of us, so we went for the a la carte.
We had the Slice Lamb with Green Onion for $13.95. I prefer this over the Cumin Lamb which has green sweet peppers.
We ordered the favorite vegetable of Arkensen which is Green Bean in Szechuan Sauce.
Ben ordered the Chicken with Hot Sauce (also known as Saliva Chicken). The serving looked big for an appetizer as it came in a big bowl.
Well, as we got the the bottom layer, it was lined with bean sprout. Nevertheless, the sauce was great with steamed rice.
Szechuan Delicious accepts cash only. We had some leftover to bring home. We just cant eat that much anymore.
Ben went to look out for another BBQ place. The Parker Place BBQ is always busy with a long line.
He decided to try out the roast pork from Kowloon Bay BBQ House which is located in the same strip mall as N-Joy Cafe.
Ben loves it. The roast pork here is made from just the pork belly. This is similar to the HK BBQ Master style. I like that the chef (the person who chop up the roast pork) made the effort to arrange the meat nicely. Although the roast pork is from the belly, it is not too fatty. Ben has a new favorite now.
If I remembered correctly. one pound of roast pork is CAD11.
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Kowloon Bay BBQ House accepts cash only.