Emily, Marian and me met up at Dolar Shop Hot Pot for dinner on a week day. Emily had just returned from China.
Emily made reservation and she was there early to ensure we had a table. Marian picked me up from work and when we arrived, there were people waiting in the waiting area.
Do not be misled by the name of this place, it sounds like dollar store but it is a high end hot pot restaurant.
There is a sauce bar with appetizers and various sauces for you to mix and match.
Here are some of the items on the sauce bar.
The appetizers include kimchi, seaweed and roasted peanuts. Continue reading
One of our favourite Hong Kong style cafe reopened near the Richmond Walmart at Mcclelland Road. It used to be on Park Road and the whole strip mall was closed for redevelopment.
Happy Day Cafe grand opening was on 20th February, 2019. It was still very busy after almost a month of opening when we visited. We waited about 20 minutes before we got a table, that was before noon.
There is a grand opening promo for a free upgrade of your drink and this offer is until 31st March, 2019.
Nanzaro ordered a Fish Soup Noodle for $12.95. He opted for the curry laksa broth which was quite disappointing because it was very mild tasting.
There is a new option for the noodle which is “yee mien”. There were plenty of suey choy in his noodle soup and he kindly offered me to have them. Continue reading
Lorna invited me to the Friends of Tai Chi Chinese New Year celebration dinner at Shiang Garden.
This is an annual event for the Friends of Tai Chi group. The master of this group had been teaching tai chi for 20 years. She used to be a member of the Richmond Community Kitchen too.
The event began with tai chi performances by some students.
A duo sword performance.
The master performed a sword performance.
I particularly like above performance where the performer recited the poetic movement along with his performance.
The master ended the performances with a fan performance. I like the sound of flipping open the fan during the performance.
A round of lucky draw before dinner was served.
Dinner started off with a thick soup, “geng”. The above is Fish Maw Soup with Crabmeat. A little red vinegar to cut the richness of the soup.
Duck served in two ways. The server brought the whole duck to the table to have a view of it and brought it to another working table to carve it. Continue reading
It was Lorna’s special day. She invited me and Marian to join her and her friends on their weekly dine out to celebrate her special day. By the way, her friends do not know it’s her special day.
We had dinner at Red Star Seafood Restaurant at President Plaza in Richmond.
These were the items they ordered. A whole soy sauce chicken. They were juicy.
A tofu dish with scallops and fish roes. The scallops are of good size and the tofu is silky smooth. Continue reading
It’s the celebration of a colleague in the office. We initially wanted to order take out from Panos Greek Taverna but unfortunately, it was closed on Monday.
So, we had to go to plan B and went for Angel Cake Cafe. By the way, the birthday cake above was from Maxim’s Bakery on Fraser St. We always pre-order the cake for the 10% discount.
Here were what we ordered; Prawn and Chicken with Green Vegetable.
Honey Garlic Spareribs for the meat lover. Continue reading
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
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
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.
After the hike at Belcara Regional Park, we went for lunch at Henderson Place Mall in Coquitlam.
The food court was not busy like those in Richmond.
Ben and I decided to try ML JianBing, a northern Chinese cuisine stall.
We ordered one of the item from the “Today’s Special”.
The Cold Noodles was al-dante, or “QQ” as the Chinese call it. It is slightly tangy as the sauce has vinegar in it. Continue reading
Since Ben and I attend church near Burnaby, we often take the opportunity to have lunch in Burnaby.
One of our favourite place is the Crystal Mall. For this occasion, Ben decided to try the “Cold Noodle” from Octopus House in the market area.
It looks healthy with a lot of vegetables, :-).
It’s a take out place. We intended to bring it to the food court to eat. I’m sure we are not supposed to bring outside food to the food court. So, Ben bought another item from the food court. Continue reading