Max Noodle House on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Ben and I went out for our morning walk around 10AM on a Saturday morning. Ben was craving for some wonton noodle.

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There is not many places that is open before 11AM for lunch. We started our walk from the Lansdowne Mall. We went to check out Tsim Chai but it only opens at 11:00AM. We then walk over to Alexandra Road. At that time, Max Noodle is still not open yet. So, we kept walking along Alexandra Road and came back to Max Noodle about 11:15Am and it’s almost full house already.

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Ben ordered the Wonton with “Suey Gow” (dumpling) Lo-Mien. The soup came in a separate bowl. The lo-mien here is plain looking but they are flavoured. Some other places flavoured their lo-mien with oyster sauce. Ben likes the serving size here which is just right for him. Continue reading

Cheng Du Spicy Restaurant on Kingsway, Burnaby

Ben, Nanzaro and I went to Burnaby for dinner on the eve of Canada Day. Ben was on holiday mood already for the long weekend.

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We went to this new Cheng Du Spicy Restaurant on Kingsway. There is another one in Richmond on Alexandra Road which I had blogged here.

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The place was pretty quiet when we were there around 6PM.

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The menu is not big, with a few photos of food on it.

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Complimentary appetizer of spicy cabbage. Nanzaro did not try any of this. Continue reading

Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant opens for dinner only

My family came out for dinner on a Saturday evening. We wanted to go to Happy Tree House BBQ on Alexandra Road. But there was no parking available despite we went around the block twice.

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So, Ben drove to Continental Plaza which he thought parking will be slightly better. Yes, indeed. We had no trouble finding one. We walked over the Firebird Cafe but it was closed without any notice on the door. Strange.

Then, Ben suggested to go to Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant which is opened for dinner only for sometime already. Sing Yee was full house. We had to wait for at least 20 minutes for a table.

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We ordered a dinner combo for 3 where we get to choose three dishes for $46.80. The above was the complimentary soup of the day. It was pork soup with carrot, corn and almond. The soup was flavourful.

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Our choice of dishes included the above Steamed Pork with Salted Egg. We enjoyed comfort home style food. Continue reading

R&H Chinese Food in Lansdowne Foodcourt, Richmond

Nanzaro and I went to Lansdowne Foodcourt for lunch after running some errands.

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I went to the R&H Chinese Food stall while Nanzaro opted for the Bubble Waffle Cafe.

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When I was there, a lady was making Siao Loong Bao at the counter.

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I ordered the Pan Fried Bun. It came in four for $6.99 before tax. Continue reading

0755 Restaurant & Lounge in Continental Plaza, Richmond

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. It was quite difficult to organize a meet up even with just 4 people as Marian is working and busy in the evening for her girl’s Wushu practice. This meet up is a spontaneous one as Marian had to take the day off the resolve her kitchen plumbing problem.

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Lorna suggested to have lunch at 0755 Restaurant and Lounge at Continental Plaza. We had walked pass this restaurant many times but never check it out because it was all dark and there is no menu display outside. We have no idea what kind of restaurant is this. Finally, I have a chance to try it.

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Only some part of the restaurant is opened up for lunch as it was not busy at all. We were told by the server that on weekend night, there is a live band performing in the restaurant.

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I was equally surprised that this place serves Sichuan cuisine. The menu is in the format of an album and there are lots of photos in it. I love this kind of menu.

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Sun flower seeds for munching while waiting for our food. This is very common in Beijing.

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We started off with items from the appetizer section. The above is the Saliva Chicken. Continue reading

Neptune Seafood Restaurant, Surrey

Polly, Rachel, Whitney and I met up in Surrey for brunch.

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We had dim sum at Neptune Seafood Restaurant which is a convenient location for Rachel and Whitney as they can do their groceries shopping at T&T in the same mall.

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I was late as I missed my bus by the seconds. So, Rachel and Whitney ordered the dim sum first so that the early bird discount applies.

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Tea charge is $1 per person as Rachel only drinks water. I do not know that one can opt out from tea charge in a party. Next time, I will ask for that because Arkensen does not drink Chinese tea.

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Polly and I just arrived on time as the food was served. Good timing.

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We had two ordres of the Stuffed Eggplant as we all love this dish. Continue reading

Hao’s Lamb Restaurant on McKim Way in Richmond

Polly called me for lunch on a Monday as her appointment was cancelled at the last minute.

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I suggested to try the lamb specialty restaurant which was opened about six months ago. It is located on MckKim Way and Garden City.

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The decoration is kind of traditional Chinese.

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Even the tableware looks traditionally Chinese.

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The server who served us is the owner of the restaurant. She is very friendly and recommended us the dishes which are the specialties of the restaurant.

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We started off with a Baked Sesame Cake with Mutton ($4.99). Continue reading

Sanbo Restaurant at Brighouse Square, Richmond

This was a dinner on a Sunday evening. It was about 6:30pm and Sanbo Restaurant was full house. There were even people waiting for a table outside the restaurant. When Ben checked with the waitress, she told us the wait will be 15 minutes. But we waited for more than half and hour for a table. Never trust them about the waiting time as it is always longer than they anticipated.

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The above was the complimentary daily soup. There is no way to get Arkensen and Nanzaro to try it. It looked unappetizing like some kind of bitter Chinese medicine. Fortunately, it tasted alright. I presumed the colour is from some of the Chinese herbs in the soup.

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We ordered 4 dishes to share. Ben wanted to have their specialty chicken but it was sold out that evening. The above was Halibut and Tofu in Hot Pot.

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The second hot pot dish was Assorted Seafood with Vermicelli in Satay Sauce. There were a fair amount of pineapples, sweet peppers and onions in it. Continue reading

Firebird Cafe Revisited

On a weekend, my family went to Continental Plaza for dinner. Ben gave the boys the choice to pick the restaurant. Arkensen picked Firebird Cafe.

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Arkensen wanted lots of meat. He ordered the customizable Sizzling Grill. His choice of meat was Ribeye Steak and Sausage. The Ribeye steak was surprisingly tender.

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He had fries for his side and gravy for the sauce.

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Arkensen’s sizzling plate also comes with a soup. He opted for the cream soup. Continue reading

South Ocean Seafood Restaurant at Garden City Plaza, Richmond

Ben and I stopped for dim sum on a Saturday morning in the middle of our walk.

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The parking in this strip mall is always a nightmare. It’s a good thing that we walked here.

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There was a 20 minutes wait for us. Ben loves the above painting in the restaurant. It’s called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”. It represents the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital Bianjing (known as Kaifeng today) from the Northern Song period.

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The dim sum here is of the push cart style. You get to see what you want before ordering. Here is what we had; Steamed Chicken Feet. I love the fall off the bones skin which is rich in collagen. Continue reading