I went with Lorna to her house after the community kitchen to install a portable backup drive that I helped her to buy during the Black Friday sales. After the job was done, Lorna wanted to go out for afternoon tea. She suggested to go to Pearl Castle Cafe in Richmond Center.
We ordered a couple of appetizers. The above deep fried chicken was really good. It was super crunchy outside and moist inside.
The second appetizer was deep fried squid. It was served with a Thai sweet chili sauce. This was not bad but I would prefer the deep fried chicken better. Continue reading
Ben was away and the boys wanted Japanese for lunch on a Sunday afternoon.
We went to Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant on Alexandra Road. We were there after 1:30PM and parking did not come easy as the parking lot was full. Nevertheless we managed to find one, otherwise we will have to go somewhere else to eat.
Arkensen ordered the Tuna and Salmon Don. Beside sashimi, this is his next favourite item. He commented that the sushi rice here was too vinegarish for his taste.
Nanzaro ordered the Lunch Box E which comes with Spicy Salmon Sashimi, Spicy Tuna Roll, Dynamite Roll and Chicken Karaage. I tried a piece of his chicken karaage which was crunchy and hot (i.e. it was made to order). Continue reading
It was a Thursday afternoon that Ben brought me to Szechuan Delicous Restaurant for lunch. He had taken the Friday off and he felt like having his favourite cuisine to celebrate the start of his long weekend.
He ordered his favourite appetizer, pork belly with garlic sauce. Underneath the pork belly is a pile of bean sprout.
I picked the second dish which was lamb with green onion served in a hot plate. It came sizzling hot. I like the caramelized onions and the lightly charred lamb at the bottom.
We enjoyed the dishes with steam rice. It was a good meal.
Szechuan Delicious accepts cash only.
Ben and I had just watched an episode of Antony Bourdain Parts Unknown to Chengdu. It inspired us to go for Sichuan food for dinner.
Our initial plan was to go to Szechuan Delicious Restaurant across Richmond Center but it was closed that day. So, Ben decided to try Cheng Du Xiao Chi which is located in a small strip mall next Aberdeen Square (just before Aberdeen Square if you travel south to north on No.3 Road).
There is a small sign visible from No. 3 Road.
It was not too busy as we arrived before 6:00PM.
Picture menu is always good. Continue reading
We arrived back in Richmond past 7:00PM from the salmon tour. Lorna wanted to have dinner before returning home.
We went to the nearby Ironwood Plaza and settled for Vietnamese dinner.
Since Marian and I were not hungry yet, we ordered a couple of appetizers and a main dish to share. Spring Rolls were crunchy.
Green Papaya Salad was quite appetizing with a slightly tangy dressing. Lorna likes the crunchy crackers.
The Lemongrass Chicken on Rice was a big serving. We even had some leftover packed to go.
The restaurant was busy. Marian asked for some peanut sauce for the spring rolls but the server did not bring it. Marian asked for the peanut sauce because she was curious about the jars and jars of peanut butter she saw at the back of the kitchen when she visited their bathroom.
Emily, Marian, Lorna and I met up as Emily and Marian will be going back to China and Philippines respectively for holiday.
We met in Bestie Chicken Pot which is on the Chopstick Fest list which took place from Oct 15-30.
We arrived at 6:00PM and the place was not busy yet.
We ordered the set menu for 4 for $59.95 from the Chopstick fest menu. The server told us that the chopstick fest menu is limited per night and has to be reserved but they managed to allocate one for us.
Since Marian arrived late due to coming from work, we ordered a couple of appetizers first. The above Pig Ear appetizer was a popular dish here as the server told us. The pig ears was on top of a bed of cucumbers and doused with spicy chili oil. They were too spicy for Emily and Lorna as they had to dip them in water to wash off the chili oil before eating them. Continue reading
The praise dance group from Richmond Chinese Alliance Church has dim sum lunch at the end of each month. There is also an extra 30 minutes of revision time at the end of the regular time table.
We went to Royal Seafood Restaurant for dim sum lunch at the end of September.
One of the attendant brought her own tea leaves for us to try. The name of the tea is literary translated to “Big Red Robe”.
The “red” tea was smooth and pleasant. Thank you for the sharing.
Since it’s already close to noon, we ordered mostly items from the kitchen. We could smelled the salted fish when the above Diced Chicken, Salty Fish & Pineapple Fried Rice arrived at the table. Continue reading
Ben and I went for an early breakfast on a Saturday morning. When we arrived at Alleluia Cafe, it was not opened yet, another 10 minutes to the opening time at 8:00AM. So, we went for a short walk before we returned to the restaurant.
Ben wanted something healthy, so he ordered the Nutritious Breakfast. It is listed as Tomato + Banana + Avocado + Poached Egg + Brown Toast. Literally, the items are served individually.
I ordered the Congee Combo as I knew Ben would like some hot Asian style breakfast too. I ordered the Fish Fillet Congee. Ben likes the congee which is slightly grainy.
I ordered the Soy Sauce Fried Noodle for the combo as it’s Ben’s favourite breakfast noodle.
Alleluia Cafe accepts cash only.
It’s been a while since Polly and I met up for cake meet due to her busy schedule. We found time to meet up and went to Leisure Tea & Coffee for a light lunch, more like a snack lunch.
Leisure Tea & Coffee only opens at 12:00PM.
Polly told me that this is a popular place for Taiwanese. Truely enough, a group of middle aged people came in for coffee at the later part of our meal and they spoke “Hokkien”/”Fujian”.
We had the Oriental Style Combo for 2 with 1 black coffee and 1 pot of tea for $26.25. For the tea, Polly selected the Passion Fruit and Pineapple Tea. It was very sweet and fragrant. We asked for a pot of hot water so that we can dilute the tea before drinking. Continue reading
The praise dance group from Richmond Chinese Evangelical Free Church went for dim sum after the practice to celebrate the mid autumn festival. We went to Parklane Chinese Restaurant. Two of the members got to the restaurant earlier to place the orders first for the early bird discount. When we arrived, a couple of dishes had just delivered to our table. It was nice that we did not have to wait long for food.
Here are the dishes that we had. Taro Root Dumpling with a crispy exterior and a creamy interior.
Steamed Pork Dumpling (“Siew Mai”) with Pork Liver. This is slightly unique with the presence of the pork liver.
Phoenix Claw and Peanut. I only tasted the peanuts as the chicken feet is not easy to break up for sharing.
The Oyster Omelet is more of Chinese style omelet. Unlike the Taiwanese style which is more starchy and serve with a sauce. I prefer the Chinese style. Continue reading