Strike on Garden City Road, Richmond

When I asked my boys where to go for lunch on one of the weekend while Ben is away, Nanzaro wanted to give Strike another try.

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We had attempted to dine here a couple of times but parking was impossible. This time we came for late lunch, past 1:30PM and we managed to find a parking spot.

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The restaurant was not very busy at this hour. Service was prompt.

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Arkensen ordered the traditional Taiwanese meat sauce on rice. It came with 3 sides, pickled cabbage and a marinated egg. (more…)

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Memory Corner across Richmond City Hall

The corner restaurant across the Richmond City Hall changed hands relatively quickly.

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It is now a Taiwanese restaurant by the name Memory Corner.

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We were there around 4PM; so the restaurant was pretty empty. But we did notice that it was quite busy during lunch and dinner time.

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There is a write up of the history of the restaurant at the entrance of the restaurant. You can click on the photo above to have a larger view.

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What brought us into the restaurant was the list of lamb dishes on their menu. Ben ordered their House Specialty Lamb Hot Pot for $9.50. It came with steamed rice and a dipping sauce of chili and sweetish sauce. (more…)

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Bubble Egg Waffle on Westminter Hwy

Ben took a lunch break from work with a walk in the Garden City Park.

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After the walk in the park, we continued our walk to Westminster Hwy to buy lunch for Arkensen on his day off from class. He wanted sushi from Banzai.

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Since we were already in area, we decided to have lunch at the Bubble Egg Waffle which we have not been to before.

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Bubble Egg Waffle is a Taiwanese restaurant.

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There are posters all over the wall; mostly of snack items.

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We ordered two items to share; first was the noodle combo for $7.75. Ben picked original fish soup with pork skin and sliced beef. He said when in doubt; always pick the item listed on the top. (more…)

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Uncle Lu at Continental Plaza, Richmond

Ben and I had a long walk at the Sea Island Trail in a gorgeous winter morning.

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After the walk, we went back to the Taiwanese restaurant which we were unable to get a parking spot for another try. Seriously, we failed to get a parking spot again.

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So, this time our plan B was to check out Continental Plaza for an alternative. We found Uncle Lu which was just open on Boxing Day as we were told. Brand new and full house.

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The signage advertises their signature pork hock dish which was popularized since 1948.

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The restaurant was full when we arrived. We waited for about 10 to 15 minutes to get a table. Seating was tight here.

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Ben ordered their signature Pork Hock dish with noodle combo for $8.50. (more…)

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No 1 Beef Noodle on Willingdon Ave

Arkensen was selected for a play testing of Dragon Age game at EA Sports near BCIT.  The testing is about 45 minutes. So after we dropped him at the EA Sports, we went to the nearby No 1 Beef Noodle to have lunch.

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We had blogged about this place a long while ago. No 1 Beef Noodle is affiliated with Beefy Beef Noodle on Main St.

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Ben ordered the house special noodle with beef, beef tendeon and three wontons. This is $9.50.

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The house special noodle came with thin noodle. Apparently, we can have a choice of thin or thick noodle as we heard another server attended to other customers but the server who attended us did not ask us for the choice of noodle. I would have prefer thick noodle for a better texture. (more…)

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Pearl House Restaurant on No. 6 Road, Richmond

Polly recommended to go her favourite Taiwanese restaurant for our lady’s meet as she wanted to get some tofu from the nearby May Lian Tofu shop.

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Pearl House Restaurant is kind of out of the way from Richmond central. It is located in an industrial area.

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Since it’s Polly’s recommendation, I let her do the ordering. She ordered from the combo meal which is her regular pick.

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The combo’s main meal is the House Beef and Tendon Noodle. The pieces of tendon were big. (more…)

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Wang’s Beef Noodle House on Cambie St, Vancouver

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up for lunch after Christmas for a get together. Lorna suggested to go to Curry King Cafe on 3250 Cambie Street in Vancouver.

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However, when we reached our destination, the location was taken over by Wang’s Beef Noodle House. We explored the nearby restaurants for a bit. We even went in to Cafe Gloucester which was pretty full already. We were given a table right at the door which we did not like. With the door opening often when customers get in and out, the winter chill will not be pleasant. Moreover, the restaurant was so busy that we don’t think it will be a good location for us to chit chat. So, we decided to go back to Wang’s Beef Noodle House which was not busy.

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The seating arrangement was spacious and it is quite comfortable and pleasant.

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We ordered a few items to share. For appetizers, we had the three items combo for $8.50. We picked mostly vegetarian as the rest of our items had meat. We had the marinated dried tofu, cucumber in chili sauce and kelp seaweed.

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Wontons in chili sauce was $4.25. There were six wontons and the sauce has the Sichuan numbing spiciness. Pretty good. (more…)

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Crossing over from Richmond to Vancouver via Canada Line Route for Taiwanese Beef Noodle

When the weather is good, Ben likes to explore new walking path. During a spring/summer day, we decided to walk across the Canada Line bridge from Richmond crossing over to Vancouver.

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Fraser River view from the bridge.

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A tugboat passed by.

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View of the north shore mountains from the bridge.

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Here comes the train.

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Finally we were in the Vancouver side. (more…)

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Flo Tea Room in Richmond

When Marian, Emily, Lorna and me had a meet up at the Yuemicka Noodle House which ended up to celebrate Marian’s birthday, we vouched to get together again for the next birthday among us. September is Emily’s birthday. I tried to organize a lunch since mid September but we just cant have a date that suit all. After several dates being postponed, Marian finally suggested that we get together first without the birthday girl and organized another meet up for Emily’s birthday. So, Marian, Lorna and me met up at Flo Tea Room in Richmond.

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Flo Tea Room has two locations; one on Granville St and this Richmond location is a new addition. This location used to be Ginger and Garlic Malaysian Restaurant & Grill. The original Flo Tea Room on Granville St. is a Taiwanese place with bubble tea. So, I thought the new Flo Tea Room in Richmond will be the same.

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The Flo Tea Room in Richmond looks nicer than the old Ginger and Garlic. It must have been renovated when Flo Tea Room took over the restaurant.

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We were quite surprise to find that the menu is more like HongKong style with the addition of some Taiwanese snacks and bubble tea. You can click on the menu to have a larger view. The menu is elaborate, range from snacks, salad, soup, vegetarian, hot pot, set meals, western, special eastern and noodle soup.

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We ordered two drinks to try. The one on the right is Mango Slush with crystal jelly for $4.50. It is quite sweet. The one on the right is Taro Milk Tea with crystal jelly for $4.25. We did not even get to try the taro milk tea as we were very full at the end. I took the drink home and tried it later. I found the taste was kind of artificial.

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For appetizer, we ordered the Roti Canai for $5.25. Roti canai is a Malaysian street food. The roti canai here is not as flaky and crispy. It came with a very mild curry sauce.

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The roti canai came with a drink. Marian opted for a Coffee Tea Mix (Yin Yeong). It has pretty strong flavour.

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For the main course, we opted for a special of the day called Duck with Pamelo Skin. The dish which came with steamed rice and steamed bok choy … (more…)

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Kao’s Family Restaurant on Alexandra Road, Richmond

After the wine tasting and tour at the Lulu Island Winery, Emily S dropped us back at the South Arm Community Center. She and her friend went their way. Lorna, Peggy L and I decided to go for lunch.

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Kao’s Family Restaurant has been on our list of places to try for a while but never get to it. I suggested this restaurant because Peggy L is from Taiwan and she can recommends some popular Taiwanese dishes to us.

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Kao’s Family Restaurant has been in business for 10 years as the owner told us. This restaurant is tucked in a corner in the strip mall where Bei Jiang Restaurant is. The restaurant has minimalistic setting, just a few tables and chairs. It was pretty quiet on a weekday afternoon. Oh, parking is a big problem in this strip mall.

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We left all the ordering to Peggy L. For starter, we had the Pig’s Hoof with Jelly for $4.75. It is served with a garlicky vinegarish dipping sauce which has a kick to it, i.e. a little spicy.

The Pig’s Hoof with Jelly is made with pigs feet that are boiled until the skin falls off the bones. Only the skin is used while … (more…)

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