Pho Japolo on Bridgeport Road, Richmond

My family had dinner at Pho Japolo on Bridgeport Road before Ben left for another business trip.

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We came back to Pho Japolo wanted to try the specialty dishes. Unfortunately, those dishes had been discontinued. They only serve regular Vietnamese noodle soup, rice plate and vermicelli bowl.

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Nanzaro’s favourite condiments, various chili sauces.

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Arkensen ordered the Noodle Soup with well-done flank, fatty brisket, soft tendon and beef tripe. The large bowl is $9.95. The serving is not as large as other Vietnamese places. Continue reading

Cafe Mai Mai & Pho on Granville St., Vancouver

Ben and I went out for lunch after our morning walk on a Saturday.

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Ben drove to Granville St., with the intention to have lunch at one of the restaurants along the that street. We ended checking out Pho Mai Mai as it was rainy day and a bowl of noodle soup will be heart warming.

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The restaurant was pretty quiet when we arrived. Just simple seating arrangement, nothing fancy.

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We shared two items. A pho which came with raw beef. The soup was flavourful and the server told Ben that their dishes were MSG free. Continue reading

Green Bamboo Vietnamese Cuisine at Crystal Mall, Burnaby

During Ben’s Christmas break, we went for long walk at Central Park. After the walk, we went to Metrotown area for lunch.

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Ben brought me to Green Bamboo Vietnamese Restaurant. It is one of his occasional lunch spot.

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I was enticed to have the above Stewed Duck Leg Egg Noodle which was posted on the wall outside the restaurant. But, unfortunately, this item had been cancelled from the menu.

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So, I ordered the Seafood Tom Yum noodle Soup. It was sour and mildly spicy. Continue reading

Pho Hong on Kingsway, Burnaby

It’s been a long time since our family visited Pho Hong. I meant all in the family dine here together.

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Ben does come here once in a while for his lunch on work week.

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The aging wall paper had gone. It looks brighter now with the white paint.

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The usual condiments for pho. The bean sprouts are served raw.

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Ben and Arkensen had the No. 1 special. Ben had the small bowl ($7.50) while Arkensen had the large bowl. The difference in price is just 50cents. Continue reading

Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant on Kingsway, Vancouver

Ben intended to bring me to My Chau for Pho Ga on a Friday evening. We were not aware that it closes at 6:00PM. Although we reached My Chau before 6:00PM, there was a note on the door stating that it closed early for that day.

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So, we decided to walk along Kingsway to look for another place to eat. We came upon Hai Phong which we had not been here for a long time and settled with it.

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When we entered the restaurant, an aroma of sourness permeated the restaurant. It led us to order a medium Hot and Sour Soup to share.  Continue reading

West Lake Vietnamese Kitchen, No. 3 Road, Richmond

It’s been a while since we visited West Lake Vietnamese Kitchen on No. 3 Road.

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Ben and I stopped here for a quick lunch before his business trip.

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It was not busy when we visited it on a week day lunch.

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We ordered from the lunch combo which includes an appy, main dish and a drink. Ben’s appy was Pork Satay Skewers. It was served with some kind of chili sauce but not very spicy.

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Ben’s choice of main was Bun Bo Hue. This was quite spicy which he likes. Continue reading

Pho 37 in Ironwood Plaza, Richmond

I noticed that there is a new Vietnamese restaurant in Ironwood Plaza while I drove by after having lunch in Pho Ten with Nanzaro.

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This new Pho 37 has taken over the location of Red Pagoda which was also a Vietnamese Restaurant. When we asked the server about the name of the restaurant, we were told that 37 is a lucky number for the owner according to a fortune teller.

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There is minimal changes to the restaurant from Red Pagoda, the previous tenant.

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Even the condiments look the same as the previous tenant. I guess the new owner just took over everything from the previous owner.

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I ordered a Chicken Banh Mi. There were plenty of pickled daikon and carrot but not so much of the grilled chicken. The baguette was not as crispy as we would love it to be.

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Ben ordered the Pho Tuan which was posted on the wall as chef’s recommendation. It is pho with a twist. It has more pronounced flavour of ginger and garlic in it. The other non-regular ingredient is the raw egg.  Continue reading

Pho Japolo on Bridgeport Road, Richmond

We discovered Pho Japolo when we visited Cafe Loyal. They are neighbours.

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We came here for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. It was a weird day. When we arrived, it was pouring but when we left, the sun was shining.

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The restaurant is larger than we expected. The dining area above is just a separate dining area from the main dining area. This restaurant can easily accommodates 70 people.

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The usual fixings for Vietnamese meal. The bean sprouts were served raw.

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Nanzaro ordered the Bun Bo Hue. He was not sure it was his dish when the server brought it to the table because it did not look as spicy as he expected. We tasted the broth which is quite flavourful with pronounced lemongrass flavour. Nanzaro added the chili paste condiment on the table to spice up his Bun Bo Hue. Continue reading

New Asia Deli at Continental Plaza, Richmond

Ben drove to the Continental Plaza for lunch without a designated restaurant in mind. We saw that the Deer Garden was very busy, with people waiting for tables while Pearl Castle was not that busy.

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But the boys wanted Vietnamese on a cold day and we went to New Asia Deli. The restaurant was cold especially when the door is opened and a blast of cold air fills the dining room.

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The usual fixings of bean sprouts and basil were served on different plates. In the middle of our meal, the server came over to take back the basil plate as she noticed that we did not touch it at all. Perhaps, for recycling. She said she wanted to clear the table for us.

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Nanzaro ordered the Pho Bo Hue for $7.95. This does not come with blood cake which we do not mind as we never eat it. Continue reading

Hoang Yen Vietnamese & Canadian Cuisine on Victoria Drive, Vancouver

It’s the last 2 weeks of the year. The boys are on semester break and Ben is on leave. We have more time to explore further out for food.

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Ben remembered seeing a Vietnamese restaurant on Victoria Dr which often has a line outside the restaurant. We went there on a Saturday early evening and was fortunate to have a table without wait.

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Ben and I ordered from the special rice noodle menu. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

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Ben helped me to pick the Special Crab Soup with Vermicelli. The small bowl is $7.75. It has prawn, blood cake, tofu puff, pork hock slice, Vietnamese ham and tomatoes. The soup is flavourful.

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Ben ordered the Seafood Hot & Sour Rice Noodle in Soup. The seafood include prawns, squid, fish slices and fish/squid balls. The sourness in the broth makes it quite appetizing. Continue reading