Vietnamese Sub from Hue Cafe in Richmond

I’m off to catch a flight to Singapore. The flight is in the afternoon and I have not have a confirmed ticket yet. Calling the reservation office yesterday, they told me I should have no problem getting a seat on the flight but I need to be there as soon as the checkin counter opens to get onto the wait list.

The family wanted to see me off at the airport. So, we decided grab something to eat at the airport while waiting for my flight to be confirmed. There’s this new Hue Cafe little shop we notice along No 3 Road each time we drive past the Richmond Center. We would not have given that place a second thought if not for the big sign that reads “Vietnamese Sub: 4 for $10”. It was just what we wanted — sandwiches to-go for the airport.

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They have dark windows and you could barely see the insides. However, when we got in we were pleasantly surprised how clean and tastefully decorated they were. It’s much better than the many Vietnamese restaurants we frequented.

They have limited menu — primarily subs and pho. The prices were very cheap too. Their pho is only about $4.50 each. We ordered the 4 subs for $10 and decided to choose different types. We chose pork, chicken, beef and meatballs.

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Kam Do Restaurant (2nd Visit)

Updated: 23rd Jan 2015; This restaurant is closed.

It was a tough choice deciding where to eat out last weekend. While we wanted to find a new place to blog about but we all so wanted to make a repeat visit to the Kam Do Restaurant. We blogged about Kam Do about a month ago.

It was a bit more crowded this time. We had to wait for 15 minutes for a table. It seems like the wait was because we arrived just at about 11:30 am where they changed their breakfast menu to the lunch menu.

We ordered three separate dishes to share among the four of us. Suanne ordered the “Kam Do Premium Set Menu”. The Premium Set Menu costs $9.98 and for that she gets the following:

  • A garlic toast (we opted for the soft bun)
  • Chef’s Special Soup, which is a tomato/vegetable soup
  • A choice of two sides (we chose the smoked salmon and cod fillet cutlet)
  • A main dish (we chose the Baked Portoguese Clam and Crab Meat with Spaghetti)
  • Milk Tea

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The soup Chef’s Special Soup was just right. We prefer soup to be watery, not thick. The bowl was large and frankly, the soup itself is enough for me for a meal.

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The bun served was the chinese style bun which is much more soft, fluffy and airy. It is sweet and goes very well with the Margarine.

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Honolulu Cafe in Richmond

Honolulu Cafe had been replaced by Ginger and Garlic

We have always known of this place in Richmond and heard of their popularity. Despite this we have never been into Honolulu Cafe. The Honolulu Cafe is another Hongkong Style cafe which serves a combination of chinese style cuisine with western cuisine.

The Honolulu Cafe has three outlets. One is in Main St, Vancouver, and another in Kingsway Vancouver. We went to the one in Richmond on Westminster Hwy (address: 180-7771 Westminster Hwy).

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The menu of such places are extensive running into hundreds of different items with different menus for different time of the day. We went at 10:30am and found that they were still serving breakfast. They were adamant of not serving the lunch menu until 11am. Since we did not have to go anywhere in the afternoon, we told the waitress that we’ll wait for 30 minutes and asked for the menu.

As in all HK Style Cafe, there is always the Milk Tea with Ice. They came free of charge with each order from the lunch menu.

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Suanne asked for what is known as the Hot Pan Set Dinner. In this set dinner, she gets to choose two entrees from the menu. Suanne choose the 5oz Ribeye Steak and Baked Salmon Puff. One gets also to choose the sauce from black pepper, garlic, mushroom, onion or gravy. Suanne opted for the mushroom sauce. The dinner set also includes the soup of the day and a garlic toast. To top off the selection, she also gets to choose between rice or spaghetti. All these for only $10.95.

The garlic toast was a thick block of white bread. It was toasted really nicely with a slight hint of garlic. If it had more spread of garlic, it would have been perfect. The soup of the day was the vegetable, onion and tomato soup.

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The ribeye steak and salmon puff is served on a hot plate on top of fries and some cut vegetables. The idea is to pour the sauce over the hot and sizzling hot plate. This throws up a pleasant aroma. The steak was OK and the salmon is served in a soft pastry.

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Nibbles and Bites of Richmond 2006

We have just stuffed ourselves silly today. I had gained 1 kg the past few weeks and it was really hard shaking it off even having biked to work almost everyday to work. I just managed to keep it down below my target weight and now here I am eating so much today at the Nibbles and Bites. Oh well, I will have to work doubly hard next week to burn off these extra calories.

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The Nibbles and Bites of Richmond is a two day event in late summer (09Sep-10Sep). You can still make it for today. If you have really nothing to do this weekend, I suggest you make your way there and try out all the delicious food from some of the top restaurants in Richmond.

We went early at 11am. Already there were a lot of people milling around the stalls even before they are ready. We bought a few strips of coupons. Each coupon costs 75 cents and comes in strips of 10.

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Kudos to the organizers, made up mainly of volunteers. They did a great job in making the entire event so comfortable. Although they have always setup a tent, we noticed that this year is much better — nicer looking tent and table cloth too.

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Nanzaro wanted KFC. I tried talking him out of this. I mean, we should be trying more exotic food than just plain old KFC. Anyway, he can spend his tickets anyhow he wants. He spent 3 tickets on some KFC Popcorn Chicken and Fries. Does not look appetizing, it looking so dry and all.

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Arkensen wanted burgers and in BC we swear there are no better burger than the good old White Spot Triple ‘O’ Cheeseburger. What makes this so special is hamburger sauce — a savory mix of mayonnaise and red relish.

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The Triple ‘O’ Cheeseburger always have a strip of pickle garnishing the bun. The sauce on a juicy patty really makes this burger great. Arkensen complained that the patty was not thick enough.

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The Moxie Classic Grill stall has about the longest queue of all — year after year. Their specialty is the Baby Back Ribs and Honey Roasted Garlic Sirloin. The Honey Roasted Garlic Sirloin is aged 28 days that makes it so tender. A skewer costs 3 tickets.

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Yaohan Foodcourt

We used to go to Yaohan’s food court very often. However, it must have been at least two years since we last step into this chinese mall located along No 3 Road in Richmond. Perhaps, the reason is because of the poor parking condition. Yaohan’s car park must be the worst in Richmond, maybe even the worst in the whole of Lower Mainland. We often had to circle the car park at least twice before we get a parking spot. This place is just soooo busy all the time.

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There’s only two (although huge) draw factors to Yaohan — the food court and the Osaka Supermarket. Osaka is a very popular Chinese/pseudo-Japanese supermarket. We like the sushi selection in Osaka.

The food court is perhaps the cleanest chinese food court around. The food is cheap. If you’re looking for cheap eats, go after 6pm. That’s when the stalls pull down their signs and replace them with ones with lower prices. For instance, rice with 4 dishes are $5.50 before 6pm and $4.75 after 6pm.

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Nanzaro ordered a Kimchee ramen noodle from a Korean stall. The noodle appears to be just instant noodles. The noodle soup came with some thinly sliced Korean beef, slice onion, carrot and chopped green onion. The serving is quite big.

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Kam Do Restaurant and Bakery in Richmond

Updated: 25th Jan 2015; This restaurant is closed.

We sort of stumbled into the Kam Do Restaurant and Bakery a few weeks back. We have passed by the restaurant many times before but have for some reason never ever thought of checking that place out. A few weeks ago, we did and were very surprised of what they office.

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Kam Do is a Cantonese style cafe — one which serves authentic cantonese food and also western style breakfasts like toasts, omelettes, etc. There were a lot of people the weekend we were there and had to take a 5 minute wait. Like many Cantonese style cafe, at the waiting area was a pastry and bread section.

You know what we like most about these sort of places, it’s that most of the dishes you ordered comes together with a choice of drinks and soup. We always ordered the “lai char” (milk tea) in such places.

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The free soup was a good starter. Some restaurants only serves the soup mostly with bones but this actually had good chunky meat with some preserved vegetables.

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The Pan fried Seafood Noodles costs $8.98.

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Pho Viet Restaurant

Updated: 7th August 2010: This restaurant has moved to 110-8291 Westminster Hwy, Richmond.

Pho Viet is another favourite Vietnamese Restaurant we go to. They serve pretty decent pho but what we really like is their curry chicken with vermicelli. This restaurant is located on Ackroyd in Richmond.

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As in almost all Pho restaurants, we were first served with a plate of fresh beansprout with basil leaves and lemon wedges. The beansprout is very crunchy and “watery”. We actually prefer those that were blanched.

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The boys will always order the pho with beef balls.

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Pizza Hut

Believe it or not but we have NOT been to a Pizza Hut or called for delivery for almost seven years now. We always get their flyers all the time at home and told ourselves we should try them out — we just never did … until about four weeks ago.

Most of the Pizza Huts around were small delivery places or stalls in the mall. However, there is a full service Pizza Hut in Richmond on 8340 Westminster Hwy.

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For the pizza we ordered their “4-For-All” Pizza which comprises of four different types of pizzas — cheese, supreme, pepperoni and Canadian. That’s is great because the boys loves pepperoni and cheese but I don’t care too much for them.

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