Yesterday, Ben, Nanzaro and I went to the Spring Lights Cherry Blossom Festival at Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Spring Lights Festival was from dusk to dawn. We arrived around 7PM and it was not dark yet. We were very lucky to find a parking spot right away. Traffic was bad when we left the park as there were many cars and people trying to attend this festival despite the rain.
There were three food carts at the festival. One of them was McDonald’s giving away free coffee. The line to the food carts were long. We did not get anything from the food carts as we just had dinner.
We walked around QE Park to wait for the sky to darken in order to enjoy the lights gazing upon the cherry blossoms. Continue reading
I was at Oakridge Mall and came upon the Langara’s “Brown Paper Couture” Exhibit in the East Galleria.
This exhibit showcase couture dresses made by local Langara students. The material used include corrugated cardboard, twine, dimpled packaging paper and wrapping paper. The decorations or accessories are made from coffee filters, cupcake papers, strings and thumbtacks. Glue gun and wire are used to stich everything together. What an amazing project.
I remembered seeing such exhibit in the PNE too.
Here are the exhibits for your enjoyment.
Ben and I celebrated Chinese New Year at a friend’s house. This is a group of Singaporean and Malaysian friends that is like family to us. We called our group Mamak Stall.
The hostess of the house always prepares the Raw Fish Salad for Chinese New Year gathering. The salad is tossed high in the air while we wish one another with auspicious Chinese New Year greetings. This dish is commonly eaten on the 7th day of Chinese New Year which is a day the Chinese celebrates everyone’s birthday.
K & J made a spicy prawn dish. Prawn is also a popular dish during Chinese New Year as the name prawn sounds like laughter in Cantonese (“ha”). It symbolizes happiness and laughter.
K also made a “Sayur Lodeh”; a vegetable soup prepared with vegetables like cabbage, lady fingers, long beans, carrots and tofu puff. The broth is a coconut based broth. Continue reading
Ben and I revisited Kowloon Bay BBQ House in Richmond for lunch after returning from a quick trip to downtown Vancouver.
This time we tried the noodle dishes serves in the restaurant. Ben had the Spicy Chili Pork Intestine noodle. It has generous amount of ingredients. I think the marinated egg is extra charged.
I had the Guilin Noodle which came as a dry mix noodle. The sauce was mild. Mine has some roasted pork and marinated meat slices, pig ears, etc. I like the peanut which gives some crunchy texture. I also enjoy the pickled green chili which adds some saltiness to it.
My noodle came with a bowl of broth on the side. The server told me that I can make it into a noodle soup by adding the broth into the my bowl.
The thick vermicelli noddle was smooth and slippery. It’s a bit of challenge to eat with chopsticks.
There are also chili oil condiment on the table if you like to add spiciness to your noodles.
Our meal came CAD20. This is a cash only place.
Wishing all chowtimes readers good health and good fortune in the year of dog.
Dog is a symbol of loyalty. A great thank you for all loyal chowtimes readers for your continuous support all these years.
Ben, Suanne, Arkensen and Nanzaro
On new year’s eve, Ben and I drove to Mission to have a new year eve’s potluck with a few family friends.
Mission was struck by an ice storm a couple of days before. Ice storm is rare and it is caused by freezing rain that freeze upon impact. The aftermath scene was mesmerizing. Trees were laden with ice. They were glittering in the sunlight. It is magical.
Below were the food we had at the potluck. It’s a Malaysian theme potluck.
I made “Asam Gai Choy” with roasted pork feet. The pork feet are rich in collagen. I like the Chinese Mustard vegetable which absorbs all the flavour of the the roasted pork feet. This dish is lightly tangy and spicy. Continue reading
The community kitchen had a Christmas Potluck on the 2nd day of winter at the Caring Place Community Kitchen.
We had mostly homemade food with some store bought ones. Twenty over participants attended this event.
I made Palm Sugar Jello (Agar-agar Gula Melaka). You can find the recipe here.
Lorna made a salad.
Here are the rest of the food; marinated eggs, tofu and seaweed. Continue reading
Lorna invited me to a Christmas party organized by the Gardening Club at Pui Ying Christian Services Society.
The Pui Ying Christian Services Society is located at Sexsmith Road and Cambie Road. The gardening club meets on the second Tuesday of every month for gardening seminars and workshops. The club also holds a variety of tours to visit farms, gardens, nurseries, wineries, and hatcheries on the second Saturday of every month. Some other seasonal events include going to tulips festival, cherry picking, salmon return sight seeing, and corn maze tour.
The party started with the singing of “Joy to the World” in Cantonese. After several speeches by the chairman of the gardening club, the coordinator of the society and a guest speaker, dinner commenced. There were a lot food, some were catered and some were homemade. Continue reading