Turnip Salad with Pistachio and Apricot

For the summer months, the South Arm Community Kitchen only have one kitchen in July and another in August. The kitchen has to be conducted in the Gilmore Park Church due the the kitchen in the South Arm Community Center is being used for summer programs.

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Minoo shared a few vegetarian recipes in the month of July. She received a lot of vegetables donated by the Richmond Sharing Farm for the use in community kitchens. For this particular kitchen, the donated vegetables included Swiss Chard, Zucchini and Turnips.

The Richmond Sharing Farm grows food to feed Richmond families in need. The harvest goes to community meals and Richmond Food Bank for distribution. This non-profit organization is operated by volunteers. You can find out more about the Richmond Sharing Farm in their website: http://www.sharingfarm.ca.

We started off with a salad made with some of the turnips donated from the Sharing Farm.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 bunches small salad turnips and/or radishes, peel and dice
  • 1 carrot, peel and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 sweet-tart apple (like Gala, Fuji or Honey Crisp), unpeeled and cut into thin wedges
  • 4 cups of mixed salad greens of your choice, optional
  • 1/4 cup diced dried apricot
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup shelled slivered pistachio (can be substituted with toasted pecans or walnuts)

Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic reduction
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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P/S: Minoo bought the pistachio from Persia on Main St., Vancouver

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Fried Tofu and Egg Stew

Ben loves dishes with sauce.This Fried Tofu and Egg Stew is just one of such dish.

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Plenty of sauce to go with steamed rice.

Ingredients

  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 package of fried tofu
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon dark say sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups water

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P/S: the dark soy sauce was missing from the above photo

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I made this smoothie whenever I have banana on hand.

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This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is great for summer and it helps to replenish your energy. I usually have after my morning walk.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional), omit if the banana is ripe enough
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk for a richer taste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ice cubes (optional), I usually do not add ice as I do not mine smoothies too cold

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Instructions

  • Place everything in a blender

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  • Blend on high speed until smooth.

Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant opens for dinner only

My family came out for dinner on a Saturday evening. We wanted to go to Happy Tree House BBQ on Alexandra Road. But there was no parking available despite we went around the block twice.

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So, Ben drove to Continental Plaza which he thought parking will be slightly better. Yes, indeed. We had no trouble finding one. We walked over the Firebird Cafe but it was closed without any notice on the door. Strange.

Then, Ben suggested to go to Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant which is opened for dinner only for sometime already. Sing Yee was full house. We had to wait for at least 20 minutes for a table.

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We ordered a dinner combo for 3 where we get to choose three dishes for $46.80. The above was the complimentary soup of the day. It was pork soup with carrot, corn and almond. The soup was flavourful.

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Our choice of dishes included the above Steamed Pork with Salted Egg. We enjoyed comfort home style food. Continue reading

Young Coconut Agar-agar

I made this dessert for Ben’s office potluck. It’s kind of last minute request. He only told about the potluck  on Monday evening and the potluck is on Wednesday. I only do my groceries shopping on Sunday and am not prepared for it at all.

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So, I had to whip up something from what I can find in my pantry.

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I  still have the shredded young coconut which I mistakenly bought in the freezer. I also have some can coconut juice and 1/2 pack of the agar-agar (missing from the above photo).

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 454g shredded young coconut
  • 18grams agar-agar
  • 1 can 520ml coconut juice (plus enough water to make up 800ml)
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (depend on the sweetness you desired)

Instructions

  • Soak agar-agar for 30 minutes and strain.
  • Combine agar-agar, coconut juice and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Stir until the agar-agar and sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the shredded young coconut, give them a few snips if the strands are long.
  • Bring back to a boil.
  • Ladle into mould or container.
  • Let cool. Refrigerate until set.

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R&H Chinese Food in Lansdowne Foodcourt, Richmond

Nanzaro and I went to Lansdowne Foodcourt for lunch after running some errands.

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I went to the R&H Chinese Food stall while Nanzaro opted for the Bubble Waffle Cafe.

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When I was there, a lady was making Siao Loong Bao at the counter.

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I ordered the Pan Fried Bun. It came in four for $6.99 before tax. Continue reading

0755 Restaurant & Lounge in Continental Plaza, Richmond

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. It was quite difficult to organize a meet up even with just 4 people as Marian is working and busy in the evening for her girl’s Wushu practice. This meet up is a spontaneous one as Marian had to take the day off the resolve her kitchen plumbing problem.

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Lorna suggested to have lunch at 0755 Restaurant and Lounge at Continental Plaza. We had walked pass this restaurant many times but never check it out because it was all dark and there is no menu display outside. We have no idea what kind of restaurant is this. Finally, I have a chance to try it.

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Only some part of the restaurant is opened up for lunch as it was not busy at all. We were told by the server that on weekend night, there is a live band performing in the restaurant.

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I was equally surprised that this place serves Sichuan cuisine. The menu is in the format of an album and there are lots of photos in it. I love this kind of menu.

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Sun flower seeds for munching while waiting for our food. This is very common in Beijing.

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We started off with items from the appetizer section. The above is the Saliva Chicken. Continue reading

Faubourg on West 41st, Vancouver

After the dim sum at Neptune Seafood Restaurant in Surrey, Polly and I went over to Burnaby as Polly had to run an errand there. On the way back to Richmond from Burnaby, Polly decided to go to Faubourg for tea break as she still had some time to kill before picking her daughters up from tuition after school.

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Faubourgh is one of the best cake meet place that Polly and I enjoy. The little cakes are very pretty but quite costly.

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We saw the above sign on the way in and smoothies is just perfect for a warm late spring afternoon.

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We shared two desserts. The above was something green tea and passion fruit. It is $5.95. Continue reading

Neptune Seafood Restaurant, Surrey

Polly, Rachel, Whitney and I met up in Surrey for brunch.

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We had dim sum at Neptune Seafood Restaurant which is a convenient location for Rachel and Whitney as they can do their groceries shopping at T&T in the same mall.

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I was late as I missed my bus by the seconds. So, Rachel and Whitney ordered the dim sum first so that the early bird discount applies.

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Tea charge is $1 per person as Rachel only drinks water. I do not know that one can opt out from tea charge in a party. Next time, I will ask for that because Arkensen does not drink Chinese tea.

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Polly and I just arrived on time as the food was served. Good timing.

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We had two ordres of the Stuffed Eggplant as we all love this dish. Continue reading

Hao’s Lamb Restaurant on McKim Way in Richmond

Polly called me for lunch on a Monday as her appointment was cancelled at the last minute.

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I suggested to try the lamb specialty restaurant which was opened about six months ago. It is located on MckKim Way and Garden City.

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The decoration is kind of traditional Chinese.

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Even the tableware looks traditionally Chinese.

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The server who served us is the owner of the restaurant. She is very friendly and recommended us the dishes which are the specialties of the restaurant.

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We started off with a Baked Sesame Cake with Mutton ($4.99). Continue reading