Okra, Corn and Tomatoes Stir Fry

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a stir fry vegetable dish to be served with basmati rice.


This Okra, Corn and Tomatoes Stir Fry is Minoo’s favourite okra recipe.


Minoo shared a remedy of drinking okra water which is believed to help lessen diabetes symptoms. Okra water is made by putting sliced okra in warm water and soak them overnight.



  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces fresh okra, halved lengthwise
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels (from 2 large ears)
  • 2 pounds fresh tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges each
  • 2 ounces slab bacon, cut into large dice (optional)
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • extra virgin olive oil for drizzle


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Red Radishes Salad

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen resumes it’s regular programming in September. We meet twice a month on Wednesday.


The first recipe shared in the kitchen was a Red Radishes Salad. The red radishes add spiciness to the salad.


  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 apples, cored and diced
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, diced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried ones
  • salt and pepper to taste


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Szechuan House at Aberdeen Foodcourt, Richmond

Ben wanted something light for dinner. So, we went to the Aberdeen foodcourt on a Tuesday evening.


Apparently, Aberdeen closes early on Sunday (5:00pm), Monday to Wednesday (6:00pm). But according to the Zomato site, Szechuan House opens till 7pm from Sunday to Wednesday).


We were there half an hour before the closing time. Ben ordered the Saliva Chicken from Szechuan House. It took a while for the food to be ready even though this is a cold dish. Rice is optional, only if you want it. Of course, Ben must have rice to enjoy with the delicious spicy sauce. The sauce here has a light sweetness in it which makes it tastes really good.


As for the chicken, they were quite bony. This dish is $10.

Szechuan House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Buffet, River Rock Casino, Richmond

Ben had taken a few days off to clear his leave at the end of summer. Since we are on “staycation”, we decided to indulge a little for breakfast.


Ben and I had an early breakfast on a weekday at The Buffet in River Rock Casino.


Prices had gone up a little since our last visit.


The server asked us if we wanted to be near the window or the food, we opted for the window. It was a gloomy and rainy morning.


Coffee is a must for breakfast for me. The coffee here is not bad.


I started off with some western style breakfast; grilled vegetables, bacon, sausage, scrambled egg with cheese and hash brown. Continue reading

Corner 23 on Cambie St., Vancouver

After the walk at QE Park, Ben suggested to take the Canada Line to downtown since the day is still early.


Canada Place was buzzing with tourists as there were 2 cruise ships at the dock.


These cruise ships are huge, like an apartment block.


Sea plane cruising in the Vancouver Harbour dock.


Water Fountain at Waterfront Center overlooking the Cruise Ship dock at Canada Place.

After exploring the downtown, we took the Canada Line back to Cambie where we parked our car.


We decided to have dinner at Corner 23 just across the King Edward station.


The menu looks grand. Continue reading

Breakfast at Congee Noodle King on Kingsway. Vancouver

Once again, we had to find a place for early breakfast on a weekend.


We found Congee Noodle King on Kingsway which opens at 9:00AM. This place fills up quite quickly.


Ben selected Fish and Pork Liver Congee as he loves liver. The congee is seasoned.


We also ordered shrimp rice roll to go with the congee.


The last item we shared was Beef Brisket and Tendon Mixed Noodle. The serving was quite big.


The soup which was served on the side had a strong fish (kind of those dried fish) taste to it.


Congee Noodle King accepts cash only.


After breakfast, we went to QE Park for a walk. QE Park prostrates different scenery in different season. It’s a popular tourist spot.


View of the North Shore mountains.


Artist selling her artworks in the park.


Summer is wedding season.


A group practicing Chinese Sword “dance” in the park.

Congee Noodle King Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Buffet Lunch at Tibisti Grill on Victoria Dr, Vancouver

On a Friday afternoon, Ben came home to pick up an old notebook to return to the office. I accompanied him and we had lunch on the way.


It’s been a long while since we had Lebanese food. We stopped at Tibisti Grill to have the lunch buffet.


It looks like Tibisti Grill had a face lift. It looks better now.


I started off with some salad and appetizers. Continue reading

Kingspark Steak House on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

What a coincidence. We had dinner at Kingspark Steak House on the same day we had breakfast at Kingspark Good Food.


The signature metal colour cup of Kingspark Steak House.


Arksensen ordered the Satay E-fu Noodle with Eggplant because he likes eggplant. The eggplants were piping hot.


Ben and I shared a dish from the Chinese dishes section which comes with a bowl of steam rice. Continue reading

My Chau on Kingsway, Vancouver

After our walk and groceries shopping, Ben suggested to go to My Chau for lunch.


We wanted something light as we were not really hungry after the breakfast at Kingspark Good Food.


I like the cutlery holder at the table. There is even a small compartment for toothpick.


We shared two small noodles. The first was Special Chicken Noodle with chicken, liver, gizzard, quail egg and chicken ball. The size is just right for us. Continue reading

Kingspark Good Food in Crystal Mall Foodcourt, Burnaby

It’s difficult to find a place for breakfast early morning. Ben and I were to Metrotown on a weekend for our morning walk. Ben managed to find an entrance to the Crystal Mall before 9:00AM. The entrance to the market area is opened earlier than 9:00AM while other entrances will not be opened until 9:00AM.


We had breakfast at the Crystal Mall foodcourt. Only a few stalls were opened at this early hour. We went to one of the Hong Kong style place.


Ben ordered the noodle with luncheon meat and fried egg.  Continue reading