Kelowna Trip Report: KFC in the Park

By the time we got near Kelowna, it was already noon. We took a few stops along the way to enjoy the scenery. Below is our first glimpse of the Okanagan Lake. The Okanagan is a longish and deep lake stretching north south for 120 kms. The area is famous for their fruit production and tourism.


The drive into Kelowna will pass through the West Bank on the western side of the lake.


We decided to get something to eat in a park by the lake. It was a great day to be out in the sun. We went and got a bucket of KFC fried chicken in Westbank.

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Kelowna Trip Report: Snacks on the Road

It takes about 4 hours in all to get from Vancouver to Kelowna. I think it’s about 400 km in all. We took Highway 5, which is better known as the Coquihalla Highway. This is the more scenic route as it climbs up very rugged and spectacular scenery.


Along the route, there are a lot of creeks and rivers. We stopped by one of them for a few minutes.


There are hundred of miles of greenery along the route. I am always amazed with the sheer size of the forests in British Columbia. BC is beautiful because of the abundance of nature.


For the past few years, the mountain pine beetle has infested much of the forests. It is a major concern in BC because there is no effective way to contain the infestation. The only effective way to contain the beetles is to have a prolonged freeze of -40C to kill them off. Winter never gets that cold in this part of BC.

You can see that the infestation has taken root with the forest turning flaming red. This is the beginning of the end of the tree and within a couple of years, they will completely die and turn the scenery grayish.

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Kelowna Trip Report: Breakfast in #9 Restaurant

Every summer we always had plans for vacation away from Vancouver. However, this year, it’s difficult to get a week or two off on a stretch. So we decided instead to take a day off here and there and make a long weekend for s short trip nearby.

Last weekend we decided to make a short trip to Kelowna. It’s cherries season at this time of the year. This is the start of the series of our blog on our Kelowna Trip. Hope you enjoy it.

We started off from home early — at 6:30am — because the road trip itself will take about 4 hours non-stop. So, we decided to go out for breakfast. About the only restaurant opened at such time is the #9 Restaurant (a.k.a. Kau Kee in Cantonese) in the Lansdowne Mall in Richmond.


The #9 Restaurant is opened 24 hours and they have a steady stream of customers, even at 2am in the morning. However, when we were there at 6:30am, there were only about 3 tables of customers. The #9 Restaurant is a Cantonese restaurant but they not only make traditional Chinese food but they do also serve western-style food like spaghetti, fries, sandwiches, etc.


Arkensen ordered the breakfast meal consisting of scrambled eggs, toasts, bacon strips and hash browns. The dish costs $5.20.


Cantonese / Hongkong restaurants are famous for their milk tea (lai-char). It’s a creamy and rich black tea served with evaporated milk. Most people like it sweet and add granulated sugar. Not ordering this with chinese breakfast is like not ordering Coke with a Big Mac.

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Almond Chocolate Chips Biscotti

Biscotti is an Italian traditional cookie — the word biscotti simply means cookies. Biscotti comes from a Medieval Latin word, “bis costus” which means twice cooked. This is the only type of cookies I know that is baked twice — once as a slab and then the slices are re-baked again.


Biscotti is easy to make, easy to keep without going stale and delicious to eat. They’re also lower in fat and sugar than a traditional cookie.

The general hardness and crispy texture of biscotti makes the cookie ideal for dipping into coffee, tea or even wine. Here is my cup of coffee with a piece of Almond Chocolate Chips Biscotti. Yummy!


  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almonds (whole or slivered or chopped, I used whole almonds)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


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Pig Stomach Pepper Soup

Well, Ben has been bugging me for soup for the past few days. He has this craving for soup once in a while.

So, I made him one of his favourite soup, Pig Stomach Pepper Soup. This is a very simple soup with only 5 ingredients.


This is a spicy soup as it uses a lot of whole white peppers.


  • 1 pig stomach
  • 1 chicken carcass (I used a leftover from a roast chicken which I left in the freezer)
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
  • a handful of white pepper, depending on how spicy you like it.
  • salt to taste


Click on the link below for instructions.

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Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry is in the season now. I bought some from the groceries store but it’s still expensive in this time as it costs $2.99 per pound.

Blueberries are powerful inflammation fighters and antioxidants. The antioxidants found in blueberries help to reduce the risk of cancer. Certain compounds found in blueberries (also found in cranberries) are found to have a significant impact in reducing degradation of the brain as in Alzheimer’s disease. Research also showed that blueberries prevent urinary tract infections.

I made this blueberry buckle for my family for all the goodness of blueberries.


The blueberry buckle has a very crunchy topping and the cake is slightly tangy from the blueberries. Arkensen loves it.



  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening (I use margarine)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups blueberries

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour or more
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup soft butter


Click on the link below for the instructions.

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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.


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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Banana Bread Muffin

During the summer months, I try not to use the oven that much as it heats up the whole place. So, I normally bake my favourite Banana Bread in muffin tins. By doing that, I can reduce the baking time to about one third of the normal time require for baking in a loaf pan.

I have this Banana Bread recipe which bakes in a loaf pan for 70 minutes but I made it in muffin tins in for only 20 to 25 minutes. This way, it’s also cost effective as we can save on hydro bill.

Here is the Banana Bread which I made in the muffin tins.


The muffins turned out beautifully with nice colour.



  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


Click on the link below for the instructions.

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Potato Puffs

Zee came to my kitchen to show me how to make a simplified version of samosas. I am going to call it Potato Puffs. We only use potatoes as filings but you can make it with other filings like chicken, beef, fish, etc.

The Potato Puffs is crispy on the outside and the potato filing is soft and of the right spiciness. My family loves it, especially Arkensen. He ate the most of it.

It’s kind of like the curry puffs we find in Malaysia. The difference is that the curry puff in Malaysia is deep fried while the Potato Puffs is oven baked which is more healthy.



  • 1 box of puff pastry from the frozen section of the groceries stores where you find pie crust, etc
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 piece cinnamon stick
  • 3 black cloves
  • 6 whole peppers
  • 2 white cardamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley and green chilie paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • salt to taste
  • chilie powder to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crush tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 egg


Click on the link below for instructions.

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