Shiang Garden on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Lorna invited me to the “Friends of Tai Chi Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner” again this year. She is a loyal supporter of her Tai Chi master.

The master Tai Chi in action.

This year’s celebration was held in Shiang Garden in Richmond.

The first course was Peking Duck served in pancake. The duck meat was thinly slice and we help ourselves in making a wrap with the pancake, green onion and hoisin sauce. I have to apologize for the poor photo quality as my camera just broke down as the food arrived at the table. I have to take the photos with my crummy cell phone.

Next came the Fish Maw Soup which we enjoyed with some vinegar. Continue reading

Sala Thai on Burrard St., Vancouver

I have been attending a career exploration program for the past six weeks. It was a great experience for me to go back to a learning environment with daily commitment of 9:30am to 3:30pm. I will talk more about this program at the end of this post.

On the last day of the program, the group celebrated with a program paid lunch at Sala Thai on Burrard St., which is just a short walk from the YMCA.

Since our lunch was on a Friday afternoon which is one of the busiest time, we arrived at the restaurant at 12:00 noon. The decorations are mostly comprised of Buddhist art, carvings and ceramics.

We waited for a bit at the waiting area before we were let to our reserved long table. We had the opportunity to have our group photo taken here while waiting for our table.

Three of the participants including me decided to share our dishes. The above is the day lunch special of Red Curry Chicken with comes with rice and spring roll. Continue reading

Vancouver’s Mystery Baklava Man

While driving along Cambie St., Ben spotted the Mystery Baklava Man at the Broadway City Hall Canada Line Station. He read about this mystery baklava man from Reddit and he had created a buzz on the internet. So, Ben had to give it a try.

We parked our quite a distance a way as we were looking for a free parking spot.

The baklava are sold in two types of packaging. Four pieces for $5 and nine pieces for $10. The Baklava Man told us that his wife made these Syrian baklava.

We bought the 9 pieces package.

We walked over to the City Hall where there is a small park and we sat down on a bench to enjoy the baklava. The baklava was super flaky with a strong rose essence flavour. They were buttery rich and nutty.

We also noticed a long line outside a building on Broadway. So, we walked across the street to check it out. Apparently, Santouka Ramen was offering 50% discount on that particular day. People are just willing to wait for a deal.

Chinese New Year Gathering

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

Lim Kee Restaurant on Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Nanzaro, Ben and I went for lunch after church service on Sunday. It was a cold day and Nanzaro wanted something with hot broth.

Ben drove along Victoria Dr. and spotted the above Lim Kee Restaurant with Beef Noodle House on it’s awning. We thought it serves Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup.

Ben ordered the House Special Noodle and it turned out to be Vietnamese style beef noodle. No wonder we smelled the aroma of Vietnamese beef noodle while waiting for our order. The house special noodle soup comes with sliced beef, tendon and tripe.

Lim Kee Restaurant only serves bean sprouts with the beef noodle soup. There is no basil like most other Vietnamese restaurants. Continue reading

Silver Tower Cafe on Alexandra Road, Richmond

My family has not been to Silver Tower Cafe for dinner for a while, simply because finding a parking in this strip mall is quite slim.

We were lucky this particular weekend as we found one right in front of the restaurant when we arrived just after 5PM.

One of the most likable feature of Hong Kong cafe is the free drink that comes with your meal. I had a hot almond drink while Ben and Nanzaro had a cold chocolate drink and iced lemon tea respectively. Silver Tower does not charge extra for cold drink, a plus point.

Nanzaro ordered the Duck Meat with Preserved Vegetable Fried Rice. The serving is big. Continue reading

Buns Master on No.6 Road, Richmond

Ben and I went to the Buns Master Bakery & Delicatessen on No. 6 Road on a Saturday morning to get something for breakfast.

The lady who serves us told us that this bakery has almost 40 years of history. This location serves the surrounding industrial area. It is very busy during week day.

 

This is the groceries area where you can get bread, muffins, sweet treats, bagel, etc.

Here is the deli section where you can select the ingredients for your sandwich. Continue reading

One Saigon Bistro on Hornby St., Vancouver

I was in downtown Vancouver attending a program. On the lunch break, I went out with two new friends to get a bite. One of them lives nearby and she volunteered to be our lunch guide.

She brought us to One Saigon Bistro on Hornby St. because she was having some tinkering in her throat and a bowl of hot noodle soup should be a good remedy.

We arrived during peak lunch hour. Luckily we were able to secure a table as a couple of customers were just about to leave. The restaurant was small with tight seating. Customers order their food and pay at the counter at the back of the seating area. Food will be deliver to your table.

Our guide had a bowl of wonton rice noodle soup. She commented that she had better pho than this. Continue reading

John 3:16 on No. 3 Road, Richmond

John 3:16 Malaysian Delight finally reopened on No. 3 Road, across the City Hall.

We had been anticipating the opening date since the sign put was last year. It has been a long wait.

The verse John 3:16 fills a wall of the restaurant.

Nanzaro was the first in the family to eat in the restaurant, taking advantage of 10% discount of the first few days of opening. He ordered the Beef Rendang which came with rice. The food was good. The only complaint was the wait was long, about 40 minutes for the food to arrive. Understandably, this place is new and there will be some teething problems. Moreover, this new place is much more bigger than the previous place on Anderson Road.

On a next occasion, Nanzaro tried the Sambal Fish. This time, the food arrived in about 10 minutes, which is reasonable.

It was not spicy according to Nanzaro as he can eat very spicy food. When I asked him which dish he prefers, he said he likes the rendang better.

Both meals were about CAD15+ each, including tax and tips. Credit card is accepted.

Angie’s Malaysian on Edmonds St., Burnaby

Ben and I were in the New Westminster area to run some errand and he decided to bring me to Angie’s Malaysian Eatery for lunch as I have not been here before.

Angie’s Malaysian Eatery is a short walk from the Edmonds Community Center. There are some high rise constructions right across this street mall. I’m sure the future prospect will be good when the buildings are fully occupied.

We arrived at an empty restaurant at noon.

The cute thing about this restaurant is that their decoration include pictures of the menu, literally photo prints. They even handed a stack of them to us together with a one page menu.

We ordered the Seria Kolomee. This is one of the popular dish from Brunei as I overheard the conversation between the lady at the counter and a customer who came in for take out. It is a dry mixed flat noodle (meepoh) served with BBQ pork, fish cake, blanch green and fried shallots. Continue reading