Sanbo Restaurant at Brighouse Square, Richmond

This was a dinner on a Sunday evening. It was about 6:30pm and Sanbo Restaurant was full house. There were even people waiting for a table outside the restaurant. When Ben checked with the waitress, she told us the wait will be 15 minutes. But we waited for more than half and hour for a table. Never trust them about the waiting time as it is always longer than they anticipated.

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The above was the complimentary daily soup. There is no way to get Arkensen and Nanzaro to try it. It looked unappetizing like some kind of bitter Chinese medicine. Fortunately, it tasted alright. I presumed the colour is from some of the Chinese herbs in the soup.

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We ordered 4 dishes to share. Ben wanted to have their specialty chicken but it was sold out that evening. The above was Halibut and Tofu in Hot Pot.

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The second hot pot dish was Assorted Seafood with Vermicelli in Satay Sauce. There were a fair amount of pineapples, sweet peppers and onions in it. Continue reading

Potluck

The Richmond Chinese Free Evangelical Church Praise Dance group celebrated the end of the session with a potluck.

Here were the food from the potluck. Thank you everyone for sharing the yummy food.

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Appetizers: Garlic Toast, Marinated Beef Shank.

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Various salads.

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Braised Beef with Daikon, Braised Pork Skin with Meatballs. Continue reading

4 Ingredients Banana and Peanut Cookies

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a very simple cookie with just 4 ingredients.

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You can substitute the dried papaya with dried pineapple, raisin or any dried fruit or even chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 small over ripe bananas
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons peanut butter (depends on how ripe the bananas are)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit or chocolate chips

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Yield: 18 to 20 cookies.

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Mexican theme: Chicken Quesadilla

The main dish for the Mexican theme menu shared in the South Arm Community Kitchen is Chicken Quesadilla.

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We served the Chicken Quesadilla with Guacamole and Salsa.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite size
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (recipe below)
  • 2 green peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 red peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 10 x 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 package Cheddar Cheese, grated

Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Mexican theme: Salsa

The second side dish for the Mexican theme menu shared in the South Arm Community Kitchen is Salsa.

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Tortilla chips served with salsa makes a great snack for game night.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Mexican theme: Guacamole

Minoo shared a Mexican theme menu for the South Arm Community Kitchen. The Mexican theme was inspired by one of the participant who would like to learn how to use avocado.

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Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 jalapeno, finely minced
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 avocados (mashed)
  • a bunch of cilantro, chopped, optional
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced, optional
  • 1 to 2 lemon, juiced
  • salt to taste

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Firebird Cafe Revisited

On a weekend, my family went to Continental Plaza for dinner. Ben gave the boys the choice to pick the restaurant. Arkensen picked Firebird Cafe.

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Arkensen wanted lots of meat. He ordered the customizable Sizzling Grill. His choice of meat was Ribeye Steak and Sausage. The Ribeye steak was surprisingly tender.

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He had fries for his side and gravy for the sauce.

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Arkensen’s sizzling plate also comes with a soup. He opted for the cream soup. Continue reading

South Ocean Seafood Restaurant at Garden City Plaza, Richmond

Ben and I stopped for dim sum on a Saturday morning in the middle of our walk.

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The parking in this strip mall is always a nightmare. It’s a good thing that we walked here.

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There was a 20 minutes wait for us. Ben loves the above painting in the restaurant. It’s called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”. It represents the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital Bianjing (known as Kaifeng today) from the Northern Song period.

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The dim sum here is of the push cart style. You get to see what you want before ordering. Here is what we had; Steamed Chicken Feet. I love the fall off the bones skin which is rich in collagen. Continue reading

Nadu Spicy Restaurant in Brighouse Square, Richmond

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up at Nadu Spicy Restaurant in Brighouse Square. We have not met since Marian and Emily went back to their home country for Chinese New Year celebration.

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Ben did mention to me that he remembered there is Nadu in Beijing too.

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The interior still looks like the former Chamonix Restaurant that occupied this location.

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The restaurant was not busy at 1PM on a week day.

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We ordered three appetizers to start with. Marian wanted the Potato Slice. It was crunchy. Continue reading

Macau Cafe in Parker Place Foodcourt

Ben and I intended to go to Lido Restaurant for breakfast on a weekend morning, just past 8:00AM. As usual, Lido was full house and there were several parties in front of us waiting for their table. So, we decided to walk over to Parker Place food court instead.

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We had Hong Kong style breakfast at Macau Cafe. This place was busy too but food came out pretty quickly.

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I ordered the Macau Pork Chop Bun. The bun was quite crispy on the outside.

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Ben ordered the Portuguese Pork Chop Noodle in Soup, with instant noodle as the choice of the noodle.

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Both the items came with a hot drink. We had Hong Kong style coffee and milk tea respectively.

Both the item came to less than $10, cash only.

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We were here in April and yet the Chinese New Year decoration is still on.

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