My family went to Penang Delight Cafe for a Malaysian lunch on a weekend.
We arrived a few minutes before the opening time and waited for the open sign to be flipped over.
Obviously, we were their first customers of the day. One thing that Arkensen does not about the place is the seat which are wooden benches lined with cushion. He said the seating is not comfy.
Ben in-charged of ordering the food. The first item was Prawn Mee with mix noodles, i.e. it comes with vermicelli and oil noodle. Having mix noodles is common in Malaysia but Arkensen finds it odd. Continue reading
After lunch, we walked around the neighbourhood to look for a place for coffee. We walked up and down the street only to find Blenz and Starbucks. But Whitney would prefer something else.
We walked further and found Caffe Artigiano on Davie Street.
The place was small, with a few small round tables.
Angie bought us the coffee, thank you Angie. Continue reading
Whitney organized a gathering for Angie (seasaltwithfood.com), Polly and I in late October.
We went to The Flying Pig in Yaletown for the convenience of all.
Polly and I arrived early at 11:10AM. We were their first customers of the day.
The server brought some complimentary bread with butter while we waited for everyone to arrive.
Angie ordered a Chopped House Salad. It came in a big plate with free range chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, eggs, avocado, bacon and iceberg lettuce. She asked for a vinaigrette dressing instead of the ranch or blue cheese dressing on the menu. Continue reading
Ben and I had just watched an episode of Antony Bourdain Parts Unknown to Chengdu. It inspired us to go for Sichuan food for dinner.
Our initial plan was to go to Szechuan Delicious Restaurant across Richmond Center but it was closed that day. So, Ben decided to try Cheng Du Xiao Chi which is located in a small strip mall next Aberdeen Square (just before Aberdeen Square if you travel south to north on No.3 Road).
There is a small sign visible from No. 3 Road.
It was not too busy as we arrived before 6:00PM.
Picture menu is always good. Continue reading
Lorna shared a dessert soup recipe in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.
She shared the above Snow Fungus, Pear and Papaya Sweet Soup which is great for complexion and soothes your lungs. She did not come with a recipe, so, I’m sharing the exact amount of the ingredients she used in the kitchen. She made a big pot of the dessert soup that can feed an army.
- 6 dried snow fungus
- 5 pears, peel and remove core, cube
- 3 ripe medium papaya, peel, remove seeds and cube
- 15 to 20 red dates
- 1/2 cup of bitter and sweet almond
- 1 tub of fresh lily bulbs
- rock sugar to taste (we used 1 1/2 packages)
For this South Arm Community Kitchen, the participants shared their favourite recipe.
Junko shared a Japanese style Mah Poh Tofu served on germinated brown rice. Junko preferred germinated brown rice as it’s not as tough as regular brown rice and yet still has some chewiness to it.
- 1 package of smooth soft tofu, cubed
- 100 grams ground pork
- 3 stalks green onions, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 inch ginger, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/2 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 tablespoon soy bean paste (or substitute with miso paste)
- 1/4 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
Serves 2 (we made enough for 12)
We arrived back in Richmond past 7:00PM from the salmon tour. Lorna wanted to have dinner before returning home.
We went to the nearby Ironwood Plaza and settled for Vietnamese dinner.
Since Marian and I were not hungry yet, we ordered a couple of appetizers and a main dish to share. Spring Rolls were crunchy.
Green Papaya Salad was quite appetizing with a slightly tangy dressing. Lorna likes the crunchy crackers.
The Lemongrass Chicken on Rice was a big serving. We even had some leftover packed to go.
The restaurant was busy. Marian asked for some peanut sauce for the spring rolls but the server did not bring it. Marian asked for the peanut sauce because she was curious about the jars and jars of peanut butter she saw at the back of the kitchen when she visited their bathroom.
The last stop of the salmon tour is to Willow View Farms for apple picking.
Unfortunately, we arrived at the farm at 5:30PM which is the closing time for the farm. The owner told us that we can look around and buy stuff from the store but no apple picking.
So, we just have a look around the store. There are a lot of pumpkins and squash.
The above is the biggest pumpkin in this farm.
The group was not disappointed as there are a lot of photography opportunity. Continue reading
The salmon tour includes a tour to a honey store.
The Cambell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery sells natural honey and honey related products.
Since it’s October, the store front is decorated with jack-o-lantern and scarecrow.
They even have pumpkin honey.
There is a table of assortment of flavored honey for tasting.
They even have honey wine.
After the salmon tour, the bus brought us to Harrison Hotsprings for lunch.
We only had one hour for lunch due to the time lost on the way due to lost of our way.
After walking down the Village Mall, we (Marian, Lorna & I) decided to have our lunch at Black Forest Restaurant.
Black Forest Restaurant is a German restaurant.
The interior is dimly lit and cozy. Continue reading