Pre-trip Breakfast at Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant

Arkensen is going for watch the Dota International Tournament in Seattle again. I heard that the pool prize for this year has risen to 20 million. The competing teams are all professional gamers whose full time job is playing computer games.


Anyway, since Ben was away for his monthly business trip already, Arkensen has to take the Greyhound bus to Seattle. Before his trip, he wanted something Asian for his breakfast as he will be eating Western food for a whole week.

He ordered his favourite Satay Beef with instant noodle. Besides the satay beef, he got to choose another ingredient which he opted for luncheon meat. He likes this dish here because there is no green and red peppers which he considers contaminating it.


His noodle came with a drink. Sorry for the blur photo as I took it with my cell.


Nanzaro ordered the Congee combo. His choice of congee is Fish Congee. The congee is already seasoned.


Nanzaro opted for the Steamed Rice Roll with his congee combo. The rice roll is very soft and tender. I just a bit of Nanzaro’s food as I already had my breakfast earlier before I went for my morning walk.

The bill came to $18 with tax and tips, cash only.

After breakfast, I drove Arkensen to the Pacific Central Train Station to catch his bus.

Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lunch Special at Specialty Chicken & Wonton House, Richmond

Of late, Ben’s obsession is soy sauce chicken. He loves the umami taste of the soy sauce.

We went to Specialty Chicken & Wonton House for an early lunch after our weekend walk.


We ordered from the lunch special. Soy Sauce Chicken Rice is $9.45.


For the lunch special, you can have a soup or a drink. Ben opted for the daily soup. The daily soup of the day was pork bones with red carrot and green carrot. Continue reading

Honolulu Cafe on Kingsway, Vancouver

Ben wanted to go to Central Park for our morning walk on a weekend. We went out early like before 8:00AM. At this early hour, there seems to be very little choice of breakfast place.


The only place we found was Honolulu Cafe on Kingsway. The restaurant looks really dated. It was a quiet morning as I overheard a server chitchatted  with a regular customer.

Ben ordered a Congee Combo. He had the Fish and Liver Congee, a not so common combination. We like the combination though. The congee was already flavoured, so no extra condiment required.


The soy sauce fried noodle which Ben picked for his combo was more moist than other places. Ben said the congee and noodle is better than Happy Date Bakery and Restaurant in Richmond. Continue reading

Dae Ji Cutlet House in Metrotown, Burnaby

Ben brought Arkensen to Metrotown for dinner to show him the Pokemon Go hot spot. It was unbelievable to see so many people at one spot playing the game.


We walked across the hot spot to have dinner at Dae Ji Cutlet House. It is a relatively new restaurant.


The menu is not too big and some pictures of food is always good.


The typical setting of a Korean restaurant, ice water in a bottle and plastic cups, practical.


Ben ordered the Garlic Pork Cutlet to share with me. The pork cutlet is served with garlic spicy gravy, salad and rice. Continue reading

Chao Shou Wang in Crystal Mall Foodcourt

Ben and I went to Crystal Mall for an early lunch after a long walk in Central Park.


The Crystal Mall Foodcourt is a really busy place at lunch time. It’s a good thing that we were there early. Ben recommended me to try food from Chao Shou Wang because he found a noodle that resembles something he really enjoy during his stay in Beijing.


The House Hot Noodle is a dry mix noodle with Sichuan seasoning. We like the peanuts which add a crunchy texture to the noodle. It was quite spicy even though we just ask for medium spicy.


Ben wanted the Wonton with Chicken Giblets as he thought it is the Wonton in Spicy Sauce (Chao Shou wonton). He was also enticed by the chicken giblets in it. Apparently, this  came in a broth. It came with a generous amount of wonton in it. Like the above, medium spicy was quite spicy. This is $8.75.

With all the above spicy food, just beware that there will be some pain with plumbing issue the next day.


To cool down the heat, we shared a Durian Tapioca Icy from Cherry Tea Icy Bar. It is $6.00. There were some durian flesh topping the icy.

Chao Shou Wang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Noodle’s Tao on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Polly and I met up for an early dinner while Ben was away on his business trip. She has two hours to spare while waiting to pick her daughters up from tuition.


Noodle’s Tao is located in a strip mall across the Real Canadian Superstore on No.3 Road.


Chili sauce, soya sauce and vinegar are the typical condiments in a Chinese restaurant.


There is a buffet of ingredients near the entrance. These are the ingredients for the Mala Xiangguo but we did not have it. I do not think that they are really food safe because they in the open (not covered). Continue reading

Yah-Yah-Ya Ramen, Union Square

It’s another dinner before dropping Ben off at the airport for his monthly business trip. Ben decided to go to Union Square for dinner.


Apparently, there is not many restaurants in Union Square which the boys like. We finally settled with Yah-Yah-Ya Ramen. Customers register themselves on a registration sheet at the entrance like most Japanese restaurants practice. It was full house when we were there, so we waited like 15 minutes for a table.

Ben ordered the large Spicy Miso Ramen to share with me. The serving was really big and quite spicy too. We opted regular for the ramen hardness, broth strength and oiliness.


I ordered the Chashu Set to go with Ben’s order. The chashu was very soft and the mayonnaise adds sweetness to it.  Continue reading

Max Noodle House on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Ben and I went out for our morning walk around 10AM on a Saturday morning. Ben was craving for some wonton noodle.


There is not many places that is open before 11AM for lunch. We started our walk from the Lansdowne Mall. We went to check out Tsim Chai but it only opens at 11:00AM. We then walk over to Alexandra Road. At that time, Max Noodle is still not open yet. So, we kept walking along Alexandra Road and came back to Max Noodle about 11:15Am and it’s almost full house already.


Ben ordered the Wonton with “Suey Gow” (dumpling) Lo-Mien. The soup came in a separate bowl. The lo-mien here is plain looking but they are flavoured. Some other places flavoured their lo-mien with oyster sauce. Ben likes the serving size here which is just right for him. Continue reading

Summer Picnic at Derby Reach Edgewater Bar Regional Park

A few family friends gathered for a picnic in summer. We had such picnic for many years.


This year, we had the picnic at Derby Reach Regional Park. The picnic spot is at the Edgewater Bar. Derby Reach is a large park. One of the family who attended the picnic brought their bicycles and did the 12km trail ride to Fort Langley.


Ben and I were there about 12:30PM and we were the first family to arrive. Fortunately, we were able to find a picnic table under shades.


The picnic area is just steps away from the rocky beach of the Fraser River. A train track is located across the river and during our stay, at least four or five trains passed by. There is a camping area just beyond trees at the right end of this spot.


This group of friends are mostly ex Malaysian or Singaporean. So, the food that we brought were mostly south east Asian style. I made curry chicken. Continue reading