Excelsior Restaurant, Brighouse Square, Richmond

Ben and I went out for an early dinner so that I can watch the Golden Globe Awards broadcast. Our boys wanted McDonalds take-out instead of going out for dinner with us.010

It was a cold rainy evening and we just wanted something with soup. We stopped at the Brighouse Square to check out the restaurants there. We had a choice of having beef noodle at Shanghai House Restaurant or noodle combos of our choice at Excelsior Restaurant. We settled at Excelsior Restaurant.

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I ordered the noodle combos for $8.95. My choice of soup base was Gingko and pepper soup which turned out very peppery. We enjoyed the heat of the pepper especially in a cold rainy day.

My choice of two toppings were pork balls and fish fillet. Other ingredients included in the combos were fresh bean curd, button mushrooms and suey choy.

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My choice of noodle was egg noodle which turned out to be the noodle used for wonton noodle (“sung mien” in Cantonese). (more…)

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Redbud Restaurant on Granville Ave, Richmond

Nanzaro missed to go out for lunch with us because he wanted to catch a hockey game at home. So, he insisted on going out for dinner even Ben and I did not feel like having dinner as we were still full from our lunch.

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We brought Nanzaro to Redbud Restaurant on Granville since he told us that he wanted fried rice.

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Redbud Restaurant is a Hong Kong style restaurant. It was pretty quiet with just a few tables occupied on a Saturday night. Perhaps, it was due to the rainy weather where people prefer to stay at home.

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There were quite a few fried rice options on the menu. Nanzaro had a hard time deciding what to get. Finally, he settled with the spicy XO sauce beef fried rice. He enjoyed it because it had a slight kick to it from the spicy XO sauce.

This fried rice was $12.99 (slightly pricey) but with a good size. (more…)

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Double Double Restaurant in Empire Centre, Richmond

Double Double Restaurant had opened for a while but it’s always a line-up.

016This time, we decided to wait no matter what. We were there just before noon and our wait was about 30 minutes and we had to share table with others. Besides the wait for the restaurant, parking is also another problem in this strip mall.

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The restaurant was very busy and noisy as predicted.

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The first impression was not so good as you can see that our utensil was not clean.

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I ordered a sweet Chinese donut and a savory fried pancake to try as these remind me of my childhood. They are popular breakfast items in Malaysia’s morning market. The donut and pancake are huge. (more…)

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Farewell Dinner on the Eve of Kam Do’s Closing for Renovation

When Ben told me that Kam Do Restaurant & Bakery was closing, I was shocked. How could a restaurant that is so busy be closing. Apparently, it is just closing for renovation. Whew!

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So, we decided to have Ben’s farewell dinner at Kam Do on the eve of it’s closing before Ben headed to YVR for his flight back to Beijing.

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The server told us that Kam Do will reopen before Christmas.

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The paintings on the left photo were the artwork of Lorna’s (my community kitchen buddy) late husband. I wonder what will happen to them.

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I wonder if Kam Do will change their menu after the renovation. Arkensen commented that why change something that is working. (more…)

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ABC HK Cafe in Aberdeen Center, Richmond

Ben and I wanted to go to Lido for lunch but the parking was full, as usual. So, we ended up going to Aberdeen Center. While exploring where to eat, we noticed that Northern Delicacy was closed with a note on the door stating the closure was due to failure to pay rent. So sad.

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We decided to try ABC HK Cafe since we have not try this place before. The previous occupant, 7th Heaven Cafe was a HK style restaurant too.

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The restaurant is spacious.

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The views from the restaurant.

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I ordered a Lamb Hotpot as I was craving for it especially in the cold winter. The lamb was a bit tough. It was a big pot and we ended up packing quite a lot of the leftover home. (more…)

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Wo Fung Noodle Express on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Nanzaro and I had lunch at Wo Fung Noodle Express on a long weekend. He insisted to go out for lunch.

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Wo Fung Noodle Express is located in the eat street of Richmond, Alexandra Road.

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It’s a medium size restaurant with regular tables and high long tables seating. It is operated like the food court style where you order and pay for your food first at the reception counter. This restaurant originates from the Wo Fung Dessert in Aberdeen Foodcourt.

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I had a hot milk tea for my drink. It is $1.50.

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Nanzaro wanted their famous deep fried chicken wings. Three for $4.25. Almost all the tables had this. (more…)

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Egg Toast from Honolulu Cafe on Kingsway, Vancouver

I was out with Ben to collect his visa from the Chinese visa office. I really like the new facility. It is quick and efficient.

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We drove around to look for a breakfast place. Since it’s early, just after 9:30am, we did not have much luck looking for one. For some reason, I was craving for some toast. After driving along Kingsway for a while, we decided to have breakfast at Honolulu Cafe.

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I tried to look for just toast on the menu but did not find one. So, I settled with Chicken Steak, Fried Eggs and Toast. This is $6.25.

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My set comes with a hot drink. I opted for hot milk tea. Ben had iced milk tea for his drink. (more…)

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Paul’s Kitchen at the Real Canadian Superstore, No 3 Road, Richmond

I’m trying to kill two birds with one stone on a weekend. So, I suggested lunch at Paul’s Kitchen on No. 3 Road where the Real Canadian Store is. I need to do some groceries shopping after lunch.

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The entrance is through the parking lot of the Real Canadian Superstore. This is a hole in the wall Hong Kong style cafe.

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Paul’s Kitchen seats about 30. You order and pay at the counter. Food will be served to your table.

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Like most Hong Kong style cafe, some of the meals come with a drink. However, the cold drink here has two sizes. For a regular cold drink, an extra 50 cents is charged. There is an extra large cold drink version where an extra $1 is charged. Arkensen had the extra large ice milk tea and is served in those bubble tea plastic cup where the top is sealed. Arkensen commented it to be so Asian.

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Arkensen ordered his favourite Hong Kong style cafe dish which is Satay Beef and Instant Noodle. Food is served in disposal container here. Arkensen said the satay beef here is very flavourful, unlike other places. I tried some of the broth and agreed with him. The broth has a much stronger spice flavour.

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Dragon Lord Cafe on Fraser St, Vancouver

We met up with Rey when Ben got back from Beijing in January. Ben wanted to pass a Chinese culinary book to Rey.

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It was a beautiful sunny winter day with the snow capped mountain in view.

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We met up at Dragon Lord Cafe on Fraser St. It was a recommendation by Oliver who simply loves Hong Kong style cafe.

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We were there around noon and it was already packed. The restaurant has simple decor with long and narrow setting.

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Like most Chinese restaurants, specials posters were pasted on the wall.

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Milk tea from meal combo, smooth and creamy.

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Nanzaro ordered his usual Salted Fish and Chicken Fried Rice. Serving is large.

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Breakfast at Alleluia Cafe, Richmond

Jeannie, Liz and I met up for breakfast to catch up with one another. They are my ex and current neighbours. Jeannie suggested  to meet up at Alleluia Cafe, a Hong Kong style cafe. Jeannie wanted to introduce Chinese style breakfast to Liz who is a Hungarian.

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The breakfast menu came with a drink. Liz had the honey lemon tea while Jeannie had the hot milk tea and I had the hot Hong Kong style coffee. I had heard that the refill of drink is free here but have never ask for a refill. One cup is enough for me.

Ben had blogged about Alleluia Cafe here but it was for lunch.

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The breakfast menu here is pretty reasonable considering that it comes with a drink with free refill. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

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I ordered a Toast with Condensed Milk and Peanut Butter since I already had breakfast at home. This is only $2.95 with a drink. I love the sweet and slightly saltiness combination of flavour from the condensed milk and peanut butter.

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Liz had the Spanish Omelete which is a more Western style of breakfast. The Spanish Omelete comes with a toast and a drink too. It is $4.50. The Spanish Omelete is filled with ham, onion, sweet pepper, mushroom and is ketchupy. It is moist. Liz enjoyed her omelet. Liz commented that she likes the sentimental music here. She thought the restaurant will be broadcasting some Chinese music. (more…)

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