Perak Malaysian Cafe in Marpole, Vancouver

Ben and I went to check out the Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken on Granville St., Vancouver which we spotted a little while ago when we drove along that street. We love the char koey teow from Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken in Crystal Mall foodcourt.

Apparently, the official name of this restaurant is Perak Malaysian Cafe.

We were there on a weekday before noon. It got busier later, mostly office workers.

We were excited to see the Hakka Yong Tau Foo on the menu as we don’t recall any other restaurants here that we had been to has yong tau foo, i.e. deep fried vegetables and tofu stuffed with fish paste; other than eggplant stuffed with prawn paste in dim sum restaurants. Continue reading

Ramen Danbo at West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Ben and I attended the first night of the Honda Celebration of Light on a Saturday. We drove to downtown early to secure a parking spot before some road closures.

We had dinner at Ramen Danbo in Kitsilano before the event.

The restaurant is small and seating is tight. Ben decided to go for the summer special chilled ramen.

It is a colourful dish with a nutty dressing. Ben enjoyed the chilled ramen in a hot summer day. Continue reading

Shang Pin Beef Noodle House on Main St., Vancouver

Ben and I was in North Vancouver for a hide. On the way back, we drove along Main St. to look for a place for dinner.

We came upon Shang Pin Beef Noodles and decided to give it a try.

It was not too busy when we were there. The server who attended to us was not too friendly though.

Ben had the Braised Briskets, Tripes, and Tendons Noodle in Beef Soup for $9.25. The broth was a little spicy as Ben commented. Continue reading

Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine in Chinatown, Vancouver

I joined Ben in downtown Vancouver on a week day after Ben’s meeting in downtown. We walked from Waterfront station to Chinatown and all the way to Science World.

After our walk, we went for an early dinner. We decided to have Vietnamese food. The Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine looks run down from the outside. But the interior looks better and it is quite big inside.

Typical Vietnamese condiments.

After we placed our orders, Ben went to the washroom which is located downstairs. Upon his return, he asked me to go to the washroom and said that I will not regret it. I thought the washroom is a fancy one. So, I went. To my surprise, (not the wash room) but what I found downstairs. The moment I opened the door at the lower level, I was greeted with the sound of Cantonese Opera. There is this secret room here with the wall posted with Cantonese Opera posters from floor to ceiling. I am a Cantonese Opera fan, so the discovery was ecstatic.

Back to the food, I ordered Grilled Skewed Pork and Spring Roll on vermicelli. The pork was on the dry side.

I had my vermicelli with some of the chili condiment to spice it up.

Ben ordered a Pork Hock Thick Rice Noodle Soup.

Credit card is accepted here.

Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gu Don Ya on Robson St., Vancouver

After the Canada 150 Parade, Ben and I just walked about to look for a place for dinner.

We ended up with Gyu Don Ya, a small Japanese restaurant on Robson St. The restaurant was busy and there are not a lot of seating.

We were lucky to get two seats along a long bench seating facing the window.

We shared a Teishoku Japanese Set Meal with the option of Gyu Don, a rice bowl topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet soy sauce flavoured stock. Continue reading

Deer Garden on Fraser St., Vancouver

Ben and I went for a hike at Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver. After our hike, we returned to Vancouver to have lunch.

We had lunch at Deer Garden on Fraser St.

There is a Diners’ Choice Awards plaque at the entrance. It’s for the best Hong Kong style cafe for the year 2014.

Nothing says more than the decoration on the wall about the restaurant name. Continue reading

Happy Day Cafe on Kingsway, Vancouver

My family went to Kingsway for lunch. Nanzaro’s first choice of restaurant was unfortunately closed, so we ended up going to Happy Day Cafe.

It was just passed 11:30am and there was already a line up. We waited for half an hour before we got a table.

Ben and I shared a Shredded Pork Chow Mien. It was a big serving, good for both of us.

Nanzaro ordered the Minced Beef and Egg on Rice. It was a saucy rice dish.

Our orders came with a drink. Cold drink is a $1.00 extra.

Arkensen took the longest to decide what to order. He finally decided to have Baked signature Pork Chop on Rice.

Arkensen had iced coffee for his drink.

Happy Day Cafe accepts cash only. The meal came to CAD36 with tax and tips.

You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We were intrigued by the name of the dishes # 227 & 228. Maybe we will try one of them next time we visit this place again.

Happy Day Cafe 喜相逢餐廳 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

G8 Taiwan Kitchen on Oak St., Vancouver

Ben, Nanzaro and I went out for dinner on a Saturday evening. Ben wanted to walk across the Oak St. Bridge to have a view of the river. So, we parked on the side road near Costco and walked to G8 Taiwan Kitchen across the bridge.

We were there just shortly before 5:30PM and the restaurant was not open for dinner yet. We waited for about 10 minutes before it opened for dinner. The restaurant has a short break after lunch hour.

We ordered the pop corn chicken for our appetizer. They were crispy on the outside and quite moist inside.

Ben and I shared a large Tendon Beef Noodle. Continue reading

Kung Fu Noodle at Parker Place, Richmond

Kung Fu Noodle had moved from Venezia Place to Parker Place.

Kung Fu Noodle occupies the previous location of Ningbo Seafood Restaurant.

The decor were mostly from the previous restaurant.

I like the replica art piece of the Ching Ming Festival.

Ben and I shared two bowls of noodle. The first one was the Kungfu Noodle Special with lamb. The broth had a strong lamb flavour which we liked. Continue reading

Home Deli Noodle on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Ben and I went out on a Friday evening for dinner since our boys were not at home.

We went to Home Deli Noodle on No. 3 Road, across the Real Canadian Superstore in Richmond.

The menu generally of northern Chinese food like dumplings, Mala Xiang Guo, noodles and appetizers. That’s why you see a bottle of Chinkiang vinegar on the table.

We ordered a bowl of noodle to share since I was not hungry. The noodle was slightly spicy and quite a big serving.

There were generous amount of beef tribe and tendon. Continue reading