eatwith.ROBINLEUNG.com http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com Eating Tri-Cities and beyond. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:35:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Legend House http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/09/22/legend-house/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/09/22/legend-house/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:35:03 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2436 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 1169 Pacific St 140 Coquitlam, BC, V3B 0G2 Phone: (604) 475-5222 Hours:  Hints: ...

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Location: 1169 Pacific St 140 Coquitlam, BC, 

Phone: (604) 475-5222

Hours: 

Hints: 

  • Fresh handmade noodles
  • Pricy
  • North China & Szechuan Cuisine
  • Legend Beef Roll!!!

Web: http://legendhouserestaurant.com/

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Legend House

Legend House is a new Chinese restaurant in the Coquitlam Centre area. In fact, the area has been expanding so fast with new condominiums and apartments that there’s new opportunities for more restaurants and tea shops opening. Legend House is amongst the few that opened recently. They specialize in  Northern China and Szechuan cuisine. I made a visit shortly after their soft opening.

Let’s start off with a few appetizers:

Szechuan Meat Salad 夫妻肺片

One thing you must be aware of, is the spicy level of the food. Most of Szechuan’s food are spicy. However, you could ask for mild. If it is possible, they will make it.

Chicken with Spicy Sauce (口水雞)

Bone-in chicken tossed in a spicy Szechuan peppercorn dressing and garlic.

Legend Beef Rolls (牛肉卷餅)

Aside from appetizers, they also serve Northern style Dim Sum. The best thing I’ve tasted all night was their “Legend Beef Rolls”. It was legendary!! A five-spiced beef rolled in a crispy green onion flat bread and smothered in sweet hoisin sauce.

Shanghai Xiao long bao soup dumpling (小籠包)

And of course, the ultimate soup dumpling! It wasn’t the best, but not too bad. I would say expensive though for $7.50.

Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup (四川酸辣湯)

Moving away from the appy’s. We’ve ordered a Szechuan Hot & Sour soup, which was HOT (spicy hot)! Though we’ve asked for mild, it was still pretty hot. It’s a spicy sour soup with pork, shrimp, bamboo, mushroom and egg.

Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings

Dumplings are a must in a restaurant like this! The Pan-Fried Pork dumplings came in 8 pieces, filled with pork, chives, cabbage, green onions.

Szechuan Broth Braised Beef (水煮牛肉片)

I think the parents liked this more than I did because they can eat really spicy food. The thing with these types of dishes is that you don’t really feel the spice till a minute after it’s been in your mouth. The dish is filled with thinly sliced beef served on greens surrounded by chilli oil and a spicy mouth tingling broth.

Beijing Sweet Bean Sauce Pork (京醬肉絲)

Chinese crepes

If you like a sweet sauce, you’ll love this one. It’s shredded pork served on a bed of shredded green onions. It is usually served with steamed crepes. And you can get it here for $3/6 pieces. The crepes weren’t all that special nor were they soft and chewy. I think the dish would go well with just plain rice.

General Tao’s Chicken (左宗棠雞)

This was rather disappointing, the broccoli was over-cooked. The chicken was not crispy and was a bit slimy overwhelmed by the spicy tangy sauce.

Sichuan String Beans (干煸四季豆)

One of my mom’s favourite dishes. The string beans are deep fried! And then stir-fried with a bit of pork, garlic, crushed chillies and soy sauce. And it was surprisingly well-done compared to the last dish.

Cumin Lamb Stir-fried Noodles (孜然羊肉炒面)

The noodles here are made in-house. There are two types of noodles you can order: hand-dragged noodles (long, round and softer) or blade-sheared noodles (wide, flat and chewy). We’ve got the blade-sheared noodles here. Fantastic dish! It was a little oily, but hard to pass by when it comes to Chinese stir-fried dishes. Cumin lamb served with fresh peppers.

Pan-Fried Pork Buns (生煎包)

Be careful when biting on these little buns! They are juicy and the juices will squirt all over the place if not handled with care.

The Bill

Overall, it’s great to have another choice of Shanghai/Northern China restaurant in the Tri-Cities. At least it’ll be great for those who want to grab a quick meal if they are living in one of the newer apartments. The dishes are a hit or miss though. There were some good and bad dishes. After all, you can’t be good at everything. We came on a rather hot summer day and their air conditioning just wasn’t strong enough. The sun was setting in our eyes and the doors and windows were open. Other than that, I would say service was decent. And we got a 10% discount from their grand opening special (applied after tax).

If you’re in the area, check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section below!

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La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/08/28/la-taqueria-pinche-taco-shop/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/08/28/la-taqueria-pinche-taco-shop/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:02:15 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2425 Review Food Service Price Overall Location: 322 West Hastings St Vancouver, BC V6B 1K6 Phone: (604) 568-4406 Hours:  Mon – Sat:...

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Location: 322 West Hastings St Vancouver, BC 

Phone: (604) 568-4406

Hours: 

Mon – Sat: 11AM – 6PM
Sun: Closed

Hints: 

  • Authentic Mexican Tacos
  • Cheap eats
  • Street paid parking
  • Check Twitter for deals

Web: http://www.lataqueria.com/

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La Taqueria

I learned of Taqueria through various sources, especially those who work downtown or just have that spare time to go all the way to downtown to have tacos. This place totally lives up to its name “shop” because it’s really small inside. And you better brush up on your Spanish because the menu items are all Español.

Tacos

The tacos here are $2.50 each or 4 for $9.50. You save 50 cents by ordering 4. They are small in size (about the palm of my hand), so it’s pretty easy to finish 4. Each taco comes with 2 pieces of tortillas, most likely because they are very thin and sauces will not hold if it were only held by a single piece. Although they were smaller tacos, the ingredients were fresh and full-of-flavours! The tortillas was nothing like the ones bought in-store, it was soft and didn’t have the nasty smell like the ones that are store bought.

Tacos

I also had an interesting version of Apple cider. It was more cider than it was Apple but still tasted decent.

Jarrito Mandarina

And in no particular order, this was what we had. I couldn’t figure out which one I ordered the fact that I finished it and still don’t know.

Pescado: a zarandeado fish with chipotle mayo, radish and pepitas.
Al Pastor: pork marinated in achiote chilli and pineapple
De Lengua (x2): braised beef tongue
Asada (x2): grilled AAA flank beef
De Cachete: braised beef cheeks
Carnitas: pork confit with pickled red onions

Tacos

Overall, it was worth trying other true Taco places around Vancouver. Though I had to drive across town just to get there. The service we had was good because the cashier took time to explain the menu.

Tacos

Tacos

 

 

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Yah Yah Ya Ramen http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/08/14/yah-yah-ya-ramen/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/08/14/yah-yah-ya-ramen/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:17:18 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2419 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: #1423-8388 Capstan Way Richmond, BC V6X 4B6 Phone: (604) 285-5113 Hours:  Tues-Sun: 11AM –...

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Location: #1423-8388 Capstan Way Richmond, BC 

Phone: (604) 285-5113

Hours: 

Tues-Sun: 11AM – 2:30PM, 5PM – 9PM

Hints: 

  • It’s a big mall. Hint: it’s right beside Richmond Sushi.
  • From Tokyo
  • Japanese staffed
  • Write your name down as soon as you arrive!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richmondyahyahya

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Yah Yah Ya Ramen

I don’t remember how or when I stumbled upon this restaurant. But it was one of those days my girlfriend was craving for ramen. Normally, we would think of Robson or somewhere downtown. Somehow, I stumbled upon this place called “Yah Yah Ya”. (What a great name, don’t you think?) We came on a late Saturday afternoon and it was packed. We waited for roughly 15 minutes before getting a table. Be warned, if you are in a hurry, don’t go here! The wait is dependent on how busy they are as the restaurant isn’t that back. And just take it from me, don’t come here with a big party.

Line ups are usually a good thing at restaurants. It means there’s a reason why people choose to come here.

Yah Yah Ya Ramen

This ramen joint is Japanese operated. How can you tell? The waitresses are all Japanese. Be patient with the waitress though, they often times make mistakes. But they are very polite and is superb with customer service.

Miso Ramen

I got their Miso ramen set. It comes with a ramen of your choosing and a small portion of Negi-Chashu Don for $13. The Miso ramen tasted good. Everything tasted flavourful with two slices of chashu, loads of beansprouts, seaweed, and 1/2 flavoured egg. The good thing about Yah Yah Ya is that you can choose the softness/hardness of your noodles, the taste of the broth and the oil in the broth. I got everything to be normal. I was so hungry to begin with, but I couldn’t believe how full I was after. I couldn’t even finish the entire bowl.

Negi-Chashu Don

The Negi-Chashu don was great! It was a bigger portion than I had expected and we could not finish it between the both of us. There was a generous portion of chashu.

No.1 Ramen (Shoyu Ramen) – $9.50

My girlfriend had their no.1 ramen which was their Shoyu ramen. I had to agree that the broth tasted much like the after flavours of a Chinese Hot Pot. And it was a pleasant broth. It included 2 pieces of chashu, toasted seaweed, spinach and 1/2 a flavoured egg. My girlfriend had less oil in her broth. I also felt the egg was too cooked to my liking. However, the broth here is the killer.

Yah Yah Ya Ramen

Overall, I liked Yah Yah Ya ramen. It’s a nice addition to Richmond, which lacks good ramen places like downtown. Be prepare to wait as it is a tiny restaurant. However, the turnover is not bad. There are occasions that the waitresses makes mistake, not sure if it’s because they are relatively new or not. But hopefully they will get only better. The noodles and broth are great IMO. I think it’s safe to say this is on my good list of ramen joint! Price is also fair for what it is and competitive with other ramen joints in the lower mainland.

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Araxi @ Whistler (Happy Hour Edition) http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/08/10/araxi-whistler/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/08/10/araxi-whistler/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:37:07 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2413 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 4222 Village Square Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Phone: (604) 932-4540 Hours:  dinner 5pm–11pm bar...

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Location: 4222 Village Square Whistler, BC 

Phone: (604) 932-4540

Hours: 

dinner 5pm–11pm
bar til midnight
oyster specials 3–5pm
weekday lunch 11am-2:30pm
weekend brunch 10am–2pm

Hints: 

  • Buck a shuck (sorta… 12 for $12)
  • Inside Whistler Village

Web: http://www.araxi.com/

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Araxi

Came to Whistler a few months ago and totally forgot about the experience here. Anyway, Araxi is the name. One of the most recognized fine dining restaurants in Whistler. From time to time, it’ll have specials (especially during low seasons). Well, I was in Whistler for a retreat and decided to stop at Araxi for happy hour during my free time.

Popcorn!

Since it was a nice and warm Spring day, I sat at the patio. I was given a glass of lightly salted popcorn.

Grapefruit Ale – $7.50

How could I just have popcorn, so I ordered a Whistler Grapefruit Ale. It was not cheap, but meh! Nothing better than sitting on a patio on a warm day.

Dozen for $12

Instead of a buck a shuck, Araxi was smart and made you order a dozen off the bat! These are Joyce Point oysters they serve with a Raspberry vinaigrette. The oysters were fresh but some had bits and pieces of shells in them. Let’s just say I had a bit more expectation from a fine dining restaurant.

Joyce Point oyster

It was good to get a taste of Araxi and its offerings. I think it attract more people, if they had a real Happy Hour menu with more than just oysters.

 

 

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Coast by Glowbal Group – Happy Hour Edition http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/16/coast-glowbal-group-happy-hour-edition/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/16/coast-glowbal-group-happy-hour-edition/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:25:25 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2408 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 1054 Alberni St Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V6 Phone: (604) 685-5010 Hours:  Monday – Thursday...

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Location: 1054 Alberni St Vancouver, BC 

Phone: (604) 685-5010

Hours: 

Monday – Thursday 11:30am-1:00am
Friday: 11:30am-2:00am
Saturday 3:00pm-2:00am
Sunday 3:00pm-1:00am

Hints: 

  • Buck a shuck
  • Pay street parking / Valet Parking
  • Happy Hour Everyday from 3-6

Web: http://www.glowbalgroup.com/coast/

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Coast is another restaurant owned by the huge Global Group in Vancouver. It is where British Columbia fresh seafood is highlighted. It offers a true west-coast dining experience in a trendy and fun environment. What’s best about Coast is its “Happy Hour” menu! It’s got an extensive list of appies that you can pick from at 50% off during 3-6pm everyday. My girlfriend and I came to try it out.

Lobster Poutine

First up is their “Lobster Poutine”, a 5oz. Atlantic lobster tail with smoked bacon and a sunny-side-up egg on top of a layer of poutine underneath. This was the attention grabber of the night, if you get this, your tables next to you will definitely peak over. The poutine was heavy but what the heck it’s a poutine!

Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Fresh from the oven is a smoked salmon flatbread with dill crème fraîche, red onion, capers and arugula. This was a little on the chewy/hard side instead of crispy, but the flavours were incredible. Loved it!

Buck-a-shuck

On top of their Happy Hour special, they also have freshly shucked oysters for a buck! They were decent sized, but for a dollar this was totally worth it. I’m not sure how I feel about their complimenting sauces.

New England Chowder

This was a very interesting chowder. First, it wasn’t the colour I was expecting. Second, it tasted fabulous. Filled with manila clams, double smoked bacon and potatoes.

Rickard’s

Also got a bottle of Rickard’s on special for $5.

Overall, I was pleased with the Happy Hour offerings at Coast. I would say everything was executed well, but like always there’s room for improvement. The service was great, our server was attentive. Overall an enjoyable experience. The price is fair, depending on what you order, prices may add up.

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Broken Rice http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/07/broken-rice/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/07/broken-rice/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:24:59 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2398 Reviews Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 4088 E Hastings St. Burnaby, BC V5C 2J3 Phone: (604) 558-3838 Hours: Tues –...

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Location: 4088 E Hastings St. Burnaby, BC 

Phone: (604) 558-3838

Hours: Tues – Sat: 11am -10pm | Sun – Mon: 11am – 9pm

Hints: 

  • Contemporary Vietnamese cuisine
  • Modern cooking techniques
  • Patio during summer season

Web: http://www.brokenrice.ca/

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For many, the first thing that comes to mind when Vietnamese food is brought up is probably “Pho”. In general, it’s on the lower-scale of the food chain. It’s comfort/fast-food. There is, however, more to Vietnamese than just Pho. This is “Broken Rice”. Ironically, the term broken rice (com tam) is traditionally eaten by the Vietnamese working class and is known to be cheaper to consume. However, “Broken Rice” on Hastings is not your typical cheap pho joint. In fact, it’s upper scale and blends right in with the Burnaby Heights area. The restaurant offers a wide range of contemporary approaches to Vietnamese food.

Ambiance

My girlfriend and I walked in for an early dinner. It was a weekday and there wasn’t a lot of people. The patio windows were open, overlooking the busy Hastings street. The tables were well-set and the light blue sky of the restaurant’s ceiling just made it a very breezy setting to be in. I think this was one of the hardest decisions ordering in Vietnamese restaurant because their menu items are much different than a regular Pho joint. After studying the menu (for not too long), we decided to try their “broken rice”.

Pork Three Ways on Rice (Cơm Bi Suon Cha) – $12.50 + $2 (spring roll)

It was very well presented. The plate was pork three ways, a grilled pork chop, shredded pork and minced pork loaf on broken rice served a side salad and a spring roll (for +$2). I thought everything was delicious and flavourful. my favourite would be the pork loaf. It’s truly a Viet delicacy because they don’t have this at every Viet restaurant in the Lower Mainland. The spring roll was also a nice edition and well worth it.

Lemongrass Chick and Egg on Rice (Cơm Gà) – $11.50 + $2 (spring roll)

My girlfriend had the grilled lemongrass marinated chicken with a fried egg on broken rice, a side of greens and a spring roll. When it arrived to our table, the first thing I noticed was the egg. It was perfect, runny yolk and brown-fried egg whites. The chicken was a little disappointing because it had no lemongrass flavour at all. It was purely a grilled chicken. I’m thinking they didn’t marinate it enough.

The Damage

Overall, I liked the offering they have here at Broken Rice. There’s a few more adventurous dishes I would like to try next time, but as for the original plates, I think they did a pretty good job. It was a little more expensive than your typical Pho joints, but given the ambiance, the service and the presentation, I personally think it was worth the extra dollar or two. I’ve seen a few people get the “Sizzling Saigon Crepe” will definitely have to try it next time. There aren’t really much parking along Hastings, so prepare to parallel park on the streets.

 

 

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Longtail Kitchen http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/02/longtail-kitchen/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/02/longtail-kitchen/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:36:27 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2393 Reviews Food Ambiance Price Overall Location: 116- 810 Quayside Drive New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9 Phone: (604) 553-3855 Hours: 10am – 7pm,...

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Location: 116- 810 Quayside Drive New Westminster, BC 

Phone: (604) 553-3855

Hours: 10am – 7pm, 7 days a week

Hints: 

  • Thai food at The New West Quay
  • Pay parking

Web: http://longtailkitchen.com/Facebook | Twitter

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Longtail is named after the famous water taxi’s of Thailand. Serving up authentic Thai comfort food in the Riverside Market. Longtail offers modern style Thai street food like curries, noodles and soups, stews and much more.

Daily Specials

When you walk pass the doors, don’t forget to look at their daily specials. You might be in for a treat that is not typically on their regular menu.

Famous Chicken Wings – $8

My girlfriend and I came for lunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon. They were quite busy, despite we got there past normal lunch time. Everything was served on disposable boxes/plates because they just didn’t have time to wash them. I guess the experience wasn’t nearly as great as having real plates. The place is like a cafeteria style restaurant, you place order at the counter and you are given a number and when they call your number, you pick up the food.

Tamarind Dipping Sauce

The chicken wings were perfectly deep fried with spices. Even eating that alone would have had enough taste. The tamarind dipping sauce was good, it wasn’t too flavourful that it overpowered the wings. What I was more disappointed was that their were more drumlets than wings. I loved wings and though drumlets had more meat, I would’ve wanted more wings.

Pad Thai with Prawns – $12

Yes, I know you can’t see the prawns because there were only 3 prawns in the dish. But they were tiger prawns so that was of quality. This is a classic pad thai (rice noodles) fried with tofu, shallots, eggs and topped with bean sprouts in a caramelized tamarind sauce. The bean sprouts were good because it wasn’t cooked at all, when mixed with the noodles it was perfect. For those allergic to peanuts, be careful. I thought the tamarind sauce was a little too much. Otherwise, it would have been perfect.

som dtam green papaya salad – $7

The dish was very flavourful. However, be warned if you can’t have spicy food, don’t get it (or ask for non-spicy). It was fault on my part that I skimmed the menu instead of reading it. The salad was spicy!! I can eat some spicy food, but this was spice that won’t hit you until it’s all the way down. The salad is typical Thai street salad pounded in a motor & pestal shredded unripened papaya with snake beans, tomato, peanuts, and chili lime dressing.

Spices

Overall, I was pleased with the food at Longtail. Dishes were flavourful, although I would’ve gave it a few more points for ambiance if everything was plated. The patio is open during the summer, so you can enjoy the scenic Fraser river along with some authentic Thai food. The prices were fair, maybe a bit on the high side but this is at the Quay. Also, you will have to pay for parking for eating here. I haven’t experienced any service to comment on the service.

 

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Matcha Cupcakes feat. KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade Matcha http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/17/matcha-cupcakes-feat-kissmeorganics-culinary-grade-matcha/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/17/matcha-cupcakes-feat-kissmeorganics-culinary-grade-matcha/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:51:03 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2386 Just want to give a shout out to KissMeOrganics for sending me this pack of Matcha to...

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KissMeOrganics Matcha

Just want to give a shout out to KissMeOrganics for sending me this pack of Matcha to review. It’s got a whopping 5-stars review on Amazon.ca and is exclusive to Amazon.ca. It is 100% organic, tested for purity and contains more than 137x the antioxidants found in a cup of brewed tea. It’s great for baking, mixing with drinks, and even plain water. For me, I love matcha cupcakes. So that’s exactly what I made!

Ingredients

You will need:

  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 oz of unsalted butter
  • 0.5 to 1.5 cups of sugar (depending on sweetness)
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg tolk
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of KissMeOrganics Matcha

These portions will make a dozen of large cupcakes.

Step 1

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder

Step 2

Mix together the milk and matcha

Step 3

In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then, add eggs (one at a time), beating well after each.

Step 4

Add the flour mixture and milk/matcha mixture to the batter, alternate each while beating.

Step 5

Spoon out mixture into cupcake paper. Fill only 3/4 full because it will rise. Preheat oven at 350F and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Step 6

Matcha Cupcakes!

After 23 minutes, it’s ready to eat! The smell of matcha was amazing. In fact, a lot of times I find that matcha I use in local food mart’s don’t have a strong matcha taste. However, Kissmeorganics Matcha was full of it! It definitely lived up to its name, “culinary grade” Matcha!

KissMeOrganics Matcha

If you are looking for a Matcha to try, this would definitely be the one! Try it today: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00DDT116M

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LoveDrink Café http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/12/lovedrink-cafe/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/12/lovedrink-cafe/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:56:45 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2363 Location: C5 – 2229 Kingsway Vancouver, BC V5N 5A1 Phone: (604) 435-8998 Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 11pm Sun: Closed...

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Location: C5 – 2229 Kingsway Vancouver, BC 

Phone: (604) 435-8998

Hours:

Mon – Sat: 12pm – 11pm
Sun: Closed

Hints:

  • Bubble Tea spot
  • Opens late
  • Street parking
  • Hong Kong style desserts

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LoveDrink Café

I saw LoveDrink Cafe when I was visiting Sushi by Yuji last year. My girlfriend and I were feeling like we needed some Asian dessert! And this place popped up. It was rather early in the evening because we had an early dinner. So the place was pretty empty when we were there.

 

MANGO SAGO POMELO (楊枝甘露)

I got the mango sago pomelo dessert. A bowl filled with mango cubes, sago and strips of pomelo in a mango sweet soup. The mango was sweet for non-mango season. Quite enjoyable if you are a mango lover, like me.

Coconut Taro and mochi

My girlfriend had a hot dessert. It’s a big taro ball with mini mochi’s in a coconut sweet soup. It was an interesting dessert, though the photo is not entirely all that pleasant. But it did taste pretty good.

 

 

 

 

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Nice weather usually means you will find yourself outside soaking up the sun! Especially in rainy Vancouver. One of the most attractive activities at night is visiting one of the many night markets in Richmond, BC! I like coming to the International Summer Night Market (iSNM for short) for several reasons. #1, I find it less crowded than the other one down the street. #2, free and closer parking! Yes, it’s free parking this year (but prepare to come early for spots). But in return, they have started the admission model the Richmond Night Market has taken ($2 per head). #3, it used to be that food was generally cheaper on this end of the market than the Richmond Night Market, but I think it’s now pretty standard.

I’ve noticed a few new stalls this year…

The Fish God

Haven’t given this a try, but they are the same owners as Teppan Kitchen in Aberdeen Mall. I only took a picture of this because of its interesting name.

Ice Cane

Many were holding a cane-like looking jabber and sucking on cream. This might interest some people who wants a new twist to having soft ice cream.

So onto the real food…

Steamed Pork Dumpling – $4

This is from Top Wok (the red giant booth as you walk in from the entrance), they have been there as long as I could remember. And it’s one of my favourite eats at the market. I almost get this every single time at a buck a piece. It is a steamed pork dumpling (aka siu mai), one of the most famous Dim Sum of all times. Why I like it here? The pork they use is leaner and the sweet soy sauce combo just makes this amazing.

Steamed Rice Roll with mixed sauces – $4

Also at Top Wok, you will find another famous dim sum item. The steamed rice was hand mixed with hoisin sauce, peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce and simmered with sesame. We found the rice roll to be a little hard. But taste was still good.

Chef James Xin Jiang Man BBQ

One of the most well-known and media intensive food stalls at the market is Chef James BBQ skewers. I don’t think there is another stall that has his own picture as part of the sign. Tonight, we had the honour to eat from his son’s cooking.

Chef James BBQ Skewers – $7

Skewers prices are pretty standard now at $7 for 3 skewers or $11 for 5. We had chicken, beef and lamb tonight. The skewers were cooked right off the grill, but prepare to wait a bit for it. (We waited around 5-10 minutes for our order.) The beef skewer was my least favourite because it wasn’t tender. The chicken was my favourite tonight because it was tender and juicy.

Roasted Corn – $3

I insisted that we try this. For some reason, I just felt like having a corn tonight. The corn is freshly roasted in the roaster oven. You have a choice of butter or no butter. I chose no butter, but even without butter it was really good. It’s ripped open for you on the cob and you can choose to simmer your toppings. I had a little bit of parmesan, taco seasoning, seasoning salt, black pepper, and lemon salt. It was very satisfying, though try hard not to think too much about how many corns you can get for $3.

Squid INKcorporated

I’ve tried just about every squid place at this night market. Except for this new stall (or one that I didn’t take much notice of the past years). This is Squid INKcorporated, love the play-on name. Just about everything is deep fried here, but just looking at the samples and people eating these deep fried tentacles around me, I had no choice but give in.

Deep Fried Squid Tentacles – $7

This place is about $0.50 more than other places, but you get what you pay. The portions are slightly bigger than others. It’s deep fried and you get to put your own sauces on, including smokey mayo; wasabi mayo; hot sauce and sweet and sour sauce. The tentacles were very filling, but not bad. I say it’s different than the other squid places because this one is deep fried rather than pan fried. The sauces were almost addicting. However, without the sauces, I would say the squid tentacles are lacking some flavours. Best of all, they have box for you to take out.

Mango Sago Pomelo – $5

Last but not least, we got a drink to share. It’s a mango sago pomelo drink with coconut milk. One of my favourite drinks of all time, a very refreshing drink every time. It is in a smaller cup than a regular bubble tea because it’s got more ingredients and of course it’s milk and not water.

So that’s it for now! What do you like to eat at the night markets? Let me know in the comments section below! 

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