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Lotus Seed Vegetarian – Healthy Twist on Comfort Food

Dec 7, 2014
When meat-eaters hear “Vegetarian” or “Vegan” food, we would most likely think veggies, salad, grains, or soy products. These doesn’t sound all that exciting for meat lovers, but it’s not the case at the newly opened Lotus Seed! As we were checking out their menu, we were pleasantly surprised by the flavors and options available. The vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free selections included dishes like Pho, Lasagna, Burrito, Nori Wrap, Thai Curry and Sunny Pate Wich. We found that many of the recipes were created by the owner himself! Mr. V opened the doors of Lotus Seed hoping to serve health conscious diners with more creative options of guilt-free comfort food that are filling, healthy, and tasty. With the diner’s health in mind, not only does he try to source his ingredients local and organic, fresh or dried food as much as possible, his dishes are made fresh every day in small batches with little oil. More importantly, his recipes contain no onion, garlic, leek, chives, or shallots. And to step it up a notch, they use Kangen purified water for all the cooking and drinks! This hearty gluten-free Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagna we tried, is crafted by his own recipe. The aroma from the homemade sauce and spices made our mouth water. Without any onion or garlic, we were surprised how it was rich in flavors and full of layers of texture. Such a satisfying dish that didn’t make us feel oily or heavy. We also tried the innovative Lotus Seed Pho that uses gluten-free brown rice pho noodle! Don’t expect the same taste as your normal bowl of Pho as the broth is made with no-MSG but 10 ingredients and spices through slow cooking for more than 6 hours. The thick noodles had an interestingly smooth and chewy texture while the slightly sweet and sour broth tastes quite refreshing. We have yet to try their daily homemade desserts. We know that so far they have offered options like Coconut Chocolate Mousse Cake, “Teramisu”, Avocado Chocolate Tart, and Caramel Custard. Mr. V said he will continue to use the power of vegetables to create more new recipes and new items as the season changes. Who knows what surprises he will bring next? Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Highlights -No onion, garlic, leek, chives, shallots in any of the dishes -Guilt-free comfort and healthy food using creative recipes created by the owner -Ingredients are local & organic, fresh or dried food, made with homemade sauces as much as possible -Food are freshly made every day in small batches -Uses Kangen purified water to cook the food and drinks Avg. Price Under $10 Opening Hours Tues – Sun 10:30 am ~ 8 pm (Close on Mondays)

Tibisti Grill – Meat Lovers All Fired up

Dec 4, 2014
We never expected to find this Mediterranean hidden gem just by looking at its modest exterior! As we walked into the 70-seat restaurant, we were greeted warmly by the owner, Mr. K. Tibisti is a small town from Libya, Mr. K’s home country. In his 20s, just finishing school, he courageously decided to start his own meat shop with no experience at all. It was indeed very challenging, but he never gave up and found himself becoming more and more passionate about business and meat. That’s why Tibisti Grill was born to serve fresh grilled meat with a Mediterranean twist. What we like about Tibisti is that they get their daily supply of local fresh Halal meat from the owner’s butcher shop in Surrey, that’s why they can keep the prices so reasonable. They also have an onsite butcher and butchery equipment to process any fresh meat cut on the spot! We are so ready to chow down our first bite of his grilled meat! Ribeye Steak Meal – The aroma from the meat was tantalizing. The steak was grilled to perfection. It was tender and juicy on the inside and the caramelizing that occurs in those beautiful grill marks was really flavorful. The soft roasted lemon potatoes with the Greek salad were refreshing and delicious accompanying sides. Lamb Chop Meal – The grilled lamb chops were springy, juicy in the center, and full of flavor yet not gamey at all. It also came with soft roasted lemon potatoes, Greek salad, and rice. Hummus with Pita Bread – Hummus, means “chickpeas” in Arabic, is a popular Levantine spread made from cooked and mashed chickpeas. Scooped with the pita bread, we can savor the rich taste of the olive oil matched with thick, nutty texture and creamy flavor. It gave us the warmth of the Middle East. As I was chatting with him, customers came by to greet and catch up with him, which I found they often drove from afar to eat at his restaurant. With this quality and price, no wonder his customers including Middle-Eastern diners keep coming back for more! Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver!   Highlights -Daily supply of fresh Halal meat from their own butcher shop -Onsite butcher with butcher equipment to process any meat cut on the spot -Authentic Mediterranean Grill -Great prices as they supply their own fresh meat -Tuesday – Thursdays Daily Special Meals for only $11.99 Avg. Price $10 ~ $15 Opening Hours Tues – Sun 11 am ~ 9 pm (Close on Mondays) Phone 604.737.1000 Address 6990 Victoria Dr, Vancouver (Victoria Dr & E54th Ave)

Audrey’s Moment – First High Tea House in Burnaby

Jan 5, 2015
With variety of Tea Houses offering High Tea and Afternoon Tea in Vancouver, one would wonder, why there aren’t any in Burnaby. Well, Audrey’s Moment is the answer! Over a year in the making, we were excited to find that Burnaby finally has a place that offers High Tea! Stepping into the tea room, it was like entering a beautiful wonderland. We can tell that the owners have put in a lot of effort in creating a classy and relaxing ambiance by picking and matching the furniture with the tea set and utensils, along with the décor and interior design. Once we were seated, scanning through the tea selection, “Falling in Love” immediately caught our eyes. We have found that this romantically pink fruit tea is steeped with 7 types of air-dried fruits – Apple, Pineapple, Papaya, Hibiscus, Mango, Passion Fruit, and Apricot. We’ve decided to order the Luxury High Tea. Boy, we were excited when we saw the 3-tier tray full of delicate sweets & savory bites! We kick started with the elegant tapa-style Savory appetizers. First, we had the Potato Salad & Tiger Prawn Sandwich – soft bite-size bread, topped with light potato salad, sweet tiger prawn, and crunchy cucumber. Then, we took a bite of the crispy shell Salami Croissant sandwich with cheese. Yum! We were delighted to find a delicate slice of Italian Prosciutto bite and Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon Ciabatta. The tasty bite-size slice of Ciabatta Italian bread, was rubbed with homemade spread, draped with smoked wild sockeye salmon, and garnished with herbs and pepper. We ended our savory tier with the cute looking Seafood Basket. Not knowing what to expect, we took a bite. The crispy cone is filled with sweet crab and prawn meat curry, and the alfalfa added a refreshing taste. The combination of textures and flavors the Chef has created is truly delicious!! As the chef introduced his creations to us one by one, the homemade Black Currant Scone was close to his heart. He shared with us how he had spent a lot of time trialing with many different recipes to finally be able to create one that was slight crusty on the outside and soft, fluffy, and moist on the inside. We thought the slightly sweet black currant complemented the buttery taste well, which was further enhanced by the Mascarpone Cheese & Rose Jam. The second tier also came with Bacon & Spinach Quiche and a daily fresh Strawberry. Lastly, the top Sweets tier!! With all the colorful dessert, we didn’t know where to start! We’ve decided to begin with the lighter tasting bites, then progress with the more intense flavors. First was the Fresh Strawberry Napoleon Cake. The flaky crust, topped with crispy almond chips, was paired with the slightly sweet and light cream with strawberry. We then tried the slightly hard crusted Macaron with a soft and not overly sweet filling. Tasty! The House Special Mousse Cake was next. The cake was made with perfect ratio of

Ken’s Chinese Restaurant

Jul 20, 2014
Among all the Chinese restaurants in Vancouver, which one is your favorite? Ken’s Chinese Restaurant is a casual Chinese restaurant that is known for variety and great portion – best bang for your buck kind of restaurant. They serve over hundreds of dishes from live seafood to noodles or fried rice to HK Café food to late night mini-dishes with congee. There will for sure be something for everybody. The owner used to be a chef for many years and he later decided to open his own restaurant – Ken’s Chinese Restaurant 南苑美食on Main/12th Ave prior to moving to this location on Kingsway. Chinese Restaurant Award Signature Dish: Lobster with Konyaku in Hot Pot Signature Dish: Pan Fried Lamb Rack with Black Pepper Special Set Menu served during 11 am – 5:30 pm and 9 pm – 1 am is definitely a great deal. With over 60 choices ranging from $5.5 to $8.5, you will sure be full. Besides the main dish, it’ll come with a complimentary coffee, tea, HK style drink, or soft drink of your choice. Not only that, but the best thing is if you visit during 2:30 – 5 pm, you’ll get an extra 10% off! How awesome is that? W17 Beef Short Ribs with Special Sauce on Rice W23 Spaghetti with Thin Steak & Fried Egg W8 Baked Rice with Seafood - Iced HK Style Milk Tea that comes (included with the Set Menu) - Iced Honey Lemonade (included with the Set Menu) Ken’s Chinese Restaurant is also a great place for a late night bite as they close at 1am every day. They serve over 80 HK Stlye “Siu Yeh’s” aka mini Chinese dishesafter 9pm. The price ranges from $4.5 – $8.25/dish. When you order over $20, free Congee will be served (dine-in only)! Chinese Restaurant Award Winning Dishes: Lobster with Konyaku in Hot Pot, Golden Dungeness Crab Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Highlights – Great value and great portion – you can be full for under $10! – Free delivery with minimum order of $25 (from 5pm – 12am within 5km radius) – Great place for a late night meal – 10% off during 2:30 – 5pm – Booth seating available – Takes credit card Avg. Price: $10 ~ $20 Opening Hours 11 am – 1 am Phone: 604.873.6338 Address: 1097 Kingsway, Vancouver

Aotoya Blue Door Japanese Restaurant – Teishoku by a Family of 3 Generations

Jul 28, 2014
We were excited to finally meet the local restaurant veteran O-san. He’s a very adorable and humble man. You’ll know what we mean if you pay Aotoya Blue Door a visit. He loves meeting his customers not just by greeting them but he’ll walk by your table and have a chat if you’re open for it. Some of you might know that he used to own Tenhachi Japanese Restaurant 天八和食on the west side. His business was going very well and many foodies including Japanese love his authentic Teishoku-style food. All of a sudden, the landlord had to renovate the building, so, he was forced to move his 7-year business and start all over again on Victoria Dr. He was very devastated losing most of the steady clienteles he has gained over the years and have to rebuild the business from ground up. However, with 3 generations of the family working together in this 30-seats restaurant, he’s more confident to rebuild his Teishouku-ya. You may be familiar with Sushi, Ramen, or even Izakaya, but what about Teishoku定食? Teishoku is the whole meal deal where you can pick a main dish that comes with rice + miso soup + side dishes + pickled vegetables (“Tsukemono”). Usually, the main dishes are grilled, deep fried, or broiled. Aotoya is one of the few Teishoku-ya in Vancouver that specializes in traditional home-style Teishoku. The dishes may look simple, yet the tastes are complex with depth. You can tell the chefs have put their heart in each dish that they make. O-san is also proud that most of his ingredients are imported directly from Japan.      What we love about them is there are lots of surprises each time you visit! Not only do they serve seasonal off the menu specials like Fresh Uni, Shitake Mushroom, Deep Fried Oyster for a limited time. Since the side dishes are different each time, be prepared to be surprised by these little bowls of treasures too. Seasonal Special: Breaded Deep Fried White Fish with Shiso Leaves – With a light crispy outer layer on top of the Shiso Herb along with the moist fish meat creates a satisfying bite. Seasonal Special: Grilled Pike Mackerel Combo (+$2 for 3 side dishes) Unagi Don – favorited by many customers as they use one whole unagi! Shougayaki Dinner Set – fried ginger pork slices Okonomiyaki – a Japanese savory pancake consists of shredded cabbage and a mixture of meat and shrimp Hire Katsu Teishoku – Breaded Deep Fried Pork Tenderloin (Tip: ask to be cooked juicy) Home-made Black Sesame Pudding – Pudding with self-grinded sesame that is not too sweet Besides the Teishoku sets, they also serve Udon, Sashimi, Donburi, and special items like Grill Squid, Deep Fried Octopus, and other homemade dessert. *Tip: you can ask for free rice refill when you order the Teishoku Combos Why many rave about their miso soup? Come try it out and find out yourself. Popular Dishes: Breaded Deep Fried White Fish with Shiso Leaves,

King Crab Feast at Sun Yee Restaurant

Aug 20, 2014
Sun Yee Chinese Restaurant is located on the busy intersection of 41st & Victoria street. The restaurant is of medium size and can serve up to 50 – 60 people. They are known for their incredible value. Their handmade fish puffs is extremely popular. As we are stepping into the king crab season, Sun Yee Chinese Restaurant is offering two different King Crab Set Menus. Each of the two set menus comes with these 3 King Crab courses: Deep Fried Spicy & Peppery King Crab Body Stir-fried Fish Noodles with King Crab Sauce – The fish noodles are made in house by Sun Yee. Steamed King Crab Legs with Garlic Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! King Crab Set Menu (King Crab Three Courses for 10 people) $298 Sun Yee Deluxe Appetizer Platter Steamed King Crab Legs with Garlic Deep Fried Spicy & Peppery King Crab Body Fish Maw with Crab Meat Soup Baked Salted Chicken with Ginger (whole) Sautéed Filet of Cod Mandarin Pork Chop (Sweet & Sour) Flowering Chinese Cabbage with Fish Puffs in Fresh Fish Soup Stir-fried Fish Noodles with King Crab Sauce King Crab Set Menu (King Crab Three Courses for 6 people) $238 Fish Maw with Crab Meat Soup Steamed King Crab Legs with Garlic Deep Fried Spicy & Peppery King Crab Body Sautéed Filet of Cod Baked Salted Chicken with Ginger (half) Flowering Chinese Cabbage with Fish Puffs in Fresh Fish Soup Stir-fried Fish Noodles with King Crab Sauce Dessert If you are interested, please see our other review for Sun Yee Restaurant Avg. Price: $10 – $20 Opening Hours: Lunch 10 am ~ 3 pm Dinner 5 pm ~ 12 am *Close on Tuesday Phone: 604.323.1918 Address: 5728 Victoria Drive, Vancouver (E 41st ave & Victoria Drive)

Miura Waffle Milk Bar

Jun 20, 2014
We interviewed one of the owners of Miura Waffle and here is their story. The Origin of Sando The young owners have always wanted to start their own restaurant. They wanted to do something unique, something adventurous, but what? Since one loves waffles and the other loves Sandwiches, why not combine the two? This was the beginning of the first Waffle Sandwich – “Sando”. It’s never easy being different though. Challenging the traditional way of making and eating waffle (yes, with bare hands!), they have received many resistances. However, holding onto the belief that “as long as one person love our food, we will keep going”, they have started to gain some support of this creative invention. Since then, they have created Sandos with crazy fillings such as Bulgogi beef, Hoisin pork sausage, and Wasabi salmon, inspired by the multicultural cuisines in Vancouver. Not only have they attracted many local and out of town adventurous foodies, they were even featured on the TV show – “You Gotta Eat Here”! What impresses us the most is that the owners make everything from the waffle to the yoggy in-house from scratch using only fresh ingredients.. We tried their BULGOGI SANDO. Their most popular sando inspired by the Korean cuisine. This Savoury Sando has marinated beef baked into the moist and soft waffle, matching with egg sauce, mildly spicy kimchi, and sweet bulgogi sauce. We can tell why this is the most popular Sando. We couldn’t believe such a simple food item can have so many different layers of flavors. Just one bite and you will know what we meant. HOISIN SANDO – inspired by the Vietnamese Bánh mì, this Sando has hoisin pork sausage baked into the waffle, complemented with cilantro, cucumber, pickled radish, and carrot FRUITS & CREAM SANDO – this sweet Sando uses seasonal fruits as toppings that comes with house-made custard cream & whipped cream CHOCO-WASA – original dark chocolate Miura shakes with a hint of wasabi DESSERT NORI NACHOS – original seaweed chips topped with fruits and cream (they come in savory variety too) Watch out for their continuous new creations! Must Eat: Bulgogi Sando, Hoisin Sando Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver!   Highlights – Original creator of the Waffle sandwich – Sando – The owners make everything in-house fresh and from scratch – “Miura is a great spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.” – online reviewer – Was featured on “You Gotta Eat Here” – Daily specials and flash specials available Avg. Price: Under $10 Opening Hours Mon – Thurs 11 am ~ 10 pm Fri & Sat 11 am ~ 11 pm Sun 11 am ~ 9 pm Phone: 604.687.2909 Address: 2521 Main St, Vancouver (Main St & E. Broadway)

Jun Yuan Restaurant – All You Can Eat Hot Pot Place

Feb 10, 2015
In this cool season, hot pot has just been a huge craving. There’s just something special and satisfying about having family and friends gathered around the simmering pot of hot soup with fresh food cooked and eaten at the table. Jun Yuan Restaurant opened just in time, but is it worth your visit? 6 reasons why Jun Yuan Restaurant is a worthy all you can eat hot pot restaurant: 1. Fresh Meats This is definitely a place to satisfy all your fresh meat cravings, from Premium Canadian Beef, Premium Pork meat, Lamb meat, they were all flavorful, tender, and juicy. 2. Who would say no to Wagyu Beef? Who would say no to Wagyu Beef??? (+ 2.95) The intense marbling of the meat signals softer fat and velvety texture. When we had a bite, the smooth and delicate meat was juicy and satisfying! Just can’t have enough of it. 3. Homemade… Homemade… homemade… One thing we like about Jun Yuan is their Assorted Homemade Balls. The Shrimp Balls, Squid Balls, Fish Balls, Pork Balls are all handmade in-house with no preservatives. 4. Their Traditional Fish Puffs… 3 words, Homemade and Tasty. 5. Wide selection with rare items for an AYCE place. Veggies like pea sprout, enoki mushroom, and oyster mushroom are quite rare for an AYCE place, and we can enjoy unlimited supply here. What more can you ask for? 6. 10% off Grand Opening Special They are currently offering All You Can Eat for $19.95 (10% off during Grand Opening)   Highlights -Fresh quality ingredients handpicked by the Chef -All You Can Eat Menu includes over 70 food items including Premium Canadian Beef, Premium Pork, Homemade Fish Noodles, Balls and Dumplings, Enoki Mushroom, Oyster Mushroom. -Specialty items include Wagyu Beef, Signature Homemade Fish Puffs, Homemade Plum Juice -Grand opening with newly renovated space -Great price for the value Avg. Price Adult: $19.95; Children (Under 12): $14.95 Opening Hours 5 pm ~ 12 am Phone 604.323.1918 Address 5728 Victoria Dr, Vancouver (Victoria Dr & E41st Ave) Website Disclosure: This is a sponsored article, but all opinions are ours.

Golden Swan Restaurant Dim Sum

Aug 20, 2014
Since 1998, Golden Swan Restaurant has grown to become a popular Chinese restaurant that locals visit for authentic Cantonese cuisine. This 300-seats restaurant serves over 120 lunch items including many traditional Dim Sum that are freshly prepared every day. Dim Sum is a style of Cantonese food prepared in bite-sized or individual portions served in small steamer baskets or small plates. It is always complemented with tea. Traditional items include Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Ha Gau), Siu Mai, Steamed Meatball, Chicken Feet, congee, buns, cakes, and sweet dishes. Besides the traditional Dim Sum, Golden Swan Restaurant also serves unique items like Deep Fried Durian Rolls, Pork Hock with Ginger & Egg, and Sweet Tofu Pudding in a bucket. Traditionally, Dim Sum were being carried around the restaurant in trays, then later being pushed around in steam carts, for customers to order. Golden Swan Restaurant is one of the few restaurants in Vancouver that still preserves the traditional way of serving Dim Sum! Baked Tapioca Pudding – a warm dessert with sweet tapioca pudding covered with crispy crust Steamed Shrimp Dumplings Siu Mai – a type of pork dumplings filled with mushroom and shrimp wrapped with a thin sheet of dough and topped with crab roe Steamed Scallop Dumplings Steamed Bean Curd Roll with Oyster Sauce Deep Fried Taro Dumplings Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver!   Dim Sum Discount (excluding Holidays & Statutory Holidays): Mon – Fri: -20% off when you pay before 11 am -10% off when you pay after 11 am Sa – Su: 10% off anytime Dim Sum Hours: 9 am – 3 pm Avg. Price: $15 – $25 Opening Hours: 9 am ~ 3 pm 5 pm ~ 10:30 pm Phone: 604.321.6621 Address: 5380 Victoria Drive, Vancouver (E 38th ave & Victoria Drive)

Itadakimasu Izakaya – French-inspired Japanese Tapa

Sep 6, 2014
For the past decade, there was a Japanese Izakaya boom in Vancouver, where friends can grab a drink and pair it with tapa-type food. Great news! Did you know there’s one you can enjoy without going alllll the way to downtown? We had a chance to chat with the owner/head chef of Itadakimasu Izakaya about how it all came about. And boy, he sure is a gentle man with one big heart. “Itadakimasu“(いただきますpronounced as ita-daki-masu) is a traditional phrase Japanese say before a meal to express gratitude, similar to “bon appétit” or saying grace to give thanks. His passion for cooking actually budded when he was only a young boy watching his mom cook! He loves making people happy with the food he prepares. Who would have known that this instilled passion has not only brought him into culinary school learning French cuisine, but embarked a journey as a chef for 20 years? As a young lad, he ventured to Paris, Japan, then back home trying to realize his dreams working as a hotel chef. Having his own restaurant serving his art pieces on a plate has always been in his mind. After all these years, Itadakimasu is the final product of his dream come true. We were so excited to try this French-trained Japanese chef’s unique creations for the very first time. First off, we tried the cute Temari Sushi Box. Thisis one of his most popular signature dishes. Itcomes in 10 assorted ball-shaped handcrafted nigiri sushi, which are definitely too cute to eat!!! It was our first time eating a kobe beef sushi! The ingredients tasted fresh and the different textures is best to be enjoyed in one bite. Next up, we had the PARI PARI Ebi Mayo. We love that he coated the large shrimps with rice flakes instead of a thick batter or bread crumbs, as this gave a light crunchy and crisp texture. The shrimp itself was bouncy and flavorful. Moreover, the bite was further enhanced with the sweet mayo sauce with just a tint of spiciness. We love his take on Ebi Mayo – unique and delicious! One cool thing about Itadakimasu is that they provide an area with tatami seating where you can choose to enjoy your meal with your shoes off (with slippers provided of course) as if you are dining in a traditional Japanese-style table. Itadakimasu! Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver!   Highlights -Unique French-inspired Japanese dishes -Open until 11pm or 12am (except Sundays) -Great prices for drinks ($10 for a pitcher of Sapporo) -Comfortable seating compare to other Izakayas Avg. Price $11 ~ $30 Opening Hours Mon – Thurs 5:30 pm ~ 11 pm | Fri & Sat 5:30 pm ~ 12 am | Sun 5:30 pm ~ 10 pm Phone 604.558.3776 Address 4148 Main St, Vancouver (Main St & King Edward Ave)

Restaurants Reviews

Yung Ho Soy Drink

Mar 10, 2014
Yung Ho Soy Drink is a simple food court stall serving Taiwanese style breakfast (which is rare in Vancouver!). It is tucked in the right corner of President Plaza’s small food court. Though nowadays, there are a huge variety of breakfast items to choose from in Taiwan, the most traditional Taiwanese breakfast consists of sticky rice, fresh soy drink, shaobing (flatbread), and deep fried long Chinese donut – a lot of dough and deep-frying involved. It does bring back childhood memories for those who are from Taiwan not only from the food they serve, but especially because the Chinese name resembles a very popular brand back in Taiwan. At Yung Ho, they boast that everything from the soy drink to the shaobing is housemade. The menu is simple consisting a variation of shaobing, Chinese donut, stick rice, egg wrap, or soy drink.  You can either order a la carte ranging from $1.75 – $4.50 or choose from the 8 Combos ranging from $4 – $6.50. House-made fresh soy drink – there is a distinct strong burnt soy flavor in their soy drink. You may upgrade to M for +$0.5, L for +$1, add $0.5 for a cool soy drink. Shaobing (flatbread) with egg Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Avg. Price: under $10 Opening Hours M – Fri 8am – 2pm Sat – Sun 8am – 3pm Phone: 604.202.7310 Address: 2255-8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond

Lam Hoa Quan

Apr 20, 2014
How many Pho restaurants can you think of off the top of your head? And which of those are your comfort places? Late-night joints? Pho places are everywhere in Vancouver! When one Pho restaurant after another keep popping up along Victoria Drive, it is easy to overlook the few that are small, hidden but authentic and delicious. Lam Hoa Quan may just be one of them.   Lam Hoa Quan is a Vietnamese restaurant located on Victoria and East 34th/35th Ave. It is a restaurant that is frequented by the Vietnamese community, and it’s easy to understand why. The secret is in the broth – rich and flavorful yet not too salty or heavy on MSG. They have recently released a new menu offering Pho (rice noodle), Bun (vermicelli), Com (rice) all in one size from $7.95 – $9.95. They also serve drinks like Iced Coffee and Avocado Smoothie. #26 Bún bò Huế (Spicy Beef Noodle Soup) #23 Bun Ga U’op Xa Suon Trung (Lemon Grass Chicken with Deep Fried Spring Roll and Vege on Dry Vermicelli) $9.6 Which restaurant do you think has the best Bún bò Huế in Vancouver? Please let us know! Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Avg. Price: Under $10 Opening Hours: 10 am – 8 pm Phone: 604.326.5880 Address: 5073 Victoria Dr, Vancouver

The Red Pagoda – A True Canadian Dream

Jul 20, 2014
“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” -Dan Gable The owner of Red Pagoda, Mr. V., has one amazing blood and sweat story to tell. He came to Canada in the 80’s with his family on a refugee boat. He left Vietnam only hoping to seek a better future, but he never expected to experience what happened next. Not only was it already tough on the boat, but they were robbed by pirates! We were saddened even more when he told us he has lost a family member on that boat. These were memories he would never forget. And this is what made him strong, made him work harder than anyone else. And this is why he got to where he is today. It is inspiring to learn that not only did he become a serial entrepreneur, but it impresses us even more when he was able to expand his 1 restaurant to 3 in just 1.5 year, not counting the 4th one coming up in July! When you think of Vietnamese cuisine, first thing that comes to mind is Pho. With so many Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver, he wanted his restaurant to be different. His vision is not only to provide an enjoyable environment for diners, rather than one where you just dine and dash, but more so, one that serves unique dishes that you won’t find in every other Vietnamese restaurant. Moreover, no MSG is used in his food. One of the dishes that he is proud of is the #1 Cha Gio Man (Spring Rolls). Better eat these crispy goodies while it’s hot! The dish that excites us the most is the #10 Sample Plate (for 2). A rare find in Vietnamese restaurant where you can enjoy the Spring Rolls, Shrimp Salad Roll, Chicken & Pork Brochette, Minced Shrimp on Sugarcane, Beef Short Ribs with Vermicelli all on one plate! It’s definitely great for foodies who want to taste a bit of everything! One of their unique dishes is the #23 Pho Sate Ga (Sate Peanut Noodle with Beef). Not only does it smell good, the satay peanut noodle soup is thick and flavorful. Besides Beef, you can choose to match the noodle with Chicken or Vegetables & Tofu too. #29 Bun Ga Nuong Cha Gio (Charbroiled Lemongrass Chicken and Spring Rolls) – the lemongrass chicken was aromatic with crispy skin and juicy, moist meat. If you have never tried the Vietnamese Chow Mein before, it’s time to try it out. #34 Hai San Mi Xao Gion (Seafood Crispy Chow Mein) was a surprise find for us. The deep fried egg noodle was extra crispy and addictive to eat. Moreover, it was paired with juicy and bouncy shrimp + squid. Give them a try at one of their three locations!   Popular Dishes: Seafood Crispy Chow Mein, Signature Spring Rolls, Sample Plate (for 2), Sate Peanut Noodle Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants

O’Tray (Tianjin Flavours) 天津味牛羊肉粉面

Jun 20, 2014
Tianjin is a metropolis in northern China with the fourth largest urban population after Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. Though there’s more and more Chinese delicacies in Vancouver popping up here and there, there’s actually not a lot of places serving Tianjin food. With so many choices of restaurants in Richmond, who would have thought that a small food court in President Plaza will intrigue you with authentic Tianjin street food? Tianjin is actually known for their many street food vendors around the city and that is what O’Tray is all about. They have been around for many years and their most popular items are 煎餅果子Tianjin Wrap, 豆腐腦Soft Tofu Soup, 醬肉燒餅Tianjin Burger. They also serve a variety of hot soup noodles. #1 Tianjin Wrap $3.75 – egg crepe with crisps, chopped greens and sweet paste similar to hoisin sauce #13 Lamb Noodle Soup $7.5 Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Avg. Price: under $10 Opening Hours 9:30am – 5pm (Close on Weds) Phone: 778.829.7219 Address: President Plaza – 2285-8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond

Lim Kee Restaurant

Jun 20, 2014
If you have lived in the Victoria/Fraserview neighborhood or went to David Thompson High School, you must know Lim Kee. Before Vancouver has boomed into a foodie heaven 10-20 years ago, this Chinese-run Vietnamese restaurant was the go-to place for many for comfort food. They serve Pho from $7.25 – $8.50, Banh Mi for $5.25, and Fried Rice/Curry Rice for $8.5. These are great pricings especially for the generous portion being served. Beef Balls and Raw Beef Noodle Soup (mini) w/HK Milk Tea $7.75   Their milk tea is pretty good as well! They also have a really good student special. But if you’re not a student, don’t worry, there’s a special menu on the table that offers really good deals too. Pan-Fried Boneless Chicken Thighs Fried Rice (mini) w/HK Milk Tea $7.75 Oh, and they have free wi-fi available. Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Avg. Price: under $10 Opening Hours 11 am – 8pm Phone: 604.321.8006 Address: 6943 Victoria Dr, Vancouver

SPAGHeTÉI – When East meets West

May 20, 2014
Whether it is sushi, ramen, or izakaya, Japanese cuisine is everywhere in Vancouver! I’m sure many of you have heard of or tried Japadog (Japanese-style hot dogs), but what about Supagettei (Japanese-style spaghetti)? Japanese cuisine have often been creative in adding twists to cuisines from other cultures to make it uniquely Japanese. Japanese spaghetti, adding Japanese ingredients and toppings such as Mentaiko, Natto or Nori, to the Italian spaghetti, is one of their many delicious Japanisation dishes.   We had the privilege to meet with Mr. Y, the General Manager of SPAGHeTÉI – the very FIRST Japanese Spaghetti House in Vancouver! SPAGHeTÉI was actually founded nearly 40 years ago in Aomori, Japan. The owners have always wanted to share this big trend in Japan to the foodie heaven in Vancouver, and finally here they are. They have flew in the Legendary Chef Mr. Morimoto from Japan to bring you the most original flavors. We were astounded to find out that he was the chef from the first SPAGHeTÉI in Japan! Contrary to the Italian spaghetti, Supagettei is being pan-fried rather than being boiled. What’s special about Supagettei is that it is light and refreshing rather than heavy and full of sauces. SPAGHeTÉI is very strict about their temperature control, flavors, and texture of each of their dishes. As authentic as you might get in Japan, SPAGHeTÉI‘s spaghetti is cooked al dente. Mentaiko with Squid – one of their most popular and delicious dishes sprinkled with crunchy Mentaiko and assorted mushrooms matching with raw and chewy squid topped with dried seaweed Meat Sauce – their signature perfect-portioned meat sauce with slowly cooked beef and vegetables that gives you a satisfying full flavor without the heaviness Mentaiko with Shrimp – sprinkled with crunchy Mentaiko and assorted mushrooms matching with shrimps topped with dried seaweed Chicken Pepperoncino – lightly salted pepperoncino with juicy moist chicken and bok choy Beef Chaliapin – grilled tender beef with homemade Chaliapin sauce White Sauce – Baby spinach, salmon and bacon with their original white sauce Complimentary Garlic Bread with spinach spread Popular Dishes: Mentaiko with Squid, Meat Sauce, Clam and Scallop Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Highlights – the FIRST Japanese-style Spaghetti house in Vancouver – originated from Japan since 1975 – Lunch Special Menu with spaghetti under $10 – You may choose your portion of spaghetti by +$1 or -$1 Avg. Price: $10 ~ $15 Opening Hours Mon – Fri 11:45 am ~ 3 pm; 5:30 pm ~ 10 pm Sat – Sun 11:45 am ~ 10 pm Phone: 604.428.1014 Address: 1741 Robson St, Vancouver (Robson St & Denman St)

Rose Garden Seafood Restaurant 嘉好海鮮美食之家

Apr 20, 2014
Rose Garden Seafood Restaurant is a family Chinese restaurant that can hold more than 100 diners. It has been around the East Vancouver neighborhood for many years. What’s special about them is that they still offer Family Combo Dinner Menu. Family Combo Dinner is where you can choose 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 dishes from over 80 choices that also comes with rice, soup of the day and dessert. This type of menu is popular amongst the older Chinese restaurants that serve value dishes with generous portions. Crab prepared with Ginger and Green Onion Sweet Spareribs with Garlic Deep Fried Salt and Peppery Prawns Beef Hot Pot with Bean Thread in Satay Sauce Roasted BBQ Duck and Soy sauce Chicken Complimentary Soup of the Day Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Avg. Price: ~$11 – $25 Opening Hours: 4 pm – 2 am Phone: (604) 451-8738 Address: 3415 Kingsway, Vancouver

Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant

Jun 20, 2014
Bao Chau寶珠越南小館is a popular family-run Vietnamese restaurant on East Hastings near PNE. It can serve up to 50 – 60 people at once with fast turnover time. They have been serving simple Vietnamese dishes like Pho (noodles), Com (rice), and Bun (vermicelli without soup) for many years. They also serve salad roll, and the famous spring rolls. Bao Chau is well known for their great value, as you can be full with spending less than $10! (Tip: cash only) #2 Pho Tai (Large) – rare slice beef noodle $7.5 #36 Bun Thit Nuong, Nem Nuong, Cha Gio Bi – Special Rice Vermicelli with BBQ Pork, Grilled Pork Hash, Spring Rolls & Shredded Pork (comes with fish sauce) $9 Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Avg. Price: under $10 Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs: 10 am – 8 pm Fri – Sat: 10 am – 9pm Phone: 604.251.6956 Address: 2717 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Max Noodle House 麥奀記

May 20, 2014
Visiting Max Noodle House soon after visiting 麥奀雲吞麵世家 Mak’s Noodle (Hong Kong) – one of the best wonton noodles in Hong Kong – we can say that if you don’t want to travel all the way to Hong Kong to taste traditional wonton noodles, Max Noodle House is definitely the place to go! Wonton noodles is a Cantonese egg noodle dish served in steaming hot broth with shrimp wonton dumplings. You may think, it looks like a very simple dish to make at home, but if you want a perfect bowl of wonton noodles, it isn’t easy to make at all. From the ingredients and time to make the flavorful but not overpowering broth to the al dente noodles to the fresh wonton, you need to follow each step and timing strictly in order to succeed. We find it interesting that traditionally, the “small size” wonton noodle (“細蓉”) is served with the spoon at the bottom with 4 wontons in the middle and noodles on top with the surface of the noodles showing above the broth. It has to be served this way to avoid the noodles being overcooked by the steaming hot broth in the bowl. This rule is being strictly followed by the best traditional wonton noodle restaurants. Max Noodle House is located on Alexandra road – aka “Eat street” – along the street packed with restaurants. We quickly ordered #7 Supreme Wonton Noodle Soup ($5.35) as this is their signature dish. When the noodles came out, we were so excited to see that they follow the traditional way in serving the noodles on top of the spoon. As we take a bite, the smooth thin noodles were truly bouncy and al dente. So, we quickly searched for the shrimp wontons and found that they were crunchy, juicy, moist and flavorful.   Like many have mentioned though, the portion is small, as no adult would be full from it. If you’re looking for big portion, cheap eats, bang for the buck-type of Chinese restaurant, this is not the place to go. They also serve other dishes like congee and other noodles we have yet to try. Popular item: Supreme Wonton Noodle Soup Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Avg. Price: ~$5 – $10 Opening Hours: 11 am – 9 pm Phone: (604) 231-8141 Address: 8291 Alexandra Rd, Richmond

Bubble Queen – Not Your Average Bubble Tea

May 20, 2014
Besides the regular bubble tea and slush, Bubble Queen is famous for their chocolate slushes using all-time-favorite chocolate bars like Bueno, Kit Kat, Lindt, Ferrero Rocher, Maltesers…. You name it. Their drinks range from $3.31 – $6.43 each. They also offer toppings like caramel pudding, mochi, ice-cream, mango cubes for additional $0.5 – $2.5. Besides the innovative Bubble Tea flavors, they’re also known for their creative bubble waffles. So what are bubble waffles? They’re waffles made with eggs and shape like a sheet of tiny eggs. Thus got the name gai daan jai 鷄 蛋仔, literally means “little chicken eggs”. They’re one of the most iconic street snacks that Hong Kongers grew up with since its’ introduction in the 1950s. What’s special about Bubble Queen’s Bubble Waffles is that not only are there 15 flavors to choose from, but they also offer add-on fillings. They have fillings such as red bean, Oreo crumbs, and shredded dried pork. There’s also combinations like Matcha Mochi or Peanut coconut shreds. Bueno Slush + Pearls ($5.81 + $0.5 + tax) Matcha Bubble Waffle ($3.57 + tax) Popular Items: Fresh Mango Slush, Chocolate Slushes, Bubble Waffle Check out our monthly exclusive offers for great restaurants in Vancouver! Avg. Price: under $10 Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 2 pm – 9pm Fri – Sat 12 pm – 12 am Sun 12 pm – 6 pm Phone: 778.297.7838 Address: 8888 Odlin Crescent, Richmond