Restaurant review: Moon Cafe

On New Year’s Eve, we decided to check out Moon Cafe on Kingsway.  This is a “Hong Kong cafe”  occupying the space that was previously home to Ken’s Kitchen.   From what I gather the restauranteurs had a different location before, and moved here in November/December of 2020. Like many “HK cafes”, Moon Cafe has an…

Cooking: Spicy Szechuan Beans

I had a bunch of green beans that wanted to use before the spoiled, so I decided to make Szechuan style spicy beans.  I really should use south east asian long beans for this, but since I had green beans, I went with them instead. Green beans and yard long beans (aka asparagus beans) do…

Cooking: Kung Pao Chicken

I had a craving for something spicy, and since I had the ingredients, I made kungpao chicken. This dish is curiously far more popular outside of china, than it is within china. It originates from the Szechuan region which loves dried chilis and Szechuan pepper corns. The original version has just chicken, peanuts, aromatics (scallions…

Cooking: Scallion pancakes

I was scrolling through my social media, and someone posted their recipe for mandarin scallion pancakes. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to try it. I should mention, I think “pancakes” is a poor translation. In the english speaking world pancakes usually implies something specific (typically a sweet leavened bread cooked…

Restaurant review: Mogu Fried Chicken

In late October, while wandering around Commercial Drive, I spotted Mogu Fried Chicken. This was a fairly new restaurant, from the owners of the food truck of the same name. The food truck ceased operations in 2019, and set up shop on the north end of Commercial drive, near Parker Street. This establishment is more…

Restaurant review: Bonjour Vietnamese Bistro

On a gloomy October weekend, we decided to visit a newer vietnamese restaurant, Bonjour, on Fraser Street, between East 23rd and East 24th avenue (a few doors north of Earnest Icecream). This place had the misfortune of trying to open for business just as the coronavirus pandemic forced the public health department to close all…

Restaurant review: Mahony and Sons

On a bright September Sunday, we decided to wander to Stamps Landing and grab some lunch at one of the pubs. We opted for Mahonys and Sons. Mahonys rests on a pier jutting out over False Creek, surrounded by a marina. I haven’t been to the Stamps Landing area since this restaurant was home to…

Takeout review: The Roost

With the summer edition of Dineout Vancouver, we decided to try a new chicken place on Denman street, called The Roost. It occupies the space that was previously home to Centro Bistro. Centro closed when the coronavirus forced restaurant closures, but it appears to have reopened with a new format. Instead of pasta, it’s fried…

Cooking: home made pizza – revisited

I’ve blogged about home made pizza on several occasions before, the most recently was last April during the “deep isolation” phase of the pandemic. At that time, I tried to avoid using usual cooking equipment.  But now I going there and using some specialized gear.  You’ll need baking sheet mixing bowl 1/2 tsp yeast 1 tsp…

Cooking: Vietnamese Meatballs

During a lazy weeknight, I was too tired and lazy to make dinner, I stopped in at a vietnamese sandwich shop and grabbed a meatball banh mi to go. It was the first one I’d had in a years, and I really enjoyed it. But this lead me to think that I should try and…

Restaurant review: Lunch Lady

On an midweek August day, we decided to visit the recently opened “Lunch Lady” on Commercial Drive. The name of the restaurant came from the nickname that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain gave to the proprietor of one of his favorite street food vendors in Ho Chi Minh City.  Local chef Michael Tran visited the now…

Restaurant review: Portobello in the Fairmont Château Whistler

For a sunny June weekend, we took a day trip to Whistler BC. This was my first visit since before the 2010 Winter Olympics.  A great deal has changed since then, I found much of the village unrecognizable. We decided to grab lunch at Portobello, located at the Fairmont hotel, in the upper village. During the…