Cooking: Stir-fried Beef with Crispy Youtiao

We went out for congee one weekend morning, and when we finished, there were a few pieces of youtiao remaining (the yeasted savory deep fried bread dough shaped as long puffy strips). Pondering what to do with them, I decided to make this dish. Stir-fried beef with crispy youtiao. The ginger and scallions provide aroma,…

Restaurant review: Daisy Garden Kitchen

Daisy Garden closed in 2015 following a fire, but reopened in the spring of 2022. It’s next door to the New Town Bakery in Chinatown (and apparently shares the same owner), and it’s basically an old style chinese barbeque and wonton place. This review represents two different visits over several weeks. The front of the…

Cooking: Yangzhou Fried Rice

Yangzhou chow faan (揚州炒飯) is the “classic” version that most people think of when they hear the term “fried rice”, and it is generally regarded as the original fried rice dish. In the centuries since it’s inception, the dish migrated both within china, and across much of east asia, and south east asia. Each time,…

Restaurant review: Happy Hong Kong Restaurant

After reading other reviews about a new restaurant in Richmond’s Abercorn Inn (on Bridgport Road, across from the Costco), called the Happy Hong Kong Restaurant, we decided to check it out. We arrived just after noon and the restaurant was near full. We got one of the last of available tables. Like many “hong kong…

Restaurant review: Fiorino

Late in 2021, a new restaurant opened in Chinatown on East Georgia Street, focusing on casual itlaian street fare. Or at least that’s how it characterizes itself. Certainly the lunch menu is pretty casual and portable, but the dinner menu isn’t. The lunch menu is fairly focused on sandwiches, but the dinner menu includes pasta,…

Restaurant review: Riverway Clubhouse

My last Dineout Vancouver 2022 reservation was at the Riverway Clubhouse. It’s a golf course clubhouse in south Burnaby. We arrived a few minutes early for our 7pm seating, and we were immediately escorted to our table. The menu is a fairly eclectic collection of dishes, including chicken wings, calamari, burgers, salmon, clam chowder. My…

Cooking: Katsudon

This was my second recipe attempt from my christmas gift of a japanese cookbook, breaded pork omlette on rice ingredients 200g pork chops 25g panko 2 eggs, beaten 3 tbs ap flour 1/4 onion 2 tsp mirin 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp soy 1 cup cooked japanese rice 50 ml dashi (I used an instant…

Restaurant review: Paul Bakery, Cafe & Restaurant

In the summer of 2021, Paul Bakery opened on Robson Street in Vancouver, one of a chain of parisienne patisseries in some 40+ countries around the world. I’d tried visiting on multiple occassions, but each time, there was a lengthy line up outside the door, and I went elsewhere. But when Dineout Vancouver 2022 arrived,…

Cooking: Niku Udon (Udon noodle soup with sweet and savory beef)

One of the christmas gifts I received was a (english language) japanese cookbook – with a collection of “cult” recipes. I’m not sure what characterizes them as “cult”, from what I gather, they appeared to be just recipes for popular dishes. The first recipe that caught my eye was niku udon (or an udon noodle…

Restaurant review: Smoking Pig

While we were in coquitlam, we decided to grab lunch at the Smoking Pig on Burnette Avenue. It’s a an unassuming little hole in the wall kinda place. We almost didn’t enter because of the outside appearence, but it did have a lot of good reviews, so we went in anyways. The interior has a…

Takeout review: Sushi Flamingo

So I noticed a new sushi place opened up a few blocks from home (opened in November 2021).  Although there’s no lack of sushi in the Kitsilano neighborhood, I’m always game to try a new place.  Since it was close by, I ran down to grab some takeout for lunch. This blog entry represents two…

Cooking: Hong Kong style Curry Chicken with Potatoes

Today, I’m making a hong kong style curried chicken dish with potatoes (港式咖喱雞). Strictly speaking, this is an import dish, popular in “hong kong cafes” (茶餐廳 – Cha chaan teng). All currys originate from India, and as British merchants travelled around the world, they took indian spices with them, which in turn, found their way…