A new Chinese restaurant popped up in Central Richmond earlier last month — Home BBQ, serving Szechuan Chinese dishes such as grilled skewers and spicy chili hotpot 麻辣燙. Out of curiosity, we checked it out.


What caught our eyes was one of their signature items named Barbecue Chilled Noodles ($4.99). If it’s barbecued, how can it be chilled?! We were intrigued.

Turns out it’s quite similar to the Shanghainese beef wrap, but instead of a pancake, it’s a big piece of noodle. And instead of sliced braised beef, it’s a mixture of ham and green onion. OK maybe they are not very similar but you get the idea. The flavour was not bad. The noodle itself, even though brushed with an egg wash, is quite bland but the green onion & ham combo made some good fillings. The green onions weren’t cooked through, so there’s still that punch you got from raw green onion. It may get a bit messy to eat as the little pieces of filling fell out of the wrap. That said, I’m still not sure how it’s chilled noodles – the server couldn’t explain to us.

Barbecue Chilled Noodles

Then, we ordered a while bunch of Grilled Skewers Continue Reading »

Pizzas, beer and board games – how can you go wrong with that? Courtesy of Panago Pizza, Mr. and I threw a pizza party and hosted 6 other friends last weekend.

#PanagoChallenge Pizza Party

Panago is currently featuring six fall pizza flavours, and lucky for us, we got to try each one of them:

  • Deluxe Tropical Hawaiian #dlxtropicalhawaiian
    Sweet + smoky tropical sauce, bacon, extra Canadian ham, extra pineapple, mozzarella + cheddar
  • Steak Mushroom Melt #steakmushroommelt
    Cheezy cheddar sauce, steak, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, mozzarella + cheddar
  • Chicken Club #chickenclub
    Jalapeno white sauce, grilled chicken, Canadian ham, bacon, tomatoes + mozzarella
  • Chipotle Chicken #chipotlechicken
    Chipotle cilantro sauce, grilled chicken, roasted corn medley seasoned with onion, red + green peppers, topped with mozzarella + cheddar
  • BBQ Chicken #bbqchicken
    BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, bacon, caramelized onions, red peppers, mozzarella + cheddar
  • Veggie Mediterranean #veggiemed
    Fresh passata tomato sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives, red peppers, baby spinach leaves, red onions, feta cheese + mozzarella

#PanagoChallenge Pizza Party

To us, a pizza party wouldn’t be complete without some beer. Continue Reading »

In an earlier post, I mentioned that we made some apple roses for our thanksgiving dinner. It was quite easy to make, and I think it’s a very romantic finish to any dinner with your loved ones.

Apple Rose

Apple Rose Recipe

The recipe is originated from this YouTube video by Cooking with Manuela. We made some adjustments because 1) we didn’t think it would be sweet enough and 2) we made extra jam mixture to add more moisture to this, so our recipe here is slightly different.


  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 2 Fuji apples
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 40g of peach jelly
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Water, to soften the apples
  • Flour, to sprinkle the counter

Directions Continue Reading »

Traditionally it’s not in our culture to celebrate Thanksgiving. Instead, we celebrate Moon Festival (aka Mid Autumn Festival). But this year, as newlyweds, we did something different and invited 4 friends over for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Courtesy of Echelon Foods, we received one of their Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium Roasts and that was the star of our Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, it’s a turducken roast with Italian sausage stuffing and wrapped with bacon. A 3kg meaty goodness. It’s going to be an epic dinner!

Echelon Foods Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium RoastEchelon Foods Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium Roast

Preparation was quite simple. Continue Reading »

My job sometimes takes me to places, and when it does, I could be treated to some pretty cool experiences that I otherwise may not plan for myself. Last month I went to Campbell River for a conference, and we were taken to visit a local distillery.

The Shelter Point Distillery is BC’s only pot distilled single malt whisky distillery and the second one in Canada. Single malt whisky, as suggested by the name, means the whisky is only distilled at a single location and not blended with whisky from any other distillery. The whisky is produced from 100% malted barley.

Pot stills at Shelter Point Distillery

The pot stills at Shelter Point are hand made and shipped from Northern Scotland. They are are 18ft tall, 1/4 inch thick, and according to the staff, the use of copper (vs. stainless steel, aluminum, brass or other material) helps pull the sulfur from the product, which may otherwise taste bitter and not be as smooth.

Fermentation Tanks at Shelter Point Distillery

While the whisky is being aged in the American oak bourbon barrels, Shelter Point is also producing some single malt, triple distilled vodka. Continue Reading »

Continuing last year’s tradition, Vancouverites once again celebrated Oktoberfest at Harvest Haus, under the big tent at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. This year, they extended the event to run over two weekends. Mr. and I went to the Friday seating on the second weekend, checking out the German-style food, beer, live music and entertainers.

Harvest Haus 2015

Clearly craft beer has become increasingly popular here in Vancouver, so has food and beer pairing. Given Germany is known for its beer, its dishes must be great for beer pairing. We’ve put some food dishes to the test with Samuel Adams, a US craft brewery that I have been spotting at many local food events, supporting and promoting the idea of food and beer pairing.

Samuel Adams Booth

At Harvest Haus, Samuel Adams was serving two brews: Boston Lager, its flagship beer, and OctoberFest, its seasonal beer that emulates the traditional Oktoberfestbier. On its own, the Boston Lager has an amber-ish hue, light and quite easy drinking. It’s a good entry-level craft beer for most, and the taste and mouthfeel is quite suitable for drinking all year long. On the other hand, OctoberFest is similar to brown ale, slightly heavier with more prominent hoppy note, and it’s a good transition beer into the fall season (before we start getting into stout and imperial ale and alike).

Cheers at Harvest Haus

We had our eyes on the Bratwurst from Oyama and Pork Hock (Schweinshaxn) from Yummy Foodies.
Continue Reading »

When Bryan (the “beer guy”) isn’t writing about beer I put him to work as my camera man – so he and I were proud and honoured to represent VanFoodies at the 11th Annual ChefmeetsBCGrape while our fearless leader, Joyce, had other work commitments. The ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting is a fundraiser for the Arts Club Theatre to support the local theatre arts while showcasing BC food paired with BC VQA Wine.

Very “handy” third hand provided at the event

Very “handy” third hand provided at the event

The event started off with a bang with my favourite dessert of the evening (and, needless to say, favourite dish overall):

Chocolate gianduja pate with sour cherry compote

Chocolate gianduja pate with sour cherry compote, lychee foam and toffee brittle paired with Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2014 presented by P2B Bistro & Bar

I’ve never had chocolate in a pate form before but let me tell you, it was smooth, creamy, not too sweet, and went beautifully with the toffee brittle crunch. The lychee foam and sour cherry compote disappeared behind the richness of the chocolate but gave it an interesting look with the white bubbles and pop of red colour. I found the white wine pairing quite surprising and would have preferred something equally as rich to balance with the chocolate/toffee flavours such as a Cabernet Sauvignon – the Pinot Gris was washed out by this delicious and delightful treat.

Now being Aussie I am a lamb fan (it’s a national Aussie meat) but I don’t find many Canadians who enjoy it. However, on this night, I only heard positive feedback from everyone I spoke to regarding this dish:

Sous-vide lamb sirloin slider

Sous-vide lamb sirloin slider, grey baby cheese, smoked tomato relish and beet chip paired with Upper Bench Winery Estate Grown Merlot 2012 presented by Provence Marinaside

The combination of flavours was well balanced with an equally balanced wine that paired very well with the strong flavours of the meat and cheese. Continue Reading »


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