Last weekend we checked out the Columbia StrEAT in New Westminster, featuring more than 50 food trucks from the Lower Mainland. We tried a few trucks, including Fliptop Filipino Fusion. This food truck is usually in the Fairview area during the week, not in my ‘hood, so I was quite excited about the opportunity to try them.
Suggested by the truck name, their menu is a fusion of North American favourites with Filipino flavours. You would find pulled pork sandwich, philly cheesesteak, sliders and tacos with a Filipino twist. Two things caught my eyes.
First, Lumpiang Shanghai is the meat version of Lumpia, which are deep fried spring rolls in rice roll wrappers. These mini spring rolls were perfect for sharing, and they tasted awesome! I would’ve preferred just a bit more soy or seasoning in the meat, but I liked that there was a lot of meat in the filling, no fillers! Spring rolls were crispy, and we really enjoyed the sprinkle of nori (seaweed) and fried leeks on top. The dipping sauce reminded me of Thai chili sauce, but thinner and more acidic. $7 for 6 of these springs rolls was a pretty good deal.
Next was the Pacman Pandesal Sliders. Pandesal is Filipino bread roll; they were firmer, denser with a cake-like texture. Continue Reading »
Posted in Asian, Burger, Food Truck Series, Food Trucks, Joyce, Meat, New Westminster, Restaurants, Sandwiches, Vancouver | Tagged Columbia StrEAT, Fliptop Filipino Fusion, Food Truck, Lumpia, Lumpiang, Pandesal, Sliders, Spring Rolls | 1 Comment »
Earlier this year a mysterious food truck showed up at the corner of Granville and West Pender, selling just two things: hamburgers or cheeseburgers. The truck didn’t seem to have a name, so it has just been called 2.85 Hamburger because, well, that’s how much it costs to get a burger there. Word has spread and many people have gone. I finally decided to give it a try.
And yes, there are only two items. $2.85 for a hamburger or $3.50 for a cheeseburger. Tax extra. I ordered the Hamburger and it came to $3 after tax.
Wait time was minimal; I only waited for about 5 minutes after placing the order even though there were probably 10 other burgers in the making. Continue Reading »
Posted in Burger, Fast Food, Food Truck Series, Food Trucks, Joyce, Lunch, Meat, Restaurants, Sandwiches, Vancouver | Tagged burger, Cheeseburger, fast food, food cart, Food Truck, Granville Street, Hamburger, Hamburger $2.85 | Leave a Comment »
With different Japanese izakayas popping up around town, it’s been forever since I last visited a Guu location. I remember the Thurlow location was my very first izakaya that I’ve visited in Vancouver and it was such a unique experience: the screaming servers, the exchange of Japanese throughout the room and the long list of small plates that we could order. It was so much fun I took a visiting guest to Guu Garlic after. Now, years later, I’m back.
Guu Garlic’s name came from the extra use of garlic at this particular location, and it still holds true to this day. With my girlfriends, we ordered a number of dishes. First, the Salmon Sashimi didn’t look super fatty at first, but it’s actually quite good. It tasted fresh and did have a bit of the fatty texture.
And so we had an encore of sashimi. The Assorted Sashimi included salmon, scallops and tuna tataki. Not very many pieces so I’m not sure if it’s the best value, but the scallops were sweet and the tuna tataki was skillfully thinly seared on the outside.
Funny enough, we also ordered the Tuna Tataki (when a bunch of hungry women blindly ordering food off a menu, there could be a lot of similar items lol). The difference here was that they made it more like a salad by including some greens, ponzu sauce and a generous serving of crispy garlic chips (remember I talked about the use of garlic? Proof #1). I prefer this iteration of tuna tataki, using the slightly acidic ponzu sauce, over the sashimi version with just soy sauce.
The last raw dish was the Yellow Tail Carpaccio. The flavour of yellow tail (hamachi) is quite delicate, so the sauce was a bit too over-powering in my opinion. The garlic chips (Proof #2) and sliced onion were actually a bit sweet (though also a bit spicy) so they did work with this plate.
Ebi Mayo is my must-have at all izakayas. Continue Reading »
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I don’t eat out fast food very often; but when fast food joints release interesting menu items, I’m often intrigued and want to give it a try. Two recent items were Wendy’s Pretzel Burger and Tim Hortons’s Maple Breakfast Biscuit.
I’ve always been a huge fan of brioche buns, but lately I’ve found a new love in pretzel buns. Pretzel buns, not pretzels. In contrary to the eggy flavour, slight sweetness and pillowy texture in brioche buns, I also quite enjoy the slight saltiness and chewiness in pretzel buns. Traditional German pretzels are just too hard and chewy for my liking. That being said, Prohibition Tasting Room’s Pretzel Knots are also up there on my “have again” list of pretzel interpretation.
Not trusting burgers at fast food restaurants, Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, to my surprise, was quite good. Patty was of decent thickness, still juicy; I was worried that the bacon strips would be cooked to death, to extreme crisp, but they were still moist and added oily dripping mess to the burger. Pretzel bun was soft with a bit of a chew. By the way, you know how McDonald’s burgers look nothing like what they show in pictures/ads? My burger looked just like what they have on the website – now that’s impressive! Overall, a burger that I would actually eat again, and Mr. concurred.
Breakfast sandwich is another indulgence for me, a change of pace from my regular cereal breakfast. Continue Reading »
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In Richmond, you will never run out of ideas for Chinese food: seafood restaurant, Hong Kong cafe, noodle house, Shanghainese, etc. There are many long-standing restaurants, but new ones also pop up all over the city. Recently, a soup house was opened on Alexandra Road, specialized in hearty soups without the use of MSG. I took the soup expert, aka Mama Lam, along with Papa Lam and Mr., to give them a try.
Of course we had to try their soups. The small size, which serves up 3 bowls of soup, costs $12 each; some soup items are available in a bigger size for $48. To allow us to try more, we ordered two small soups. The Dried Vegetable, Almonds & Lung Soup brought nostalgic feelings to us as my grandparents used to make it for us when we were living in HK. You can taste a hint of sweetness from the dried bok choy and meaty flavours from the pig’s lung. The lung is soft and mushy yet spongy, not at all an unpleasant texture (for me anyway, non-Chinese may think otherwise). I quite liked eating it.
The elegant clay soup pot was piping hot when it arrived at the table and we must leave it to the trained server to pour out the soup, to avoid burning our hands. And as advertised, it’s not heavily salted (borderline under-seasoned) nor do you feel thirsty afterwards (the common side effect of eating a lot of MSG). I was convinced that they didn’t use MSG in their soups.
The second one was the Zhao’s Free-Range Chicken Soup. It’s named after the restaurant so I would assume it’s their signature soup. Continue Reading »
Posted in Chinese, Comfort Food, Dinner, Joyce, Meat, Restaurants, Richmond, Seafood, Soup | Tagged Alexandra Road, chicken, Clay Pot, Fish Head, Pork Intestines, Richmond, Shanghainese, Soup, Zhao's Soup House | Leave a Comment »
If you have been keeping track, you would know that we are just one day away from White Spot’s annual Pirate Pak Day. Tomorrow, and tomorrow only, August 13, 2014, White Spot will once again make available its popular Adult Pirate Paks.
Unleash your inner child on this day and indulge in classic Pirate Pak items including the Legendary Burger, Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger and BC Chicken Burger. For each Pirate Pak sold, White Spot will donate $2 to Zajac Ranch for Children. To-date they have raised close to 269,000 for Zajac Ranch through this initiative!
The special edition “Adult Pak” is only available on August 13 and starts at $11.99. Continue Reading »
Posted in Burger, Dessert, Dinner, Joyce, News | Tagged Adult Pak, Blueberry Pie, burger, eat local, fundraiser, Pirate Pak, Pirate Pak Day, White Spot, Zajac Ranch | Leave a Comment »
Trees Organic is no stranger to me, as I often schedule coffee meet at the centrally-located Granville store. I have also bought its cheesecakes for birthdays before, a bit pricey but they are very good. So when I heard that they are running a promo on National Cheesecake Day on July 30, I jumped on the opportunity to learn more about it.
On Wednesday, July 30, and that day only, all Trees Organic store will be selling their cheesecakes at half price. That means you can get a slice of their cheesecake at the very affordable price of $3.5-$3.75 or a whole cheesecake starting at $10 each.
Talking to the Director of Operations, Chris, I learned that they make their cheesecakes in-house at the Kits location then ship to all other stores. The process takes about 2 days from start to ready-to-serve, so the bakers probably have been quite busy getting ready for National Cheesecake Day, and if they run out, they are out!
In addition to the regular flavours, right now they are featuring the Mango Splash. Not only does it have mango flavour but it also has real mango pieces, I mean big chunks of mango inside the cheesecake. Continue Reading »
Posted in Cafe, Coffee, Dessert, Joyce, News, Restaurants, Vancouver | Tagged announcement, cheesecake, Granville Street, Kitsilano, Mango, National Cheesecake Day, Smoothie, Trees Organic | 2 Comments »