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My family and I love steamed whole chicken and our go-to is always Loong Kong Chicken 龍崗雞, part of the specialty Asian chickens raised right here in British Columbia. We just find Asian chickens more suitable for our style of cooking, when we tend to cook more Asian-inspired dishes. If you remember, last year I shared a recipe of Steamed Chicken with Spicy Green Onion Broth and it’s one of my favourite ways of how Mama Lam steams a whole chicken. The chicken is tender and flavourful, and it’s even better overnight as leftovers.

Did you know?

All BC chickens raised for their meat are allowed to roam in the barns and are considered “free run.” Also, no hormones or steroids are fed to BC chickens.

Recently, we have discovered steaming chicken in an Instant Pot or any pressure cooker. The meat is juicier and more moist, and it frees up a spot on the stove top. This would be especially beneficial come this summer if we experience yet another heat wave; it will take the heat off cooking on a stove top while still enjoying some delicious steamed chicken.

One of the chicken dishes I sometimes miss is Salt Baked Chicken 鹽焗雞. I have always loved the complex flavours on the chicken despite its deceivingly plain appearance. It’s also not something you often find at restaurants these days. So Mama Lam has come up with an easy recipe to create something similar using Instant Pot. It only takes 8 minutes inside the pressure cooker, 30 minutes if you include the building up and releasing of pressure. And the best of all, there are only 5 ingredients in this recipe and they are all pantry staples!

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Live spot prawn season opens on May 6, and BC Live Spot Prawns & Seafood is now accepting pre-orders of live spot prawns for home or office delivery across Greater Vancouver or pick-up at Ladner Wharf.

Customers can go to the BCLSPS website at bclivespotprawns.com to to place a pre-order for live spot prawns. In-person pick-ups are available at Ladner Wharf starting May 7, everyday until the end of the season.

Alternatively, BCLSPS is proud to continue offering its delivery service four days a week. With a minimum of 10lb per order, customers can have the live spot prawns delivered to their home or office – it’s a great option to share with colleagues and friends. BCLSPS was the pioneer in introducing home delivery of live spot prawns during the COVID pandemic so customers could enjoy the tasty delicacy in the safety of their own homes.

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Tea lovers can find Walini Tea, a household Indonesian tea brand since 1998, in the International Foods aisle of 500 Loblaw locations across Canada, including the Real Canadian Superstores in Metro Vancouver. Currently, four flavours from the Walini Tea Bag collection are available in-store: Black, Jasmine, Green, and Lemon. The Tea Bag collection is perfect for those who are looking for an affordable, convenient option to experience Indonesian highland tea while still reaping the health benefits of the quality product.

Made from tea leaves grown at 800-2000m above sea level, Walini Tea products offer strong flavour, distinctive character and excellent taste. Walini Tea has its own tea plantation and processing operation that sees the tea leaves be processed directly from the farm into the finished product. It ensures consistency in quality and standards, as well as the preservation of the freshness and health benefits of the tea, including catechin and other polyphenolic content that are powerful antioxidants.

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Dine Out Vancouver is back and it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary! Running from January 14-31, 2022, over 300 restaurants are offering prix fixe menus for dine-in or take-out priced between $20 and $59 (side note: this was up from $15-$54 last year). It was very exciting to be able to dine in again when things opened up last year. Things may be a bit iffy now but you can still enjoy Dine Out Vancouver whether it’s dine-in or take-out.

As per previous years, I took the time to review the menus and here are what caught my eyes, based on past experiences (Dine Out or not) as well as menu attractiveness (e.g. value for the money, choice of ingredients, creativity in the menu, enough options for two people, etc.). Also keep in mind that I curated the list based on my preference (as you know, I’m a meat lover and I’m biased against chicken and salmon) and my way of thinking, so it may not necessarily suit your taste. But hopefully this gives you a place to start.

Same as last year, with the varied price points, I have organized my list into Lunch, Dinner, Take Out, and Special Offer. I’ve included a link to the menu, as well as listed price, to make it easier for you. Remember, my recommendations are for that specific menu and specific location(s) only, even though the restaurant may have other locations and menu options. If you have been to any of them, let me know what you think!

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Nineteen beloved restaurants, cafes and breweries in the Strathcona neighbourhood in Vancouver will come together to participate in Dine Strathcona 2021. A culinary event coordinated by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, Dine Strathcona runs from November 17 to 30, 2021, to raise money in support of vulnerable community members within Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Each participating restaurant will have a menu feature, and $5 from every sale of those features will be donated to the festival’s 2021 community partner, HAVE Culinary Training Society. HAVE Culinary Training Society provides accessible food service training and employment opportunities to members of the community who face barriers to employment such as poverty, homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. Over the past 14 years they have successfully trained 1,200 students with over 75% of them gaining steady employment in the tourism and hospitality industry.

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