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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.

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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 (more…)

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As our days get longer and some days are nice and sunny, I think it’s a call for a return to our beloved food trucks. I’m still surprised by how many food trucks I haven’t tried, even those that have been around for quite some time, or those that are within foot steps from my workplace. First one this year, Mr. Shawarma near the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel.

Mr. Shawarma

Food

The menu is pretty simple: pita wraps, boxes and fries/poutine. I have heard that its boxes are pretty big, so I opted for the smaller Beef Pita Wrap instead. Looking at the menu and one phrase caught my attention – Potato Fries Stuffed in Wrap — what?! Now I’m intrigued.

Beef Pita Wrap

The wrap was still pretty decent in size. It had lots of beef inside, a bit dry on its own but the sauces helped keep it all together. I like the nutty flavour in the Tahini sauce. You have the choice of spicy or not spicy with your wrap or box; I ordered the wrap spicy so it had a nice hint of heat without being overpowering. And there were the potato fries! (more…)

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My coworkers and I were quite excited about the addition of the Reef Runner near our office, the food truck version of the Reef, a popular Caribbean restaurant in Vancouver. We picked a sunny day to trek a couple blocks to try it out.

The Reef Runner

The Reef Runner

Food

The only experience I had with the Reef was when we ordered catering for the office, which means the food had probably sat out for close to an hour before it got to my tummy. You can imagine how (not) fresh the food tasted, and that’s why I never wrote about the restaurant. Until now.

My Jerk Chicken Roti was wrapped in tinfoil, sitting in a paper container. If it were a combo (which I didn’t get), there would be a generous serving of plantain chips on the side. For some reason, I pictured a burrito-shaped wrap, but it was more like a square wrap. I attempted to unwrap the foil to show you the roti, but it was so soft and droopy that I thought it would slip right out of my hands! I decided to keep it intact so I wouldn’t wear most of it.

Jerk Chicken Roti

Jerk Chicken Roti

And yes, it was droopy. As I slowly opened up my wrap, the sauce already leaked out of the wrap and got onto the foil, made it even harder to hold. After struggling with the unwrapping process, I finally dug in for my first bite. (more…)

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You all probably don’t know, but I actually live in the Tri-cities area. A girl in the suburb who dreams about living a life in the urban centre. haha. My posts usually focus on Vancouver but from time to time I might discover gems in my ‘hood. So the other day, Mr. and I checked out Crepe Delicious at Coquitlam Centre. I’ve walked by the store numerous times, but apparently they’ve been around for almost 2 years. No idea why it took me this long to give them a try!

Food

The concept is pretty simple: crepes, savoury and sweet crepes. They also serve panini sandwiches but that only takes up a tiny corner of its menu.

We tried two savoury crepes and one sweet crepe. First up, the Garden Ham. It was pretty interesting because we saw how the staff cracked the egg on the crepe, so as she folded it, the cooked egg would be sandwiched between the crepe layers.

Cracked an egg on the crepe

Cracked an egg on the crepe

Frankly neither of the savoury crepes looks interesting on the outside, so let’s hope the filling tastes good.

Garden Ham

Garden Ham – Diced ham, lettuce, tomato, cheese & mayo

It was not bad, but to me, I found it rather light. (more…)

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Continuing my food truck adventures with KB and AM, our next stop was Soho Road Naan Kebab. It was their second last day stationed at the corner of Howe and Smithe. As of today, they should be at Granville and Georgia, a much more central location, in my opinion.

Soho Road Naan Kebab

Soho Road Naan Kebab

Food

I believe in “less is more” when it comes to menu planning, that excelling in a small menu is much better than doing mediocre in a large menu. Therefore, I was pleased to see a focused menu – just 4 items. Each customer also receives a sample of Mango Lassi for free. It’s really good but would be even better if properly chilled. Couldn’t tell whether you could actually order a full size drink or not.

Mango Lassi Sample

a Mango Lassi Sample

Of the three meat options, I chose Tandoori Chicken, given that they claim to serve “Traditional UK Tandoori” – it must be their specialty item. The skewers of tandoori chicken does look pretty good on the back of the truck.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

It does take a few minutes for the food, but I know it’s freshly made. (more…)

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