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While I’m on my quest to a tasty cup of brown sugar pearl latte, I’ve also noticed the increasing number of bubble tea franchises popping up in Vancouver. One of the latest addition is Onezo Tapioca in Burnaby, with its location only steps away from Metrotown.

Bubble Teas

Of course, I had to order its Dirty Tea Series to try its brown sugar pearls. For an apple-to-apple comparison, I chose the Brown Sugar Dirty Milk 脏脏茶. As usual, the brown sugar pearls are of limited availability. We caught it just in time, showing up at 3:45pm for the 3:30pm batch on a Saturday. Luckily, there was barely a line up, only a few people in front of us. The pearls were nice and warm when the drink first got into my hands. They had good, soft yet chewy texture. The flavour reminded me of creme caramel — the warm toffee, caramel flavour. Almost buttery.

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Have you heard of the trendy Brown Sugar Pearl Latte? Almost all, if not all, bubble tea shops are making those. I have jumped on this BBT bandwagon and the most recent stop was visiting the Exposure Social House in Richmond. It took over the Shake Shake Tea space at Empire Centre.

Exposure Social House in Richmond

Bubble Teas

Their Devil’s Fresh Milk (aka the Brown Sugar Pearl Latte) uses Avalon Organic Milk. The choice of milk made it taste quite rich, along with the caramel flavour in the brown sugar pearls. The pearls were warm, soft yet remain in good texture. Their sign said the Devil’s Fresh Milk is available at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 8:30pm but we were there at 2:30pm on a Saturday and they still had it available.

Devil's Fresh Milk at Exposure Social House

I’ve always liked a good roasted milk tea at BBT places.

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Mr. and I were planning a dinner with his friends one weekend, and we’re all craving Asian food. In Richmond. Endless options, I know. We narrowed it down to Taiwanese, and came to Memory Corner just steps away from Richmond Centre.

Food

Between the two of us, we shared a few things. First, the Taiwanese Deep Fried Crispy Chicken 鹽酥雞 is like a staple item for us whenever we go for Taiwanese food. This was a generous portion! It was crispy outside, and the meat was tender, moist inside. The breading was quite thin so it wasn’t all breading that we were eating. The Thai basil on top was not just a garnish; because it’s slightly fried, it actually added some aroma and subtle flavours to the chicken nuggets as well.

Taiwanese Deep Fried Crispy Chicken

LH told us that the Satay Lamb series at Memory Corner is really good. According to its website and signage at the restaurant, this is a 3rd-generation of a family restaurant that specializes in lamb cuisine. We had to order one of those dishes.

The Satay Lamb with Fried Noodles 沙茶羊肉炒麵 was very good!
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A 5th location of Chatime, a bubble tea franchise originated from Taiwan, has just opened in Surrey. Thanks to our friends at ChineseBites, I checked out the location before its grand opening day.

Drinks

At Chatime, not only do you get to choose from some 80-90 different drinks off the menu, you also get to customize your drinks by adding toppings and selecting your desired ice and sugar level:

  • Toppings ($0.50 each): Pearl / Grass Jelly / Pudding / Coconut Jelly / Coffee Jelly / Red Bean / Aloe Vera / Rainbow Jelly
  • Ice Options: 0% / 80% / Regular (100%) / 120%
  • Sugar Options: 0% / 30% / 50% / 80% / Regular (100%) / 120%

Chatime Pyramid

With that, here are the few drinks I tried:

Mango Green Tea (80% ice, 80% sugar, with Coconut Jelly) – This is often my go-to bubble tea because I’m a big mango fan. I only ordered it with 80% sugar, so it wasn’t overly sweet like most other ones I’ve had in the past. I could taste both the mango flavouring as well as the green tea. Nothing too special because it’s just a mango green tea, but definitely one of the better versions I’ve had in town.

Matcha Tea Latte (80% ice, 80% sugar) – Matcha Latte seems to be a popular item everywhere, including chain coffee shops such as Blenz and Waves. Naturally, I decided to order one at Chatime. (more…)

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It may already be September but we are not quite finished with the hot weather yet. On those occasional warm days, you would be craving icy treats. Actually for Mr., he would just crave icy treats on a random day, even if it’s cold outside!

So, it’s only fitting that we accepted an invitation from ChineseBites to check out Icy Bar near Boundary and Kingsway. They also have another location at Knight and Kingsway.

Food

As a group tasting, you can imagine the amount of dishes we sampled. Here are some highlights for me:

Mango Ice Cream Mochi Icy – This is like mango heaven! Fresh mango with mango sauce drizzle on top of vanilla ice cream and shaved ice. I like the addition of mochi balls for some chewy texture, otherwise it would be all liquidy, especially when the ice cream and shaved ice starts to melt.

Mango Ice Cream Mochi Icy

Chocolate Honey Toast – This is like a new take on thick toast. The thick toast is cut into cubes, nicely stacked into a pile, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce drizzle. The thick toast is slightly sweetened; the flavour almost reminds you of condensed milk. It’s crispy, crunchy on the outside, and it’s still soft and chewy inside. The thick toast cubes are served warm, so you have to eat quickly otherwise the warm toast would melt the ice cream!

Chocolate Honey Toast

Mixed Icy – Choose from 30 different toppings including red bean, green bean, taro, coconut jelly, lemon jelly, mochi, grass jelly, tapioca, mango, lychee poppers, basil seed and more. (more…)

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There was once a restaurant called Chill. It was on a quiet section of Kingsway. With its dark awning and dim lighting, no one ever knew its existence. And before you knew, it closed down.

Not too long after, a new awning came to take its place. Its name was 508 Bistro. With a little more flare and a little more colour, the restaurant was revived.

Overview

Just the fact that they had an awning that was visible in the dark, and a brightly lit interior that made me realize it was open, was enough to convince me to give them a try. Chill wasn’t terrible, but I had only found out its existence because my friend worked there. It’s a wonder how anyone found that place at night.

508 didn’t even bother changing the interior (not that it needs to be changed), they just turned on the lights, and the people came.

What went in

Hungry from the start, we came here for a quick dinner. We ordered an appetizer, two rice, and two dishes. There were a few creative menu items mixed into the usual affair. For example, the Kong Pow Century Egg.

Kung Pow Century Egg

For those of you that aren’t in-the-know, Century Egg is this disgusting looking black preserved egg. And as with many things that look awful, it’s delicious beyond belief. And the only thing that stops me from having it for breakfast is the ridiculous amount of cholesterol in it. You wouldn’t think so, but the sweet and tangy sauce in this dish went well with the Century Egg. If you are open to mixing strange flavours, give this a try.

Stir-fried Lamb with Cumin Spice

Our other dish was the much more common Stir-fried Lamb with Cumin Spice. This is a well-known combination in Chinese dishes, and difficult to screw up. (more…)

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Around the Lower Mainland, a gazillion Bubble Tea places are sprinkled neatly in residential districts, shopping centres, and strip malls. Many of them, like Tri-ty Café, serve food as well; these are known as Taiwanese style restaurants. I’ve been told by my source that the dishes served at these places are typically street foods in Taiwan, which is one of the things Taiwan is famous for.

Overview

The outside of the restaurant is unremarkable, it gets lost in the plaza. Even after you step inside, it doesn’t quite distinguish itself from the other bubble tea places I’ve seen. This isn’t necessarily a bad for me; I like the girl-next-door type restaurants, and girls, but they do have to taste good going down, the restaurants that is.

Tri-ty Café has a big menu for a little place. The food varies from hotpots, noodle soups, rice dishes, to tapas. The ordering system is similar to an AYCE hotpot place: all you have to do is check off the stuff you want on the menu, and hand it over to the server. (more…)

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