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What happens when you have 5 Chinese people having dinner at a Taiwanese restaurant? You order weird food!! Flipping through the menu at Maji and we basically picked out some of the weirdest items there.

Food

OK, so it’s “weird” in terms of Canadian standard but the ingredients were no stranger to the 5 of us. Did you know you can order just chicken skin as a dish? The Crispy Chicken Skin was basically Chicharrón with chicken. It’s like eating chicken-flavoured chips. It was crispy, crunchy, seasoned with some garlic, salt and pepper, and a little bit of heat from the sliced chili peppers. It reminded me of the Taiwanese popcorn chicken, except it’s all skin. And because it was really just the skin, there was no fatty bits and it wasn’t too greasy either. Perfect to go with beer!

Crispy Chicken Skin

The Five Flavour Squid was very refreshing. The squid pieces were beautifully scored so they curled up to a nice presentation. They were blenched just right, not chewy, and with a hint of sweetness in the meat. Then they were mixed with a “five flavour” sauce, which had the savoury, umami flavours. The cucumber slices were lightly pickled, so it’s a perfect starter to whet your appetite. It looked simple but a really tasty dish.

Five Flavour Squid

Having had Fried Pork Intestines for quite some time, and I forgot how good they could taste! (more…)

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In the last year or so, one kind of Chinese restaurant suddenly popped up everywhere – fish soup noodles. It’s a type of round rice noodles in fish-based broth. Its unique selling proposition is that the soup base is MSG-free. That should attract a huge customer base.

Of course we decided to give it a try as well. We went to the one in Continental Centre, which claims to the first ever fish soup noodles restaurant in Metro Vancouver (the company claims so, this is the second store of the chain).

Menu

Menu

Food

To place your order, each customer needs to fill out a form (not per table, per individuals). You select your own soup base, type of noodles and two toppings. Each noodle combo also comes with a Cantonese style coffee or milk tea.

Create your own noodle combo

Create your own noodle combo

You can order extra toppings and side dishes at a cost. (Tips: each bowl of noodles already includes some mushroom, cabbage and fresh bean curd aka tofu skin. Unless you want extra, don’t order those for toppings!)

Each noodle combo comes with milk tea or coffee

Each noodle combo comes with milk tea or coffee

My combo was Chaochou Style Dried Fish and Minced Pork Fish Soup + Thick Rice Noodles + Sliced Beef and Fish Puff. (more…)

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