Vietnamese Food @ Gia Minh

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Location: 6181 Fraser Street, Vancouver

7:00 pm on a Friday night, Deer Garden on Fraser was packed with people. Being impatient and hungry, the Molangs decided to grab a quick bite somewhere else in the neighborhood. Gia Minh was just a block away.

This is a relatively new restaurant that opened in August 2015. Ambiance-wise, this place is a tier above “hole-in-a-wall”. In other words, it’s what you would expect from most pho places in Vancouver.

The service staff wasn’t very friendly, nor were they ticked-off. We didn’t expect to be treated like royalty, but a little enthusiasm would have been nice. Also, they implicitly rushed us to order, even though we just sat down less than a minute ago. It wasn’t like there was a huge line of patrons waiting… 😦

Anyway, let’s talk about the food. The main dishes (noodles or rice) are decently priced at around $8 to $10. We ordered one appetizer and two soup noodles.

House Special Sub ($3.95)

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Banh Mi!

This “appetizer” could easily be a complete meal. We ordered the pork sandwich (they also have chicken), which came with ham, some kind of luncheon meat, some kind of pate, and assorted veggies. We liked the bun, as it was crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. The sandwich was quite refreshing to eat, until you bite into the hidden jalapeno pepper. Watch out!

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Quick lunch @ Yuu Japanese Tapas

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Location: Continental Centre, 1111-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond

The Molangs came to Yuu Japanese Tapas for a late lunch/quick snack on a Saturday afternoon. This is a restaurant in the Continental Centre, so parking easy and free. Note: if you don’t want to deal with lol Richmond drivers, park near TD because there’s going to be more vacant spots.

Despite the restaurant name, this place served a wide range of Japanese food. Other than tapas, you may also order ramen, yakisoba, rice bowls, sizzling plates, hot pot, and desserts. They also serve 4 pages worth of specialty drinks (mostly concoctions of fruit + Calpis/pop).

Although the tapas are reasonably priced (~$5-$9), they are mostly fried dishes, and we didn’t feel like ordering any of them. Instead, we chose ramen and a drink.

Ramen in hot & sour tonkotsu broth (topped with BBQ pork, cheese, bean sprouts, and corn) + Hello Kitty (strawberry + Calpis)

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