Address: Venezia Place, 1160-8580 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC 6X4B3
The Molangs have been meaning to try this place for a very long time! The Taiwan Taipei Original Pot restaurant always seemed to be packed with people. A rainy Saturday night called for a hearty meal.
House Special Marinated Cucumber – $5.88
Spicy garlic marinate + crisp cool cucumbers = delicious appetizer. This really got our taste buds going.
Three Spiced Squid – $10.88
At $10.88 per dish, the portion size is a bit disappointing. Still, this dish was packed with flavours – scallions, soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, and basil. The squid rings/legs were crunchy but not chewy. Be sure to order a bowl of rice to go with it!
Traditional Bone-in Hua Diao Chicken (SM) – $20.68
The sauce in the chicken pot was very similar to that of the three spiced squid. One of the key ingredients was the premium rice wine (Hua Diao). The chicken, scallions, and veggies were cooked in a boiling pot of special sauce, and the resulting flavours were heavily concentrated. We needed an extra bowl of rice to soak up all the remaining juices/sauce/gravy (whatever you want to call it)!
Molang Scores & Verdict
Heavy and satisfying chicken!
Address: Lansdowne Centre, 221-5300 Number 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X 2C7
Toku’s ambiance can be described in three words: vibrant, modern, and spacious. Conveniently located in the Lansdowne Centre, this restaurant is highly recommended for large gatherings.
In terms of food offerings, Toku has everything you would typically see in a Japanese restaurant, but with more emphasis on chirashi dons. They have 14 different variations of these sashimi rice bowls!
Tokyo Zeitaku – $28
It was a tough decision, but we chose this particular chirashi because it had some of our favorite fish: toro (tuna belly), salmon, shrimp, chopped scallop, and hamachi (yellow tail). Freshness of the sashimi was adequate, and portion size was decent. If we were to nitpick, we wished the fish were sliced 25% chunkier/thicker. The presentation was neat, and the side dishes (including miso soup) were great additions. With all that said, $28 was pretty steep.
Mentai Kimchi Yaki Udon – $15
The plate didn’t look very big, but the that was because this dish was very heavy.
- Mentai (fish roe) sauce: salty
- Kimchi: spicy and tangy
- Bacon: fatty and salty
- Udon: thick
Still, the flavour combination was a guilty pleasure. They also added a bit of scallops in the mix. Proceed with caution, as this is definitely comfort food material.
Scallop Magma Roll – $12
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This roll contained spicy tuna and chopped scallop. It was topped with tempura bits & black sesame sauce. We enjoyed this roll, as it had good protein-to-rice ratio. It had excellent flavours and texture as well. There was no need for soy sauce because the black sesame sauce was already strong enough. Continue reading
Address: 5-421 Main Street, Tofino BC V0R
After two hours of intense (for our standards :D) stand-up paddleboarding, we felt we deserved a hearty lunch! Most of the restaurants in town were full, so we picked Sea Monster Noodle Bar, as it seemed to serve fast-er food.
For whatever reason, neither of the Molangs were drawn to noodles. Instead, we ordered two rice bowls.
Salmon Poke – $14
Awesome post-workout bowl #1. This bowl came with salmon, avocado, seaweed/dried seaweed, onions/scallions, ginger, and tobiko. We determined the marinate to be some kind of sesame oil. If you’ve ever had poke before, this would taste very familiar. Your choice of white or brown rice.
Fish Curry – $15
Awesome post-workout bowl #2! This was a Thai-inspired rice bowl as seem by the usage of green curry and coconut milk. Other toppings: white fish, prawns, cilantro, basil, bok choy, and mushrooms. The acidity of the lime juice balanced out the richness of the curry. Having spent hours in seawater, this warm curry bowl was truly satisfying to consume!
Molang Scores & Verdict
Very fresh food! For those who are health-conscious, many of their noodles/rice bowls are gluten-free (including the two we’ve reviewed)!
Address: Cartier Place, 181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 3B4
There’s always a lineup outside Toshi Sushi. At 5:30 PM, we saw at least six groups waiting for a seat. Fortunately, the staff manages their waiting list very intelligently. Patrons write their name and # of guests on the list, and are then instructed to wait outside. Name will be called when table is ready, and every diner must be present (or else no table for you)! Part of the reason why Toshi Sushi is so packed is that the restaurant itself is very small; approximately six tables only + a sushi bar. Another reason Toshi is so popular is the supposedly great food! As a party of two, we finally got a table after 90 minutes of waiting.
Cold Tofu – $5.95
Fresh firm tofu served with “fixings” – bonito flakes, wasabi, scallions, and garlic. Very light and simple appetizer. Mix the fixings with soy sauce!
Salmon Kama – $8.00
Mm… Grilled salmon cheeks. Tender, well-seasoned, crispy skins, and rich in fish oil. Another great appetizer!
Sushi rolls – Smoked salmon mango roll & ika tobi kyu – $7.95 & $4.95
Top row – smoked salmon mango roll. It was an interesting combination. The saltiness of the smoked salmon paired well with the sweetness of the mango. Texture-wise, we would’ve liked more smoked salmon 😛
Bottom row – ika tobi kyu = raw squid + flying fish roe + cucumber. I personally liked this roll better than the other one because it was well-balanced in terms of “ingredient distribution”. The varying textures were also very pleasant (sticky squid, crunchy cucumbers, and soft rice). Continue reading
Address: 1205 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC 7M2H6
Being a Korean-Chinese restaurant, Ga Hyung Ru serves something different from the usual affairs: bulgogi, BBQ, or hot pot, etc. Instead, this quaint eatery serves predominantly noodles and rice dishes; something more homey.
Seafood, Pork and Black Bean Sauce on Noodle – $12.75
It appears that the black bean sauce is one of their specialties. It had strong flavours of bean paste (obviously) and caramelized onions. The pork and seafood (which was just shrimp) were hard to see in the dark sauce, but the textures were definitely there. Overall, the sauce wasn’t too salty, and it struck a perfect balance with the noodles. Speaking of which, the noodles were quite tasty, and had a good springy texture.
O-Mu Rice – $12.50
O-Mu Rice = fried rice wrapped in an omelette. Very cute looking! As you could see, one of the major ingredient in this dish was ketchup. The fried rice was seasoned with ketchup as well, so it tasted sweet and tangy. This dish was also semi-vegetarian, since there was no meat in it.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Good comfort food with great portions! Next time we will try their bigger dishes like fried chicken 😛
Address: 4853 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Long’s Noodle House is a very… cozy restaurant. That’s the polite way of describing way. To put it more bluntly, the restaurant is a hole in a wall. It has very few seats, and on busy nights, you would have to share table with other patrons. Nonetheless, we’ve heard good things about the food!
Wine Chicken – $7.95
Drunken chicken! The presentation was pretty neat, as it looked like they dunked a whole chicken leg in Chinese cooking wine, and let it cook slowly. Though the portion was small, the chicken was delicious. Texture-wise, the meat was tender, and it practically slid off the bone. Flavour-wise, we could hardly taste the alcohol content, most of it evaporated (presumably). The remaining “juice” was very aromatic.
Yang Chow Syle Fried Rice (楊州炒飯) – $9.50
Classic fried rice that has pretty much everything – BBQ meat, shrimp, egg, and peas. As an avid fried rice fan, I could say that this was cooked very well :P. Texture was fluffy, and flavour was well-balanced. One more bonus point for not putting so much oil!
Address: 5595 Kingsway, Burnaby, Burnaby, BC V5E 3B9
This was the first time we dined at Wei Dao Cafe. From what we’ve gathered, they used to serve individually portioned, Hong Kong style dishes. As we sat down, we realized they had completely revamped their menu. They now serve family-style, traditional-Chinese cuisine.
When our server came to take our order, he tried to up-sell one of the most expensive fish specials (priced at $40). We only had two people, so… ignore that noise! We had already set our minds on three reasonably priced dishes:
Marinate Pork Intestines – $8.95
Offal isn’t for everyone, but if you can get over that psychological factor, you can discover many more tasty ingredients. 🙂 I’d say the intestines we had were cooked just long enough. The sweet soy sauce flavour was there throughout. Texture was good; nothing was too chewy.
Typhoo[n] Shelter Style Seafood Fried Rice – $13.95
I am a biased fried rice fan, so it is highly unlikely that I would hate this dish 😛 They were quite generous with the ingredients and portions, as there were lots of shrimps, scallops, and chopped cuttlefish. According to the menu, this fried rice was supposed to be spicy. They added chili flakes, but we could hardly taste them. As yummy as it was, the fried rice wasn’t very unique. Does “Typhoon Shelter” relate to the use of seafood? Continue reading