Address: 5755 Cowrie St, Sechelt, BC V0N3A0
The Molangs went on a weekend getaway to Sunshine Coast. As we stopped by the heart of Sechelt on a Saturday evening, we decided to have dinner at the Saffron Restaurant.
All signs suggested that Saffron is an Indian restaurant – the billboard, the interior decor, the restaurant sign, and even the first 3/5 of the menu! Later we found out that it is actually a “multicultural” restaurant; i.e. on top of curries, they also serve hamburgers, ribs, pizza, and pasta! Very interesting. We decided to go with one Eastern and one Western dish.
Lamb Vindaloo – $18.75
Vindaloo is a sauce consisting of white wine, ginger, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. The one we ordered was extremely SPICY! To be fair, our server did warn us about the spiciness, but it was even beyond our expectation! Consequently, this dish was very one-note. The extreme spiciness overpowered any other subtle flavours. The lamb was a bit bland too. Rice was okay and aromatic. Naan had to be ordered on the side for extra $2. They were thicker and denser than the traditional naan. Continue reading
Address: 11590 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC6V1G5
Kiyo Sushi is located in the less busy area of Richmond. It doesn’t look like the fanciest Japanese restaurant, but the food quality is up there among the best. For dinner, we ordered four dishes.
Salmon Aburi Sushi – $15
True to its name, this sushi roll is loaded with salmon. There wasn’t any “fillers” (e.g. avocado, cucumber, or imitation crab meat) inside; it was straight up a huge chunk of salmon sashimi! The charred salmon on the outside not only added a different flavour, but a melt-in-your mouth texture as well. Don’t underestimate the tiny bit of greens up top. Seriously, those gave the sushi roll a sophisticated aroma.
Negima – $7.50
It may look like chicken, but it is actually grilled tuna on the skewer. It was nice to eat fully cooked tuna for once. The flavour wasn’t too heavy, as the skewers weren’t drenched in soy sauce. Texture-wise, the fish was like a very tender chicken breast. Continue reading
The Molangs are back to eating in 2017!
Location: Continental Plaza, Richmond, BC
Indecisive again about what to have for supper, we ultimately chose Old Xian’s Food because it looked like they serve inexpensive noodles that are somewhat out of the ordinary (i.e. not ramen or the Hong Kong style pick-your-combination noodles).
We are 99% sure that this restaurant recently moved to Yuu Tapa’s original location. The interior layout looked too familiar; it just had a different wallpaper. Nothing special about the ambiance. The place was clean, well-lit, and spacious enough.
There is quite a vast selection of noodles – beef, pork, and lamb. All of their noodles were supposedly hand-pulled by the chef. The two that we chose were what we thought were the most appealing at the time.
Braised Pork Belly Noodles -$9.50
This was what they called a “half-soup” noodle. What they meant was that the soup was thicker (almost like a dipping sauce), and it didn’t fill the bowl to the brim. The pork was very delicious. It was so tender that it melted in our mouths. The soup/sauce was a tad too salty for our liking.
They let us choose our own noodle type: broad, thin, or “Baing Baing”. Obviously, we chose Baing Baing out of curiosity. We learned that Baing Baing is even wider than their broad noodle. It also had more bite to it. In our bowl, I swear there were, in total, two strands of noodles! To be fair, those were extremely long strands. Because of the large length and width, we found the noodles rather difficult to eat (and share). Continue reading
Address: 6345 Fraser Street, Vancouver BC V5W 3A3
After experiencing Enchant, the Molangs were craving for some hot food. We wandered all the way to South Fraser Street, and among numerous cash-only restaurants, we finally found a place that accepted credit cards – So Hyang Korean Cuisine.
First and foremost, we would like to commend their staff for a superb service. Their friendliness, helpfulness, and efficiency made our dining experience that much better!
For our late dinner, we simply ordered a hotpot for two.
Gam Ja Tang – $24.95
This was a classic hot pot with pork bone, potatoes, and veggies. The meat had been slowly cooked to be point that it would just melt off the bones. The soup was satisfyingly flavourful; especially on a snowy day! For spiciness level, we asked for “mild”, but it turned out to be closer to “medium” (not a complaint; just stating our observation :P).
All the side dishes were refillable, and we enjoyed the variety.
- Kimchi – something spicy
- Potatoes – something sweet and filling
- Bean sprouts – something crunchy
- Fish cakes – something sweet and mushy
Molang Scores & Verdict
Excellent food and service. Prices were lower than comparable restaurants in the city as well 🙂
Address: 2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B1
Here comes another brunch review! This time, the Molangs came to the Tangent Cafe on Commercial Drive (aka “The Drive”). We were attracted by Tangent Cafe because they advertised themselves as a Malaysian-fusion restaurant. Little did we know, the 99% of their Malaysian-inspired dishes are for lunch/dinner only 😛 No biggie, let’s check out their brunch offerings anyway!
Smoked Meat Hash – $13
I love breakfast/brunch food that you can eat with a single fork (i.e. minimal effort)! 😀 The hash consisted of Montreal smoked meat, potatoes, onions, and red peppers. It was so satisfying to eat. For an extra layer of texture, mix in the egg yolks. Combined with the fruit and bread (of your choice), this was a well-balanced dish to start our weekend. Continue reading
Address: 12351 3 Ave, Richmond, BC V7E 2Z1 (really it’s by Steveston Wharf)
We (the “Molangs”) went to the Santa Claus event at Steveston this past weekend, and boy, was it cold. I was freezing, but a cup of Blenz hot chocolate and a complimentary Santa hat (yea!) really helped block the wind.
Santa Claus actually arrives by boat at the Steveston harbour, and is greeted by a sea of families (not pun intended) with Santa hats.
It was quite the sight. I mean, who knew Santa would arrive by boat and is escorted by the RCMP?
We checked out the Cannery Market, which was very packed! Apparently Santa would be joining everybody for photos later in the afternoon in the market.
Anyways, on to the food part! Pajo’s Fish and Chips was our lunch destination. We’ve been to Steveston many times, mostly over the summer, and often see crowds of people (we assume tourists) hovering around the little Pajo’s Fish and Chip’s stand, which is located at the Steveston Fishermen’s Wharf. Continue reading
Address: 101-9191 Bentley Street, Vancouver, BC V6P 6G2
Miltown is sandwiched between South Vancouver and Richmond. It is so close to Richmond that you can clearly see the McArthur Glen Outlets from the restaurant! Hey, that’s a bonus – good view!
Getting there is slightly tricky… Below is a semi-helpful illustration on where to go.
Basically, turn into that minor intersection as you drive along Granville St./SW Marine Dr.
Now back to the main topic of this blog post – $15 prime rib dinner! Continue reading