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.
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 →
From the outside, the storefront of Laksa King gave us this “hole-in-the-wall” impression. Once we stepped inside, we noticed that this joint looked nicer than we first expected. Oddly, the interior decor resembled a classic American diner. Nonetheless, the food they serve is unmistakably Southeast Asian.
Roti Canai (large) – $8.00
Our appetizer was served fresh and hot. Texture-wise, the roti canai reminded us something akin to Chinese pancake and Indian naan. For the most part, the dough was crispy on the outside, and light and airy on the inside; however, they weren’t cooked evenly. The thicker part of the dough was slightly raw and gooey. The chicken curry dipping sauce would make you devour the roti canai fairly quickly.
Laksa – $11.00
Since the restaurant is called Laksa King, we had to try their Laksa! What a wholesome bowl of goodies this was: mixed noodles (vermicelli + egg noodles), shrimps, fish balls, tofu puffs, hard boiled egg, chicken, and vegetables. Everything was cooked together in a flavourful coconut curry broth. The broth was unique, as it was thicker than most Asian noodle soups. We liked the hint of spiciness to go with the sweetness of the coconut. Our only nitpick was that the toppings were a bit scarce (not in terms of variety, but overall quantity).
The Union is a fusion restaurant located by the edge of Chinatown. The inside is very spacious, and it has a casual and vibrant feel.
For our late brunch, we ordered a couple of dishes and a drink.
Cha Yen – $5
As stated on the menu, this is a concoction of lychee black tea, coconut milk, pandan syrup, and a couple of spices: star anise and cardamom.
Though it was refreshing, this drink was lacking in sweetness. We could taste the fruitiness, but not so much the spices.
Bao Bun Bennies – $14
The Bao Buns were special. I would describe them as a mix between Western bread and Chinese buns; quite soft and slightly sweet.
We chose to order smoked salmon to go with our Bao Bun Bennies. You couldn’t really go wrong with the classic pairing of salmon and dill. This dish also came with asparagus; which was a nice, healthy addition 🙂 The side potatoes were crispy and dusted with curry powder.
Address: 4651 Garden City Rd,Richmond, Richmond, BC V6X 4A9
We found Midam by accident… The indecisive Molangs were driving down Alexandra Rd in Richmond. As we reached the end of the road, we took a wrong turn into a car mechanic shop/car wash place. That was when we spotted Midam by the corner. We couldn’t tell what kind of restaurant it was until we searched online. Google said “Korean restaurant”. Good enough for us!
The owner of Midam must really love basketball because the inside of the restaurant was plastered with NBA posters – Kobe, MJ, Bird & Magic. There was even a 1:1 poster of Yao Ming that lets you measure your height against him. I think we are about 66.67% Yao Ming 😀
I would describe Midam’s menu as modernized Korean food, and this was reflected in their presentation and execution.
They gave us two menus. One was the laminated sheet as shown above, and another was a booklet. The confusing thing was that the two menus had overlapping items, and items that were missing from each other. After the brief confusion, we went ahead and ordered two dishes:
Bulgogi Stone Pot Bibimbap -$15
This was a rice bowl with marinated beef, fried egg, and sliced veggies. The stone pot kept everything hot for the entire meal! We drizzled some hot sauce in it, and it was very satisfying to eat.
The Molangs were driving down Kingsway, en route to Metrotown. Due to traffic congestion, we decided to pull over by Happy Day Cafe for lunch. On the day of visit, it looked like the restaurant had recently finished renovation. The interior was spacious, bright, and clean. They had TVs on the wall showing Cantonese shows, but I doubt anyone could hear them with all the background noise.
Happy Day Cafe is a Hong Kong style restaurant. What that means is that they serve almost anything that could satisfy your food cravings. On the menu you will see: Chinese soup noodles, Chinese breakfast, “Western” style breakfast, sandwiches, Chinese rice dishes, curry, and pasta, etc. Everything is inexpensive, as standard size dishes would cost around $10 each. A free drink (hot milk tea or coffee) is also included with an order of most main dishes.
Here’s what we had for lunch:
Baked Pork Chop & Seafood on Rice – $10.50
We were surprised that it came just 10 minutes after ordering. Normally it would take twice the amount of time. Perhaps they make a batch of these everyday… Anyway, the rice bowl was pretty hot when it arrived, so we were happy.
Half of the bowl was seafood + cream sauce, and the other half was fried pork chop + tomato sauce. Both halves were equally hearty and delicious. We could be wrong, but we felt that the portion size here was smaller than other HK restaurants. Nonetheless, this one was still good comfort food. Continue reading →
This is a pleasant place to sit down for a Sunday brunch. The ambiance is vibrant, clean, bright (thanks to natural sunlight), and spacious (love the high ceiling!). We were also greeted by enthusiastic servers.
You could order just about any brunch food here – from savory to sweet, from traditional to “fusion”, and from light to heavy. Have a looksie!
We ordered the following two dishes:
Duck Eggs Benedict – $18
You could choose to have either English muffins or rosti potato. We chose the latter because we think potatoes are more interesting. 😛 The main ingredient, duck confit, was more tender and moist than we imagined. Though it was flavourful, we found it to be slightly over-seasoned (a bit too salty), but it still meshed well with the potatos and the perfectly poached eggs. The kale on the side (lightly cooked) brought a healthy balance to the dish. Continue reading →
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 →