Address: 3312 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5K7
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
Address: 3950 Main Street, Vancouver, BC5V3P2
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
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