Prima Taste brand has been ranked best Singapore Laksa Instant Noodles top ten instant noodles two years running. This delicious laksa la mien can be found at T&T and most Asian supermarkets. Each package is approximated 2.60 to 2.99. It instant laksa noodles […]
November 14, 2013
Vancouver Coastal Health
Health Protection Program
1200 – 601 W Broadway.
Vancouver, BC. V5Z 4C2
To Whom It May Concern,
I just want to bring health inspectors to attention to this establishment where I visited in mid-October. I was at Beefy Beef Noodle House with 2 friends of mine because we found out Hawkers Delight wasn’t opened on Sunday, and I wasn’t quite happy about that. So I had to settle down the street.
We arrived with no expectation. We just wanted to fill our void and get out. We didn’t want any trouble, we didn’t expect above and beyond service, or extra anything. Only we got what we didn’t wanted…
We were sitting there and suddenly a fly creeps up on the table, and that’s not a big deal. Suddenly our food arrives.
First to arrive, eggplant with rice. According to our friend, this is bland with way too much sauce. My friend, what did you expect? They are going to make sure the egg plants are cooked, the cornstarch is added for extra sauce to cover anything unpleasant and sent you to your way. Next…
Beef Tenderloin Noodle. To be fair, tenderloin is el-dente, so were the noodles. No surprises, but it doesn’t have a wow factor.
Before we finish of with the last dish, another inspect crawled up to the table to join us. I sincerely apologize for not taking a photo to show you, I was too busy trying to flick it away.
Not to get too carried away with the cleanliness of the restaurant, the last thing we ordered was beef brisket noodles. Same broth, same garnishes, nothing really worth talking about.
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Taipei Railway Station 台北火車站 and Taipei Main Station 台北車站 is one of the main hubs to exchange from Metro to Rail. On our way to Jiu Fen 九份是台灣新北市瑞芳區的一個地區, we had about an hour wait before boarding the train. The Taipei Main Station has a main food court area […]
Congee Noodle House Vancouver 粥麵館 on Main x Broadway is your one stop noodle, rice, and congee house. They are opened late at night and a crowd favorite for many during lunch time. The location is convenient needless to say. The service is prompt but they […]
Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles 阿宗麵線 serves a highly addictive bowl of rice noodles. It could be one of the best noodles in Ximending. The store only offers one thing. It doesn’t need to cloud your judgment with other items because it does it so well. Opened since 1975, the store has seen a few face lifts (I can imagine it operating from a food cart original). The soup base remains outstandingly delicious – made from pig’s intestines, bamboo shoots, bonito flakes and some trade secret ingredients.
Opened late during the day, Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles is in no hurry to rush their broth. Each bowl of noodles costs 45 NT /small and 60 NT/large and is garnished with vivid colors of cilantro. The sauce station behind offers chili oil, minced garlic, and vinegar.
Now the only thing between you and your bowl of sinfully delicious bowl of hot noodles is you and your plastic spoon… and maybe a few eager customers trying to fight for your stool. There are no tables, no service. Only a few stools on the side. Everyone just stands around and slurps the goodness down.
Next stop,Yu’s Almond Tofu to collect some silky gelatin before our flight home.
Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles
No.8-1, Emei St., Wanhua District, Taipei City
Ximen MRT: Exit 6
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So as we mentioned last time, Shanghai Morning Restaurant 小南國上海小吃 is now the new Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen 白玉蘭餐館 and we were ecstatic to have a new favorite place to satisfy our XLB cravings. Oh those juicy soup dumplings. Shanghai Morning isn’t just a one song […]
Bao Chau Vietnamese Vancouver 寶珠 is located on 2717 East Hastings Street near the infamous Pulled Pork Pancake at Red Wagon, PNE and Playland. This Vietnamese Pho restaurant has been around since I was a little kid and still continues to serve up simple Vietnamese dishes […]
G-men Nan Chuu now re-opened where Nan Chuu used to be is now G-men Nan Chuu Ramen. I was so disappointed when the Sexsmith Continental Center location was closed. I’ve been meaning to try the Alexandra Road location for some time and what a better time than to bring a good friend here to. He was like Nance, take me to somewhere exotic… Exotic ramen may not be, but for someone who has never tasted ramen it could be… Plus it is truly comforting for a rainy day! I’ve always enjoyed company of people who are adventurous and does not get turned off by trying new things. (BTW, in case you were wondering, he really liked this place!)
Little has changed from the previous operations, but being part of the Gyoza King group who has also brought you Gyoza King, Gyo-O, G-Be Izakaya and Grazy Dog you can be sure of quality. It’s always a struggle to find hearty ramen outside of Denman Street and Japan.
Problem with parking is that it is limited in the back. During dinner hours it can be quite challenging if you don’t fancy paying for street parking.
Torigara Shoyu Ramen 8.75
Light chicken broth (seasoned with soy sauce) much like Motomachi Shokudo 元町食堂 (click) is very flavorful and rich. Was the soup slightly too oily? Perhaps, but since I load on chili oil and minced garlic part-way thru, it really doesn’t matter too much. Besides, chicken based broth is already has a lower in fat content compared to the traditional tonkatsu (pork bone).
Overall the menu remains quite similar to the old location with a few tapas addition inherited from Nan Chuu. Price point is about $9 a bowl sans onsen egg and corn.
Torigara Shio Ramen is the light salt version and it is also very tasty…
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent) Food: 3.5 Service: 3.5 Ambiance: 3.0 Overall: 3.5
G-Men Nan Chuu Ramen 南廚
1160 – 8391 Alexandra Rd
Richmond, BC V6X 1A5
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Motomachi Shokudo 元町食堂 is one of the many Japanese Ramen restaurants congregating in West End / Vancouver Downtown area; mainly on the Denman Street. With so many to choose from, yet these little joints still always manage to be FULL. We initially wanted to […]
When one wants to dine out in Coquitlam, especially Asian cuisines, there aren’t a lot of choices. To add to the frustration, most do not open late (meaning past 10pm)… So where does one go for grub when they are too tired to venture out […]
I think discovering a dive, having the courage to go in and sample their dishes and being amazed by the authenticity is one of the happiest experiences a foodie would have. That is how I found Lucky Gate. At the end of the day, I would consider myself lucky.
Going there with Banana Girl, I already know what I want to order. Just a disclaimer, not everyone who reads this entry will enjoy the type of food that I ordered, simply because it’s not something you eat every day.
The first dish I want to introduce is 夫妻肺片 (Spicy Sliced Cattle Stomach & Beef). The first two characters of this dish in Chinese is Husband and Wife. There is a traditional folk tale that explains the origin of this dish. Basically there was this couple in Chengdu, China. There was a couple selling this on the streets. People praised the dish, and recognized that it was a husband and wife team. So eventually they branded this to be the Husband and wife slices. Till today, there is a restaurant in China that is from the original recipe, and possibly family.
So in this particular ‘husband and wife cattle slice’ you can find tripe, tongue, cilantro, and to top it off: peanuts. This dish is spicy, and it will make you sweat. It was so good I couldn’t stop picking more up with my chopsticks and having more. The bite was crisp, and if I had to use the word el dente, I would think it’s a good way to describe the texture.
I urge everyone, if you can get pass the point of where the ingredients came from, and you love spicy food… ORDER IT. What can you lose in your life time? $9.99 + HST
The second plate we order is 蒜泥白肉 (Slice pork with garlic sauce). This plate is utilizing pork belly boiled until cook. The magic of the flavor is coming from the sauce. Traditionally this garlic sauce has a strong over the top salty taste. You can taste vinegar like flavor combined with soy sauce. This is also served cold.
The third dish was also an appetizer served cold. 醉雞 (drunk chicken) is chicken marinated in Chinese rice wine. All I have to say is, the chicken was so fresh. The rice wine taste is not too over powering. There are cases where I would order this from another restaurant, and disliking this dish because it felt like I was taking a shot of moonshine.
This is another dish that is not for everyone. This is 水煮鱼. This is a dish that is from Chongqing China. You have fish fillets that is covered in an extremely oily broth, and on top covered in peppercorn and chili. They serve it with flame underneath to keep cooking the fish to continue the intensity and flavour of the dish. It was extremely spicy, and I was sweating. If you are a fan of spicy ethic foods and is a daring foodie, you have to try this.
Braised Sliced Fish in Chili Sauce 幹燒魚片
Fish slices are first deep fried then braised in special chili sauce. The fish is crispy on the outside yet juicy and tender inside. This dish is nice compared to Wah Wing’s – their’s is good, but slightly heavy on vinegar.
Tofu with Seafood and Vegetable Hot Pot 海鮮豆腐鍋
This was huge and came in a piping hot pot filled with prawns, baby scallops, squid, a few fish slices and tofu over a bed of Chinese cabbage and cilantro. The broth is very clear and a little bland – much like a soup rather than a sizzling hot pot medley of seafood, tofu with thick sauce. In addition, to be picky I would have also expected full size scallops and not tiny frozen babies.
House Special Chow Mein (Seafood, Beef Tendon) 招牌炒麵
Your choice of either chef special hand pulled noodles 手拉麵 or hand cut noodles刀削麵. We got the hand pulled noodles. This noodle is stir fried dried with special house soy sauce. Beef tendons are soft and melts in your melt. Served also with baby scallops, prawns, and sparing pieces of bak choy. For 11.99 I would have expected more ingredients and a slightly bigger portion.
Steamed Shanghai Dumplings aka XLB 小籠包
8 soup-filled dumplings steamed with a thin outer skin. These XLB were quite big and the pork was flavorful. Remember to bite the top dumpling slightly to let out some hot air and pour in some malt vinegar for flavor. Careful otherwise the soup will explode everyone. Handle with care in a spoon!
Cucumber in Garlic Sauce 蒜泥黃瓜
Another cold appi – refreshing cucumbers marinated in garlic and lil bit of chili. One of my favorites. The portion of this dish is quite large
So to cap it off, this seems like an episode of Extreme Cuisine on the Food Network with tripe and tongue. I would trust that if you have an open mind and a passion for cuisine you would be interested in trying everything at least once. Next time I would really like to try their Smoked Fish and the Pickled Cabbage, Pork and Tofu Hotpot; but every time we come here we over order and become too greedy than what our stomachs can handle. At the end of the day, this restaurant can produce comfort food and extremely traditional dishes that you may or may not have seen before. The adventure is up to you.
Lucky Gate Chinese Restaurant 前門飯店
Cuisine: Chinese, Szechuan
Hours: 11am – 10pm
1139 Austin Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3P4
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