Torafuku in Vancouver’s Chinatown is now open for lunch service and I’m very excited. I’ve been a fan of this “Lucky Tiger” since it started as an Asian Fusion food truck “Le Tigre”. I’ve been here for events and during Dine Out Vancouver – not…
One of my favourite things to order at a Taiwanese restaurant is their Green Onion Beef Rolls 牛肉捲餅. A lot of times you will find this at BBT shops. This Taiwanese burrito makes a great snack! I love the pan fried scallion pancake on the…
Uncle Lu Richmond 安可盧萬巒豬腳 is a Taiwanese restaurant that I’ve tried a few times now. I am quite happy there are few new Taiwanese restaurants opening ex. Maji Taiwanese Stir Fry 麻吉台式熱炒. The decor at Uncle Lu reminds me of an evening of Taiwanese lantern festival.
Classic Garlic Stir-Fry Water Spinach: a simple, clean and classic dish with fresh Chinese vegetables. You can never eat too many vegetables.
3-Spice Chicken Hot Pot: Dry marinated chicken with a ton of fried ginger and green onions. The meat was tad on the dry side.
Oyster Pancake: This oyster pancake is towards the watery side. A little goopy if you will. It was pretty delicious but didn’t have a lot of oysters. It is different to traditional Chiu Chow oyster pancakes that are dry. If you prefer the dry crispy oyster panckaes than, JC Kitchen 嫁Ge冷潮州菜 and Parklane Chinese Restaurant 百樂潮州酒家 are pretty good.
Fermented Pork Chop: A mild and not very salty. The meat is fatty and quite tender.
Pork Hocks: marinated in soy sauce and served with garlic dipping sauce. The meat was fatty and I would prefer some leaner cuts.
Fermented Shrimp Fried Rice: A fragrant fried rice with some salty shrimp. I liked the rice was dry enough and not mushy.
有香 Memory Corner Bubble Tea Restaurant recently opened in Central Richmond across from Richmond Centre. We saw the pretty potted soil bubble tea over instagram and decided we really need to try this. It is lunch time and this Taiwanese bubble tea restaurant is already…
Richmond has not seen quality Taiwanese cuisine in a long time. Recently, a few has popped up here and there. First there was Uncle Lu 安可盧萬巒豬腳 and now Maji Taiwanese Stir Fry 麻吉台式熱炒 opened beside Nan Chuu G Men. Maji Taiwanese Restaurant is a casual fare with…
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 called the Breeze Center 微風臺北車站 on the second floor and more gift shops on the main floor and basement.
We walked around the area in search of something Taiwanese. Cheesecake and other sweets wasn’t a great lunch time meal. Then we came across Kung Fu Noodles 功夫蘭州手拉麵.
A bowl of beef noodles 紅燒牛肉麵 was perfect for this gloomy day. Prices are reasonable at about 150 per bowl ($5 CAD).
A full open kitchen with 4 chefs continuously pouring out bowls of beefy noodles.
Middle of the restaurant hosts a mini fridge with cold appetizers and marinades.
Oxtail with clear broth and goji berries. The noodles were al dente and the meat was tender.
House Beef Brisket Noodles: I like the darker broth with fuller flavors. The meat was tender and cutting noodles perfect.
Kung Fu Noodles 功夫蘭州手拉麵
Taipei Train Station, No. 3, Běipíng West Road,
Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Fu Hang Dou Jiang Taiwan 阜杭豆漿 is another ‘best breakfast in Taiwan” places aside from 永和豆漿大王 Yong He Dou Jang Da Wang (which is also kiddie corner from this building). They have done an impressive job of attracting loyal foodies to queue long lines…
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…
Yu’s Almond Tofu Taiwan 于記杏仁豆腐 is known for their Almond Milk Desserts. All of Taiwan’s delicacies and must try items. It is located just around the corner from our hotel CityInn Hotel Plus Ximending 新驛旅店西門捷運店. They are famous for their almond tofu, almond shaved ice and almond puff pastries. We went back several times during our stay in Taiwan. Actually we went back everyday. It was just that good.
The shop itself isn’t too big. But it is clean and brightly light. There are several Yu’s Almond Tofu Taiwan locations throughout Taipei, so I’m sure you will be able to locate one nearby. Or you can always visit their website: http://www.yustofu.com.tw.
Almond Tofu 杏仁豆腐 48NT: Store famous dessert. Almond tofu served chill with a packet of almond milk. The tofu is not like soft tofu pudding where it breaks aparts easily. There is rather dense, but impeccably smooth and silky. It is neither too sweet nor too bland. Everything about this almond tofu is incredibly delicious.
Almond Milk with Grass Jelly 仙草杏仁汁 55NT: Silky and creamy almond milk. No grits. Just smooth and rich. Grass jelly adds texture and makes this drink perfectly refreshing.
Hot Traditional Almond Tofu 熱杏仁豆腐 65 NT: Now this is not like the one above. This is like a soupy bowl of hot almond milk with almond tofu. The tofu has a bit of bite, but it is smooth. There are crushed almonds cooked inside the soup.
Whether you chose to nourish yourself with a bowl of cold almond tofu, a cup of almond milk, or even their traditional hot almond tofu soup. It is all naturally scented and gentle on your stomach. We’re so glad we bought some to bring home as ‘souvenirs’. Once you’re well fed, head over to Ximending for some shopping and more eating.
Yu’s Almond Tofu Taiwan
Cuisine: Dessert, Tofu
Hours: 10:30 – 21:30
No. 101, Héngyáng Rd, Zhongzheng District
Ximending MTR Exit 4
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Yong Kang Street is surely a surprise on our trip. This street is an explosion of not only restaurants, but fashion and subculture. Most of all it has the best Yi Lan restaurant Lu Sang Taiwan 呂桑食堂. Tonight was my belated birthday dinner, so you know we…
Everyone that visits Taipei, Taiwan wants to visit the Shilin Night Market Taiwan. Will visit the Shilin Night Market Taiwan. It is one of the most famous, most talked about night market in Taipei. It is located just off the Jiantan MRT 劍潭站. Please do not exit…
There are so many things to do in Vancouver when summer is here. One of the many is indulging in greasy food at the Night Market. This year there are two night markets in Richmond. One being the Richmond Night Market (by River Rock Casino); the other Summer Night Market (behind Home Depot/Bridgeport). The Richmond Night Market prides itself as the “originator” of night market in Richmond. Do you remember the glory days when it was held at Continental Mall (when it was no more than a small stripe in the South parking lot)? Do you remember when it moved to Lansdowne Mall when it occupied the parking lot near No.3 Road? Night Market brings back so many memories…
Admission to the Richmond Night Market is $1.50 (stamp cards – buy $10 and get 2 free bonus). Richmond Night Market Parking is free. Driving almost doesn’t sound sane when combating down No. 3 Road traffic. Luckily there is the Canada Line Skytrain which takes it pretty much right to the front door.
Before any eating begins, we like to walk around the food stalls and see what everyone has to offer before diving in. I highly recommend doing so because what you see first may not always be the best. With so many stall offering similar food, there is bound to be one with a better deal, better quality, and better flavours! After all the eating is done, why not take a look at the vendors selling random nick nacks of socks, custom jewelry, cell phone cases, jelly bras and contact lens ( i know eh?).
Squid Co. Next to Mega Chicken they have the same signage. Sister companies. Both fresh on the grill and deep fried were all SOLD OUT by the time we arrived. We go the Hot and Spicy and it was quite delicious. A nice kick with moist tender squid.
Other stalls also offering curry squid etc fries them in a big wok.
Chef James Xin Xiang Man BBQ – his fan blew the pungent flavours or lamb skewers in our face and it was hard not to try it. It was alright… The beef on the other hand was mushy and after two bites I threw it away. I’m not really interested in eating bad meat. I see the need to draw in crowds.
Mango. The name saids it all. Variations of mango fruit juice. What is not to love when they use fresh mango meats and other fresh fruits and blends it together for your. This place was less syrupy than some other stalls I’ve tried such as Tea Paradise (1st row of food stalls closest to entrance). But sometimes I do wonder how fresh are there “Fresh Fruits” after its been left in the open for hours? User discretion is advised.
Cupcakes. and even Macarons.
Lavender Tree Plants
Richmond Night Market (River Rock Casino)
Fri-Sat: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun/Stat: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
8351 River Rd Richmond, BC V6X 1Y4
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