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Let`s pick up from where we left off with Pok Pok Portland…
As we began to depart from Whiskey Soda Lounge and head over to Pok Pok, it is near 9:00 and we are challenged by our own sanity – to brave such a lengthy wait. I don`t want to flip any tables.
One of Pok Pok Portland `s selling points is its display of seating which flavors streets of Southeast Asia. Hightop communion tables, exposed light fixtures, random room dividers. It is the hole in the wall / dive which perhaps attracts tourists, locals and hipsters.
As we paced thru the crowds, we noticed the chefs in the kitchen …
We were brought to the back room. A sort of make shift addition to the whole structure. It resembled much of a basement from your grandparents’ old house or perhaps an old 70s diner. Vintage is the new “new” right?
Khao Soi Chix 12.50: Northern Thai mild curry noodle soup made with their secret curry paste recipe and house-pressed fresh coconut milk. Served with house pickled mustard greens, shallots, crispy yellow noodles and roast chili paste. The broth was light, not very spicy even after we folded in the chili paste. The crispy noodles were a nice addition followed by a few sparing noodles. The chicken? Chicken drums sticks soaked into the soup sans seasoning and flavour.
Da Chom’s Laap Meuang 14: Northern Thai spicy hand-minced pork “salad” with aromatics, spices, herbs, crackling and crispy fried shallots and garlic. On the menu it said learned from Da Chom a friend’s father from the village Saluang Nai near Chiang Mai, Thailang. The “salad” portion was quite the joke as it appears to be usual sides provided at any typical Vietnamese Pho noodle restaurants. This dish resembles much of Phnom Penh’s dry noodle toppings. Taste perhaps slightly spicier. Not a bad dish, just I could’ve had this at PP in Vancouver less 3 hours wait time. Meh!
Kaeng Hung Leh 12.50: Northern Thai sweet, pork belly and pork shoulder curry with ginger, palm sugar, turmeric, tamarind. Burmese curry powder and pickled garlic. A Chiang Mai classic… Again, reminiscent of a popular Chinese dish Fatty pork belly braised in a piping hot claypot. Four pieces of pork belly, that is $3.125 / piece. Inflation must have hit America overnight. I give it the pork belly was tender, juicy and flavorful of spice. Again, I could have driven 30 mins to Richmond, BC for this dish.
Pok Pok Affogato 7.00: Condensed milk ice cream drowned in a shot of Vietnamese coffee served with Chinese donut. The silkiness of the sweet ice cream is heavenly but the small balls died a tragic death in the sea of coffee. It came melted and unappetizing. I wasn’t sure how to eat this Chinese donut. Was there supposed to be a side of congee? We dunked the fried flour sticks into the coffee and melted ice cream. Eww, how awful. Some things clearly do not mix well together. We quickly scooped the ice cream and left the rest. Maybe just order the ice cream on its own. Creekside Coffee Roaster in Coquitlam offers a better presentation and flavour .
My challenge to you is for you Pok Pok Portland lovers to drive up to Vancouver and try the above mentioned restaurants. Happy Eating!
3226 Southeast Division Street,
Portland, OR 97202, United States
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6:45: we just arrived at Pok Pok Portland, I asked Nancy if it was jam action PACKED with people waiting for a table, what should we do? She answered, we’ll wait… It better be good… 6:50: […]
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Not that I need another reason to love Strathcona. But the transformation is nice. It’s nice to see a few more independent eateries with unique culinary flare rather than cookie cutters on conveyer belts. Now I have another reason to go to Chinatown besides Phnom Penh The Parker, East of Main and Campagnolo. The Union Bar located on 219 Union Street, Vancouver is recently opened restaurant bar with a modern take on Southeast Asian dishes: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysian, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Tiffany green industrial oversized lamps, wooden long tables and benches and open bar makes this place inviting and delicious. By the way, in the summer months, The Union Bar has a killer patio space opened. I absolutely adore long tables and the communal vibe it represents. Service is attentive, friendly with tons are great recommendations!
It is Happy Hour on a Thursday and what better way to celebrate girl’s night than with some $10 (all doubles) cocktails.
Think whisky sour! Slightly less bitter and sweeter (but not so much). It’s a man’s drink for a girl…
This baby have you fooled. At first glance it tricks your mind into thinking it is sweet, dessert like. It is not. It is refreshing with some sourness and some punch of vodka.
Girly green cocktail with refreshing cucumber juice and the zestiness of kaffir lime.
Before the food even arrived, I am already planning my next visit to try their Banga (cocktail made with a jar and stick) – #4 pineapple, cilantro, cardamom, cachaca, chili water
Plump little suckers packing in flavourful broth that I don’t mind slurping and soaking my bread in.
Chicken Wings 12: every order comes with about 10 wings that is coated with Thai Hot Nahm Jim Glaze. Slightly crispy but moist and tender inside. And although they are slightly tiny, it rallies those at Phnom Penh. These are slightly sweet, tangy and spicy, while the ones at PP are more peppery and deep fried.
Crispy Pork Belly Bún Vermicelli Bowl 11: this noodle bowl is loaded with pickled carrots, daikon, cucumbers, bean sprouts, scallions and is served with nuoc cham (Vietnamese dipping fish sauce). Please pour sparingly, because although it is in a little tea cup is quite sour. We made the mistake of doing so. Crispy pork belly reminds me of Chinese roasted pork, only drier. It would be nice if the fat glistened a bit more.
I really wanted to try The Union Bar desserts, particularly the Coconut Pannacotta 7: pineapple salsa & shaved ice, but alas there was no room left. Would someone please treat me?
Early Evening Features: 5-6:30pm
Mondays: Banh Mi & a Pint $10
Tuesdays: Jeepney Cocktails $6
Sundays: Bangas $6 all night
The Union Bar
Hours: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
219 Union Street Vancouver, BC V6A 0B4
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