Saturday, June 18, 2016

Review of Haroo Korean Homestyle Cuisine

I've been to Korea twice and had a taste of Korean food in Korea. Haroo brings the Korean experience in Richmond with its homey ambiance and great food.

Our family celebrated my mom's birthday and father's day. Since my mom has been raving about Dai Jang Kum and how she wants to bring us there to celebrate her birthday, Therese and I searched for the Korean Restaurant with the highest rating in Richmond. My Foursquare and her Yelp app both returned Haroo Korean Homestyle Cuisine.

We arrived at Haroo at around 7:30 PM, it was a cloudy day and finding parking space was challenging. Be more patient when coming to the area on a busy weekend, since parking will be difficult.

We entered the restaurant, and it felt like we were transported to a Korean home. We were seated in the corner booth and was browsing through the menu. We're not sure what to get because there are so many options! Jomar and I ordered Bibimbob, Japchae (mom's fave), and Jangban Mandu. The rest of the family ordered many other items. I honestly have no idea how we're going to finish it all.

After giving our orders, the owner provided us with the rice porridge. It was warm on a cold, cloudy day. Then, the free side dishes. I loved the boiled sweet potato!

Haroo Rice Porridge
Rice Porridge
Free side dishes

Father ordered the Bulgogi Fried Rice and asked us to try it all. He was raving about how delicious it was. Even my mom agrees that it was great! On top of Fried Rice, my parents also had LA Galbi. Meanwhile, our youngest sister is a picky eater so I was worried about what she will eat. Thankfully, they have Chicken Teriyaki which she enjoyed. The serving was too big for her to finish, so younger sister and only brother ate whatever she had left.

Haroo Bulgogi Fried Rice
Bulgogi Fried Rice
Haroo Chicken Teriyaki
Chicken Teriyaki

My brother doesn't like it when I take too many photos, especially of food. Because of this, I don't have any pictures of his bulgogi soup. On the other hand, thinking that it was good for one person, my younger sister ordered Haemul (Korean-style seafood pancake) which was recommended by the owner. It reminds me of the Okoy from the Ilocos Region in the Philippines. It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The whole family agrees that this was the highlight of our meal. There was even a discussion on who should get the last piece. LOL!

Haroo Heamul (Seafood Pancake)
Heamul (Korean-style seafood pancake)

I was so hungry that I forgot to take a photo of the Bibimbob while the picture of the Japchae was blurred because they are all excited to try it out. Thankfully, everybody was busy eating when my Jangban Mandu arrived. Mandu is pan-fried Korean dumpling, and I love it. I am not the only one who enjoyed the Mandu because our younger sister and our only brother liked it too. Honestly, I think they ate more Mandu than I did.

Jangban Mandu

It was a great evening with the family. We were laughing and enjoying our dinner celebration.

I can't wait to try more restaurants in Alexandra Road with the family.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Evening at Panda Market (International Summer Night Market)

My boyfriend is heading back to the Philippines soon. :( This is our last date in Canada, so we decided to check out the International Summer Night Market, also known as Panda Market. There are two summer night markets in Richmond; we decided to visit this one because it's closer to home.

We had a great time! We had takoyaki and okonomiyaki while my parents enjoyed some fried squid.

Okonomiyaki

Takoyaki

Food choices are few, but they were some unique items like the Chimney! Be sure to order it when you're in the Panda Market. It was the first time I had this Czech dessert.

Chimney Collage!

Parking and a long walk are inevitable. But overall, it was a great experience. Below are more photos of the food we had:

Fried Squid
Fried Squid
Steamed Dumplings
Steamed Siomai
Fried Dumplings
More Fried Things

Fried Gyoza
Fried Gyoza


Monday, June 6, 2016

Dinner at Manchu Work in Metrotown Food Court

After a great afternoon at Science World, we decided to take the longer route going back to Richmond. We went to Metrotown and took Bus 430 from there.

Before heading home we had dinner at Manchu Wok (we ate a lot) and desserts at Crepe de Licious.

Dinner at Manchu Work

Fried Rice Mixed Vegetables and Sweet & Sour Pork
Fried Rice Mixed Vegetables and Sweet & Sour Pork
Brown Rice with Sesame Chicken and Spring Roll
Brown Rice Sesame Chicken and Spring Roll

Desserts at Crepe De Licious

Banana Nutella Crepe
Banana Nutella Crepe

What's your favourite food stall at the Metrotown Food Court?


Lunch at Taco Time

I just finished renewing my Philippine passport and we decided to have early lunch at Taco Time before heading to Science World at TELUS World of Science.

Taco Time

Taco Time is a fast-food chain focusing on Mexican food like well, tacos and burritos. During our visit, we decided to try their quesadillas and my personal favourite tater tots.
Taco Time Chicken Quesadilla
It's Taco Time!
Taco Time Mexi-Fries (or Tater Tots as I'd like to call it)
Mexi-Fries
Deep-fried to crispy perfection, the bite-size potato gems are great for dipping in special hot sauce.

Taco Time Chicken Quesadillas
Chicken Quesadillas
Tasty and tender chicken strips combined with cheddar cheese, onions, and peppers.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

First Time at Olive Garden

My youngest sister loves watching YouTubers instead of the TV for entertainment. She said that one of the channels she watches wanted IHOP to sponsor them, but didn't. Instead, Olive Garden came and saved the day. She was so curious about Olive Garden that we drove 44km to the only branch in British Columbia at Langley.

We surprisingly loved it! The unlimited breadsticks and soup are amazing, plus the pasta is delicious, and the desserts are over the top. I'd say it's worth the drive.

Soup and Breadsticks

Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Olive Garden Breadsticks
Breadsticks

Entrees

Olive Garden Spaghetti with Meatballs
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Olive Garden Tour of Italy
Half Tour of Italy - Chicken Parmigiana, Lasanga Classico, and Fettuccine Alfredo

I shared the other half with my boyfriend.

Desserts

Olive Garden Chocolate Caramel Lasagna
Chocolate Caramel Lasagna
Olive Garden Black Tie Mousse Cake
Black Tie Mousse Cake
Olive Garden Tiramisu
Tiramisu

On top of the fantastic food, the service was excellent. The waitress is accommodating. She answered all our questions and was polite.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Lunch at Triple O's

Today, my boyfriend and I are going to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Before that, we decided to grab a quick lunch at our favourite Triple O's branch.
 
Triple Os Garlic Parm Fries
My favourite side dish: Garlic Parm Fries
Triple Os signature fries made from fresh local Kennebec potatoes, topped with garlic and a side of Parmesan.

Triple Os Buttermilk Chicken Club
Buttermilk Chicken Club
Buttermilk Chicken patty, topped with Chipotle mayo, naturally smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, crisp iceberg lettuce, vine-ripened tomato, and Triple Os signature mayo.

Triple Os Fish & Chips
Fish and Chips
Three pieces of crispy Ocean Wise beer-battered cod fillets with Triple Os signature fresh cut Kennebec fries and tartar sauce.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dinner at Boston Pizza

It's our first time in Boston Pizza, and it was a fun dinner with the whole family!

What to get from Boston Pizza?

BP's Classic Nachos

Get BP's Classic Nachos. It's amazing! It's actually one of the best things in Boston Pizza.

BP's Classic Nachos
BP's Classic Nachos
Hand-cut tortilla chips topped with cheddar, pizza mozzarella, green peppers, black olives, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes and green onions. Served with salsa, sour cream, and spicy chicken.

Pizza

For pizza, we ordered Pepperoni - because you can never really go wrong with it and a vegetarian one because our mom wants it.
Pepperoni Pizza
Pepperoni Pizza
Signature pizza sauce, pizza mozzarella, and loads of pepperoni
Mediterranean
Mediterranean
Signature pizza sauce, pizza mozzarella, fresh spinach, fresh mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and peso drizzle

The Mediterranean is better than Pepperoni. 

Where is Boston Pizza?

The Boston Pizza we went to is at #50 8100 Ackroyd Road, Richmond BC V6X 3K2.

Restaurant Hours

Monday 11AM - 12AM
Tuesday 11AM - 12AM
Wednesday 11AM - 12AM
Thursday 11AM - 12AM
Friday 11AM - 1AM
Saturday 11AM - 1AM
Sunday 11AM - 12AM


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dinner at White Spot

There's a newly opened White Spot quite close to our place. It's my boyfriend's first time trying their yummy shake and delicious burger. We ordered a lot - way too much, actually.

Monty Mushroom Burger
6oz 100% fresh Canadian beef burger with Jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, & Triple "O" sauce.

Monty Mushroom Bigger Burger with onion rings

Poutine

Chocolate Cake Slice with Ice Cream

Chocolate Shake