Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Wagyu Curry from WA! CURRY by ABURI Restaurants

I'd like to think that I'm a Japanese curry specialist because it's my favourite food. I order Japanese curry in every Japanese restaurant I visit when available. I noticed that my favourite is Japanese beef curry. It's darker in colour and has a deeper flavour than the more common chicken-based curry sauce. In most restaurants, you will find the chicken-based curry sauce.

With that said, my favourite Japanese curry in Vancouver is from Suika - it's my basis if another curry is good. It's a beef stew Japanese curry with shredded melt-in-your-mouth beef. It's usually served with pickled vegetables for a palate cleanser. The closest and my second favourite curry sauce is from Takenaka Japanese food truck. Lastly, Mr. Japanese Curry has a delicious beef curry sauce too.

WA! Curry offers a Wagyu Curry base served with rice, and you can choose your topping. We tried it with Pork Katsu (my go-to), Hamburg Steak, Chicken Karaage, and Ebi Fry.

The sauce is close to what I get from Suika, so I am pleasantly surprised. However, it needs pickled veggies as a side dish to cut through the fat and as a palate cleanser.

The Pork Katsu is still the best topping, and theirs was less fatty than I thought it would be. Meanwhile, the Hamburg Steak is perfect with just plain rice without curry sauce. It's just too juicy and good on its own to go with the curry.

Wagyu Curry topped with Pork Katsu and Hamburg Steak from WA! Curry by ABURI Restaurants

On the other hand, their Chicken Karaage was quite disappointing. I hoped it was more crispy and juicy. Mr. Japanese Curry has a better one. If I have to pick a second side, the Ebi Fry surprisingly worked. The sweet, succulent shrimp, in contrast to the curry sauce, was excellent.

Wagyu Curry topped with Ebi Fry and Chicken Karaage from WA! Curry by ABURI Restaurants

The only thing that would make the curry better if there's an option to add heat. Even a level 2 spiciness would improve the curry and help cut through the greasiness. Will I come back again? Maybe. There's an option for the Wagyu Curry Stew base, which was sold out when we got there. I might come back to try that.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Starbucks

After lunch at Wang's Taiwanese Beef Noodle House, we grabbed desserts from the Starbucks inside Safeway. 

I am not a fan of any dessert that includes cinnamon, so my husband was amused that I chose the Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Starbucks. However, my brain read coffee cake, which was sufficient to make me try it. Unfortunately, when I took a bite, that's the only time it sync in that there's "cinnamon" at the name of the dessert I picked.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Starbucks

If you love the cinnamon flavour, this is the dessert to go with. Otherwise, the Double Chocolate Brownie is more than enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Double Chocolate Brownie from Starbucks

Deep-Fried Pork Chop and more at Wang's Taiwanese Beef Noodle House

Happy Victoria Day! It's a non-working holiday in BC, Canada. So hubby and I decided to walk the span of Arbutus Walkway from 12th Avenue to the southern end. After 1.5 hours and more than 7 kilometres of walking, we found ourselves famished at the end of Granville Street.

I have been eyeing Wang's Taiwanese Beef Noodle House every time Bus 10 would pass by, and today I got to try their food. Please note that they do not accept credit cards.

We ordered all our favourite Taiwanese food:

  • C1. Deep-Fried Pork Chop with Rice
  • C2. Deep-Fried Chicken Thigh with Rice
  • E13. Deep-Fried Salty Pepper Chicken
  • E20. Deep-Fried Taiwanese Sausages

C1. Deep-Fried Pork Chop with Rice from Wang's Taiwanese Beef Noodle House

The Pork Chop is better than the Chicken Thigh. It's fattier, and the breading worked better on it. While the Chicken Thigh was juicy in its own right, it lacked flavour.

C2. Deep-Fried Chicken Thigh with Rice from Wang's Taiwanese Beef Noodle House

My favourite is the Salty Pepper Chicken. It's seasoned perfectly! Although, Redbeef's version is still my favourite from the Beef Noodle Houses I have tried.

E13. Deep-Fried Salty Pepper Chicken from Wang's Taiwanese Beef Noodle House

Lastly, the Taiwanese Sausage arrived sliced, which is a surprise since it usually comes as a full link. It works well with rice.

E20. Deep-Fried Taiwanese Sausage from Wang's Taiwanese Beef Noodle House

I'll return to try the beef noodle soup next time since it's their specialty.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Assorted Waffles from Whitewood Coffee in Oak Street, Vancouver BC

My husband and I took a walk from church to Queen Elizabeth Park. We even went inside the Bloedel Conservatory for the first time. On our way home, we agreed to hang out at a coffee shop we haven't been before. I checked Google Maps and spotted 3 possible coffee shops. The first one closed at 3:00 PM, the next is too small and is already packed while the last one is the spacious Whitewood Coffee at the corner of Oak Street and 16th Avenue.

Iced Mocha from Whitewood Coffee

I ordered one of each available waffle flavour: Sugary Churro Waffle, Earl Grey Waffle, and Classic Waffle. For our drink, we went for an Iced Mocha.

Classic Waffle, Sugar Churro Waffle
and Earl Grey Waffle from Whitewood Coffe in Oak Street

  • Classic Waffle - It's late in the day so it's a bit stale. I bet this would be amazing first thing in the morning. It's not as sweet as the Sugary Churro Waffle so it's perfect with either sweet or bitter drink.
  • Earl Grey Waffle - Wow. The Earl Grey flavour is strong with this one. This is the perfect waffle for hot chocolate or sweeter drinks.
  • Sugary Churro Waffle - For black coffee or tea, this would be the perfect accompaniment. It's sweet and delicious. It made our Iced Mocha taste more bitter.

I love the calm ambiance of this coffee shop. People can just relax and slow down while enjoying good food and amazing coffee.

Refreshing and Fruity: Tim Hortons' New Sparkling Quenchers

It's a beautiful cloudy day in Vancouver and it's a perfect time to take long walks while enjoying the Blood Orange Ginger Sparkling Quencher and Blackberry Yuzu Sparkling Quencher from Tim Hortons.

Blood Orange Ginger Sparkling Quencher

I was expecting a sweet slightly tangy flavour from the Blood Orange Ginger Sparkling Quencher from Tim Hortons, instead all I got is the bold warm ginger after taste.

I didn't enjoy it, but if you like ginger this is a good option for you.

Blood Orange Ginger Sparkling Quencher from Tim Hortons

Blackberry Yuzu Sparkling Quencher

Why do I feel like they added Yuzu to the name of the drink to make it sound cool and exotic but there's absolutely no yuzu flavour to this drink. It's essentially a sweet blackberry iced drink.

Blackberry Yuzu Sparkling Quencher from Tim Hortons

I am not a fam of both drinks but if you twist my arm to make a choice I would go for the Blackberry Yuzu Sparkling Quencher. The ginger after taste on the first drink is just too much for me.

Have you tried one or both drinks? What do you think?

Tim Hortons BBQ Crispy Chicken Loaded Bowl

Enjoy a delicious and convenient meal with Tim Hortons' latest creation—the BBQ Crispy Chicken Loaded Bowl. If you're craving the mouthwatering combination of crispy chicken coated in a smoky barbecue glaze, along with wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and a drizzle of creamy barbecue sauce, this bowl is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Tim Hortons BBQ Crispy Chicken Loaded Bowl from Tim Hortons

Same with the wrap version, I found the barbecue glaze too sweet. Everything else was delicious - the medley of grains, fresh lettuce, diced tomatoes, and crunchy cucumbers. The BBQ Crispy Chicken was the downfall - too sweet barbecue sauce and not crispy chicken.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Trying Popeyes' Ghost Pepper Chicken Sandwich

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen never fails to impress when it comes to bold flavours and fiery sensations. In their latest limited-time offering, the Ghost Pepper Chicken Sandwich, Popeyes combines their renowned expertise in fried chicken with the intense heat of ghost peppers.

Ghost Pepper Chicken Sandwich from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

At the heart of Popeyes' Ghost Pepper Chicken Sandwich is a perfectly cooked, all-white meat chicken breast fillet. Marinated in an authentic blend of Louisiana seasonings, the chicken is expertly hand-battered and breaded in a buttermilk coating. The result? A symphony of textures, with the exterior boasting an irresistible crunch while the interior remains tender and juicy. Unlike some fried options, this sandwich impresses with its lack of excess oil, making each bite a delightful and satisfying experience.

Ghost Pepper Chicken Sandwich from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

One of the standout features of the Ghost Pepper Chicken Sandwich is the ghost pepper mayo, delivering a subtle heat that adds depth to every mouthful. While not as fiery as the Ghost Pepper Chicken Ranch Chicken Sandwich from Wendy's, Popeyes strikes a harmonious balance, allowing the heat to complement rather than overpower the overall flavour profile. Accompanied by crunchy pickles that provide a refreshing tang and contrast to the spiciness, this sandwich is a well-rounded delight that caters to a range of palates.

Overall, it's a delicious sandwich but can be enjoyed even by those with mild tolerance to spicy food.

Crispy Delight: A Review of Popeyes Flounder Fish Sandwich

Are you looking for a mouthwatering seafood experience combining crispy goodness with tender flounder fillets? Look no further than Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and their irresistible Flounder Fish Sandwich. In this blog post, I'll share my firsthand experience of savouring this delectable sandwich and how it exceeded my expectations, even when ordered for delivery.

With my first bite, I was greeted by a delightful contrast of textures. The exterior coating of the flounder fillet boasted a satisfying crunch, perfectly complementing the tender and flavorful fish inside. Despite the sandwich being delivered, the crispy exterior remained intact, showcasing the quality and attention to detail in Popeyes' preparation.

Flounder Fish Sandwich from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

What impressed me the most was the way the flavours harmonized. The flounder fillet was succulent and perfectly cooked, offering a delicate and mild taste. The tartar sauce added a creamy and slightly tangy note, while the pickles provided a refreshing crunch and a hint of zing. It was a harmonious symphony of flavours that left me craving more.

One thing that sets Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen apart from other fast food chains, particularly those known for their delectable fried chicken, is their inclusion of a seafood sandwich on their menu. While many fast food establishments focus primarily on fried chicken, Popeyes' introduction of the Flounder Fish Sandwich is a pleasant surprise. It's refreshing to find a crispy and flavorful seafood offering amidst the sea of chicken sandwiches, showcasing Popeyes' commitment to offering diverse and satisfying choices for their customers.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Pinoy Festival 2023 in Burnaby

Over 25 established Filipino Groups from the Greater Vancouver area and beyond will come together to bring Pinoy Festival 2023 in Burnaby.

When is Pinoy Festival 2023?

Pinoy Festival 2023 is on June 24, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Where is Pinoy Festival 2023?

The event is at the Burnaby Civic Square Metrotwon in Burnaby.

What to expect in Pinoy Festival 2023?

Pinoy Festival 2023 will start with a procession 'Hala Bira!'. There will be Filipino street food, traditional Filipino cuisines, and performances from local Filipino artists (like Easy Play Band and Eskape Band).

To end the festival, there will be a santacruzan, a Filipino pageantry featuring Filipino Beauty Queens.

Is there an entrance fee for Pinoy Festival 2023?

Pinoy Festival 2023 in Burnaby is free.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Cool Down with McDonald's Confetti Cookie Dough McFlurry: A Burst of Color and Creaminess

As the scorching heat wave continues to hit Vancouver, McDonald's Canada has introduced a delightful treat to help beat the heat — the Confetti Cookie Dough McFlurry. Combining smooth vanilla soft serve, colorful candy confetti, and chunks of cookie dough, this McFlurry promises a cool and creamy dessert experience. In this blog post, we'll delve into the details of this vibrant creation, share our firsthand experience, and offer insights into its flavor and texture.

Confetti Cookie Dough McFlurry from McDonald's

The McFlurry is a refreshing treat perfectly suited for hot summer days. The smooth and creamy vanilla soft serve forms the base of this delectable dessert, providing a cool respite from the sweltering heat. As we took our first spoonful, the velvety texture of the soft serve instantly brought relief and a sense of indulgence.

One of the unique aspects of this McFlurry is the addition of colorful candy confetti. While the confetti doesn't contribute significant additional sweetness, it adds a playful burst of color to the dessert. The vibrant confetti speckled throughout the McFlurry creates an eye-catching appearance that appeals to both children and the young at heart. Beyond aesthetics, the confetti also adds a slight variation in texture, providing a subtle crunch amidst the creamy soft serve.

Confetti Cookie Dough McFlurry from McDonald's

The star of the Confetti Cookie Dough McFlurry is undoubtedly the chunks of cookie dough scattered throughout. These generous portions of cookie dough provide a delightful softness to each spoonful. With its own distinct flavor, the cookie dough adds a hint of sweetness and a comforting taste reminiscent of freshly baked cookies. The combination of the creamy soft serve and the cookie dough creates a delightful contrast of textures and flavors.

As we savored the Confetti Cookie Dough McFlurry during the Vancouver heat wave, we found it to be a perfect treat to combat the soaring temperatures.

McDonald's Canada's New Chipotle BBQ Quarter Pounder

McDonald's Canada is constantly innovating its menu, and the latest addition to its lineup is the limited-time Chipotle BBQ Quarter Pounder. With a tantalizing combination of flavours, this burger aims to please both BBQ enthusiasts and burger lovers alike. In this blog post, I'll share details of this new creation, share my first-hand experience, and provide an honest assessment of whether it lives up to expectations.

Chipotle BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada
100% Canadian quarter pound* beef patty topped with sweet and spicy chipotle BBQ sauce, hickory smoked bacon strips, crispy onions, pickles, and two slices of processed cheddar cheese served on a toasted sesame bun.

The Chipotle BBQ Quarter Pounder boasts a 100% Canadian quarter-pound beef patty that forms the foundation of this burger. One of the standout elements is the surprising depth of beef flavour, which caught me off guard in the best possible way. While we don't typically order quarter-pounders, this one impressed me with its juicy and robust taste.

The star of the show is undoubtedly the sweet and spicy chipotle BBQ sauce. Its tangy notes add a zesty kick that elevates the overall flavour profile. Combining the smoky chipotle and the sweetness of the BBQ sauce creates a delightful contrast, making each bite an explosion of taste.

Accompanying the beef and sauce are hickory-smoked bacon strips, crispy onions, pickles, and two slices of processed cheddar cheese. These toppings contribute to the overall texture and flavour complexity. The bacon adds a smoky and savoury element, while the crispy onions provide a satisfying crunch. The pickles offer a refreshing tang, and the cheese brings a creamy richness to the ensemble.

Chipotle BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada

After savouring the Chipotle BBQ Quarter Pounder, I reflected on our experience. While it was undoubtedly enjoyable, it didn't leave a lasting impression that would make it a regular order for me. Although the beef flavour was surprisingly good, the overall combination of ingredients didn't quite match my personal preferences. In comparison, I found the previously introduced Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder to be a more compelling option.

McDonald's Canada's Chipotle BBQ Quarter Pounder may not be a personal favourite, but taste preferences can vary, and we encourage you to try it and decide for yourself. So visit your nearest McDonald's Canada location to indulge in this limited-time offering, and let us know your thoughts!

Wendy's Brings the Heat with Limited Time Ghost Pepper Ranch Chicken Sandwich

Wendy's has once again upped their sandwich game with the limited-time release of the Ghost Pepper Ranch Chicken Sandwich. If you're a fan of spicy food, this sandwich is a must-try. However, with three layers of ghost pepper heat, it's not for the faint of heart.

Ghost Pepper Ranch Chicken Sandwich from Wendy's

The star of the sandwich is the Spicy Chicken filet, which is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. But what makes this sandwich even more special are the toppings. The ghost pepper seasoned fried onions provide a subtle sweetness and crunchiness that balances the spice. The ghost pepper American cheese adds a creamy, cheesy element, while the ghost pepper ranch dressing brings it all together with a cooling sensation.

Ghost Pepper Ranch Chicken Sandwich from Wendy's

The lettuce and tomatoes provide a refreshing counterpoint to the spicy flavours of the sandwich, and the soft bun completes the package. While it's not as spicy as the Fired Up Chicken, it still packs a punch.

In addition to the Ghost Pepper Ranch Chicken Sandwich, Wendy's has also released Ghost Pepper Fries. This natural-cut, skin-on fries are tossed in a spicy ghost pepper sauce, perfect for those who enjoy a bit of heat in their food. The combination of the crispy texture of the fries and the spicy sauce is sure to please any fan of spicy food. So if you're looking for a side to accompany your Ghost Pepper Chicken Ranch Chicken Sandwich, these fries are the perfect choice.

Ghost Pepper Fries from Wendy's

The Ghost Pepper Ranch Chicken Sandwich and Ghost Pepper Fries are delicious and satisfying options for those who enjoy spicy food. So don't be chicken – try it while it's still available at Wendy's!

Tim Hortons NEW BBQ Crispy Chicken Loaded Wrap: A Sweet and Messy Meal

Are you ready to tantalize your taste buds with a delectable combination of flavours? Tim Hortons has just released its newest creation, the BBQ Crispy Chicken Loaded Wrap. Packed with succulent crispy chicken coated in a smoky barbecue glaze, paired with a medley of grains, fresh lettuce, diced tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and drizzled with creamy barbecue sauce, all wrapped in a 10-inch soft tortilla, this wrap promises to be a mouthwatering experience.

NEW BBQ Crispy Chicken Loaded Wrap from Tim Hortons

We tried it today for lunch, and it was delivered with the smoky barbecue glaze covering everything from the grains, chickens, and all the vegetables inside. However, it's really messy to eat, and I find it too sweet.

It has such great potential to be a portable, easy lunch option, but hard to justify the mess it created. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards, or you'll get barbecue sauce all over your keyboard or phone.

I think the BBQ Crispy Chicken Loaded Bowl would be better and easier to eat.

Salted Egg Yolk Croissant and more at Lumiere Cafe

I love the corner of West Broadway and Cambie Street. The area has so many restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes. Today, we visited Lumiere Cafe for the first time, and I was overwhelmed by the number of croissant varieties and buns available.

Large Mocha Frappé and Salted Egg Yolk Croissant

According to their website, they specialize in strong coffee and croissants. So my hubby went for a large Mocha FrappĂ© while I settled on a refreshing Green Tea Lemonade. The temperature is supposed to reach 30°C today, so hanging out at a coffee while enjoying cold beverages seems like a smart choice.

Salted Egg Yolk Croissant from Lumiere Cafe

For croissants, I went for the unique Salted Egg Yolk Croissant and loved the creamy yolk interior, which greatly contrasts the buttery, flaky exterior. Unfortunately, the butter croissant was sold out, so I can't compare it to my favourite from Beaucoup and Mon Pitou.

Garlic & Cheese Bun from Lumiere Cafe

For the bun, I went for the Garlic & Cheese Bun. It's what garlic bread aspires to be: cheesy, garlicky, soft, and melts in your mouth. Can I have a dozen of these?

What other croissants and buns are available? See the list below!

  • Pain Au Chocolate - $6.99
  • Almond Croissant - $4.99
  • Strawberry Croissant - $5.55
  • Pistachio Croissant - 6.99
  • Garlic & Cheese Bun - $6.55
  • Butter Croissant - $3.49
  • Salted Egg Yolk Croissant - $5.50
  • Ham & Cheese Bun - $4.99
  • Masago Croissant - $5.99

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Sabich and Falafel Bowl from Planted Food Truck

Happy Sunday! My husband finished the BMO Vancouver Half-Marathon. Woohoo! Congratulations, Love. After his run, we checked out which food trucks were available in the Street Festival. There's Roasted Revolution, Japadog, Dos Tacos, and Planted. We have tried the first three so it makes sense to try Planted.

I ordered the Hetzi Hetzi Bowl, which means getting half Sabich and half Falafel bowl.

Hetzi and Hetzi Bowl from Planted Food Truck
Half Sabich (house-made pita, hummus, tahini, zhug, amba, tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, fried eggplant & cauliflower, pickled red onions, and chopped parsley)
Half  Falafel (house-made pita, tahini, amba, zhug, pickled red cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, shifka peppers)

It's the most moist falafel I have ever tried. Yum! I enjoyed the fried cauliflower and eggplant. There's also heat coming from shifta peppers. The hummus is perfectly creamy. I love everything!

Below is the menu of Planted Food Truck.

Planted Food Truck Menu

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Costco Food Court Menu and Prices | Willingdon Burnaby BC Warehouse

The menu below is from the Costco food court in their Willingdon, Burnaby BC location (4500 Stil Creek Drive) and is subject to change without prior notice. All prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes. It is similar to the menu in Costco at Expo Blvd, Vancouver, BC.

Costco is a popular wholesale retailer known for its bulk goods, low prices, and of course, its food court. The Costco Food Court is a favorite among shoppers, offering a range of tasty and affordable food options for both members and non-members.

Below is a link to other Costco Food Court Menu and Prices that I have visited. I am planning to make #CostcoTourism a thing.

Menu Item Price
20 oz with refill
Ice Cream Cone
Vanilla or Chocolate
Ice Cream Sundae
Caramel, Chocolate, or Berry
Pizza Slice
Pepperoni or Cheese
18" Whole Pizza
Pepperoni or Cheese
1/4 Pound Hotdog and 20 oz pop with refill
All Beef or Polish Sausage
Chicken Strips and Fries $6.99
French Fries $2.99
Poutine $5.99
Gravy $0.30

Overall, the Costco Food Court is a great option for those looking for tasty, affordable, and convenient food options while shopping at Costco. Whether you're in the mood for a classic hot dog, a slice of pizza, or something else entirely, the food court has something for everyone. So the next time you're at Costco, be sure to stop by and try out the food court for yourself!

S'more Signature Bubble Waffle from Crema Ice Cream & Desserts

After a deliciously savoury lunch enjoying all my favourite Taiwanese food, I saw a lady holding a bubble waffle and saying aloud, "I want one!" They're available from Crema Ice Cream & Desserts food truck. I love the bubble waffle addition to their menu. It provides a crispiness to the creamy ice cream.

We ordered the S'more Signature Bubble Waffle and chose Cookie Monster for our one scoop of ice cream. We happily ate the dessert near Avondale Park.

S'more Signature Bubble Waffle from Cream Ice Cream & Desserts food truck
Cookie Monster ice cream, vanilla waffle, chocolate sauce, graham crackers, and toasted marshmallows.

My favourite part of the dish is that portion of scorched marshmallows. The slight warmth from the char made it so good! It's like how freshly baked bread smells and tastes. Perfect dessert right here.

What is Bubble Waffle?

According to ChatGPT, "Bubble waffles, also known as egg waffles, are a popular street snack in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. They are made from a batter that is cooked in a special bubble waffle maker, which creates a unique shape and texture with crispy edges and soft, chewy pockets."

My Favourite Taiwanese Food at TJ Fest in Burnaby

It's no secret that I enjoy Taiwanese food, and I wrote here a few times that it started because of a small (now closed) eatery in Makati called Dang Dee. However, my introduction to the cuisine is quite limited to Popcorn Chicken, Taiwanese Sausage, and Fried Pork Chops, usually served with white rice, an egg, and pickled or steamed vegetables.

We went to TJ Fest in Burnaby today, and I got to enjoy all my favourite Taiwanese dishes.

Inside Tinjin Temple

Tianjin Temple in Burnaby organizes annually a festival which showcases their culture with performances and food. It's smaller than the annual Taiwanfest in Downtown Vancouver during Labour Day weekend, but it's less crowded and has better food options.

TJ Fest Stage

They sell many dishes, but we went with what we're familiar with, like the fried pork chop bento box, popcorn chicken bento box, a side of 2x Taiwanese sausage, and Taiwanese pork belly burger. This is our first meal for the day!

Popcorn Chicken Bento Box

The chicken has a crispy, crunchy texture and is tender and juicy. It's savoury, and umami flavour is perfect with soft white rice. The pickled radish is the ideal palate cleanser, so you can take another bite without feeling heavy.

Deep-Fried Pork Chop Bento Box

The deep-fried pork chop is as flavourful and fattier than the chicken popcorn, but it could be more crispy.

Taiwanese Pork Belly Burger

It's folded soft steamed bun filled with a thick slice of braised pork belly, mustard greens, and fresh cilantro. The pork is tender, while the pickled mustard greens add a tangy crunch. It's surprisingly enjoyable.

Taiwanese Pork Sausage

Taiwanese Pork Sausage has the perfect balance between sweet and savoury flavour. Surprisingly, it's not as fatty and oily as I expect it to be. The pickled vegetables did help.

After enjoying our meal while enjoying the performances on stage. We walked around to see the different vendors and enjoyed ice cream from one of the food trucks. As soon as we finished our ice cream, we went to Costco nearby.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Choco Heaven Stuffies Soft-Serve from Stuffies Pastries | Metropolist at Metrotown

 After our dinner at Vina Vietnamese, we grabbed desserts at Stuffies Pastries. We selected the Choco Heaven Stuffies Soft-Serve, a creamy soft-serve topped with a mini chocolate bar, chocolate-dipped pretzel, dark chocolate sauce, and choco rocks in a fish-shaped waffle cone.

Choco Heaven Stuffies Soft-Serve from Stuffies Pastry

I have a bias for red bean paste, so I still prefer the Orient Express Stuffies Soft-Serve we tried last time.

Pork Lemongrass and Beef Stew from Vina Vietnamese | Metropolis at Metrotown Food Court

 We went to see our family doctor after work today because my right ear has been painful. After our appointment, we crossed the street to Metropolis at Metrotown Food Court.

I wanted beef, so I chose Vina Vietnamese and my favourite Beef Stew. Hubby chose the Lemongrass Pork, which is surprisingly better, albeit harder to eat, because it's a slab of meat.

I love the caramelized crispy exterior of the pork and the surprisingly tender inside.

Lemongrass Pork from Vina Vietnamese

Beef Stew from Vina Vietnamese

I love the Beef Stew of Vina Vietnamese in their Richmond Centre and Pacific Centre locations because the beef is very tender and falls apart easily. However, this one is tougher than I expected.

Overall, I am satisfied with our dinner. I am praying that my ear heals.

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