Saturday, 4 July 2015

green lemongrass: a clean place for vietnamese eats

along kingsway are rows and rows of vietnamese eats but green lemongrass has a modern interior and exterior with a more diverse menu that drew my mom and I in one sunday evening. 

beef stew (with garlic bread) ($9): this vietnamese classic was delicious here! the bread was light and dipped perfectly into the thin broth. flavourful and with chunks of beef and a slightly spicy tang. 

hu tieu kho (small - $7): seafood, pork and rice noodles tossed in a garlic soy sauce again was delicious! not too small either, the rice noodles were not clumpy and the bowl was filled with the ingredients. not a fan of pork innards but the rest is great! 

overall: although prices a bit higher, the food is quite delicious and there is plenty on the menu to choose from.
score: 4/5
favourite dish: hu tieu kho
would i return: yes!! 

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

ikura japanese restaurant: lunch boxes for seven bucks!

so much good food in marpole area…and my family (of three…look at the amount of food…) decided on ikura japanese restaurant. they have really good lunch box deals and special rolls all at a good price! food is not exactly authentic (chinese run) but it is definitely enough to satisfy sushi cravings. 

lunch box d (beef short ribs, sashimi, assorted tempura, salad, miso soup) $9.95: the tempura batter was a little thick and theres a huge hole for the wasabi making the box look incomplete but the sashimi was thick and tasted fine! beef short ribs were a tad chewy

 hamachi tataki ($7.95): i actually really enjoyed this. nice thick slices of hamachi in a ponzu type sauce not too salty! 

lunch box b (chicken teriyaki, assorted tempura, miso soup, california roll, tuna roll and small salad) $6.95: same hole in the middle but for 7 bucks..this was an amazing deal. same comments as above but i actually liked the chicken more, it was not dry! 

crazy girl roll (spicy tuna and avocado topped with ebi and avocado in a spicy mayo) $6.95: probably my favourite thing from here. all my favourites together in a roll that was a good price too! only complain is that the rice was a bit thicker than i like.

papaya roll (salmon, papaya topped with tuna, bonito and a sweet sauce) $9.25: least favourite thing here…found it really expensive for what was give…the tiny piece of papaya is not worth 10 bucks and there was DEFINITELY a wasabi component that i did not like. 

soft shell crab kaarage ($6.50): didn't try it but seemed a bit thick on the batter?

overall: the food was good for the price that we paid. this amount of food was enough for a huge lunch box of leftovers!

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

rain or shine ice cream: coconut vegan goodness

kitsilano is gorgeous during the summer/spring months and after shopping for a few hours, a friend and i had lunch at las margaritas and needed some dessert to go along with it. so to rain or shine ice cream it was! (good thing it was a sunny day!) 

the whole store has an earnest like feel but not as crowded and a cone is not included in the price but the ice cream flavours are just as unique and locally sourced. 

single scoop vegan coconut chocolate chunk:($4.50): i LOVED this. the flavours of coconut and chocolate shavings go extremely perfectly in this combo. you can taste the burst of coconut without the shreds and its not too sweet either! my friend and i both really loved this flavour. the consistency is less creamy than earnest and a bit icier making it feel lighter which i actually prefer. it is less impactful in terms of flavour though. 

overall: expensive, but hipster ice cream usually is. a bit farther than earnest but was still very good! i really want to come back and try their taco tuesday! only 6 bucks for 2 scoops in a waffle taco with toppings!

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

49th parallel cafe and lucky's donuts (main st.): classic french crullers

mom and i love dessert and have heard good things about lucky's donuts so popped into this shop for a taste of the ONLY donut she enjoys, the french cruller. 

french cruller ($3.50): this was quite different from your tim hortons cruller as it didn't feel like it was dripping with oil! the outside was a bit crustier but the inside was still soft and fluffy. icing onto was just drizzled (not the whole thing dipped) and was a good sweetness ratio. not the best donut ever but not bad either

overall: i would love to come back and try their other flavours (matcha bismark!) but i don't think i would pay almost 4 dollars for a plain tasting donut. bad choice on our part? 

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

man ri sung: hand pulled noodles before and after the move to aberdeen...

its ironic how i'm writing about man ri sung at the old location RIGHT after eating at the new location, but at least i'm finally writing about it (and combining two visits!) i will now try harder to catch up on my 100s of posts still needed to be written. anyways, the food! the noodles were unexpectedly the star of the lunch. knife shaved and toothsome, they were al dente and not all equal sizes but absolutely delicious. 

visit 1: 

 spicy pork with rice - lunch special ($8.99): pretty self explanatory with the delicious banchan as well. good price for the amount of meat give (price is now $9.99 at aberdeen). quite oily 

spicy seafood noodle soup (~$10): this was so good…the soup was not too spicy and was delicious with lots of al dente noodles sitting on the bottom. the seafood wasn't TOO plentiful but it didn't matter, the noodles were THAT GOOD

visit 2:

going through my pictures i ordered almost the exact same thing…oops (sorry not sorry) but my pictures are so much better ;D 

the location is A LOT nicer inside aberdeen mall but the service was not good at all..we saw the server once and that was it. still they have a sign that says no refills on side dishes but thats okay...

seafood chow main ($10.99): i had to get their knife shaved noodles again and of course i got seafood…but this was just as good as before. the noodles were addicting and flavourful but this was a little lacking in seafood and the squid was a bit chewy. still gets a 5 in my books because it ate so much...

spicy pork with rice lunch special ($9.99): so this went up in price a little bit but the portion was still quite large. again quite oily but the slices of pork were very meaty and not too fat. 

overall: the price has gone up but the noodles remain delicious. the banchan no longer has the garlic sprouts but their kimchi was so good. not too sour or spicy i loved it! 

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