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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Sunday, 15 March 2015

moii cafe cambie: pre class crepes and bubble tea!

the only perk about late classes last year was that i could eat something with my mom before she had work once in a while. we had a social shopper for moii cafe on cambia which included any 2 crepes and any two drinks for $14!  the food and drinks were a GREAT DEAL AND DELICIOUS! 

match smoothie ($5.25): this was delicious and HUGE! it lasted me almost the entire day but was a bit creamier than i liked masking the matcha flavour a bit. 

berry tea ($3?): my mom got a nice berry type tea and i believe it was mighty leaf. overall it tasted really great with the crepes! 

the great canadian - smoked salmon, spinach, mozzarella and cheddar cheese ($9.50): this was really really good! they make the crepes fresh when you order them and it looks really small and like its not enough but they pack it with fillings! 

terimayo crepe: bbq chicken, cheese, bonito flakes, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, okonomi sauce and wasabi ($9.50): this was the best crepe i think id ever had… it was filled with chicken and cheese and the sauce ontop wasn't overwhelming but enough to imagine eating a japanese pancake instead of a crepe! 

overall: the prices here are a bit high if paying regular price but the coupon was a GREAT DEAL and the food was great!
favourite dish: terimayo crepe
overall score: 4.5/5
would i return?: definitely with a coupon! 

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Monday, 9 March 2015

sushi s: perfect rice to fish ratios!

sushi s has great reviews on urban spoon and my mom asked me to choose a restaurant for a lunch of 8 people. i wasn't expecting too much but was IN LOVE when the first rolls came out and i saw the amount of rice. it was PERFECTION. i am one of those annoying people that pick off chunks of rice from sushi pieces because its just too much and at sushi s, i did that NOT ONE TIME. although the prices are a bit high, i think the quality is worth it. 

spicy salmon roll ($4): really nice big chunks of salmon and again, it was made so carefully but be warned it is actually REALLY SPICY
chopped scallop roll ($4): so beautifully constructed and tasted delicious

S roll ($10) crabmeat, prawn tempura, yam tempura, cucumber, avocado: very good combination of deep fried and sauce flavours. 

red dragon ($12) prawn tempura, avocado, cucumber with salmon on top: beautifully constructed again, presentation was really amazing for the rolls! the flavours worked well together and it wasn't too spicy. 

black dragon ($10) prawn tempura, avocado, cucumber with bbq eel on top: flavours the same as the top, i actually preferred this one because i now love unagi :D 

alaska roll ($5): same concept as the sushi garden rolls but this had a way bigger piece of salmon and instead of being stuffed with avocado, it had a california roll filling. sauce onto wasn't too citrusy making the roll delicious. 

not pictured: 
smoked salmon cream cheese roll (red pepper and mango) ($6): this was actually very delicious, it had the perfect balance between the different flavours and was constructed very neatly! a bit pricey though
seafood yakisoba ($12): small portion but lots of stuff other than just the noodles! a little bit oily. 
bbq beef short ribs ($13.50): honestly don't remember details but they were good. 
spicy combo (spicy tuna, spicy salmon, spicy chopped scallop) ($11): same spicy sauce as mentioned above but used for all the rolls making it a little bit one dimensional as we couldn't even differentiate between the 3 sometimes

overall: sushi s has really good rolls because of not only presentation but the care they put into constructing each one. none of the flavours were too overpowering except the spicy but hey, i love spicy. definitely recommend for sushi (cooked food was mediocre) that is quite a few notches up from the sushi garden variety but yes, good food comes at a higher price.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

minoas greek taverna: not the place for seafood pasta

in vancouver, we eat greek food either for souvlaki or for the roast lamb but on this special day, we had a social shopper coupon for minoas greek taverna which had a platter for $29 dollars. seeing as this was probably not enough we ordered a seafood pasta as well and that was a big mistake.

dinner platter ($29 - original said to be $64) 2 skewers of chicken souvlaki, 2 biftekia spiced groud Beef patties, spanakopita spinach-pie appetizer, manitaria sautéed-mushrooms appetizer, plus 2 side Greek, 2 sides of rice, 2 sides of potatoes, pita bread & and appetizer tzatziki - the food on this platter was pretty good although quite standard to me and nothing special about any of the different appetizers. the chicken breast was a little dry, the pita was not as fluffy and warm as i like, and the mushrooms were quite oily but overall, for $29, this wasn't bad but NOT WORTH $64 for sure.

seafood pasta ($18.95): this was NOT GOOD at all…it was very dry and had so little seafood i would've just named it a sauce-less plain pasta. on top of that the pasta was SUPER soft and the whole thing lacked salt and flavour. one of the worst pasta's id ever had.

overall: with the coupon, it wasn't a bad experience but there are better greek restaurants and this place isn't really cheap either. honestly, the pasta has scared me off and i wouldn't return unless I'm desperate. 
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Thursday, 19 February 2015

milk and sugar cafe: oreo green tea cheesecake ice cream bubble tea…yeah

milk and sugar cafe has some of the best bubble tea combos with ice cream and fresh fruit slushes as their specialties. they have specials all the time that cost only TWO BUCKS and you can get pearls for 50 cents although the ice cream is already more than enough. they also have a bunch of cheap food items but the only downside is that there is only a mom and dad working there so service can be pretty slow although they are super super friendly. 

oreo green tea cheesecake bubble tea ($2 special): my 3 favourite things all in one…seriously this bubble tea is cheap and amazing. they scoop like 4 scoops of green tea and cheesecake ice cream then blend it with oreo and ice. it tastes amazing although super sweet and thick. the indulgence is worth it 100%


ps. the owners are really nice and game me a small cup for sample of leftovers from the previous batch 

visit 2:

oreo green tea cheesecake slush again :D (still 5/5)

overall: i come here as often as i can for bubble tea and am ready to try their different flavours but who can resist oreo + green tea + cheesecake?! 
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