Long 10 days in the Vancouver and Richmond BC and eating the whole time. I was still to join some members of my family to enjoy Canadain Thanksgivng.I will breakdown this report into two parts Vancouver and Richmond.
First up Vancouver, some of this eating places have been reported in the past with both good and bad reviews. But since I was eating with family I for the most part I followed they recommendations.
Hons on Robson 1339 Robson Street Vancouver, my cousin took me there for a late supper. I was impressed that they have two kitchen on for vegetarian dishes the other for there normal menu. I like the open kitchens where I could watch the chefs in action.
We had the soup of the day which was a barley chicken soup there was a charge for the soup of the day.
Dan Dan noodles, like I remember it without peanut or sesame paste. This I think is the Cantonese version just some pickled vegetables and meat. They has several version both with or without meat.
Roast Duck over rice, a very nice large version over steaming rice.
Oyster sauce over Gai Lan nicely cooked just to the right degree of doneness.
I had hoped to come back to try the Vegetarian menu but there is always next time.
Landmark Hot Pot which was recommend by a cooking class mate who said this was the best hot pot he has had outside of Asia. 4023 Cambie. We had the following items, fatty beef, lamb, tong ho vegetables, tofu puffs, oysters, live shrimp, goose intestines and ming bean threads. We were given a ying and yang pot (half spicy and half broth). I found this to be very good a very high end place in the quality of the food. I would reorder everything expect for the oysters kind of small and not worth 2.25 each. I recommend you make reservations. I had to talk my way in without a reservation on a Saturday night.
Café Gloucester 3338 Cambie was pick by my Uncle who loved the Hong Kong Western type food served there. At the time I did not know that is was part of the Landmark group. I had the rack of lamb, which was cooked medium rare and I was given four ¾ thick pieces, very nice. My Uncle had a curry beef tongue over rice. Each came with soup and a hot or cold drink. Like the food but I have never been a fan of Hong Kong style Western food. If I want Western food I should go to a Western place. But my Uncle think he back in Hong Kong.
Sun Sui Wah for dim sum, I was taken to the Vancouver branch at 3888 Main, because my cousin said this was the best of the bunch. There is another one in Richmond.
Huge har gow, and the same with the most of the others. But I did not find then much better then the best the Bay Area has to offer. Ten years ago they were way better then us.
There were several standouts.
Huge sesame balls light and double the size of the ones in the Bay Area but I found then to lack depth in favor.
They serve there tofu fa in individual clay pots and they had wonderful bean favor.
The taro puffs has seafood instead of just pork.
Loved the intestines, in Canada they have two more ingredients than the States and we never missed a chance to have this dish when we are in Canada.
Lastly for Vancouver we went to a Japanese Tapa bar. My first time and I was impressed with the food. I do not have a list of the items we had because I miss place the list I made and will post later when I find it. Hapa Izakay is at 1479 Robson. When I find the card I will list the items. I want to have my notes to do it justice.
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