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YVR - Final day - Lok's Chinese and Fuel

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YVR - Final day - Lok's Chinese and Fuel

bdachow | Sep 16, 2009 09:10 AM

So the final down of chowing through Vancouver and I have to say it was a pretty good way to end the trip.

Lok's Chinese
Grayelf, this one's for you. It's a simple Chinese noodle and congee shop in Kerrisdale. 2436 W 41st Ave. Mom and I ordered a congee and a noodle dish. She had recommended the congee here and it ws pretty good. It wasn't too thin and it wasn't too thick. The rice wasn't completely broken down into mush but still had some texture to it (I feel like Goldilocks here). The one we ordered had pig's liver, pork meatballs and pork stomach. Everything in it was perfectly cooked, particularly in the liver and stomach's case. There's nothing worse than overcooked liver and undercooked chewy stomach. Both tender with enough bite to make it enjoyable. The noodle dish was sliced beef with vegetables (in this case, shanghai bok choy) and stir fried with rice noodles. I agree with my mom's assessment that it was perfectly sauced, not too much to make it like drinking soup and not too little so it's too dry. My only quibble was I thought it didn't quite have enough "wok hei" or I think what's called breath of the wok?!?!? Overall, a fantastic little spot and one of the very few places that I can recall that serves noodles and congee on the west side of Vancouver. And the bill came out to a little over $15 including tip and leftovers for lunch.

Fuel
It has certainly taken me long enough to get around to trying the food here. The reluctance of my sister from previous mediocre experiences have kept us away but managed to convince her this time around. Ha! To start, amuse bouche of corned beef tongue with citrus dressing and baby radishes. A nice light bite, well balanced in flavour. We split the onion soup and brodo to start. Both soups were delightful and very light. The onion soup was great, a surprise that it was a creamy onion soup with crunchy onion rings on top. The brodo was a nice light broth, not oily at all with gnocchi and slices of duck at the bottom. It reminded me of garlic roast beef that I used to get at the grocery store deli. Only off putting thing was the gnocchi were too similar in size and appearance to silk worm larvae you can order off street vendors in China. Ick. Mains were the scallops, halibut and organic chicken. The scallops was the best of the three dishes I thought. Perfectly seared and plump and juicy. The crispy pork belly that accompanied it reminded me of Chinese roast pork and we were all fighting over the crispy skin. The carmelized cauliflower was such a nice taste but texturally was squashy (my favourite word). The halibut was a nice large piece of beautiful halibut. The skin was perfectly crispy and the meat was flaky without being overcooked. The heirloom zucchini (which is my favourite veg) was nicely cooked and paired with the garlic, was delightful. Luckily the garlic came in big chunks so you could avoid eating them if need be, in my case, definitely needed to avoid, don’t think my fellow passengers on the airplane would’ve approved. This was the simplest dish of the three. The chicken came looking like a roulade, with everything stuffed inside. It was moist and delicious and tasted like chicken. No room for dessert sadly plus I had a plane to catch. Overall, a really nice meal, all of this was rounded out with a bottle of Ridge Zinfandel 3 Valley’s which paired really well with the soups, or so I thought. Worth another visit, definitely, all the dishes were well prepared with only a minor quibble. Service was excellent but it was a quiet Sunday evening with only about 5 or 6 other tables.

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Fuel Restaurant
1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

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