Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
Time for another Chinese Bites dinner! This time it was a 10 course meal at Hakkasan Bistro. The location is pretty obscure on No. 5 road just past Vulcan way. I would have never noticed this restaurant since I’m not in the area often. Unlike your typical Chinese restaurant, the decor inside is very modern and French? You wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a Chinese restaurant if it wasn’t for the food. I noticed they also play pop songs lightly in the background.
It was about time that I got my hands on some Thai food which I clearly don’t eat often enough! We arrived at Sawasdee Thai for lunch and they were understaffed so we had to wait 10 mins for a table even though they had tables but they weren’t cleared and there were only two servers working.
Since we had to wait for a table, we spent our time deciding what to order. All their lunch specials are under $10 and come with a spring roll and a skewer. They are also closed for lunch on Mondays.
While doing some Christmas shopping at Richmond Centre, I decided to have a snack which turned into an entire meal haha For some reason, I really wanted some fast Chinese food or Asian food in general so I was debating between Kung Pao Wok and the Thai place next to it and some other place next to that but Kung Pao Wok was cheaper so I went there instead.
As with other fast food Chinese places, they have pre-made food for you to choose from to go with rice or noodles. I picked a noodle combo with 1 item and I got the Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Beef with some Spicy Chicken. Despite expecting the noodles to be greasy, this surpassed my expectations by being SUPER greasy. There was literally a small pool of oil underneath. The spicy chicken was a tad spicy from the Sichuan peppers and not really dry. It was on the salty side though so probably lots of seasoning and msg.
I was really hungry and the greasy food hit the spot for me. Sometimes you gotta indulge at the food court right?
It was around $7 so I could’ve almost gotten some better Chinese food for the same price but it was the food court so yeah I wasn’t expecting much. The portion of noodles was pretty big for me. I actually thought there’d be less but the server just kept piling it on. You can also ask for a sample of the different food items if you can’t decide like me.
Also, the banana peppers on the side were not part of the meal; they were from Quiznos.
On another visit to Shishinori, I tried their Spicy Chicken Chashu bowl. You can also get it non-spicy but I love all things spicy so I got that instead. I believe it was an additional $0.75? We really liked their food on our first visit so we had to come back! Also, it’s a healthier option!
As usual the plating was excellent. The chicken was soooo smooooth!!! I have no idea how they get it so smooth. Also it was interesting that they cut it into circular pieces. As for the spicy sauce, it was indeed spicy! You will feel it burn your tongue a bit after a while. The salad on the side had no dressing though so it was difficult to eat. =/ They should really provide some! The marinated egg was ok, not particularly outstanding to me but very soft as well.
On yet another separate occasion, I grabbed some green tea ice cream ($3). It came in a pretty small container despite the picture here (sorry I’m obviously not a photographer). I’m not sure why but I expected more! I think they give you more at Mazazu Crepe in Aberdeen. The ice cream was sprinkled with some green tea powder and topped with a star shaped ginger cookie. The cookie was burnt so it was not that enjoyable. Ice cream was good though! I’m still waiting to get their green tea parfait.
Specialty Chicken and Wonton House is located in the same plaza as Price Smart on No. 3 Road. Their previous location was closer to the Price Smart end but they have moved to the White Spot end a while ago. Most of the dinner items are around $12-15 so it’s pretty budget friendly for dinner. If you order more than 2 dishes, you get complimentary soup and rice! I didn’t take a picture of the soup though. It tasted quite watered down and mostly salty with not much flavour going on. It was free though so can’t have high expectations. On the other hand, I have had free soup that did taste much better…
This was the Braised Beef Brisket with bean curd and some siu choy on the bottom. The meat was tender but I thought maybe the sauce could be a bit thicker?
I came across Ebi Ten on Robson and their pictures seemed enticing enough so I decided to try it. Yeah all it takes are some nice pictures (read: marketing) to get my attention! I tried to keep my expectations low though.
There aren’t that many seats inside and their whole menu is basically up there. I have a thing for chicken and spicy things so I was drawn to the Sweet Chili Chicken on Rice Bowl.
They have three different size options: 10oz, 16oz and 20oz. I decided to go for the 16oz which was reaaally big with tons of rice. Should’ve went for the 10oz but I’m greedy. The chicken was tender and served on some lettuce and combined with the sweet chili sauce (which tasted exactly like it sounds), it reminded me of some frozen food that I’ve had that was similar. There was also plenty of sauce for the rice too even though it doesn’t seem like it. It was alright but I wouldn’t order it again. I think I should’ve ordered something else …
This place seems pretty popular and if you want cheap and filling this seems to cover it.
Le Tigre is another food truck that I’ve wanted to try and my chance came when my co worker said that she was going to pick up some takeout from them! Yay! On Tuesdays they’re located on Cambie and 8th outside Whole Foods which is fairly close to my workplace. They serve contemporary Asian cuisine with a twist and they’re famous for their kick ass rice so of course I got that. You get a choice of pork belly or popcorn chicken with it and it turns out that you can also get half and half! Best of both worlds! I mean I can’t just pick one over the other!
So what’s in this Kick Ass Rice? According to their website it’s “cooked in sake, butter, dashi and topped with a perfect poached egg,fresh herbs and thai chillies “. Mmm I need to eat this again soon. The popcorn chicken tasted like the Taiwanese kind but with other spices instead of salt and pepper. I thought it was a bit under-seasoned though. The pork belly was fatty and tender like it should be. The poached egg was made perfectly and helped mix everything together! There was also some cabbage underneath along with some cilantro (or something green and leafy)? The rice was delicious and you could taste all the herbs and spices they put in and there was just a bit of spiciness. There were just so many flavours in this I had to savour every bite and I wished there was more.
This really hit the spot for lunch. Also, I love interesting menu names! It sounds more interesting than a long description of where the food came from like “Fraser Valley pork and apples from the Okanagan…etc”.