Dinesty-Time for some XLB!

I’ve been to Dinesty quite a few times now but I thought it was time for a revisit post!


We started off with some Hot and Sour Soup which is not what I would order at a Shanghainese restaurant but my friend wanted some so we ordered a small size which just managed to give the three of us a small bowl each. It was actually more “hot” than most hot and sour soup variations that I’ve had which was good. We could also see some chili pieces in it. It also had a nice assortment of ingredients in it.

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Tropika used to be at Aberdeen mall but now they have moved to Lansdowne mall. The new location is where the California Cafe used to be. We actually tried to go to Yah Yah Ya Ramen first but they were closed on Mondays, then we tried to go to G-Men but they were also closed…hence we ended up at Tropika since I had read a post about it by Vancity Noms.

Surprisingly, the interior was super fancy and classy looking. It did not feel like you were eating at a Malaysian restaurant at all. We totally over ordered and the old lady beside us stared at us and she was like “wow you guys are big eaters eh?”… SO awkward… =S


My friend really wanted Hot and Sour soup so we got the only size which was a medium. We did not expect it to be this big. This was enough for like 4-5 individual bowls. The soup was not too thick and more on the sour side but wasn’t that good.

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Copa Cafe

I haven’t been to Copa Cafe in a quite a while since there are so many other HK style and Taiwanese cafes around. However, I love that it’s right across from the King Edward skytrain station and you can’t miss it because it has a bright yellow awning. I had a bad dinner experience here before but that was a long time ago so I had high hopes that it wouldn’t happen again.

Copa CafeI wasn’t feeling too hungry so I ordered a BLT sandwich with some side salad. The bread they used was quite thin and flattened. I think it would have been better if they used a slightly thicker piece of bread. It was just a very basic sandwich with bacon, lettuce and tomato. The salad had mostly fruits in it with some potato in a watered down mayonnaise dressing.

Copa CafeHot drinks come with the lunch menu items so I just ordered a hot chocolate and it tasted like your usual hot chocolate powder drinks.

Copa CafeMy friend ordered hot and sour soup for $5 and it was a pretty big portion. Big enough to share actually. It had the usual ingredients like wood ear fungus and bamboo shoots. I found that it was a lot more sour than hot though but it satisfied our cravings for hot and sour soup.

Copa CafeMy friend also ordered the baked ox tongue on rice in tomato sauce. The ox tongue had a bouncy texture and I liked that they had a lot of onions in it. The sauce wasn’t overly cheesy and thick either but there were still substantial amounts of it so it was pretty good.

Copa CafeI’m not a fan of almond milk so to me it just tasted really artificial but someone else might enjoy it.

Copa Cafe is a good place to get HK style cafe food in Vancouver and the portions are generally big as well. Pricing is consistent with other HK style cafes with similar portions. We also had really good service and the manager was very friendly too. No complaints here!

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