I organized a meet up with Carmen (CuriouslyCarmen) and David (PickyDiners) and we decided to go for brunch at Forage! Unfortunately Meg (MsElephantHeart) and Cynthia (Eatmunchlove) couldn’t make it this time =(
None of us have been to Forage so we were excited to see what they had in store for us.
The special of the day was the Pork Belly Eggs Benedict. Crispy potatoes with an addictive house made ketchup were served side. Not sure what else was in the ketchup but it was probably some sort of spice. The pork belly was fatty but not overly so and there was a good amount of it too. My eggs were poached to a medium as per my request. I found that the hollandaise sauce was quite buttery and rich as but a tad salty as well especially when eating with the pork belly. David also said that he could taste the tarragon in this dish but since I’m not sure what that tastes like we’ll take his word for it!
This was the Classic Benny served with back bacon and the same crispy potatoes and ketchup as above.
This was the Corned Bison Hash with sunny side up eggs, kale, house made sauerkraut and IPA mustard hollandaise with lots of multigrain toast on the side. This dish was bigger than the eggs benny dishes! It will definitely fill you up. I tried a bit of the bison and it was good… can’t really describe it since I haven’t had much bison before!
There was also house made blueberry and strawberry jam available for the toast as well and they were both fruity but not too sweet.
We had an enjoyable brunch together and I was surprised that the restaurant wasn’t busier for brunch but maybe it was because it was pouring earlier.
Happy December! I can’t believe Christmas is only 24 days away! I’m trying to get Christmas-y now and I just decorated my staircase with purple and gold foil garland.
Long post ahead!
For my friend’s birthday, we decided to celebrate at Sura Korean restaurant in Richmond. It’s located where Tropika used to be inside Aberdeen mall. I’ve never been to their location in downtown before but the reviews for the Richmond location were really bad… so I was just crossing my fingers and hoping they were wrong.
The servers will bring your food over on a small cart with all the food on it instead of carrying each plate. For the Bulgogi Bibimbap, they mixed it tableside and they ask you how much hot sauce you want mixed in too. Since we had a lot of people sharing I didn’t end up trying a lot of this dish but it tasted standard.
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I’ve read a lot about Yew and I’m really into brunch right now so that was where we were headed. I also love that it’s conveniently next to Pacific Centre and the Canada Line! You can get there without walking thru the rain too. They have a 3 course brunch option for an additional $10 added to any entree so we did that for one of our entrees so that we could share the appetizer and dessert. I’m glad they don’t make the whole table order the brunch option.
To start, we were served Complimentary Mini Donuts! This was served warm with a mango and cherry and… passion fruit sauce? I didn’t really like the flavour from the cherry that much though and the donuts were delicious on their own anyway.
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For our weekly Friday lunch last week we decided to try Taishoken Ramen near Tinseltown. Fortunately we got a table pretty quickly but they said that they only had 2 types of ramen left… It wasn’t even 1pm yet! Anyway the two they had left were tomato ramen and the tsuke-men. We were here for the tsuke-men anyway so that was fine for us. They also have a special version of the ramen where you can get a soft boiled egg added to it and I’m not sure what else was special about it.Their ramen comes in either a regular size or a large size.
The ramen noodles are served cold and were quite chewy but in a good way. The broth was served on the side and although the portion looks small, it was very concentrated and full of rich fatty flavour. I opted for the pork shoulder and pork belly since I couldn’t decide so the waitress said I can actually get some of both. There was 2 slices of pork shoulder and 2 slices of pork belly and it was actually a lot of meat! The pork belly was mostly fat while the pork shoulder was lean meat but it was on the chewy side. Since the meat was in the broth, it soaked up a lot of the flavours from the broth. Besides the pork and egg, there were just some bamboo shoots and green onion.
So if you didn’t know already, you’re suppose to take some of the noodles and dip it in the broth. This was my first time trying this kind of ramen so I can’t compare it to anything. I thought that the broth could’ve been hotter? Or I’m just not used to eating cold noodles. The portion here doesn’t look that big but it was soooooo filling!!! My friend and I only finished half so in hindsight we should’ve just shared one. It’s good if you can eat a lot though! Also, we tried to pack it up to go but they said they didn’t have any take out containers so we felt like we wasted a lot of food. =(
I wouldn’t mind going back to try their other dishes and they seem pretty big too! Price wise it’s about the same as other ramen joints. They are known for their dipping ramen though so you should give it a try! Gyozas will be on the menu soon.
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Kingyo is another popular izakaya and it’s been on my list for a while too. It’s on Denman near Robson so it’s a bit far but I finally made it there! They also have this popular deluxe bento box for lunch which is limited to 10 sets per day apparently and when we got there at 1:30pm there were none left. :( You can reserve them though if you really want one.
A lot of the choices looked good but I settled for the Pork Kakuni Bowl which was served with a poached egg (under the seaweed) and a side of soup. Yeah I just have a thing for pork belly x) The pork is stewed for 6 hours and it was indeed very tender but not super fatty. There was also a good amount of pork too and the poached egg helped meld everything together nicely. There was a side of mayo but I didn’t end up needing it. There were also 3 small pieces of pickled daikon/carrot which I ate first since I love pickled stuff. The soup was quite packed with miso flavor and combined with the rest of the rice bowl it made for a filling meal.
Sorry about the weird angle of the picture. This was the Tuna Steak and Tororo Bowl topped with grated mountain yam and green onions. The tuna was pan fried a bit but still rare. I didn’t try the mountain yam part but the tuna was really good although it was a bit warm from the rice.
I enjoyed my lunch here and I noticed that they had a few items that were similar to some items on their sister restaurant Suika’s lunch menu. Service was pretty quick! I’ll try and come back for their bento box sometime.
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.
My half finished meal with everything mixed up!
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”.