Lost In Translation (in the age of fictional zombies): Corner 23

Somewhere along the way, the food lost its way. Like so many Taiwanese restaurants outside of Taiwan, Corner 23 could not capture the essence of what Taiwanese food is. It came closer than some by virtue of its (Chinese) namesake signature dish: the “wan ran” pork feet/knuckle. Wan Ran pork feet is to Taiwanese cuisine as Philly cheesesteak is to American cuisine. It is part of the Taiwanese food vernacular. Everybody has heard of it; a lot of people know what it is; some people like it. I’m not one of them. I like my pork knuckle either more melty, … Continue reading Lost In Translation (in the age of fictional zombies): Corner 23

Bubble Tea in West Van: Bubble Tree Cafe (cafe bubble tree)

There are a few places that serve bubble tea in West Vancouver – a juice stall in the Park Royal Mall, Chef Hung, and a fish n’ chips shop called Pisces – but I can’t say that I know of any bubble tea cafes in the area before I found out about Bubble Tree Cafe. From the exterior, it looked Bubble Tree Cafe was a straightforward bubble tea place that also served smoothies and coffee to lure in bubble-tea-unaware newbies. The inside of the cafe revealed something else entirely. Its hard to tell from the above photograph, but Bubble Tree … Continue reading Bubble Tea in West Van: Bubble Tree Cafe (cafe bubble tree)

Surprisingly Good

Bubbling Bubble Tea House – This reveiw will be an extremely short take. I was waiting for takeout from Spicy House next door, so I thought I’d get some bubble tea from the Korean bubble tea place called Bubbling Bubble Tea House. I didn’t expect it to any good; I just wanted an iced, sweet Taiwanese milk tea to temporarily  keep my hunger in check. I got the milky tea to drink right away while I got the milky tea with pearls to bring home to my wife. One sip of the milky tea and I was transported back to Taiwan. … Continue reading Surprisingly Good

It has all the trappings, but it just doesn’t feel like home

Day 15 – Pearl Hot Pot… Shabu Shabu was invented in Japan but popularized in Taiwan. I am almost certain that there are more shabu shabu restaurants per capita in Taiwan than anywhere else in the world. The restaurants span the gamut of quality and affordability. You see the high-end versions where they use the highest quality ingredients and charge a likewise high premium to the mid-range food court versions where prices are slight elevated because of the “mall tax” to neighborhood shabu shabu restaurants where parents can afford to take their kids when they don’t feel like cooking From the … Continue reading It has all the trappings, but it just doesn’t feel like home

I’ll follow you to the happy place, wherever that might be…

Day 9 – Parker Place Meat & B.B.Q. + egg balls and bubble tea Driving along No. 3 Rd. after taking the kids bowling, we randomly stopped at Parker Place looking for a snack and a beverage. We had never been there but thought that it might have some sort of a food court inside, judging from the fact that it was an indoor mall. We entered from the back so it wasn’t immediately clear to us where the food court would be. We first tried going right and after negotiating the maze-like hallways, we hit a dead end. Like … Continue reading I’ll follow you to the happy place, wherever that might be…