Macau: Egg Tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakery

I’m sure no one would disagree with me when I say that Lord Stow’s Bakery is the most famous egg tart producer in all of Macau. There might be some debate as to whether it produces the best Portuguese-style egg tarts, but there is no debate that it is the most famous, and by far the most popular Portuguese egg tart purveyor. I would put good money on the claim 90% of all visitors to Macau have had Lord Stow’s egg tarts. Hell, I’ve had them long before my first visit to Macau. Before there were direct flights from Taiwan … Continue reading Macau: Egg Tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakery

Hong Kong: Michelin Star My A$$ – Tim Ho Wan

Not that I mind walking over 45 minutes in the endless subway tunnels and thrice asking smug, pseudo-friendly locals where the supposedly uber-well-known dim sum restaurant was…I completely, totally, 101% would not mind searching for the place in a torrential downpour and double-gale-force winds if the food was actually good. So what if the wait was sixty minutes two hours before lunchtime if I could have the dim sum meal of all dim sum meals? Tim Ho Wan was probably the ONE AND ONLY DESTINATION that I felt I must visit on my trip to HONG KONG last summer. It … Continue reading Hong Kong: Michelin Star My A$$ – Tim Ho Wan

Living Life According to the Manual: Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

Crouching against a 23 foot high stucco wall under a concrete staircase cracked thirty six different ways gently blasted by the 23 degree (celsius) Southern California summer breeze in constant lookout for the ruthless aluminum-bat-weilding, way-too-old-for-highschool dorm proctor I was introduced to the heretofore unknown to thirteen-year-old me term “manual human being”. The individual that introduced me to this term was a 17-year-old outcast 2 days removed from conformist Japanese society wishing to instil his considered-anarchist-only-in-Japan philosophy on anyone he could practice his English on. I was just there to enjoy the hysterics of watching him smoke a cigarette Bill-Clinton-style … Continue reading Living Life According to the Manual: Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

Dim Sum And Then Some: Chef Tony

I won’t lie. I walked into the restaurant with both an off-the-charts expectation of great dim sum and an all-encompassing fear of a huge disappointment. Why this bipolarity? Chef Tony. Chef Tony of Sea Harbour. To be more exact: Sea Harbour. Sea Harbour’s outpost in Rosemead, CA. gave me my “DANG-I-didn’t-know-dim sum-could-make-me-happy”  moment in 2003. Sea Harbour of No. 3 Rd. also disappointed me almost to the point of depression in 2011 with its inhuman service and less-than-lukewarm food. I really had no idea which manifestation of chef Tony I was going to be presented with at Chef Tony. Was … Continue reading Dim Sum And Then Some: Chef Tony

Crystal Mall Food Court: Xu’s Wonton House

I have only dined twice at the Crystal Mall food court, and both experiences were completely underwhelming. The food was so bad that I almost completely blocked out my memories of the two meals in my mind. I blocked out the name of the stalls I visited as well as the names of the dishes I ordered. All I can remember was that the food was cold and that the flavours were unidentifiably suspect. I gave up on the food court after my second visit. I have never had food from the food court since then and I planned never to … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Xu’s Wonton House

Kirin Back To Back Part 2: Kirin Mandarin Downtown

Kirin Mandarin – Day two of our Kirin dim sum back-to-back brings my mother-in-law, wife, and I to Kirin Mandarin located in downtown Vancouver. This is the Kirin location that is most convenient to us, but it is also the place where we received our first subpar local dim sum meal. Hopefully, the food will be much better-tasting this time around. The restaurant has an interior typical of higher-end Cantonese seafood restaurants. Its dining area is divided into two separate rooms, and we were seated in what I assumed to be the “main” dining room. We ordered six items, with … Continue reading Kirin Back To Back Part 2: Kirin Mandarin Downtown

Kirin Back To Back Part 1: Kirin Richmond

Kirin Richmond – Kirin is arguably the most popular and well-known dim sum chains locally. It was the one restaurant that was unanimously recommended to me by friends who have lived here when they found out that I was moving here. And its downtown and Cambie locations were my first and second local dim sum experiences when I was visiting the city on my house-hunting trips early last year. The thing that I found out about Kirin was that the quality of its food varied greatly between locations. I tried Kirin Cambie first and thought that the dim sum was … Continue reading Kirin Back To Back Part 1: Kirin Richmond