Bad Kim Bop Is Better Than No Kim Bop: Ma Sarang at the H-Mart Robson food court

Jap Chae, Kim bop, and Korean spicy sweet fried chicken; three items surprisingly hard to find together in the same restaurant locally. It is rather easy to find Korean places that serve jap chae. A fairly substantial subset of these places also serve variations of sweet spicy fried chicken. But kim bop is rare. Hardly any Korean restaurant outside of Coquitlam have it on their menu. Why? Is it because it is too simplistic of a food item? Maybe. Is it because it is too homely of a dish? Perhaps. But why not? If the hundreds upon thousands of local … Continue reading Bad Kim Bop Is Better Than No Kim Bop: Ma Sarang at the H-Mart Robson food court

Singapore: Singapore Food Trail

Tourist infrastructure done right. Singapore. Nothing half-assed about anything. The Singapore flyer. Yes, it looks like the London Eye. It feels like the London Eye. It rides like the London Eye. But you see more of the city with the Flyer than with the Eye. You see what seems to be a complete cityscape. At the top of the wheel, when your car reaches the top, you feel large. You feel like you rule over all the skyscrapers of the peninsula. The modern marvel that is the Marina Bay Sands seems like three low-rises connected by a skimpy skybridge. I … Continue reading Singapore: Singapore Food Trail

Crystal Mall Food Court: 99 BBQ House

Meat on sticks grilled over an open fire in the food court of an Asian/Chinese mall. Say What? Is this Legal? Am I in a night market? Am I in China? Answers: Chinese yakitori. Yes. No, but close. No, and not quite close. It wasn’t mealtime and I was on my way home. But one look at the pictures in front of the stall and I knew I had to get some skewers for takeout. At the very least, I had to get the all-to-familiar-to-me grilled chicken hearts. And at the other end of the spectrum…I had to try out … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: 99 BBQ House

Crystal Mall Food Court: Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

After I placed an order of the Ipoh bean sprout chicken at its namesake stall, I stood around to observe the food that other people ordered from the stall. The most popular item that came out of the kitchen by far was the laksa. It was on every other tray being brought to the counter. To my surprise, on the trays that did not have bowls of laksa on them, I did not see one single order of the bean sprout chicken. I seemed to be only person that ordered the dish. That was not a promising prospect. As I … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

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

Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Bubble Waffle at…Bubble Waffle Cafe

My wife, kids, and I wanted some bubble waffle after each finishing our meals, but we were weary of the crowds in front of Bubble Waffle Cafe. Since bubble waffle was not something that could instantly be made, we knew that we would need to wait a minimum of 25 minutes for them judging from the size of the crowd. If it was any other day, we would’ve definitely given up on waiting for the bubble waffle. But since it was spring break, and since we had absolutely no set-in-stone activities lined up for the kids the following day, we … Continue reading Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Bubble Waffle at…Bubble Waffle Cafe

Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Chicken Wings at Wo Fung

I can’t resist fried chicken wings, especially when I see order after order being served to customers that looked like they couldn’t wait to dig their teeth into them . I stood practically frozen for a good ten minutes watching nothing but pipping hot deep fried chicken wings coming out of the kitchen of Wo Fung. I had just finished having a filling meal with two large cups of iced milk tea and some bubble waffle, but the wings just looked too enticing for me to pass up. Since neither my wife, daughter, nor son had any appetite left for … Continue reading Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Chicken Wings at Wo Fung