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: Delicious BBQ

I normally do not do Cantonese BBQ meat rice plates because their portion sizes never seem to satisfy me. But since I’m making it a goal of mine to try out the food from every single stall in the Crystal Mall food court, I decided to order a roast pork and guai-fei-chicken rice plate from Delicious B.B.Q. The thing with roast pork on BBQ rice plates that I dislike the most is that they are almost always cut up to pieces that are too small to be enjoyed. The pieces of roast pork in this rice plate continued with this … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Delicious BBQ

Roast Pork: Top King BBQ and Meat Co.

As a lifelong addict of roast pork, I have never walked by a HK BBQ joint without mentally placing it on my ‘places I must try’ list. With the countless times that I’ve visited Crystal Mall and walked by Top King BBQ and Meat Co. since moving to the GVRD, and with the equally countless times that I’ve repeatedly made mental notes to give the place a try,  its a minor miracle that I have yet to sample its roast pork… Actually, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this: Since I tend to visit The Crystal Mall on Saturdays after … Continue reading Roast Pork: Top King BBQ and Meat Co.

Barbecue Blues: Memphis Blues Barbecue Restaurant.

Southern barbecue is not exactly my cup of tea (“plate of meat” might be more appropriate here). I like smoked meat and grilled meat and sausage and brisket and ribs and all, but I’m not really into most barbecue sauces. Unfortunately (for me), the overwhelming majority of barbecue served away from the south(ern United States) is of the wet-and-slathered-with-bbq-sauce variety. It is relatively uncommon for local non-barbecue-specialized restaurants to serve  “dry” southern barbecue. Lucky for me, there are southern-bbq-focused restaurants such as Memphis Blues, which gives diners a choice between “wet” and “dry” barbecue by serving their barbecued meats “dry” … Continue reading Barbecue Blues: Memphis Blues Barbecue Restaurant.

Should’ve Waited For The Table At The Other Place

Prestons – Prestons wasn’t my first choice for lunch today. I actually planned on dining at Tableau, but was surprised to find it booked solid until 1:30 P.M. Having my energy-so-spent-that-hunger-had-turned-to-anger 4-year-old son as a dining companion meant that waiting was not an option. He needed to eat, and it needed to be right away. The first and only restaurant in the neighborhood that I knew within walking distance of Tableau was Prestons, so we hurried there (passing by several other restaurants that I never knew existed). My wife and I were relieved to find the restaurant only 30% as … Continue reading Should’ve Waited For The Table At The Other Place

El Matador

Gyu Kaku – Whenever I see signs or ads for Gyu-Kaku, I am always reminded of Matadors. It’s probably because the two Chinese/Kanji characters in the name of the restaurant have the literal meaning of  “bull’s horns” in either Japanese or Chinese. When I think of bull horns, I think of them on a bull that’s charging towards a gracefully moving matador. The matador teases the bull, dancing left and right with his fancy footwork while the red muleta he holds dances around with him. When the matador is tired of toying with the raging bull, he spears the bull. … Continue reading El Matador

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…