Taipei: Advanced (Sien Jing) Seafood

They must have had an advanced cloaking device or something, because I’ve been hearing about this place from my father for two years and for two years he hasn’t been able to find the place. And it wasn’t for lack of trying either. I’ve witnessed with my own eyes my parents leaving their apartment so that they could try and find the place. More than once. Then, all of a sudden, they found it. Then it was an ordeal to get into the place. If the place wasn’t full when my parents tried to walk in, the reservations were full … Continue reading Taipei: Advanced (Sien Jing) Seafood

Hong Kong: Empire City Roasted Duck

If I have ever “happened” upon a restaurant and became instantaneously attracted by it, it would be this place. Located on one of the upper levels of one of the smaller but newer urban malls in tourist overrun Tsim Sha Tsui but oddly filled sparsely by locals, Empire City Roasted Duck beckoned me to walk into its inner sanctum the minute I laid eyes on its facade.   It might’ve been the funky font they used for their logo, it might’ve been the roasted ducks visibly hanging not far from their funky signage, it might’ve been the huge menu boards … Continue reading Hong Kong: Empire City Roasted Duck

A (Partial) Introduction to Guizhou Cuisine: Yummy Mammy

Ever since I found out that there is a whole new world of regional Asian restaurants in the Burnaby/Vancouver border waiting for me to explore, I have insisted on staying for dinner in Burnaby every Saturday after picking my daughter up from Mandarin school. This Saturday we decided to try out cuisine from the Guizhou region of China at Yummy Mammy. I have to admit that I do not have a lot of experience with Guizhou cuisine. I know that Guizhou is a region inhabited by the indigenous Miao people and that there are a lot of sour flavours in … Continue reading A (Partial) Introduction to Guizhou Cuisine: Yummy Mammy

Osaka: Ippudo Ramen (at Momofuku Ando’s Original Ramen Restaurant)

  Ippudo probably severed me the best bowl of ramen that I’ve had in North America. I knew that I had to visit one of its locations when I made my next trip to Japan. I also knew that it wouldn’t be that hard to find an Ippudo in Japan since they have in excess of 60 branches all over the country. Out of the 60 some odd locations, I was fortunate enough to visit one of their most unique outposts. It is located in the building that housed the original ramen operation Momofuku Ando ran at around the same … Continue reading Osaka: Ippudo Ramen (at Momofuku Ando’s Original Ramen Restaurant)

Pearl Castle Back to Back Part II: Pearl Castle Sexsmith/Alexandra

My family’s previous experience was at Pearl Castle Richmond Centre was positive enough for us to choose to visit its only other current location (on Sexsmith/Alexandra) after foolishly and unsuccessfully trying to secure a walk-in table at Sushi Hachi on a Saturday night. We arrived at Pearl Castle a few minutes after 6:00 P.M., and we were able to secure the last open table at the restaurant. After sitting down, we didn’t need much time to ponder over what we wanted to order. We wanted dishes similar to the enjoyable ones we had at their other location. I wanted the … Continue reading Pearl Castle Back to Back Part II: Pearl Castle Sexsmith/Alexandra

Pearl Castle Back To Back Part I: Pearl Castle Richmond Centre

When did I visit this place? Two, three months ago? I honesty do not remember. What I can recall is how much my wife, daughter, son, and I enjoyed our meal there. Like so many of the local Taiwanese restaurants, Pearl Castle serves some of the best Taiwanese food ( casual-bubble-tea-style, in this case) I’ve had in North America. What does one order at a casual-bubble-tea-style restaurant? Bubble tea, of course. I had the plain milk tea (shown in the glass), my wife had the milk tea with pearls (shown in the second photograph), and my daughter had the milk … Continue reading Pearl Castle Back To Back Part I: Pearl Castle Richmond Centre

If Looks Were All That Mattered…

Next Noodle Bar – From the outside of the restaurant, Next Noodle Bar looked like a cross between an HK Cafe and a Westernized Chinese place. Judging it from its location, the restaurant looked to me like one that people would visit more for its convenience than for its food. Convenience was certainly the reason my wife, son, and I visited it a few days ago. I knew that the restaurant was always busy for lunch from the countless number of times that I walked past it before and after I got a haircut next door, but I didn’t expect … Continue reading If Looks Were All That Mattered…