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

Have We Been Here? Stepho’s on Robson

“Is this Greek place new?” “…ahhmmm…I think it’s always been here.” “Then what’s with the ‘Now Open’ sign?” “To attract new customers?” “Really? Look at the lineup.” “Woah, I don’t recall ever seeing a lineup here before.” “Let’s try it.” “You sure you want Greek? You don’t like Greek. You don’t have to try it for my sake…” “I suggested it.” “True.” We walk in. … Continue reading Have We Been Here? Stepho’s on Robson

Proteins and Scallions: Chui

Great tasting food is the primary reason that influences my decision on whether or not to revisit a restaurant. I am willing to overlook A LOT of other unpleasant factors about a restaurant if it serves me delicious food. On the flip side, if the food that I receive at a certain restaurant happens to not be spectacularly tasty, I tend to look harder at … Continue reading Proteins and Scallions: Chui

WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

I’ve always found so-called “fast food” places in Japan to be reliable because most of the quick-service chains in Japan have clearly-detailed standard operating procedures (SOP) as to how each menu item is to be prepared and assembled (much like McDee’s). A beef don will taste like a beef don no matter which Matsuya or Yoshinoya you visit; a bowl of Ippudo ramen tastes as … Continue reading WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

Food Trucks: Mr. Shawarma

Mr. Shawarma – I drive through Robson on an almost daily basis, and shutting off the section between Hornby and Howe down to vehicular traffic has been more than a bit annoying to me. It may seem minor, but the minutes of extra driving due to the detour adds up quickly. And what did they shut it down for? As far as I can tell, … Continue reading Food Trucks: Mr. Shawarma

Food Trucks: Guanaco (my first Salvadorian experience)

Guanaco – El Salvador: a Central American┬ácountry and culture that is completely foreign to me. The thought of trying Salvadorian food wouldn’t even have crossed my mind if I had not been offered a sample of an entire pupusa while walking by the Guanaco food truck the other day. I was really grateful for full-sized sample, but I was really too full to purchase another … Continue reading Food Trucks: Guanaco (my first Salvadorian experience)

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 … Continue reading If Looks Were All That Mattered…

You Won’t Go Wrong By Ordering Italian

Cinch Grill – I never realized that Cinch was where it was until my meal at Gyoza King last week. I parked right in front of the place and walked across the street to Gyoza King without even noticing the place. It was not until after the meal when I was trying to chase down my son on the sidewalk so that I could coax … Continue reading You Won’t Go Wrong By Ordering Italian