Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Restaurant Chung Dam - Santa Clara

side dish for wrapping with sliced pork (bossam platter)
Found out about this restaurant on Yelp when I was looking for certain type of Korean dishes. Apparently this restaurant was still pretty new. So we decided to give it a try on a Thursday night thinking it wouldn’t be too busy. When we pulled in the parking lot, we saw group of people walking to the restaurant. The parking lot which the restaurant shared with Motel 6 was full. And at that time it’s only 6:30 !

We found one spot and made our way to the restaurant. The restaurant was huge with nice waiting area. The hostess took my name and told me the wait would be 20 minutes. The d├ęcor in the waiting area was nice and made the restaurant felt upscale. There was this huge lighted display in Hangul (Korean characters) that I didn’t understand but I assumed probably some poem ?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fogo De Chao - San Jose

My salad plate 
I have heard about churrascaria for quite a few years now. A churrascaria is a place where meat is cooked the churrasco style which is roughly translated from Portuguese for barbecue. In short it's widely known as Brazilian style steak house. There are some restaurants that specialize in all you can eat style. One of them is Fogo De Chao,

I have heard about all these Brazilian buffet for quite a while but couldn't bring myself and hubby to go there. Me being cheap just didn't want to pay $50 to have all the meat I can eat. Beside I am not much a meat eater these days. That's why I was so excited when my boss decided that our office would go out have dinner there. Yay.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Gogo Pho - Cupertino

Bun thit nuong - rice vermicelli noodle with bbq pork and assorted salad and herbs
We went and checked out this place for an early lunch on Saturday. The restaurant is located on a strip mall sharing parking lot with a nail place and a salon. And the amount of parking spaces weren't too many. I couldn't quite imagine on a busy time, it must be a bit tricky trying to find a parking spot.

I ordered a vermicelli bowl with bbq pork and hubby as usual went for the noodle soup. I would recommend the vermicelli bowl with bbq pork, or you could select chicken if you don't like pork. The shredded veggie that came with it makes the meal fresh and crunchy. Normally for this type of dish, the shredded veggies consisted of pickled carrot, cucumber and romaine lettuce. But this place also used mango and pear. Mango and pear gave a bit more sweetness to the greens. It was a nice twist to the conventional style bun thit nuong.

The noodle soup was nothing special. If we go back again, I'd try different dishes that looked more like fusion style.

Gogo Pho
5025 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051
408 345 4646

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dae Bak Bon Ga : revisited - Vancouver, Canada

Gamja tang - Korean style pork bone soup
I just found out about this dish called jokbal which is a Korean style pig trotter cooked in soy sauce. It could be made spicy as well. Ever since I saw it in a Korean drama I was on a mission to find it and check it out.

So visiting Vancouver this time I sought out my friend who also love Korean food. She recommended that we checked this place out since they offer jokbal. So there we went.

Our first visit a year ago we tried the bul nak ji jeongol which was the beef and octopus stew served on a hotpot. This time we ordered the jokbal, bul nak ji jeongol and gamja tang since I was curious about it.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ebisu - Vancouver, Canada

sushi roll
Located in downtown Vancouver close to Robson St, this restaurant offers benefit of opening late. Coming from San Jose, where most places close at 9 pm, it's quite amazing to have a place to hang out until late at night.

We got there at around 10 and there were still quite a few tables occupied. Next to our table were a guy and a girl who looked like they're on a date. Though I think the music was a bit loud to be able to carry on comfortable conversation. The other side of our table were a group of girls that order a platter of oysters. ha..ha..

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kedah House - Vancouver, Canada

Kedah House, Malaysian food buffet in Vancouver
I can finally check this off our list of to do things in Vancouver. We've been eyeing the buffet at this restaurant for quite some time now. This time we finally made it there.

We went on a Wednesday night. Traffic was horrible because there was a fire near by. When we finally went in, the place was quite busy. There were at least 15 people inside. We were seated at one of the booths. The buffet line was against the wall almost next to the kitchen door where the cashier/owner sat.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pink Elephant - Vancouver, Canada

filing for lettuce wrap
Our friend took us here because she has been here before. The same reason why we went there around 6 pm just in time for their appy hour menu. Since she knew better, we let her order for us. Appy hour menu is lighter, more appetizer like items.

We had a late lunch so we weren't very hungry and the appetizers that we ordered were just perfect. We had lettuce wrap with chicken, shrimp cake (tod man kung), vermicelli salad (yam wun sen), thai calamari, and thai ice tea.

The highlight of that meal was the lettuce wrap. So a stack of iceberg lettuce leaves were provided on the side. For the filing was minced chicken stir fried with cubes of carrot, sliver of basil and some crunchy fried vermicelli. When I bit into the wrap it was a burst of fresh lettuce leaves, crunchiness of the vermicelli and savory of the chicken.

papaya salad @ pink elephant

I love thai papaya salad and vermicelli salad. So both salads were up to my expectation it's been a while since the last time we had those.
thai spicy calamari

The thai calamari though wasn't really thai, not in my opinion. It tasted more like salt and pepper calamari the chinese way.
vermicelli salad

Pink Elephant
1152 Alberni Street Vancouver, BC, Canada
1 604 646 8899