Sunday, June 29, 2014

Troll's - Horseshoe Bay, BC - Canada

We have been to this location about ten years ago. That was my first visit to Vancouver, BC and surrounding. I didn't quite remember the name of the restaurant. But for whatever reason, the calamari here left me a deep impression. Years passed and every now and then the calamari experience comes and knocks on my head. So finally this year we have enough time on our trip to make a side trip to Horseshoe Bay. To verify whether my memory was accurate and put it to rest.

Red Lobster - San Jose

I got this gift card for Red Lobster from Christmas time that I just came across recently. So I decided to give them a try. We did a take out order from them one night when we were lazy to cook.

Lobster crab and seafood stuffed mushroom
I loved stuffed mushroom so this one promised both items : seafood and stuffed mushroom. It came with like 5-6 stuffed mushrooms. But the stuffing was overflowing so I couldn't taste much of the mushroom. And there was gravy around the mushroom which I assumed works better with the biscuits (parmesan biscuits) provided. The mushrooms were good but the parmesan biscuits were a bit too salty for my taste.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hon's Wun Tun House - Vancouver, Canada

Big shrimp, bell pepper on top of rice noodle
This place looked like a small take out place. Nothing fancy. But once inside, it's actually a big place with two open kitchens on the back side. And if you're wondering what kind of cuisine they serve, it's a Chinese restaurant. I don't know where they got the name from. It seemed like it supposed to be Hong's because Hon's sounds like it supposed to be Honey.

Anyhow, their menu was quite big. According to our friends who took us there, their wonton soup is worth trying. So hubby picked a combo of wonton with yellow noodle. They provided a list of items on item A and another list of item B. So what you do is just pick each item to make up a combo you like.

The other dishes we ordered were spicy green bean, salt and pepper chicken wings and stir fry rice noodle with sauce.

The wonton looked simple not much green onion for garnish but tasted good. The chicken wings of course was no brainer. It's hard to find chicken wings that are not good. The spicy green bean was crunchy and sweet.

It was a nice fulfilling meal with good companies.

1339 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C6 Canada
604 685 0871

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Norboo - Vancouver, BC

fried chicken with cheese with shredded green onion as topping
This restaurant is located downtown Vancouver just further down the street from the busy street of Robson. Around the area there were quite a few Korean and Japanese restaurants. Our friends been to this one before so that's where they took us for dinner.

The menu is small but consisted of quite a few pages. Some with pictures which helped a bit in deciding. I saw that they serve gamjatang (spicy pork bone soup). Literally gamjatang means potato stew but I guess through out the years, the potatoes becoming less and the pork bones more. Beside the gamjatang which is enough for four, we also ordered spicy fried chicken with cheese.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Noodles & Company

Finally had the chance to try the Noodles & Company in Cupertino. We saw this about a month ago. This location at the corner of the Target mall used to be a Baja Fresh.

We went there with our little 12 year old neighbor. There was a paper menu outside with pictures so we stopped by first. By the time we were at the register it didn't take long to place our order. Though I changed my mind from Japanese pan noodles to Thai hot pot. And I was glad that I did.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Korean Economy Meal - Santa Clara

I accidentally visited this tiny food court inside the Kyopo Plaza on Homestead/Lawrence Expressway one hot afternoon. I just came out from a visit to the Kaiser facility on Lawrence Expressway and thought where should I go pick up a quick lunch that didn't cost too much on my pocket and didn't take too long.

There was a bakery inside the Kyopo Plaza and there was a few other stalls. The one I went to was the one next to the bakery. They had prepacked tray of food. They all looked yummy. I quickly pick a tray and then went to pay. Only then I thought OMG...I hope I have enough cash in my wallet to pay for this. I don't think they take credit card. But to my surprise it only cost less than $7. Quite a decent amount of food. And they tasted yummy too.

The rice roll (kimbab) had enough pickle in it to make it crunchy instead of abundant rice. The shrimp/veggie patties were tasty. The japchae (stir fry clear noodle) was good though a bit oily. All in all a decent lunch. I would love to go back and explore other options available.

Kyopo Plaza
3521 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95021
(408) 243 9005

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mohinga - The Burmese Fish Noodle Soup

One of the dish that I enjoyed on this visit to London was a Burmese dish called Mohinga. It was supposedly served for breakfast but of course one could enjoy it anytime of the day. I looked up the recipe on the internet and stumbled upon MiMi's website : Meemalee. She is a writer, a cook and a food blogger. Her new book titled Noodle! will be out soon. :) Yay

Anyhow, the recipe seemed simple enough though certain ingredients I completely omitted because my first encountered with Mohinga didn't come with it. My adapted version below is a lazy not so authentic Mohinga. Click on the link to MiMi's website above for her original recipe.

Recipe on the next page.