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OH NO !!! Cartems coming to Main & 6th

The only school I knew of was one that helps train people to help people with issues and challenges. Perhaps there should be a CA group started there? :)

about 22 hours ago
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good hk style cafes in the city

It is old school, but sometimes old school hits the spot! Take your niece! :)

about 22 hours ago
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

OH NO !!! Cartems coming to Main & 6th

LotusRapper, I bet you could find a good counselor to help you work through your Cartems "issues and challenges." :)

Good hk style cafes in the city

With the numerous options for Chinese food all around the Metro Vancouver area, including areas like Richmond with all of the recent immigration, I have to confess that I frequently overlook the old Chinatown area of Vancouver when thinking of places to eat.

Goldstone (139 Keefer Street) is a classic old-school HK Cafe, and I'm disappointed that I hadn't stopped in before.

Granted it feels like going through a bit of a time warp - everything from the faded menus under the glass top of the table to the waitstaff uniforms. But somehow the time warp matches really well with the classic comfort food on offer.

I ordered my classic HK Cafe order of baked pork chop on rice ($8.25), and took the option to add borscht ($2) and a cold milk tea ($1 add-on for the ice - hot is included). Yes, they do the classic HK Cafe thing of charging for ice on the included coffee or tea. I'll never fully understand that other than "classic tradition."

The cold milk tea was first to arrive, and it was a nice strong classic flavour. It wasn't sweet at all (the way I like it), but they had sugar available if you want it. Good start!

Next came the borscht. This was overflowing the veggies and had the classic HK style flavours - slightly sweet and very tomatoey. It came with a complimentary roll that was SOOOO fresh. A bonus of them operating a bakery on-site, and based upon the freshness of the roll I made a mental note to come back for Chinese baked goods in the future.

Then the main course arrived - the pork chop rice. It was huge. Particularly considering it was lunch time and it was the lunch special. The rice was slightly stir-fried with bits of scrambled eggs. I like it normally with a bit more wok hei, but it was good. The pork chops were surprisingly tender. Lots of times in this dish the chops are tough or chewy and sometimes even overcooked. Not here. Nicely cooked, and tender. The sauce was a very classic simple tomato sauce. Overall a very simple but well executed version of this classic comfort dish.

Overall sometimes the classics are just the comforting treat you need! I'll be back!

Asian options on Commercial - blanking

FWIW my two meals at Kin Kao were both underwhelming. More details on the Thai thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9853...

Smoked mackerel in GVRD?? also good seafood market in 'burbs? (Surrey, Burnaby, Langley, etc)?

Alenka European Foods on the corner of Kingsway and Fraser has a selection of whole smoked fish - their mackerel is very good when available. Good idea to call in advance to ask which ones they have available any given day.

As a side note they make their own pieroge too, and those are pretty good too!

Hikari Cafe - Japanese Cafe with large menu

This newish cafe (been open since December at 5701 Granville Street) offers up a wide variety of Japanese and Western food in a bright comfortable atmosphere.

Donburi? Check.
Curry? Check.
Omerice? Check.
Sushi? Check.
Sashimi? Check.
Salads? Check.
Sandwiches? Check.
Coffee? Check.
Waffles? Check.

Wow. There is such a surprisingly large and varied menu for a cafe with only 4 tables!

I ordered the oyakodon ($8.50), which during lunchtime comes with a salad and miso soup as well. The oyakodon was a Kansai style with lots of broth. The chicken was very tender, and the broth was nicely developed. I would have liked to have a few green onions to round out the flavours, but overall it was a comforting dish on a cold day. The salad was simple and fresh, and the miso soup was strong and had lots of tofu pieces and seaweed.

The three Japanese speaking staff were all very professional, and very welcoming. Although it looks like a cafe where you would order at the counter, if you are eating there they have table service.

They have a VERY large menu for such a small place, so I imagine they will likely have to trim that down to stay on top of food costs, etc.

I do wish them well in this location, as I think the spot has promise as they find their footing. I will definitely be back to see how things progress!

Apr 29, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Poutine in Vancouver: can it be done?

Time to revive the search for the best poutine, eh?

One to scratch off the list is the Montreal Steamie food cart.

I spotted this food cart on the corner of Granville and Georgia I hadn't seen before, and couldn't resist trying out a small poutine ($6.50).

The fries were a bit soggy, and VERY oversalted. The gravy was oversalted. The cheesecurds were not squeaky. Overall this salty, soggy, non-squeaky serving was meh.

Where are the best currently?

Apr 29, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any great Thai in Vancouver?

@Dennis - you are too funny.

Lotus, I agree, Thai Basil does a good pad kra pao usually. I've had some consistency issues there - about 4 out of 5 times they are spot on though.

Apr 29, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Balkan products- Vcr & vicinity

Nice find, grayelf! Based on that listing it looks like the grilled meats will be expanding soon!

Apr 29, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Schnitzel Sandwiches / Burgers in Downtown Vancouver?

They use a ciabatta. It has never tasted stale to me - just with the regular ciabatta chew you'd expect.

Apr 29, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Schnitzel Sandwiches / Burgers in Downtown Vancouver?

They do frequently park on Terminal Ave - so likely one in the same. The spots I usually find them are Railtown, Terminal Ave., Renfrew, and occasionally around Quebec or Ontario.

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any great Thai in Vancouver?

I think there is a good chance they have now re-appeared here. You should pop by and see if it is the same person if you get a chance! :)

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Balkan products- Vcr & vicinity

I was always a huge fan of Bernie's Balkan Kitchen out in Burnaby, so I was saddened when I passed by and found it closed last year. The closure left me high and dry when looking for good Serbian food.

Imagine my joy when I randomly stumbled onto this new restaurant with a similar name in Vancouver. It couldn't be the same, could it?

Well, one thing is definitely not the same - this is a MUCH bigger space and it has an open kitchen so you can watch everything being made from scratch.

They just opened in December, so are still getting things in order. But they already have a lot of the old menu items, including goulash soup, bean soup, and a variety of freshly made bureks (Beef, cheese, or spinach and cheese when I visited).

Apparently the delicious pljeskavica served on housemade rolls will be on the menu again soon - just have to get up and running.

I tried the beef burek "regular" slice ($8), and it was just as good as the Burnaby location. They make the kore (phyllo) in house. Yes, in house, not frozen made in a factory. That is a lot of work - but it entirely pays off. The kore was thin and crunchy and was wrapped in many layers around the nicely seasoned beef. Delicious! The portion size is quite large too, and they do offer a "small" slice which is about half a "regular" portion as well. But I couldn't resist a "regular" since it has been so long!

Welcome back, Bernie! Back here where we need ya! (Bonus points if you know that reference!) :)

Address: 5737 Battison Street, Vancouver

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

New on Lower Robson - Straight Outta Brooklyn Pizza

I got wax paper on my latest visit. I have to say I preferred it without wax paper. It made a greasy mess. They should get bigger plates!

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Banh Mi Saigon - new banh mi purveyor on Victoria Drive

Was the bread slightly underbaked - or just the lighting? Looking forward to the evening news......Seems like they now have plates - an upgrade!

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Schnitzel Sandwiches / Burgers in Downtown Vancouver?

I look forward to hearing your review!

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Earnest ice cream - a bit disappointing

Bella is superb. I love their super dark chocolate options. :)

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Banh Mi Saigon - new banh mi purveyor on Victoria Drive

Are CH decoder rings lap bands?

Schnitzel Sandwiches / Burgers in Downtown Vancouver?

I think there have been struggles in Austria over the naming - a lot of spots I've had them in over in Austria seem to call the two options: Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein for the pork (or sometimes just Wiener Schnitzel) and call it Kalbschnitzel for veal. But I think they are skirting the "official" naming by doing so. :) In any case, this is definitely pork, not veal. So you will get to try your preference! :)

Snowbear returns

Sorry about that, Sam! Yes, thank you for posting that link, grayelf! :)

Earnest ice cream - a bit disappointing

I have also tried their Fraser shop - which I think has recently upped its game too as I wasn't too impressed the first time I visited shortly after it opened.

I definitely prefer them over Rain or Shine - I've had too many "icy issues" there. :)

Schnitzel Sandwiches / Burgers in Downtown Vancouver?

It was actually a classic pork schnitzel. I asked if he ever does kalbschnitzel (my favourite), but he said it doesn't do well with the Vancouver streetfood market target demographic.

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any great Thai in Vancouver?

I think you are likely right, blueicus!

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any great Thai in Vancouver?

One of the great joys of good Thai food is balance. I was looking forward to hopefully finding it here.

I visited for lunch, and was happy to see the selection of items on the menu. The space itself is modern with clean simple lines. The service was very friendly. One of the staff looked very familiar - I think I may have seen them at Beans on Cambie before.

I ordered one of my favourite dishes: pad kra pao gai ($11 including rice, salad, and soup).

The complimentary soup arrived first. It was described as a tofu and mushroom soup. I would describe it as a black pepper soup. It was unfortunately not well balanced at all. In fact it was entirely one-noted - strong oily black pepper flavour with no broth complexity at all. Extremely disappointing start.

The main arrived nicely plated. The salad was very lightly dressed. The rice was more of a Chinese type of rice than Thai. The primary focus of the dish, the pad kra pao gai, was disappointingly unbalanced. One of the things I like about a good pad kra pao gai is the interplay of Thai basil herbal flavours with the saltiness of fish sauce and the spiciness of Thai chili peppers. There was a minimal amount of basil, so only about 1 out of 4 bites had any hint of basil. I sensed no chili at all - other than the flavour of dried chili flakes. There was an overpowering amount of green long beans, onions, and oil. This was not a well balanced dish at all sadly.

I assumed I visited on an off-day (or perhaps their lunchtime chef is not the same?) considering the wonderful experiences some other people had during their visits. So I revisited a 2nd time (lunchtime again) and had a similarly disappointing experience. Again I wasn't wowed at all. I ordered the exact same dish to see if it had just been an off day for them last time. This time the soup was extremely bland, and the main had undercooked onions, a lack of Thai basil, and too much fish sauce making it overly salty. The rice was also undercooked this time.

So either I have had really bad luck, their weekday lunch chef is different, or......?

Earnest ice cream - a bit disappointing

I feel it is time to update this, as they have really upped their game since this was originally posted, and have opened their new location on Quebec Street (1829 Quebec).

I truly enjoyed my whiskey hazelnut combined with cookies & cream. The whiskey flavour was impactful, yet not overpowering. It blended well with the rich creaminess of the smooth ice cream and was highlighted by the fresh nutty crunch of the roasted hazelnuts. The cookies & cream was a rich vanilla flavour with just the right amount of texture from the crunchy cookie crumbs without being overly sweet. Both were delicious.

Combine all of that with a nice high ceilinged space with lots of room to sit and enjoy the treasure which is their ice cream.

I would dare to call it the best ice cream I've had in Vancouver. There, I said it.

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Snowbear returns

Snowbear Bakery was one of my favourite Chinese bakeries in Richmond. They unfortunately closed last year and that made me pretty disappointed.

Imagine my joy when I stumbled onto them in Vancouver now!

They have pretty much all the same items, including my favourite red bean bun ($1.55). They continue to shape it in a cutesy flower shape, instead of the classic round bun. The red bean filling is still not overly sweet (which is how I like it - more bean flavour, less sugar flavour), the bun itself is still fluffy and fresh.

I'm glad they are back!

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Schnitzel Sandwiches / Burgers in Downtown Vancouver?

I had to revive this old thread as there is a wonderful new schnitzel sandwich option in town - in the form of a food truck: http://kandjfoodservices.wix.com/kand...

While the paintjob of the truck doesn't signal Austrian, one quick look at the menu and it was clearly Austrian influenced. The classic schnitzel sandwich is $10. It is a nicely pounded piece of meat that was tender and breaded perfectly. The size was generous and it hung over all four sides of the roll, hiding the bottom part of the roll entirely! Snuck onto the roll were some baby spinach, a slice of tomato, and a spiced mayo. The schnitzel itself was on the lesser seasoned side (I prefer it that way to avoid the overly salty flavour you sometimes get), and the spiced mayo enhanced the flavours beautifully bringing it to just the right level of seasoning. Eating the schnitzel on its own it would likely require seasoning....But on the sandwich a complete bite was perfectly seasoned. The breading was crisp while the meat was still tender to the bite.

I don't know of any good Austrian restaurants in Vancouver. There are a few German spots, but I sure hope these guys expand their menu and offer some more Austrian classics!

I've been several times (thanks to the streetfoodapp having accurate location details on the truck!), and they have been very consistent.

Definitely scratches the schnitzel itch!

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Banh Mi Saigon - new banh mi purveyor on Victoria Drive

So they've already upgraded the number system then! I just got a number written on a torn piece of paper after she took the order. :)

Banh Mi Saigon - new banh mi purveyor on Victoria Drive

And even funnier when they lose track and give you the same number on that piece of paper as the Vietnamese elderly woman after you who ordered about 10 banh mi and when they called "our" number created a bit of confusion for all involved.

Apr 27, 2015
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)