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Lobster ravioli sauce

Costco seemed to stop selling this and replaced it with a bunch of blah tortellini products.

I wish they'd bring it back. I can't find it anywhere else locally (Edmonton, AB)

Jan 25, 2013
buster3535 in Home Cooking

Best Pho in Calgary

Recently had Pho Kim and Pho So 1 (which I used to like) but was let down by their mediocrity.

If any of you Calgary folk have a chance to come up to Edmonton, try Ninh Kieu downtown 10708-98 St and compare with your favorite place in yyc. I'd love to know where in Calgary you can find similar or better pho than Ninh Kieu.

May 22, 2012
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Updates on Vietnamese restaurants in Edmonton

Ninh Kieu was good. But now it's even better! The broth is among the best in the city. Helen the affable owner let me know that they've increased the amount of beef bones and cook it for even longer than before. And they don't add msg or much salt at all. This is evident especially after eating an XL bowl and not needing to drink glasses of water afterwards.

You get plenty of noodles and meat as well. The only thing I miss from Tau Bay is the culantro on the side (not a typo).

They are open all year so if you have a craving, you can go just about any time unlike Tau Bay. Their hours don't suck like Tau Bay so you can actually eat during supper time! Plus they accept credit cards unlilke Tau Bay.

May 22, 2012
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

YEG Pho

Pho Hoa broth is made from powdered stock and not from chicken/beef bones. How much was a large bowl? If it was cheap, then it's not a big deal, but if they are charging the same prices as the good places (ninh kieu, tau bay) then that is shameful.

Jan 04, 2012
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Praise Cheeses! Good cheese in Edmonton/Alberta

Went to Costco yesterday but they didn't have any buffalo mozza. I guess it's one of those things they get in once in a while :(

For gouda you definitely have to try Sylvan Star Gouda. I did a taste test with sylvan star vs gouda from superstore, save-on and sobeys. Like night and day. If it ain't from sylvan star, you might as well be eating baby-bel ;P

Dec 12, 2011
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Praise Cheeses! Good cheese in Edmonton/Alberta

Hmmm. I've avoided going to those places due to a preconceived notion that everything there would be overpriced. Maybe it's time to pop that cherry.

Everything Cheese 14912-45 ave.
Does anyone know if that cheese shop right next to Tokyo Noodle on whyte ave is still around? Closer to home.

Dec 09, 2011
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Praise Cheeses! Good cheese in Edmonton/Alberta

Double cream brie is a must. I just heard about Saint Andre which is triple cream. Have to try it at least once before I die. Althought that may just speed things up... ;P

I tried oka and thought it tasted similar to port salut. Hard to describe the difference but I went with PS due to it having a bit more 'depth' if that means anything.

Dec 09, 2011
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Praise Cheeses! Good cheese in Edmonton/Alberta

Big cheese lover. Always looking for better. Sure taste is subjective but I'm no expert so I'm open to suggestions.

Need recommendations for the following:

Cheddar (old) - current go to is Kraft Old cheddar which I'm sure isn't the best.
Mozzarella (dry) - Used to use Kraft yet again, but am now using Franco's from the Italian center.
Mozzarella (wet) - mozzarella di bufula from costco
Gouda - Anything from Sylvan Star Farms esp Old Grizzly. Well worth the price! Italian center has the best price I've found so far in Edmonton. I doubt there is better gouda but it doesn't hurt to ask
Feta - goat feta from Omonia Foods. italian center goat feta is ok but a bit softer than omonia's
Swiss - currently using the packaged slices from costco. Anyone know of better?
Brie - Any suggestions? I just get the wheel from [your local supermarket]
Port Salut - costco

Dec 09, 2011
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

YEG Pho

Out of curiosity, what were the other four pho joints that you tried? I'm assuming you shared a bowl at each place cause I wouldn't be able to do more than two bowls on a good day.

Dec 06, 2011
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

ramen in Edmonton

Nomiya on the southside has decent ramen. Located in the South Park Village area off Gateway and approx. 38th Ave next to Beijing Beijing. I'm no expert but I liked it better than Tokyo Noodle and Noodle Maker, fwiw.

They offer soy and miso based broth.

Nov 02, 2011
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

YEG Pho

I used to eat at Tau Bay at least once a week until I finally found a decent alternative. I got tired of the crappy hours (Mon-Thur open til 630pm? wtf???) the two month long vacations, and the inconvenience of cash as the only method of payment.

I found that ninh kieu's broth is about 90-95% as good as tau bay but they are more generous with the amount of noodles and meat. And if you want more basil, sprouts or limes they will do it without charging extra unlike tau bay. They have a nice selection of sizes (XL is perfect for me) and the service is great especially the short smiley lady. They are also open at reasonable hours and accept credit and debit cards.

I think i might need to try king noodle again since people are generally positive about it. I had it a few times and thought it was average to above average but it's been a while by gar.

Nov 01, 2011
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Abundance of Shiso (perilla) - cooking uses and experiments?

had some perilla pajeon (aka ken-yip jun) in a kwangju restaurant and i had to have it again once i got home. simple recipe:

1.5 cups flour

1.5 cups water (can adjust depending on whether you want thicker or thinner)

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt (adjust to your salty preference)

12 medium to large perilla leaves

finely chop about 5 leaves and blend with flour, water, salt and egg. coarsely chop the rest of the leaves and mix into the batter. lightly oil a frying pan and cook as if you were making pancakes.

if you want a dipping sauce, try mixing 3 tblsp soy sauce, 1 tsp fine chili powder, 1 finely chopper clove of garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder) , thinly chopped green onions

Jul 14, 2011
buster3535 in Home Cooking

Best Pho in Edmonton?

Funny yet sad that we need that website.

"According to a tipster, Tau Bay is in the middle of renovations and plan to open April 1, 2010."

:) Wishful thinking. I'd be happy if they got rid of that fish tank with the plastic fish. They need to update that "best pho in the city" plaque by adding "... when they're open."

Mar 22, 2010
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Best Pho in Edmonton?

Since pho tau bay did their annual annoy-the-hell-out-of-buster-by-shutting-down-for-2-months thing, I looked for a good place for scab pho. Based on the recommendations here, I tried Pho Hoan Pasteur and was pleasantly surprised.

Broth not as good as tau bay, but the option to get XL for $2 more is nice, and I like #14 which contains beef flank, tendon, "fatty", and "crunchy".

Mar 04, 2010
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Best calzone, stromboli, panzerotti, pizza pocket in Edmonton?

I've only had the calzone from Royal Pizza and although it's pretty tasty, Royal in general has gotten much pricier for their own good. Their quality, for me, has become erratic as well.

So any good places in E-town?

Oct 05, 2009
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Non-Stick Pans

Makes sense I guess. A 12" pan with the same thickness as the 8" would be pretty heavy. They just opened a Bed Bath and Beyond here in Edmonton last month so I should check it out. Haven't seen any coupons floating around yet. Thanks for the tip.

Jul 20, 2009
buster3535 in Cookware

black sesame ice cream

I hear this is really tasty. So does anyone know of any places that sell it in Edmonton? Restaurants, ice cream parlours, grocery stores, whatever.

Jul 20, 2009
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Best donair in Edmonton?

I've found that most donair in the city are pretty similar. Queen, King, etc.

The one place that is a cut above is High Voltage. The pita doesn't soak up the sauce and disintegrate in your hands. The tzatziki is tasty as hell (greek donair). The pita is seasoned with herbs and sea salt, then slightly grilled in a panini press. Lots of nice little touches make this stand out above the rest. More importantly, it tastes great!

Also try the greek gyros. Real chunks of pork.

Feb 10, 2009
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Non-Stick Pans

My favorite is the Anolon line of hard anodized skillets. Frequently on sale, I picked up the "Anolon Advanced 8 Inch Open French Skillet" for about $20 CDN. It's my favorite, most often used pan. Non-stick coating is safe and won't come off, thick walled and has a very nice heft to it.

http://www.anolon.com/cs/Satellite/mA...

Dec 22, 2008
buster3535 in Cookware

Special buddha seafood soup

anyone know where in edmonton i can find this soup? it's called something like "buddha jumped over a wall", "buddha fell out of the bodh tree", or "buddha regrets not having this soup before attaining nirvana" or something. apparently it has scallops, abalone, pork, chicken, ...

i would like to sample this dish that has gotten buddha so worked up over.

Dec 03, 2008
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Best Pho in Edmonton?

We seem to have similar tastes in pho. Tau Bay is my #1 followed by King noodle.

Depends on your mood, if you want volume, Ho An has good portions, but are lacking in the variety of meats (no tripe, tendon). Tau Bay has the best broth hands down in Alberta but I find there isn't enough noodles and are kinda stingy on the meats. King Noodle is a decent place overall.

My wishlist for good pho:
1) Pho Tau Bay quality broth (tasty, aromatic, buttery flavor)
2) Ho An portions (their x-large is perfect)
3) Full variety of meats and good portions (what's with the 1 tendon per bowl?)
4) Don't cheap out on basil and sprouts. I don't want half rotten basil.
5) Accept credit cards for crying out loud!!!! So you have to pay 2 - 3%. I don't carry cash.

Pho So 1 in Calgary meets 2-5, but their broth is just average. Broth is king!

Jun 13, 2008
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces

Best Pho in Edmonton?

Are you thinking Ho An? It's just south of Lucky 97 on that diagonal avenue. I like that they offer an x-large size but I don't like the fact that they don't have tripe or tendon. I don't normally like that stuff, but throw it into pho and I'm there.

Jun 13, 2008
buster3535 in Prairie Provinces