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Xi'an Cuisine

i think will change my handle/nick. i'd dint give much thought, but fmed and kfed are too similar and confusing. sorry about that.

thanks. good to hear.

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver - Feenies Alums ?

oops sorry no he is not. i edited my post. i meant to say they would have liked to have him. not sure where he is now... thanks for the correction. :-P

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Stanley Park area/Deep West End

tapastree also owns an italian place called nook on denman, straight forward italian cooking, afffordble under $20 mains and worth checking out. they take reso call ahead. mainly crostini's salads pizza and pasta

i'd pass on chau, not worth the money, unless you want vietnamese in a more upscale environment(more money) for drink(of the alcoholic variety).

definitely try the one of the ramen places when it is not so busy. santouka/motomoachi/benkei/kintaro in that order.

babylon cafe on denman is a good cheap eat spot. the lines up are not as bad nowadays.

also like the thai place on Denman Khunnai Chang, quite authentic thai food. moderately priced

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Song Huong bo 7 mon: if this looks like code to you, come to Vancouver

yes agreed with the BBH comment. its nice light and just slightly spicy. will try the oxtail next time.

wonder if hot and sour is tamarind based?

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Xi'an Cuisine

let me know if alright to join you next time maybe with dylan too. wouldn't mind doing a thorough review myself... hehe

what is dylan translation thread wait let me guess use the search function. lol...

yes i did mention a gal i know who's from Tianjin that says she hasn't found a better spot for her native food. and mention the cook/owner here used to work as a cook/chef at a nice hotel in Tianjin.

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Song Huong bo 7 mon: if this looks like code to you, come to Vancouver

had the bo 7 mon, good as it usually is.
was hoping to only get maybe the 3 meat, the raw beef and jerky coleslaw/salad.
ended getting all 7. i dont mind the congee or meatballs. but they're not all that unique or special.
tried the bun bo hue. and thought the broth lacked depth of flavor though my dining companion really liked it.
it's only a tiny little piece of pork blood, and it's added after not cooked into it often. pretty sure you can order it without the pork blood. lol

anyone tried the ox tail or hot and suor beef/seafood hot pot?

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Need a Ramen reco for downtown Van please

for what it's worth, Motomochi is my second fav spot not the Santuoka's is opened.
motomochi is healthier santuoka is tastier...

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

5 days in Vancouver....where to eat???

agree with fmed suggestions and add..

Granville Island would be a great place to shop. Great sausages, dry-aged steaks, seafood, bread, etc etc...

maybe octopus garden omakasse

drinks at watermark to enjoy the sunset. eat before or after..

breakafast at sunshine or on yew st. there a few options

maybe if it is nice get a picnic lunch , french patisserie and wine from Granville island.
could grab a aqua-ferry ferry from Granville island

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Authentic thai food in Vancouver?

Last time i was at Lhy Thai a couple of month ago, the food was not good nor was i impress. the same owners etc etc,,,... been going since 2002. prob not anymore since not worth the drive and much better in the city now.

its nice to hear that people wanting the real taste and flavors, not the assimilated to local taste. this wasn't the case 10-15 years ago.

i like maenam. its thai food in a casual upscale environment. most others are smaller and can be hit or miss. in that some days are better than others. just not consistently good. maybe i went to Lhy Thai on a bad day. but my guest were not impressed either..

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Lhy Thai Restaurant
7357 Edmonds St, Burnaby, BC V3N1A9, CA

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver - Feenies Alums ?

Tina Firenzi at Flying Tiger
Ned Bell owns Cabana Bar & Grille
Guy Leggett is at Cru (hardly mentioned anywhere, but the two times I've been there i had really great meals and the wine list is great esp considering the small space.)
Chow is gone
Chow was also pretty good. Though not good value and the lack of parking made it hard to ever organize dinners at both Chow or Cru.

I'd wondered what happen to Marnie Colham, Feenie's sous and co-author of his cookbooks and appeared on his tv show.
asked feenies mom and she said she was working out east somewhere.
i believe she is married to Chef Guy Leggatt at Sirocco Golf Course, not sure if they work together.

imho, lumiere was the destination and feenie's was the add-on. as far as cooks are concern. you would want to hire the cooks that worked for lumierre's not feenie's.
there is a dinstinct difference.. it wouldnt work for a feenie's cook to open a place like Lumiere's :-D

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Feenies
2563W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

Flying Tiger
2958 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K1R4, CA

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What Happened To Rob Feenie?

definitely a blast from the past. Feenie has improved the menu at Cactus Club tremendously. though quality control for casual chains are obviously a major issue and CC is no exception. i believe his title is the food architect or something ...
sounds like he is really happy in this capacity and able to spend more time with family etc etc....

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Feenies
2563W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Xi'an Cuisine

like the xian food when i was in china. nice to know there are some facsimile versions locally.

nice pics dylan! any chance we can expect more pics from you in the future? would be nice to see thee pics of the great food and locations ... hint! hint! the pics you have here definitely tells and adds to the stories you write.

i suppose food court here is the closes to street food in asia.
i was at song hung last night for the 7 beef and bun bo hue...
fmed, how was the president plaza food court(in particular the tianjin one)? saw some pics, any comments? the pics looks really good. event the jiao bing looks better than the crystal mall one. definitely a more northern jiao bing which uses the flat crispy wrapper instead of the chinese donut(yiao tieu).

cluterer i wish there was a god chiu chow congee place in town. that would be uber
nice.

OT, Chinese food in Cambodia was really good and incredible value, but the Chinese food in Vietnam is even better overall...

Apr 06, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Searching for healthy and outstanding eat out

for healthy i like sejuiced on 4th

maybe check vegan? @Chef Merida
www.vegansecretsupper.com
will be going on April11th can report back to let you know.

asian food can be healthier if you know what to order.
i like maenam too. the shrimp salad item is reallt good. had that a few nights ago. but they have a lot of heavier items.

thinks fmed can recomend his fav papaya salad with jerky ...

have you tried alaskan king crab? steamed with garlic... .

Mar 31, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The New and Improved Ba Le (Banh Mi)

Ba Le on Kingsway has alway been one of my goto. more so than APC, which i think is over rated. I mean the bagguete is a key component. and the APC though is larger it isnt as crisp.
Ba Le's warm banh mi are great when eating immediately while they are warm.

also try the one on Victoria at 38th i think. on the corner. mom and pop - good pho and bahn mi, not well known or reviewed.

Mar 31, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Grilled Banh Mi at Pho Thai Hoa (Vancouver)

imho, 4.50 is kinda pricey for banh mi . i've alway prefered the warm variety, like the ones in Calgary.
just realize that i didnt really try that many banh mi in my travels in vietnam. the cart ones i tried was ok, noticed they went a lot heavier on the liver pate.
also how come none of the pho places serve pho sate? hmmm ...

Mar 31, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to get a great hot dog in Vancouver

here's a pic of Dougiedogg on granville. influenced by pinky's of LA.

http://picasaweb.google.com/103480885...

it is steam et all.... the bun was green for st patricks day. :-)

i went after dinner. wanted the coney island. sold out had the Dave(Foo Fighters) Grohl (sp?) with coleslaw etc... it was good so had to have another one. i was stuffed at this point.

had a 'japanese' hoping to compare to japadog. but it doesnt compare. wrong toppings for this style of hot dog. it is 6.95 per hot dog.

i liked the root beer float. would go back to try the coney island.

still prefer the kurobuta pork hot dog...

Mar 31, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Judas Goat Taberna

didnt wow me but I liked it. and would go back.
http://www.timetochow.com/2010/03/jud...

Mar 31, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Art of Roujiamo

jian bing? love it. love it. northern chinese snack. eaten all day long including for quick breakfast. versions also found in HK and Taiwan.
sometimes they use large deepfried wonton like wrapper instead of yau chau quai('deep fried ghost'-direct translation in cantonese :-D). but yes it is similar to hoisin sauce in taste but more a variation preserved bean sauce, i think. and flat leaf parsley and deepfried scallions are some other things that they put on it.
like dylan says depends where you go. its diff. it was 3.99 i think at crystal mall mr zhang. 3.50 was watermelon juice.
can we go eat again?

Mar 30, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Being Hunan - Lunch at Alvin Garden ("The Xiang")

amen... lol... thanks for the invite. fmed, as usual u amaze me. dylan ur too modest, u do understand chinese food. at least u know that not all chinese people eat rice. :-D . that was fun. the heart and the bacon were amazing. i love wholesome cooked food. cant wait to go back to alvin garden.
chef's prob thinks that by being 'innovative' that is what the paying public wants. or else why go eat out. 'entertainment value' oppose to just eating well. since mum and wife can cook this at home. well sort off... :-D
k

Mar 30, 2010
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Paris sucks...

ok thanks for the clarification. as mentioned, the main reason is the ingredients(i.e.flour)

Jun 03, 2009
kfed in France

Paris sucks...

just so i understand, you say paris sucks because, they have good bakeries when compared to SF Bay. Am i Right?
i was confused beacuse you posted in the paris discussion thread and not the SF thread.
where was the best bagutte in Pars?

Jun 03, 2009
kfed in France

Only One Meal In Paris...

if you could have only one meal in paris(assuming money is not an object), where would you dine?
i ask cause i will be there this week. and i do not want to miss the oportunity. i am mainly travelling for the food. bought ticket yesterday leaving tomorrow, so PLEASE advise.... .

Yes i have done some research and looked at the suggestions. also made a list of the recommendations. i really was hoping for some fresh perspective and an updated point of view. there are some great food enthusiast on here and have read their comment too.

so if you could only hae one meal in paris, where and what would you have?

also, wanted to know suggestions for best croissant. best baguette. best froie grais. best coffee. thanks for your suggestions.

Jun 03, 2009
kfed in France

Mama Panda in Grande Prairie

OK this is not a chowhound find. but since there was nothing in Grande Prairie, i just wanted to add this. hope i wont get flamed....
This is an all you eat buffet style eatery serving some western and chinese food. This location use to be an Uncle Willy's restaurant about 10+ year ago. Was there on a Thursday nite. The cost was about $14+per head. The food was comparable to bad food court food. There was carve it urself Roast beef and Ham which was sitting there for hours before we arrived. There were about 20+ items of hot and cold variety. Of all the items there only the deep fried chicken and meat sauce was passable. In short, avoid this place if you like good food.

Jun 24, 2008
kfed in Prairie Provinces

Laksa in Western Canada

there are several different kinds of laksa's. i have tried at least a dozen kinds of laksa. among them are singapore laksa, penang laksa, laksa lemak(rich), assam laksa(sour). this is due to the different communities in Malaysia and their heritage. The most common are the garden variety coconut based curry laksa sometimes served with a side of sambal belacan chilli sauteed with onions etc..etc. This is the ones u normally see in Canada and Australia. the use of condlenut and kari leaves will add character to the curry broth. i love tofu puffs in the curry laksa. the choice of noodles used make a different too. most will use rice vermicelli and egg noodles(cafe d'lite). Prima taste uses something similar to the chinese laifun which is more similar but not the same as traditional laksa lemak and the north-east malays laksa's.
IMHO, Prima Taste does a good job, but way too pricey. The Cafe D'lite's broth is a little light but the addition of the sambal on the side does add some punch and flavor. Hawker's Delight is hit or miss and not always consistent.
i think i will make laksa tonite with the Prima Taste DIY. will post report later.

Jun 24, 2008
kfed in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vintage Chophouse changes - Calgary

i may have had the the 34 oz the same nite you did, yen. made a reso for 9pm on a saturday nite. was greeted by a young lady that seemed overwhelmed with the role as a hostess. partly due to her lack of experience. she should be working at cactus not here. was lead to a half empty lounge and a few empty tables in the dining area.

glad i wasnt the only one that felt the aging wasnt quite there. IMHO, didnt seem like the rib chop was dry aged 28 days. mine was over medium rare that i ordered. my guest made a comment and they took it back and had it remade. they brought it out with all the sides that we ordered. said it was part of the experience. personally i would never complain about the doneness and expect it redone. but my guest did to my dismay.
anyways back to Vintage. i had the ceasar, ribchop for two(black angus), potato gallette(with bacon and farm egg), mushrooms and cream spinach. they had their first run of new desserts that nite apparently. so tried the mascorpone apple tart with buttermilk icecream and caramel.
the ceasar salad was served 'new school' using diagonally slices hearts of romaine. the dressing was bland if compared to the old school Hy's made at ur table caesar dressing of freshly crushed garlic, anchovies, yolk and olive oil(dont think Hy's does it like that anymore). but was complimentary to the romaine's flavorless heart. pretty sure not worth the 12 bucks( i think ).
the main course angus beef was served pre-sliced. i understand the need for presentation. but last i check, letting meat(including steak) 'rest' prevents additional lost of moisture and flavor. imho, if you were to charge $80 for rib steak, you can train your server to cut it tableside if you have to. the beef itself was tender and flavorfull. like yen our steak arrived over the doneness requested. it really isnt hard to cook a steak. the restaurant wasnt busy. hire a better broil cook, personally i was happy enough to accept the steak as is. but for some reason my guest needed to blurt some dissasticfaction. i'd warned him what was about to happen. as predicted, the manager had to make a table call. in this instance, the manager was excellent as was our server all night. they recooked a new steak. warned that it would take about 20 minutes wait time. and the steak would be cooked rare.
they also remade all the side dishes so they were hot and added to our dining experience. that was nice, as was the comp dessert. which we only found out when we got the bill. as for the side dishes; the side mush was nice albeit lacks seasoning. and NOT greasy. the potato gallete was baked in a little cast iron skillet, topped with cripy bacon and a over easy farm egg. the yolk on the egg indicated a farm fresh egg. the liquid yolk nicely complemented the rich mixture of potatoes and bacon. the cream spinach used fresh spinach(i still see restaurant's that use frozen) sauteed in fresh chopped garlic and heavy cream. simple and to the point. overall the side dishes was lightly seasoned as was the ceasar dressing. i think that is nice and healthier. but the steak was well seasoned which complimented the meal.
dessert was interesting. mascorpone cheese on a cold mealy pie dough toped with thinly slice apples lightly cooked in sugar and cinnamon. house made buttermilk ice cream sat on top of the perfectly sliced apple. with a side of warm caramel sauce. personally i prefer my apple pies ala mode where the pie is warm and the ice cream cold. the temperature of this dessert left me dissapointed. everthing was cold and the warm caramel wasnt hot enough to offset the cold pie dough.

bottom line on this nite; the beef is good. unfortunately the managing, handling, and cooking did not justify the price charged. our server this nite was prompt, courteous and attentive without intruding. ditto the manager(though i am sure he was disspointed with the overdone steak). i would return to vintage again. but not anytime soon.... .
total bill was under a hair under $200 for two with a couple glasses of red wine. food 6.5/10 , service 7.5/10 , value for money 4/10 overall 6/10

Jun 24, 2008
kfed in Prairie Provinces