Hawker’s Delight (Re-Visit)

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I think the last time I’d been to Hawker’s Delight was five years ago (2014), and … things had changed by the time I re-visited in June of 2019.

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Well, when I say “things,” I guess I really mean the prices. Everything else seemed to be the same. While a typical rice dish was C$7.15 including tax back then, it was now over C$10.00.

I get it… prices go up. No biggie. The woman at the counter who took my order wasn’t friendly at all. Oh well, it is what it is. I was there for the food, and that aspect of it, which was the most important, didn’t disappoint.

But the prices and attitude did. (Oh, I took it to go.)

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Basically, you order and then pay for the item (in my case it was the Hainanese Chicken Rice), and you’re given a number, which is called out when the food is ready.

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Penang Delight Cafe (Vancouver)

Some of these visits were from the summer – and I’ve only gotten around to posting about them because I’d been working on my book for months and hadn’t had time to update this site regularly.


Back in July, I was looking to try some new restaurants/cafes and I stumbled upon Penang Delight Cafe on Rupert Street near East 22nd Avenue in East Vancouver.

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Penang Delight is a Malaysian restaurant, and I remember from my visit that a talkative gentleman was the one who served me. I thought he was the owner – maybe he is.

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Anyway, he spoke Cantonese to the other customers and talked to them quite frequently. I, meanwhile, was left alone.

It was at this restaurant, as I recall, that I gave the lowest tip I’ve ever given. I figured that the guy didn’t check on me at all – and since I assumed he was the owner, he presumably paid himself well and didn’t need tips to survive (unlike regular servers at other restaurants).

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I ordered something called Nasi Lemak Rendang Lamb, which came with rice and was spicy. If you ordered this dish between 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, it was C$13.95. For dinner, though, it was C$14.95.

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