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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Whiskey Six BBQ (Re-Visit)

Whiskey Six BBQ, an organic BBQ joint located on 826 Renfrew Street in East Vancouver, opened in the summer of 2017. I have been there regularly during the summer of 2018. This is a post about a visit from May 2018.

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I know that was from months ago, but what can I say? I’d been busy… On vacation now (I’m in Korea at the moment) and just taking a few minutes to post it now. 😉

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It was a night of ribs and wings. The Johnston’s Farm Back Ribs are served with a choice of two sides – with wings being $2 extra – and also sliced bread, Whiskey Mustard and Dill Pickle.

Obviously, I went with the Wings for one of my sides. I also had the Smokey Beans as the other side.

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Congee Noodle Delight (Vancouver)

Since I have been increasingly busy, I have had little chance to update this site – so, I have decided to rely on some friends to “guest post” once in a while. Here’s a guest post from H.W. 

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Wanted century egg and pork congee today so I went to my usual hole in the wall for lunch. Located in Tinseltown, Congee Noodle Delight is a place to go if you want affordable Chinese food.

When I got there, the place was empty and the staff were busy cleaning. What happened? Are they closed?

I was asked to seat myself as usual. Waited quite a bit as the staff were getting the place ready as customers were walking in.

Alas, there was no congee today. So, I opted for the Wonton Noodles with Thick Egg Noodles (it usually comes with the thin egg noodles, but I prefer to change it up a bit once in a while). The wonton noodles come with five huge pieces of wonton. I also ordered the Deep Fried Egg Plant as a side dish to go with my noodles.

Everything tastes A-okay today. The noodle soup was a little bland and the egg plant was just right. Not too salty.

 

Patsara Thai Restaurant (Re-visit)

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This post covers several visits to Patsara Thai Restaurant, which is located at Seymour and Robson Street in downtown Vancouver.

Back in mid-May, I was there for lunch and ordered their Moo Karitem Kai Dao off their lunch menu. This dish was their stir fried pork meal with garlic and served with fried egg and rice.

It also came with a starter of a small salad and fried dumplings.

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I just wanted to try this dish, but really, I wasn’t a big fan of it. The servers were friendly, though. They had smiles on their faces (which, for some reason, you can’t even take for granted these days anymore at so many other establishments) and refilled my glass with water every chance they got.

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On another visit, I had a different meal off their lunch menu. This time, it was the Panang, which was red curry in coconut milk with the meat of your choice (among chicken, pork, and beef). It also came with rice.

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Once again, the dish came with a small salad and fried dumplings.

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As for the meat that I chose for the Panang, I picked beef.

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I definitely liked this dish better than the stir fried pork. In fact, I would say I loved the Panang.

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I would say the one thing that’s been consistent in all of my visits has been the service. People seem to be cheerful and friendly at Patsara, unlike the customer service folks at certain London Drugs stores or Starbucks. What can I say? It is what it is.

Finally, one more visit some time later… This time, I had the Red Duck Curry, which didn’t come with rice (and you had to order it separately). This one was AWESOME!

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Since these three visits, I’d been back but I will post about those other meals next time! But Patsara is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the downtown Vancouver area. The service has been great and the red duck curry and panang have definitely been winners!

Pho Don Vietnamese Restaurant

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I had, over the years, passed by Pho Don Vietnamese Restaurant (East Hastings and Renfrew) literally hundreds of times without ever stepping foot inside – until just recently.

During this visit, it was a fairly quiet Thursday evening without a lot of diners. I was seated and given a cup of tea and a menu upon entering the restaurant.

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I picked the Sauteed Beef with Spicy Lemongrass dish, which was served with either rice or fried noodles. I opted for the latter, since I’m not much of a rice fan. Actually, I’m not much of a noodle fan either, but I thought it was at least better than rice.

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The menu indicated that this dish was spicy (one chili symbol). I didn’t think it was any spicy at all, but I guess the problem was that the beef was rather chewy.

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Obviously, this being a typical Asian restaurant, there was not much of any “service” – it was just the bare minimum, much like any other Asian establishment.

There was a flatscreen in either end of the restaurant, but they were not tuned into the sports channels. (It was Game Seven of the Winnipeg-Nashville series.) As for background music, it was – I guess – some sort of satellite radio station with continuous music.

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With Asian places, you can’t take it for granted that they accepted plastic – for example, many places in Richmond are “cash only” establishments – but in Pho Don’s case, they do take debit and credit.