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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Korea Trip 2018: Street Food (Ssamzigil area, Seoul)

During my second day in Korea – on what was a fairly warm day in Seoul – I checked out what appeared to be a tourist part of the city, near the Ssamzigil area along Insadong Street.

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I came to this little stand run by an elderly couple and was intrigued by the pictures showing the different chalbas that he was serving. I decided to get the Hot & Spicy Chicken Chalba, which cost 3,000 won each.

What’s a chalba? Well, according to the English words, it’s a Korean burrito.

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Well, it was really spicy – and greasy. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be any napkins – and there was no garbage can around! (I had to walk several blocks along Insadong Street before finding one.) But really greasy…

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I also tried the chicken skewer stand further down Insadong Street. It was 2,000 won per stick, and the options were – according to the displayed sign – spicy, regular, not spicy, barbecue, and salt & pepper. I picked the regular and found it to be spicy! I guess that explained the difference between “regular” and “not spicy”… or maybe the English words on the sign were not the proper translations.

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Once again, very sticky and messy like the chalba… and also the guy who ran the stand gave very tiny pieces of napkin.

Obviously, there were other things to try too on Insadong, but on this afternoon these were the only two things that I had.

Korea Trip 2018: Day 2 (Cont’d)

Monday morning, September 10, 2018 – Day 2 of Korea Trip 2018: Sights from around my hotel area… I was staying at the Center Mark Hotel in Seoul…

After breakfast, I took a walk outside the hotel – this was 8:30 a.m. and there were many people commuting to work (or school). It was WARM…. holy cow…

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The walk had come after my breakfast at the hotel:

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20180909_143641[1].jpgView from one of the top floors in the hotel – looking out the window…

IMG_7886Then, to a temple near the hotel… Man, tons of people were here – it was now after 10 a.m. … I guess these folks don’t have to work!

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Then, in the late afternoon, street food…

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(More to come later…)

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.

 

Teppan Kitchen, Part 2 (Harbour Centre)

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Okay, let me give a second review on Teppan Kitchen in the Harbour Centre food court. In the original review, I said nothing about the food but posted several photos (as well as my disgust with a couple of employees there).

Now, here are a couple of things regarding the food there.

First up, their Curry Brisket Rice (C$9.95), which featured delicious curry… but chewy beef.

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The curry was so good that I kept drinking it even after all the meat and rice were gone. The problem was that the beef was hard – not what I would want. I prefer tender beef, and this one here was very chewy.

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Also, at the counter there were a couple of sauces you could have for self-serve. I took some of the so-called spicy sauce (the sauce in the plastic container in the photo below).

This sauce, unfortunately, wasn’t spicy at all! It merely added some different flavour to the meat, but it was definitely not spicy.

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Next up, the Hainanese Chicken (C$9.95), which I had the day before having the curry brisket rice.

During that particular visit for the chicken, the cashier told me the dish came with Miso soup and a drink, which surprised me. (The next day when I had the curry brisket, I wasn’t offered any such deal.)

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I always enjoy a dish of Hainanese chicken rice – I love the taste of it, and I had nothing to complain about the quality of the Hainanese chicken at Teppan Kitchen. (Just the attitudes of certain staff members.)

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IMG_5586[1].JPGUpdate: I didn’t know it at the time, but Teppan has a “daily special,” where customers receive a free drink that comes with the featured menu item for that day. That’s why I got a free drink that one time.