Kam’s Bakery

During my recent visit to The Wallflower, I passed by Kam’s Bakery. They are a small Asian/Chinese bakery and restaurant located on Main Street. They are apparently closing down to move to a new location, so the restaurant is no longer operating, and the selection in the bakery area is quite limited. They have their usual buns and pastries, as well as a few cakes. I had their Curry Beef Bun, Lotus Pastry, Coconut Cream Bun, BBQ Pork Bun, “Chocolate” Cake and “Mango” Cake.

Curry Beef Bun ($1.80):


2.5/5
The bun was pretty soft, light and fluffy. There really wasn’t much filling inside at all. The bits of curry that I did get was at least flavourful, and had a nice bit of heat.

“Chocolate” Cake Slice ($2?):


3/5
This consisted of layers of sponge cake sandwiching a custard-like filling. The cake was quite tender and moist, with the cocoa on top providing a nice bit of bitterness. I wasn’t a big fan of the custard, which was a little bland for me.

Lotus Pastry ($2.25):


3.5/5
This is quite like a mooncake. Unlike the buns, this actually had a good amount of filling spread throughout, which was sweet and had a nice fragrance. It was a bit stiff, however.

“Mango” Cake Slice ($2?):


3.5/5
This consisted of a mango mousse on top of a sponge cake. The mango had a great fragrance of mango without tasting too artificial, and was sweet without being overly so. Not really certain if this is the “best” mango cake in Vancouver, but it is certainly pretty good.

BBQ Pork Bun ($1.80):


3.5/5
This consisted a considerably larger amount of filling compared to the curry beef bun. The pork was a little grisly, but was tender and had a nice bit of sweetness.

Coconut Cream Bun ($1.80):


4/5
This consisted of a hot-dog like bun that’s filled with cream and topped with coconut. The coconut on top provided a great fragrance. I thoroughly enjoyed the cream filling, which was sweet, with a slight bit of saltiness.

I enjoyed my visit to Kam’s Bakery. The food wasn’t the greatest, but not bad either; the prices are quite cheap. I don’t know where their new location will be, but I’d recommend checking this bakery out at wherever they will be.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Coconut Cream Bun, Lotus Pastry, “Mango” Cake
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Bao Bakery

Not long ago, one of my colleagues brought some moon cakes to one of our weekly lab meetings, the ones with salted egg yolks inside. This quite shocked the non-Chinese/Japanese members of the lab; they were confused as to why you’d put egg yolks in a pastry. Because they taste good? I like salted eggs yolks; they have a great oily texture.

Anyways, I recently visited Bao Bakery, a Chinese/Asian-style bakery located on 41st, right by the Joyce Skytrain Station. They have a large selection of steamed baos, buns, and various other baked goods. I had their BBQ Pork, Ube Bean, Chicken Deluxe, and Racy Yolky Bao.

BBQ Pork Bao ($2.75):


4/5
The bun was very fluffy and soft, with a great chewy texture. It was filled with a great amount of pork. The pork was tender and had a great bit of sweetness to it.

Ube Bean Bao ($2.05):


4/5
Again, there was a good amount of filling inside. The ube was creamy and sweet. It might be a bit on the sweeter side for some people, but I quite enjoyed it.

Chicken Deluxe Bao ($3.60):


4/5
This contained BBQ pork, salted egg yolk, and ham. Again, the bun was filled with a good amount of meat. The meat was flavourful, tender and juicy; there also seemed to be some water chestnuts inside that provided a bit of crunch.

Racy Yolky Bao ($2.90):


4.5/5
This was filled with custard and salted egg yolk. The custard was sweet and creamy, while the egg yolk was oily and provided a great saltiness to balance the sweetness. This is definitely a great twist on the regular custard version.

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the food that I’ve tried at Bao Bakery, in particular their Racy Yolky. The prices are also very fair. All in all, this is a bakery that I STRONGLY recommend checking out; if you’re adventerous, do try the egg yolk one.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Baos (favourite was racy yolky)
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Bigsby the Bakehouse

During a revisit to Butter Baked Goods (more on that later), I noticed Bigsby the Bakehouse located just across the street from the shop. Even though the shop looked quite small and unassuming, it was actually quite full of customers. Curious, I decide to drop in for a visit. They serve a menu of breakfast/lunch items, breads, and other baked goods. Unfortunately, they didn’t have prices listed for their baked treats, so I didn’t know how much everything was, although the final cost was $9.

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Baked Goods

Strawberry Blueberry Scone (around $4.50):


4/5
The scone was crispy on the outside while being moist and tender on the interior. It had a great buttery flavour, and was mildly sweet. I did find there to be too few berries, however.

Blueberry Poptart (around $4.50):


4/5
The crust outside was tender and buttery, and had a slightly salty flavour. There was a good amount of jam inside. Personally, I found the jam to be a tad on the bland side. This is a great twist on the regular poptart.

I’m quite impressed by Bigsby the Bakehouse. The food they had were tasty and well made. The prices were a tad on the higher side, but still reasonable. While Butter Baked Goods may look more appealing, this is place is definitely worth visiting.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Scone, Poptart

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Sweetery Cafe + Dessert

Probably the best version of Chicken & Waffles that I’ve had was the version at Tuc Craft. The vast majority of other places where I’ve tried the dish, I’ve been left disappointed by the chicken. Recently, I had the chance to try the version at Sweetery Cafe + Dessert. This cafe is located in Olympic Village, just several blocks down from the skytrain station. In addition to various baked items such as cakes, muffins, and cookies, they also serve a pretty good breakfast/lunch menu (as well as brunch on the weekends) and burgers from Relish. You order at the front counter (go to the right side if you want to get cooked food and the left where the cash register is to pay and/or get any baked goods), and they’ll bring the food to your table when it’s ready (if you’re eating in). I had their Chicken and Waffles, Matcha & Nutella Sable Cookie, Moreo Cookie, Carrot Cake and an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Chicken and Waffles ($15):


4/5
This consisted of pieces of crispy chicken sandwiches between two halves of a waffle, and is served with potatoes, ketchup, and syrup. There was quite a generous amount of chicken, which was tender and juicy with a nice crispy batter; it was a tad on the salty side, but not overwhelmingly so. The waffle had a great crispiness and melted in my mouth. I was a tad disappointed by the potatoes, which while tender, were a bit bland and not really crispy.

Matcha & Nutella Sable Cookie ($3.50):


3/5
The cookies had a nice buttery flavour that I enjoyed. Unfortunately, as is often the case with most matcha-flavoured desserts, I really couldn’t detect much of the matcha. Also, I don’t know if it was mislabelled or if I misinterperated the labelling (i.e. it was actually matcha or nutella sable cookie and there just wasn’t any nutella cookies available when I visitd), but there wasn’t any nutella in this cookie, just a plain white icing, which was quite hard and crunchy, and not really my favourite.

Moreo Cookie ($3.50):


3/5
The cookies were a bit softer than the sable, and had a pretty nice cocoa flavour and bitterness and saltiness. They contained the same crunchy hard icing as that of the matcha sable, but it is a bit more enjoyable here since there’s a bit of bitterness from the cookies to counter the sugariness of the icing. Not my favourite rendition of this type of cookie (the ones from Butter Baked Goods are far superior imho), but still enjoyable.

Carrot Cake ($3.50):


2/5
The cake contained walnuts and raisins inside, and is topped with icing. Unfortunately, this was quite a disappointment for me. The outer layer of cake was very dry and hard; the interior was better, but still not great. Moreover, the frosting on top was completely flavourless and just greasy. I ended up just peeling off the outer layers and the icing, and eating the middle.

Almond Croissant ($3.50):

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Almond Croissant

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My mom ate this. She actually quite enjoyed it.

The food at Sweetery Cafe + Dessert was a bit of a hit and miss. Their cookies were alright while the carrot cake was quite a letdown. However, their chicken and waffles is quite impressive; I don’t think it’s quite as good as the version from Tuc Craft, but it’s easily the 2nd best that I’ve tried in Vancouver. I’d definitely recommend checking this place out for their Chicken & Waffles alone.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicken & Waffles
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Mon Paris

I go to Metrotown quite often, and each time, I’d pass by Mon Paris. They are a patisserie located just across the skytrain station that produces a pretty good assortment of chocolates, pastries, and pretty-looking cakes. I’ve visited the shop once before about a year ago and recently, decided to revisit the place. This time I had their Kouign-amann, Bacon and Cheese Bun, Double Baked Pistachio and Raspberry Croissant, Winter Special, Caramelia, Raspberry Caramel Tea Cake, and Almond Double Baked Croissant.

Kouign-amann ($3):


4/5
The pastry itself, while not melt-in-your-mouth, was still quite flaky and buttery, with a moist centre. The sugar outside the pastry was nicely caramelized and crispy.

Bacon and Cheese Bun ($3):


3.5/5
This wasn’t really a “bun”, but more of a croissant-like pastry dough that’s been rolled up into a spiral. It was a bit too hard/crisp, but did have a nice buttery flavour. It also had a good amount of bacon and cheddar.

Double Baked Pistachio and Raspberry Croissant ($4.70):


4.5/5
The croissant was well caramelized and had a great crispness on the edges, although the bottom was a bit soggy from the pistachio and raspberry filling. The pistachio flavour was quite forward: there was both paste inside the croissant and chopped pistachio on top. The raspberry jam had a great sweet fragrance and also tanginess that paired well with the pistachio.

Winter Special ($6):


4/5
This contained a thin layer of cake topped with mousse and a red current jelly. The cake was quite tender and moist while the mousse was light and fluffy. The red current jelly provided a great tanginess.

Caramelia ($6):


4/5
This contained a tart shell with apples and topped with caramel cream and mini cream puffs. The puffs were also filled with caramel cream, which was a bit stiff, bu thad a great fragrance and paired well with the apples, which were a little bland on their own, but provided a nice bit of crunch. I found the crust to be a little bland.

Raspberry Caramel Tea Cake ($5):


4/5
This consisted of a cake that’s surrounded by a layer of caramel/chocolate and topped with caramel cream and raspberries. The cake itself was quite moist. Again, the caramel cream on top was a tad bit stiff, but still tasty, while the raspberry provided a bit of tanginess that went well with the caramel. I really enjoyed the outer shell of caramel, which had a great crunch and fragrance, although it was a bit difficult to cut through.

Almond Double Baked Croissant ($4.90):

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Almond Double Baked Croissant

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My mom had this, and raved about how good it was. Big thumbs up from her.

I’m glad to have had the chance to revisit Mon Paris: I quite enjoyed everything they made, in particular the double baked croissants and cakes. The prices are a tad on the higher side, but still reasonable given the quality of their food. This is a shop that’s definitely worth checking out in my books.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Double Baked Croissants, Cakes
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Golden Ray Bakery

Living in Kensington region, there are quite a few Chinese/Asian bakeries around. One such joint is Golden Ray Bakery, which is located on Kingsway, near Knight Street. Although small, they do offer a pretty good variety of baked buns, steamed buns, cookies, and cakes. During my visit, I had their Cheese Hot Dog, Tuna, Curry Beef, Pizza, BBQ Pork Pineapple, and Dried Pork Buns, as well as a Pork & Egg Steamed Bun.

Pork & Egg Steamed Bun ($1.75):


4/5
This was filled with minced pork, Chinese sausage, and egg. The bun outside was fluffy with a nice bit of sweetness. There was a fairly good amount of filling inside, with the meats being tender and juicy and the sausage having a wonderful fragance (I do love Chinese sausage; I probably wouldn’t want to know what actually goes into them, but they are frigging delicious).

Cheese Hot Dog Bun ($1.40):


3.5/5
The bread itself was relatively soft with a slight bit of sweetness. The hotdog was just a standard hotdog that’s quite processed, but still very tasty. The cheese was also very tasty. I do wish there’s a bit more filling, however.

Tuna Bun ($1.40):


3/5
The tuna was quite savoury and had a great creaminess (probably from mayo). It was a tad bit fishy, but that’s expected. Again, I could have done with more filling.

Curry Beef Bun ($1.40):


3/5
The bread was quite fluffy and soft. I quite enjoyed the curry, which was fragrant and mildly sweet; there just wasn’t much meat, however, and I do find that they were a bit stingy on the amount of filling.

BBQ Pork Pineapple Bun ($1.40):


3.5/5
I quite enjoyed the “pineapple” topping, which provided a nice sweetness and a bit of texture. The filling was also sweet, and the pieces of pork were tender. Again, I do wish that they could have been a little more generous with the amount of filling.

Pizza Bun ($1.40):


3/5
This was filled with tomato sauce, peppers, hotdog and cheese. I wasn’t a big fan of the tomato sauce or peppers, which I found to be a little bland. The hot dogs (which was the same as the ones from the Cheese Hot Dog bun) were tasty however, and the cheese provided a nice creaminess.

Dried Pork Bun ($1.40):


2.5/5
This was topped with dried pork floss. In most versions, the bun would be split open, and there would be this clear, sweet glaze inside; this wasn’t the case here, however. The bun was still tasty, being fluffy and soft, and the floss had a nice savouriness. I do miss the glaze however, which is normally my favourite part of these types of buns.

The baked buns at Golden Ray Bakery are mostly just mediocore, but I did really enjoy the steamed bun. The prices are very affordable, however: most of the buns are around $1.50. This isn’t the best bakery around, but it is decent and worth visiting. They are cash only, so make sure that you’ve got some on you when you visit.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Pork & Egg Steamed Bun, BBQ Pork Pineapple Bun
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Beyond Bread Artisan Bakery

Not too long ago, I got dragged onto a retreat with the rest of my¬† lab members to Chilliwack. It was a couple of hours long drive, which is extended by the fact that they made a stop at some vineyard along the way to do some wine tasting (I didn’t partake since I hate the taste of alcohol). Fortunately, there were plenty of snacks to help pull us through, including a bag of baked goods from Beyond Bread. Of course, I couldn’t take too much food as it was meant to be shared between everyone, but I was able to try a scone and really enjoyed it, so much so that I decided to visit this bakery this week. In addition to their Cheddar & Green Onion Scone, I also got a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pain au Chocolat, and Monkey Bread. I also picked up an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($6):


3.5/5
According to their site, this contained aged cheddar, emmental, sharp provolone on Country bread. The sandwich was a good size and had a pretty generous amount of filling, and was quite rich. I did find the cheese to be a bit too sharp and pungent for my liking – I personally would liked a bit milder cheese. The bread was nicely toasted and tender near the centre, although I did find it to be a bit too hard near the edges and hurt my mouth a bit.

Pain au Chocolat ($3.50):


3/5
The pastry was buttery, and had a nice bit of saltiness. I found the outer layer to be a bit on the chewy side, and not flaky enough for my liking. The chocolate was good quality and was not waxy. Not the best croissant I’ve had, but still tasty.

Cheddar & Green Onion Scone ($3):


4/5
The scone was rich and had a great savoury flavour and fragrance from the onions. The interior is incredibly moist and tender. It is a bit on the salty side; while I personally really enjoy the salt, it may get a bit overwhelming for some others after several bites.

Monkey Bread ($3.75):


3/5
This consisted of pieces of croissants baked together with cinnamon sugar and orange peel. The dough was pretty soft and buttery, and was mildly sweet with a nice fragrance from the cinnamon. While I liked the flavour of the orange, I find the pieces of zest they used to be too large and slightly bitter.

Almond Croissant ($4.25):

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Almond Croissant

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I didn’t have this; my mom did. She really enjoyed it though and said that it was made with quality ingredients.

I’m really glad to have the scone again from Beyond Bread; it isn’t a treat that I normally order and after having tried it, it is something that I’m likely going to get more often. The rest of the food I tried was decent, though nothing particularly memorable. The prices are fairly reasonable. All in all, while I wasn’t exactly blown away by Beyond Bread, I did enjoy their food enough, and I do think that the place is worth a visit if you are in the area.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Cheddar & Green Onion Scone, Almond Croissant
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Pane from Heaven

If there is one thing that I can take away from Seinfield it’s that muffin tops are the best part of a muffin. I like my muffins to come with nice, big tops. A muffin without a top is not a muffin worth eating. At least that was my belief until my recent visit to Pane from Heaven. The latter is a small bakery/cafe located near Kits Beach offering a small selection of quick bites and fresh baked goods. I got a Carrot Cake and Cornish Pastie. I initially did not want to get their muffins seeing that they didn’t have the wide tops that I like, but considering that they were only $2.75, I decided to bite the bullet and get a Blueberry Muffin.

Carrot Cake ($4.25):


3/5
The cake was a tad on the dry/hard side, but had a nice amount of carrots and raisins. The frosting was a bit overly sweet and missing the tanginess that I really enjoy from cream cheese. This wasn’t bad, but nothing special either.

Cornish Pastie ($3.25):


3.5/5
The outer pastry was soft and flaky, and had a nice savoury flavour. The filling, which consisted of ground beef, onions, celery, carrots and other vegetables, was flavourful and had a nice bit of spice.

Blueberry Muffin ($2.75):


4.5/5
I was initially a bit disappointed that the muffin didn’t have a domed top, which I always contend to be the best part of the muffin (and not just because of Seinfield). Fortunately, the muffin turned out to be fantastic: soft and moist, with a nice fragrance as well as mild sweetness. There was also a generous amount of blueberries present. This was definitely one of the better muffins that I’ve had.

My visit to Pane from Heaven has really made me rethink my stance on muffins: perhaps I need to stop judging muffins by the size of their tops. The rest of the food is not bad either. All in all, this is a ncie place to drop by if you’re in the area and are looking for a quick bite or coffee.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Muffins

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Goldstone Bakery

I’ve got no idea what Portuguese chicken is. No, not the Nando’s Peri-peri version, but the “Chinese” version that’s often on menus of HK restaurants. And apparently my mom doesn’t either, so I guess it’s more unique to HK vs. Mainland China. Well, I’ve had the chance to finally try out the dish at this week, when I visited Goldstone Bakery. They are a restaurant in Chinatown with a large menu of Chinese and HK-style cuisine. Although quite spacious, the restaurant does get very busy, and I had to wait 5-10 minutes to be seated during lunch time. I decided to get their “special” versions of their Baked Pork Chop Spaghetti and Baked Portuguese Chicken with Rice, which are currently priced at $9.75 and comes with your choice of either coffee or tea.

Baked Pork Chop Spaghetti (Special Version, $9.75):

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Baked Pork Chop Spaghetti


4/5
This consisted of a generous piece of pork chop served over a bed of spaghetti and covered in tomato sauce. The pork chop was essentially like a schnitzel or Japanese katsu, and was pounded thin and breaded. It was very crispy and reasonably tender, although I would have liked there to be a bit more meat present. The spaghetti was cooked to my liking: tender without being too mushy. Although I’m not the biggest fan of tomato sauce, I did like theirs, which was not too watery and coated the noodles and pork chop pretty well.

Baked Portuguese Chicken with Rice (Special Version, $9.75):


3/5
The dish consisted of chicken and taro baked in a yellow sauce. I thought that it was going to be served with rice baked together with the chicken (similar to the pork chop); instead, the chicken came in a dish that’s separate from the rice. Now I’ve never had Portuguese chicken before; I thought that the yellow sauce was curry but it did not have any heat or spice, although it did have a nice fragrance of ginger (and I think there might be some coconut as well). There were several large pieces of bone-in chicken, which was extremely moist and tender, as well as a few large pieces of taro. Unfortunately, I did find the dish to be overall pretty bland and under-seasoned.

I certainly enjoyed my visit to Goldstone Bakery. While their food does certainly have room for improvement, it is still quite tasty. Portion-wise, their “special” versions are considerably smaller (probably 1/2 to 2/3 the size) compared to the regular versions, but still reasonably large: while I could have done with a bit more food, it’s probably more than enough to satisfy an average appetite. The service is what you’d expect from a lower-end Asian restaurant: the staff is reasonably friendly, but not the most attentive and the food can take a while to arrive. They are currently cash only, so be sure to have some on you if you wish to visit.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Baked Pork Chop Spaghetti
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Maxim’s Bakery

So I’ve been out of the country for the past few days; I was attending a conference with my lab members down in Washington State. Since the location was relatively close to Vancouver, we all carpooled and drove our way down there. The drive was going to take several hours and I didn’t know if/when we’d make any stops for food, so I headed over to Maxim’s Bakery the day before to get some food. They are a pretty big bakery with a really large selection of Chinese/Asian-style baked goods. I got a Chicken Pie, Pineapple Bun w/BBQ Pork and Curry Beef Bun. Now I was a bit worried that the guards at the US border were going to confiscate my food but the guard we got, while quite grumpy and hostile, didn’t inquire whether we had any goods to declare and I was able to make it across the border with my lunch. I subsequently ate them during the remaining 3-4 hour drive down the highway to the Mt. Rainier National Park where the conference was being held. My apologies for the poor photos below; it was a bit hard taking pictures while sitting in the back of my boss’ car and trying not to get crumbs everywhere.

Chicken Pie ($2.25):


4/5
The crust of the pie was quite tender and flaky, with a slight hint of sweetness. It was filled with a generous amount of flavourful, tender chunks of chicken, as well as a few carrots and peas.

Pineapple Bun w/BBQ Pork ($1.75):


3/5
The bun was really soft and fresh. It had a really generous amount of bbq pork. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the filling: it was a bit too savoury and I actually prefer my bbq pork to be a bit sweeter, but I think that there are a lot of other people who’d prefer this style of filling. I also wished that the topping would be a bit more crispy.

Curry Beef Bun ($1.45):


4/5
Again the bun was soft and fresh. There was a good amount of curry beef that was fragrant, mildly sweet, and flavourful.

The buns (plus several chocolate bars) were sufficient to keep me sustained until we stopped by an Italian place called Primo in Tacoma in the evening for dinner before making the final leg of our trip to the mountains (review on that coming up). It may be because I was quite hungry at the time, but I really enjoyed all of the food at Maxim’s. Although their prices are a tad bit higher for an Asian bakery, the quality I think is well worth it. I also really like the system that they have where you get to select your own goods (and place them on your tray) and they wrap them up for you at the country.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Chicken Pie, Curry Beef Bun

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