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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I Hua Bakery

During my recent visit to Crepe & Cafe, I decided to check out I Hua Bakery, which was located just a few doors down. In spite of their name, they are actually more of a Chinese/Asian grocery shop, although they do also sell baked goods, dim sum, and apparently wonton soup as well. I had their Steamed Pork Bun, Steamed Chicken Bun, Custard Cream Bun, BBQ Pork Bun, Milk Powder Bun, and Red Bean Bun.

Steamed Pork Bun ($1.59):


3.5/5
The bun was a bit too hard and chewy for my liking. I also found the filling to be a little stingy. The meat was still tasty though, and was tender and juicy.

Steamed Chicken Bun ($1.59):


3.5/5
I had the same issues with this bun as I did with the steamed pork. The filling was still good though; I particularly enjoyed the vegetables, which provided a nice crunchy texture.

Custard Cream Bun ($1.49):


3.5/5
The bun had a strangely soft, almost cake-light texture. There was a great amount of custard filling inside however, which was creamy, sweet and had a really nice fragrance.

BBQ Pork Bun ($1.99):


3.5/5
The bun contained a fairly decent amount of pork inside, which was tender and had a nice bit of sweetness.

Milk Powder Bun ($1.75):


3/5
This contained a sweet, powdery paste. On this occasion, I found the filling to be a little stingy and not well distributed throughout the bun.

Red Bean Bun ($1.49):


3.5/5
This contained ribbons of red bean paste, which was sweet and creamy. There was a fairly good amount of filling distributed throughout.

I’m glad to have stopped by I Hua Bakery. Their baked goods weren’t the greatest, but still fairly good; the prices are very cheap. This isn’t the best bakery out there, but definitely still worth a visit for some very affordable food.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Custard Cream Bun, BBQ Pork Bun, Red Bean Bun
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Janice Cakeshop

I don’t go to Richmond often. I had no idea that the 430, which goes to Richmond, comes like once every 30 minutes on Sundays. I found that out during my visit to Janice’s Cakeshop. They are a small Asian/Chinese-style Bakery located in Richmond. As their name suggests, they make a large variety of cakes, as well as other baked goods. During my visit, I had several of their cakes (Green Tea Mousse, Fresh Mango, Lemon Cheesecake and Chestnut Cake), as well as a Pork Floss Sandwich, a Ham and Egg Sandwich, and a Pineapple Bun. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the bakery, so I don’t know the exact prices for their goods, but they are fairly cheap.

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Fresh Mango, Green Tea Mousse, Lemon Cheesecake, Chestnut Cake

Pineapple Bun (around $1.50):


3/5
The bun was fluffy and soft. The topping was crispy and provided a nice sweetness; unfortunately, I did find the bun to be a bit too plain to enjoy on its own.

Pork Floss Sandwich (around $1.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of pork floss and cheese with a clear, slightly sweet paste on whole wheat bread. The whole wheat bread was a bit dry and grainy for me. I really enjoyed the pork floss and the paste however.

Green Tea Mousse Cake (around $4):


2/5
This consisted of layers of green tea mousse and sponge cake. The cake was fine, being light and fluffy. Unfortunately, I did not like the mousse at all, which as thick, gummy, and utterly flavourless.

Fresh Mango Cake (around $4):


3.5/5
This consisted of layers of sponge cake sandwiching mangoes and cream. The cake was light and fluffy while the mango was sweet and tangy. I found the flavours to be a bit too bland, but this is definitely a good choice for anyone who wants something lighter.

Ham and Egg Sandwich (around $1.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of white bread sandwiching slices of ham and eggs, and what appears to be mayo. The bread was much less dry compared to the whole wheat from the Pork Floss sandwich. I initially found the sandwich to be a tad bit bland, but the interior was actually flavourful, with the mayo providing some richness to go along with the bread.

Lemon Cheesecake (around $4):


4/5
The cheesecake was quite light and fluffy, and had a great fresh, lemony flavour. The crust was also crispy. This is a lighter option to a regular cheesecake.

Chestnut Cake (around $4):


4/5
This consisted of sponge cake that’s sandwiches with chestnut paste and whipped cream. The cake was light and fluffy while the chestnut paste was creamy and wildly sweet.

In spite of the long wait for the 430 to come along, I really enjoyed my trip to Janice Cakeshop. With the exception of the green tea mousse, I quite enjoyed all of their other cakes, and their sandwiches were also quite good. The prices are also very reasonable. Definitely a bakery/shop that’s worth visiting.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Lemon Cheesecake, Fresh Mango Cake, Chestnut Cake
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Long’s Noodle House

I’ve been to quite a few joints that were cash only. It was only Long’s Noodle House that the staff actually alerts the customers of the fact by shouting “Cash only” the moment you walk in through the door. I guess it might be because they had people in the past that didn’t know and didn’t have cash on hand. The shop itself is quite small and minimal, with maybe half a dozen table, about half of them large group tables. The menu is quite large, consisting of appetizers, dim sum, noodles and various meat and vegetable dishes. Glancing at the tables around me, I saw that everyone appears to be ordering Tan Tan noodles, Wine Chicken, Beef Rolls, and Xiao Long Bao. Now I’m not a fan of wine chicken (my mom makes it at home all the time anyways) and the staff appear to be mostly Cantonese who know jack squat about Shanghainese dumplings (just kidding by the way), I decided to get their Tan Tan with Meat Sauces Noodles and Beef Rolls.

Tan Tan with Meat Sauces Noodles ($9.50):


3.5/5
The noodles had a nice bouncy texture. The sauce was flavorful, being mildly spicey and having a slight peanut fragrance. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t much ground meat present however.

Beef Rolls ($7.95):


3.5/5
The wrapping outside looked a bit anemic, and was a tad too tough and chewy, although still tasty. The filling itself was actually quite a bit like peking duck, except with beef: there was a sweet flavour of hoisin sauce and cilantro/scallions. I could have done with a little more beef, however.

I enjoyed my visit to Long’s Noodle House. The food wasn’t exception, though still fairly good, and the prices were reasonable. The service was pretty minimal, although the food arrives very fast and the staff were fairly friendly. This is a fairly solid Chinese restaurant; just be sure to have cash on hand.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Beef Rolls
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Evelyn’s Cafe

I’m always on the lookout for some cheap eats. One such place is Evelyn’s cafe. They are a small shop located near the intersection of Broadway and Arbutus. Their menu consists of all-day breakfast foods, as well as Chinese dishes, with most of the items being under $10. You order at the front counter and they’ll bring the dishes to your table (if you’re eating in that is). I had their Cafe Hash and Honey Garlic Boneless Pork (with fried rice).

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Menu at front

Cafe Hash ($7.38):


3.5/5
This consisted of potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, sausage and ham, and is served with toast and two eggs. I was a bit disappointed that the potatoes weren’t really crispy; however, the hash was still very flavourful with all the sausage and ham. I had asked for the eggs to be over-medium, but the yolks were still quite runny (more like over-easy to me); it was fine though, I just ate them over the fried rice I also had. I also really enjoyed the toast, which was buttered.

Honey Garlic Boneless Pork with Fried Rice ($7.86):


3.5/5
This came with your choice of either chicken or pork and fried rice or noodles; I went with the pork and rice. The pork was fairly crispy when the dish came out and not overly battered; I did find the meat to be a bit overly grisly however. It had a pretty good, slightly sweet flavour. The fried rice went well with the pork.

I really enjoyed my visit to Evelyn’s cafe. The food wasn’t the greatest, but decent; the prices are a steal. Even though the service is pretty minimal, the staff are still quite friendly. I definitely recommend checking this place out for a decent and very affordable meal.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Honey Garlic Boneless Pork with Fried Rice
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BBT Cafe

I’ve finally watched There Will Be Blood (starring Daniel Day Lewis) this weekend. Yes, I know that the movie came out like ten years ago, but I was young(er) back then and wasn’t interested in watching some 2.5 hour period drama that looks slow and boring as hell (truth is, I still am not). But recently, while looking through someone’s list of the best movie endings of the 21st century, the aforementioned movie came up on number one. Out of curiosity, I decided to search the scene up on Youtube and…decided that I should watch the entire movie just so that I can understand wtf happened. It did drag a bit for sure, but DDL was awesome (and that mustache too). And I never thought that that “milkshake” could be used menacingly, but seriously, that was like a Hannibal “I ate his liver” moment, complete with the creepass slurping he made.

Sadly, I can’t enjoy real milkshakes anymore, not unless I want to have a massive stomachache later. Strangely (and fortunately) though, I’m still able to enjoy most other foods and drinks that contain dairy, including bubble tea. I decided to get myself one of those during my visit to BBT Cafe this week. The latter is a Chinese/Taiwainese shop in Kerrisdale that serves the aforementioned bubble tea (and other drinks) and a variety of popular Asian snacks and meals. In addition to getting a Fresh Taro Bubble Tea (with pearls), I had their Pork Dumplings and Chicken Nuggets.

Pork Dumplings ($8.95):


3.5/5
This came with ten boiled dumplings. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the dumplings were actually pretty juicy (similar to xiao long bao). The ground pork was also quite tender, although I could have done with a touch more salt.

Chicken Nuggets ($5.95 on Mondays, $8.95 regular):


3.5/5
This is on special on Monday. The pieces of chicken were quite meaty and juicy and well seasoned, with a salty and slightly peppery flavour. I would have liked it to be a bit more crispy.

Fresh Taro Bubble Tea ($6):

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Fresh Taro Bubble Tea

4/5
The bubble tea was thick and creamy, and not overly sweet. I was very pleased to find that it wasn’t at all icy (i.e. you can drink the whole thing without the bottom part turning into a block of ice). The pearls had a nice chewy texture.

So There Will Be Blood is a bit of a slow burn with a few threads/plot lines that I personally could have done without, but DDL is entertaining, and the ending/payoff is seriously fantastic. As for BBT Cafe, I did quite enjoy their food, in particular their bubble tea. Unfortunately, I did find the price for their drinks to be a bit expensive: the are generally around $5-$5.5 plus an additional $0.5 if you want pearls (which you do since it’s not bubble tea without pearls); the prices for their food, however, are very reasonable. The service was pretty minimal, but the staff was friendly (and they speak Mandarin, so I didn’t look stupid). All in all, I’d recommend checking this place out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicken Nuggets, Fresh Taro Bubble Tea
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Mei Yee Bakery

Mei Yee, is a Chinese/Asian bakery located on the corner of Victoria and 41st. They produce a pretty impressive assortment of cakes, buns, cookies, steamed buns, and other goodies. I’ve visited the place once, a number of years ago, to buy a cake for my dad’s birthday. I decided to revisit the place recently. Unfortunately, when I tried taking pictures of their food, a staff member saw me and asked me to stop. Well, that’s fine (I understand that people may want some privacy), but since I don’t have photos, I can’t remember the exact names of some of the stuff I bought or their prices, so I’ll just put them in quotation marks. I had a Bola-Bola Steamed Bun, “Sticky Rice with Pork”, “Taro Bun with Crispy Topping”, “BBQ Pork Bun with Crispy Topping”, “Custard Bun with Crispy Topping” and “Pork Floss Onion Roll”.

Bola-Bola Steamed Bun ($2):


3.5/5
This contained egg, pork, sausages, chestnuts, mushrooms among other fillings. The bun was nice and fluffy. There was a pretty good amount of filling, which albeit a tad on the blander side, was still tasty and savoury, with a lot of different textures. This was very large, almost twice the size of other buns.

“Sticky Rice with Pork” (around $1.20):


3.5/5
This consisted of glutinous rice that’s stuffed with ground pork. The outer parts had a slightly nice bit of crispiness while the rice had a bit of sweetness. The filling was quite savoury and had a bit of a seafood-like flavour to it.

Taro Bun with Crispy Topping (around $1.20):


3.5/5
This was a pineapple ball that’s filled with taro paste. The bun was quite sluffy and soft; I really enjoyed the topping, which provided great sweetness and texture. The taro was creamy and mildly sweet; I do wish there could be a bit more filling, however.

BBQ Pork Bun with Crispy Topping (around $1.20):


3.5/5
This was the same as the taro bun, except with BBQ pork. The pork had a pretty unusual bright red colour, but was still tender, and had a nice sweetness. It was not as overstuffed as the one from New Town, but the amount of filling was still generous.

Custard Bun with Crispy Topping (around $1.20):


3.5/5
This was the same as the taro bun, but with custard filling. I quite enjoyed the custard, which was creamy and mildly sweet. Again, the filling was not well distributed throughout the bun, but there was a fairly good amount in the centre.

“Pork Floss Onion Roll” (around $1.20):


3/5
This was essentially a small swiss roll cake that’s topped with green onions and pork floss. The cake itself was quite soft and moist. Unfortunately, I did find the combination of the onion and cake to be a bit too weird/off-putting.

I really enjoyed my visit to Mei Yee. The food, while not as good as some other places like New Town, were still solid and the prices are a great bargain. I’d definitely recommend checking this place out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Steamed Buns, Buns with Crispy Topping, “Sticky Rice with Pork”
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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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My Home Cuisine

When it rains it pours. For the past 2 months or so, all of my experiments have been disastrous. My gene cloning kept on failing (which is one of the most basic protocols in the lab, and is something that I’ve been successfully doing for several years), and I couldn’t figure out the source of my problem. When I told my supervisor, he told me that I was “degrading” because I haven’t been doing enough cloning lately and has gotten sloppy from lack of practice (which isn’t true because I’ve actually been cloning up to until the point when my cloning suddenly stopped working out of nowhere).

Anyways, feeling pretty low, I didn’t really have the energy to travel out far to find a spot to eat. I decided to just stick to the vicinity of UBC, and made my way down to the International Village. I decided to check out My Home Cuisine this time. They are a Chinese fast food shop with a menu consisting of combos, which comes with your choice of rice/noodle and 2 or 3 of their pre-prepared items (also the staff speak Mandarin, which was nice, as I can finally understand them and not look like an idiot like I did at Cafe Gloucester recently). I had their 2 Items Combo with Fried Rice and Sweet & Sour Pork and Sesame Chicken.

2 Items + Fried Rice (Sweet & Sour Pork, Sesame Chicken, $8):


3.5/5
Their combos comes with your choice of 2 items and either plain rice or fried rice/noodle for an extra 50 cents (I went with the fried rice). The sweet & sour pork and sesame chicken were both very meaty, well-seasoned and coated in a sweet sauce. They weren’t crispy, but that is expected since it’s fast food. I did find that the two meats were very similar flavour-wise; apart from being different meats, they did taste almost identical. The rice didn’t have much flavour on its own, but was fragrant and paired well with the meat.

I was pleasantly surprised by the food at My Home Cuisine. For a fast food joint, I found their dishes to be quite solid. The prices are also more than reasonable. This is a pretty solid place at UBC for some quick and tasty lunch.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: N/A (they only have combos)
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Angel Cake Cafe

I really hate sending back dishes. It really makes me feel like an a-hole and I just feel very bad for the staff and the restaurant (I’m not a person to waste food). Unfortunately, I found myself doing just that during my visit to Angel Food Cafe, a Hong Kong style restaurant located on Fraser Street, in the Punjabi Market. While they serve up quite a large menu of very tasty-looking food, there’s just one dish that I just HAD to try in particular: Baked Curry Beef Brisket Thick Toast (they also have a chicken variety, but I went with beef). It’s seriously a blend of two awesome things: curry beef brisket and fluffy French toast. I also had their Baked Pork Chop with Tomato Sauce on Rice. The curry beef brisket arrived first…only it wasn’t the dish that I ordered: it was curry beef with a side of rice instead of toast. In another situation, I’d probably just suck it up and accept the dish, but I had come specifically to Angel Cafe to just try their toast. I ended up sending the dish back and telling the staff that I had ordered their toast version. I seriously felt pretty terrible.

Baked Curry Beef Brisket Thick Toast ($9.95):


4/5
This consisted of a small loaf of toast that’s filled with beef curry. The toast was of the Asian-style milk toast variety, and was very fluffy and had a wonderful chewiness. The curry was also very flavourful and savoury, with several large pieces of tender beef and potatoes. I did find a few of the potato pieces to be a tad undercooked.

Baked Pork Chop with Tomato Sauce on Rice ($10.25):


4/5
The pork chop had a lightly crunchy coating, and was quite meaty and tender. While I’m generally not the biggest fan of tomato sauce, I actually quite enjoyed the version here; it was quite thick and not overly tangy. The portion size isn’t very large, but their prices are quite cheap, making it a very reasonable deal.

While I seriously felt pretty bad about having to send back a dish, I have to say, the thick toast was worth the embarrassment. Their Baked Pork Chop with Tomato Sauce on Rice was also quite tasty. The prices were also very reasonable. I did find their service to be a bit lacking unfortunately (which is typical of most Asian restaurants); and it definitely helps if you can speak Cantonese as that’s the language that the staff primarily uses. The good food and prices more than make up for the lackluster service however, and I’d highly recommend checking this place out if you enjoy HK cuisine. This is cash only, so be sure to have some bills on you.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: 2.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Baked Curry Beef Brisket Thick Toast, Baked Pork Chop with Tomato Sauce on Rice
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