Boiling Point

Boiling point after karaoke at Mix2 has become like a tradition for me, KitKat, Jujube and some of our other friends. Something soupy to calm our throats after singing our feelings just makes sense. What’s not a good idea, is a flaming hot spicy soup, which Jujube had ordered despite our multiple warnings. But YOLO, she took it as a challenge. Jujube likes to live life on the edge. Her Taiwanese spicy hotpot, which unlike the other hotpots was only available in flaming spiciness. It was literally swimming with spicy chili oil. Nevertheless, she survived, but some tears were shed that day. And by tears, I mean tears of laughter from us laughing at Jujube’s self inflicted torture.

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I got the Japanese miso hot pot ($15.99): There’s lots of good things in here, bean curd, enoki, udon, crab, egg, fish ball, tofu, plenty of nappa cabbage and pork… It also comes with a bowl of rice. Unlike the locations in Cali though, the branches in BC does not offer the choice between vermicelli or rice. $15.99 sounds a bit steep for personal hotpot, but considering the huge portion size, I think it’s worth it. I always have leftovers that I bring home. Put in my own ingredients into the soup and I have another meal! There’s just something addicting about the broth. I usually don’t eat rice, but it’s just so good with the savoury soup. I have a friend who used to work at Boiling Point and he pretty much said that MSG is the secret though. Boiling point also makes their own garlic soy paste/sauce and dou ban jiang (spicy bean paste) which were delicious. KitKat was just eating the sauce straight up on its own before our food came (albeit, we were all starving).

I also love their Hokkaido milk tea ($4.25 +50cents each for boba and pudding). The flavour of the hokkaido milk was compelling and aromatic. I especially like the texture and consistency of their pearls, which are a bit smaller and chewier than most other places that offer bubble tea. The pudding was also smooth and full of eggy custard flavour.

Boiling Point had a full house when we arrived at around 7:15pm. We were told that the 5 of us would have to wait for close to 30 minutes, but it turned out to be more like 15. I have to mention that Boiling Point is pretty notorious for their bad service and not so friendly staff. But when I’m out having a good time with friends, I usually overlook that aspect. Until I find a better place that offers tasty personal hot pots, I’ll probably keep coming back to Boiling Point.

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BOILING POINT
+1 604 620 9737
Central Burnaby
5276 Kingsway, Burnaby

Bubble World

Back in my high school days, Bubble World was one of the popular places to go to after shopping or watching movies at Metropolis. It was also a popular late night hangout spot. I still visit Bubble World pretty often for their Taiwanese snacks and drinks. I’ve been to the one in New West and the one in Coquitlam as well, but I find that their quality of food/drinks are not as good as the one by Metrotown. Bubble World is pretty notorious for having not the most polite waitresses, but who goes to casual Asian restaurants for service anyway?

Baby-Paca and I have been craving taro pearls for the longest time and Mamallama didn’t have time to cook, so she picked me up after work and we headed over to Bubble World for dinner. During the car ride there, I was chatting with Baby-Paca and I casually said “I’d be so sad if they didn’t have taro pearls today.” I wanted to order a matcha slush with pearls and taro pearls, but when we got there, I was informed that they only serve taro pearls on the weekends. I was devastated. I changed my order to a milk cap red tea instead, which is a new addition to their menu, but was told that milk caps were only available on weekends as well. What a bummer. I settled on a milk tea slush with pudding and pearls. Baby-Paca decided on the caramel macchiato slush with pudding and pearls.

IMG_1217Caramel macchiato slush: The slush had a thick velvety smooth texture and was topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. The drink had a strong coffee taste and noticeable caramel flavour. Baby-Paca said it tasted a lot like a Starbucks frapuccino. The pearls were lightly sweetened and chewy. The pudding was yummy and had just enough of that eggy custard flavour.


Milk tea slush (not shown in picture): My milk tea slush today did not taste as good as it usually does. It was a little too milky and lacking in tea flavour. I have been consistently satisfied with Bubble World’s milk tea prior to this visit, Maybe it’s just an off day.

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Pan fried egg roll with dry meat floss (肉鬆蛋餅): This is a snack I always order at Bubble World. I’ve tried it at other Taiwanese restaurants in Vancouver, but they never seem to get it right. The egg and crepe like wrap was rolled up with a generous helping of pork floss in the middle and served with a garlic sauce.

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Fried fish cake (炸甜不辣): These salty peppery fishcakes are golden pillows of perfection. They’re airy, soft and chewy. I always ask for a little dish of the garlic sauce to dip them in.

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Salty peppery chicken nuggets (鹽酥雞): The fried coating was not too thick, and the meat was not too dry. However, I do feel like it’s missing the fragrance of fried basil, which really livens up the flavour profile. The salty peppery chicken nuggets at Bubble World are pretty decent, better than a lot of other places in Vancouver, but nothing compared to what you get in Taiwan. My tastebuds have been pretty spoiled.

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Mountain yam milky hotpot (山藥牛奶鍋): You get to choose the type of meat that goes into the hotpot. We ordered it with beef. The hotpot is served on top of a candle burner to keep it warm. It comes with a bowl of rice and two sauces for dipping, satay sauce and doubanjiang (chill bean paste). For $9.95, there were a lot of ingredients in the pot, and they do not skimp out on the meat. Under the pile of beef and leaflet of lettuce were slices of mountain yam, a variety of fish balls, taro, pumpkin, enoki mushrooms and plenty of Taiwanese cabbage to fill you up. The savoury milky broth also pairs wonderfully with the rice.

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BUBBLE WORLD
+1 604 434 5551
Central Burnaby
4300 Kingsway, Burnaby