Mamalee Malaysian Delight

What and where to eat is always the most monumental question everytime Totoro, Mamallama and I go out together. Convenience is always a deciding factor. Seeing as how Totoro had some business to attend to in Kitsilano that day, we decided on lunch at Mamalee’s.

Mamalee is a popular Malaysian joint in Kits, they don’t have very many tables, service and ambiance is minimal, but the pricing is fair and the food is pretty good as well. I also like that we put in our orders via dry erase menus.

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We started off with the roti canai ($5.95). This was one of the better roti canais I’ve had. The pastry was crisp on the outside, soft and warm on the inside. It was flaky and wasn’t greasy at all. They also got the consistency and the flavours of the dip right. It wasn’t too thin, and it was creamy and flavourful, with just the right level of sweetness for my taste.

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Of course, we had to order Mamalee’s most famous Hainanese chicken rice (reg $9.95). This plate comes with a small bowl of simple but tasty clear bone soup. The best thing about this Hainanese chicken was that it’s boneless. Not only did it require minimal effort to devour, every bite of it was juicy and tender. The seasoned oil rice was fragrant as well, I love eating it with the ginger green onion sauce so I wish I had more of that in comparison to the sweet and sour chili sauce, which I don’t care so much for.

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We also ordered a curry beef brisket with rice ($11.95). The beef brisket and potatoes were soft and tender, but the curry was thin and watery. The flavour was decent, but it could’ve been thicker and creamier. I was reluctant about this dish as I questioned whether that shiny orange-y stuff was oil. Maybe I don’t want to know.

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We ended our meal with sesame glutinous balls (5pc $ 5.99) for dessert. These were nice and chewy and had a good ratio of black sesame filling to skin. I love how they have a coating of crispy flakes for extra textural contrast. Yum.

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MAMALEE MALAYSIAN DELIGHT
+1 604 733 8882
Kitsilano
3144 West Broadway, Vancouver

Faubourg

Originally, Jujube had planned a girls’ day with KitKat and I, however, she ended up bailing on us on her own date. Seeing as KitKat and I already had the day off, we decided to chill without her. We strolled around downtown and did some shopping, in my case, just window shopping before we skipped off to dessert. Food is always the main destination when it comes to me and my foodie sistah. Hahah.

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KitKat felt like cake, so we decided on Faubourg. The inside was clean, classy and elegantly furnished. I love the festive atmosphere with the nicely decorated Christmas tree in the corner.

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As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by the colourful display of macarons. They looked so lovely that we just had to get some. I decided on a lavender earl grey macaron and a jasmine tea macaron ($2 each). The macarons were kind of small for the price, but I love the chewy texture of these dainty little morsels. The flavours were true and strong, but maybe a touch too sweet and floral for my taste.

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I had a tough time deciding between cakes, but ended up choosing the mille feuille ($5.60) simply because it was so pleasing on the eyes. The description next to cake was “flavoured mousse nestled in between light, crisp and buttery puff pastry, topped with shantilly.” I was unaware that it comes in two varieties: banana vanilla or gianduja vanilla and my server didn’t mention anything, so I thought it was going to be a regular Bavarian cream tasting mille feuille. I was pleasantly surprised with sweet banana mousse and caramel flavoured shantilly. The flavour of the caramel complimented the banana very well. I love that it was just sweet enough and not too heavy.

My mille feuille was good, but after tasting KitKat’s green tea passion fruit mousse, I totally regretted not getting that cake instead. Next time.

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Faubourg
+1 604 267 0769
Downtown
769 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Phnom Penh

Hi guys, sorry for the lack of updates lately, but I’m glad to announce that I’m finally done with exams. I’m officially freeeeeee!! I’m in a surprisingly cheerful and happy mood despite how deprived of sleep I am. But anyway, enough about me, I’m sure you guys only read for the food. #NoShame. Hahah.

Let me just rave about Phom Penh. Even the name has the word “nom” in it. Enough said. The magic in Phom Penh lie in their butter beef and chicken wings. They are must order items. I will shake my head at you if you come here and don’t try these two items. Seriously, they’re awesome.

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Marinated butter beef ($13.95): The thin slices of rare beef are served in a sauce made up of complex flavours. It is savoury and tangy, slightly sweet and incredibly flavourful. The cilantro and fried garlic really compliments it. The acidity in the dish totally revs up an appetite. The beef is tender, but a little clumpy and hard to separate into pieces to share, but who wants to share anyway?! Just take the whole dish to yourself. (Jokes!) I have to mention that I have always had an aversion to raw meat, but this is the dish that converted me.

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Phnom Penh deep fried chicken wings (L $13.50): I can only tell you how many times I’ve heard people compare these wings to crack. They are literally addictive. The chicken is fried to perfection, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. They’re seasoned with lime salt and pepper. These infamous babies are just unlike any other wings I’ve tasted. They’re so flavourful on their own that I don’t even dip it in the dipping sauce it comes with.

On this particular visit, we also ordered the beef luc lac, a hot and sour soup, dry noodles, a plate of veggies and dessert.

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Filet beef luc lac on rice with egg ($10.95): The beef luc lac is another popular item at Phnom Penh. It is a very hearty dish. The beef is very soft and tender. The flavour is savoury and a little sweet. While the beef is saucy, there wasn’t enough sauce to go with the rice.

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Phnom Penh hot and sour soup with prawns (S $12.95): This Cambodian soup really warms you up. There’s plenty of bean sprouts, sliced tomatoes and prawns in the bowl. It’s sweet and tangy with just a very mild kick,  very tropical and complex. However, the flavours were a bit strong, so a few sips were more than enough for me. Also, this soup would’ve earned more brownie points if they used fresh pineapples instead of canned ones.

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Phnom Penh dry two kinds of noodles (rice and egg noodles) ($7.95): The noodles were mixed with prawns, pork, pork innards, ground pork and dried shrimp. Served dry with a mushroom soy sauce. Make sure you mix the noodles before you eat it because the sauce gets lost. I’m not a fan of innards or dried shrimp and the flavour was pretty lackluster compared to everything else we ordered.

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Sauteed gai lan ($11.75) This particular visit was with Totoro. Totoro always likes to order some veggies. The gai lan was fresh and tender, and the stems had a nice firm and crisp texture, however, they were pretty bland and way overpriced.

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Nine layer cake ($4.85) These little cakes are so fun to eat, I just love peeling them, and eating them layer by layer. Probably psychology, but Baby-Paca agrees with me that they just taste better eaten this way. The texture is gelatinous and a little chewy. Flavour-wise, I’d say it’s comparable to pandan. I don’t actually think they taste any special, but I just like the interactive component, I’m just a kid that likes to play with her food.

Service is pretty minimal as per usual for casual Asian restaurants and cleanliness is a bit permissive at times. Phnom Penh gets pretty busy. There’s always a wait whenever I come here, but the chicken wings and butter beef are definitely worth it!
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PHNOM PENH
+1 (604) 682-5777
Chinatown
244 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

The Boss Restaurant

The Boss Restaurant is a Hong Kong style cafe (茶餐廳) that Totoro likes to go to, likely due to convenience since it’s right in Metrotown Centre. I on the other hand, never understood its appeal and am constantly surprised by their lineups. I usually just tag along for their buttered pineapple buns. Unfortunately, they usually run out of them at around noon each day, but sometimes we call in and they’ll put some of the buns on reserve for us.

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The pineapple buns with butter here are delicious, but they had accidentally served us plain pineapple buns and had to bring it back to the kitchen to put the slab of butter in. By the time it arrived to our table, the pineapple bun was no longer warm, so it was missing that “oooh” factor brought by the contrast in temperature between the cold butter and warm bun. Nevertheless, the bun was soft and fragrant. While it sounds kind of disgusting for anyone to just put a cold slab of butter in their mouth, the cold butter actually compliments the pineapple bun and tastes a lot better than if it were melted.

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The curry brisket and rice was disappointing. It tasted like instant curry mix and it was goopy instead of creamy. The beef brisket was dry, chewy and bland. The potatoes were undercooked, hard and starchy and you can tell that they were cooked separately from the curry because none of the curry flavour had seeped into the potatoes.

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The curry squid was even worse than the curry brisket. The curry sauce was comparably more bland, Totoro ended up dipping the squid into the brisket curry. I didn’t like the actual squid pieces either, I could tell that they treated the squid to make it more tender, but doing so gives it a texture and flavour that’s off putting to me. It was rubbery and fishy.

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Mamallama got one of the A+B breakfast specials, which comes with a free drink. She chose steak with eggs with beef brisket rice noodles. The steak with eggs were kind of greasy. The thin fillet of beef was tender, but tasted very Chinese style. The beef brisket rice noodles were decent. The broth wasn’t too salty, though I could taste the MSG. The beef brisket came in small shreds, but it was more flavourful than the curry beef brisket.  In contrast to the food, the Hong Kong style milk tea here is fantastic. It’s velvety smooth and strong in tea flavour. The hot milk tea comes unsweetened. There’s a sugar canister on the table for you to adjust the sweetness to your liking. It costs extra to have it cold.

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I got the afternoon special black pepper sauce beef tenderloin (4oz) with fries. The black pepper sauce tasted sour so we sent it back to the kitchen. After they remade it, I was eager to dig in as I didn’t want the entire table to sit there to wait for me to eat, I had totally forgotten to take a picture until after I had taken a few bites, so there’s a few chunks of steak missing in my picture. The fries were completely cold, and the steak was medium well when I asked for medium rare, though it wasn’t too chewy.

All in all, if it were up to me, I would never suggest going to The Boss Restaurant. The only thing I ever actually want to eat there is the pineapple bun with butter and milk tea. Everything else is just mediocre at best for the price you pay.

 

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THE BOSS RESTAURANT
+1 604 438 2677
Central Burnaby
Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby

Kaya Malay Bistro

Yesterday night, Mamallama and Baby-Paca came to UBC to hear me perform songs from around the world at UBC’s choir concert. We were hungry after the performance, so I pulled up Zomato and searched up restaurants that were relatively close by. After scrolling through a few pages, I came across Kaya Malay Bistro which had a pretty high rating, so we decided to give them a try.

The bistro was quaint and a little dark. There were only another party besides us when we arrived at 8:30 on a Wednesday night (they close at 10). After we perused the menu for awhile, we decided on the softshell crab, roti canai, satay skewers, calamari and Singapore laksa. Shortly after our waitress put order in, I remembered that Mamallama doesn’t eat rice vermicelli, so instead of having 4 appetizers and 1 entree, I decided to swap out the calamari for pad Thai. Our waitress informed us that the kitchen was already making it, but she kindly told me that it wouldn’t be a problem.

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The crispy softshell crab ($11) was sauteed with fresh onions, garlic and shallot, chili and Indian black peppercorn. It was absolutely delicious. It had such a fragrant salty peppery taste, yet the crab flavour was not lost, it was actually quite bold even. It was only mildly spicy so Mamallama was able to enjoy it without a problem.

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The roti canai ($7) was alright. It had a crispy exterior and it wasn’t greasy, but it could’ve been a little more flaky. The curry sauce it was served with didn’t compliment the roti canai very well, it was watered down and a little too sweet for our preference. Baby-Paca and I thought the roti canai tasted better with the peanut dip that came with the satay skewers.

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The satay skewers were $1.75 per skewer with a minimum order of 6. We decided to get 2 each of the beef, chicken and lamb. They were all tender and had a wonderful charred flavour. If I had to rank them, lamb would come first, then chicken, and beef. I highly recommend the lamb. It was perfectly seasoned and the flavours went impeccably with that of the peanut sauce. And while the menu advertised that the peanut dip was spicy, the heat was missing, but we didn’t mind at all.

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The Singapore laksa ($12) came topped with shrimp, fish cake, chicken, half an egg and bean sprouts. The coconut broth could’ve been creamier and it tasted overwhelmingly of dried shrimp, which made the entire bowl of rice vermicelli a little too fishy for me and Baby-Paca’s taste. It wasn’t awful, but I don’t like the flavour of dried shrimp, so it was literally all I could taste. I finished my small bowl, but I wouldn’t order it again.

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The pad Thai ($12) was great. The rice noodles were stir fried with an ample amount of shrimp, firm tofu, bell peppers, bean sprouts and egg. A lime wedge and crushed peanuts were served on the side of the plate. It was neither too wet, nor too dry, it was stir fried with the perfect amount of sauce, which had a good balance of tamarind, fish sauce, and tomato-y goodness.

What we ordered was enough to pack for lunch the next day, granted that we just had noodles left. The soft shell crab and lamb skewers were just exquisite. It’s nice to have found a nice Malaysian bistro as my family rarely ever goes for Malaysian food.

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KAYA MALAY BISTRO
+1 604 730 9963
Fairview
1063 West Broadway, Vancouver

Earnest Ice Cream

The first time I tasted the magic that is Earnest was actually during Dine Out at Edible Canada. The whiskey hazelnut ice cream was served alongside some dessert (I forget), I instantly fell in love. I don’t actually like whiskey as it reminds me of my first experience with alcohol. I have to admit that poor judgements were made that day and I’m still reluctant about picking up a glass, but Earnest had managed to reinvent whiskey into something appealing to me. They turned me into a believer. The ice cream was incredibly rich, creamy and smooth, not the least bit icy or frothy. Besides having a delicious flavour that had just the right amount of alcohol, it was chocked full of whole hazelnuts to munch on. They definitely don’t skimp out on ingredients. Whiskey hazelnut remains one of my favourite flavours.

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On this particular visit, Mamallama, Baby-Paca and I had just finished dinner nearby, our meal wasn’t particularly satisfying so we wanted dessert to compensate. Paying tribute to my Canadian roots, I got the maple walnut along with another one of my favourites, london fog ($5 for a single, $7 for a double). The maple walnut had a strong maple flavour and had chunks of walnut in it. It was good, but not as good and got a little sweet at around the halfway point. The london fog captures the lovely flavour of earl grey and you can see flecks of what appears to be tea leaves in the ice cream. It tasted strong yet not too sweet.

Baby-Paca and I had a short phase where we were obsessed with all things salted caramel, and during this phase we tasted the salted caramel ice cream at Earnest. The salted caramel flavour was too sweet and overwhelming for my liking. It was yummy in very small doses, but a whole scoop of it was just too intense. These were just my thoughts though, I think Baby-Paca enjoyed it.

Earnest uses fine quality ingredients, and they churn out ice cream that’s consistently delicious, though I think because they make their ice cream in batches, Baby-Paca and I have noticed that consistency fluctuates a tiny bit. Sometimes flavours are just a taaaaaad stronger or weaker than on other days, but the difference is very minimal. They’re on the pricier side, but their ice cream really is “seriously good.”

*Side note. I do have to mention that the staff that served us that day didn’t seem the friendliest or most approachable. I could feel myself being silently or maybe not so silently judged by the staff as I took photos of my ice cream for my blog. I don’t know. They just kept looking my way and leaning in quietly to chatter among themselves. Yes, I know how ridiculous I look. Lol

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EARNEST ICE CRAM
+1 778 379 0697
Mount Pleasant
1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver

Fondway Cafe

This past week, I was fortunate enough to have been invited to Fondway Cafe’s exclusive media and industry launch event. It was an exciting night of wonderful food and amazing service.

Disclaimer: This was a complimentary event, I did not receive any monetary compensation or bribes to write. All content is purely based on my own thoughts and personal experience.

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Fondway Cafe is conveniently located just a few steps away from the Metrotown Skytrain, making it easily accessible. The interior was thoughtfully designed. It’s a meeting of the vintage and modern. I love the bright, open, spaciousness, along with the artistic, hipster vibe. I also have to mention that I’m quite fond of the cafe’s name. Shall we go away and create some fond memories at Fondway?

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Once I entered the cafe, I was greeted by the friendly and helpful staff, the whimsical chatter of my foodie friends, and plethora of delicious looking food (over 20 signature items) spread across the table.

I was immediately drawn to the Belgium liege waffle. The waffle wasn’t crisp on the surface, but it was nicely dense and chewy. The flavour was great, and I love the bits of pearl sugar that adorned the waffle.

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Besides the liege waffle, they also offer a waffle pork sandwich. I love the substitution of waffle for bread, it adds a touch of indulgence to the otherwise light tasting sandwich. The ingredients inside included, lettuce, cucumber and shredded pork.

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Going along with the waffles, they also had this cute little bite sized appetizer on the table. It was a mini waffle with a light Taiwanese tuna salad scooped on top. It was a cute and yummy snack.

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Fondway offered us a variety of crustless sandwiches. I tried the Taiwanese pumpkin crab. I thought it sounded like an odd combo, but it worked. The imitation crab meat was mixed in a light mayo, and the flavours went well with the creamy sweetness of pumpkin.

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Halfway through the event, the staff began taking out desserts. They looked so delicious, but I was already getting full. The portions were big and I did not want to take a bite and waste the rest. Nevertheless, I wanted to taste everything.  Luckily for me, I met some like minded foodies that were more than willing to share. There was chocolate cake, caramel earl grey, red bean matcha, fruit cake, and cheesecake to choose from.

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We had our eyes on the caramel earl grey cake. The cake was airy and spongy. It reminded me of those cake rolls I’d find at typical Chinese bakeries. The caramel flavour was most prominent at the top of the cake where the caramel drizzle was. It was a light treat, not too sweet, but I would’ve preferred if it had a stronger earl grey taste.

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Next, we tried the concentrated chocolate cake. The chocolate cake had the same spongy roll cake texture to it. The chocolate cake was more true to its flavour than the one preceding it.

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The cheesecake had a layer of caramelized sugar torched on the surface. The texture was between dense and fluffy. It wasn’t too sweet or heavy.

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The apple crumble pie was tasty. The sweet crumble graced the bed of fragrant apples that sit on top of the thin pie crust.

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The caramel nut tart was also good. It had a variety of nuts in it, and it tasted a lot like nut brittle on a pie crust.

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There were little jars of creme caramel that we got to take home with our full stomaches. The syrup at the bottom was runny, but the custard pudding was smooth and full of eggy flavour.

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Towards the end of the night, we were given takeout boxes to take home whatever we wanted. I took home the multi-grain croissant chicken along with another sandwich I hadn’t tried as well as a liege waffle. Some people had packed 3 boxes. Honestly, I wanted to pack home everything, but I didn’t want to appear to be the fatass that I am… *ahem. Lol. I had put the croissant in the oven the following day so it was nice and crisp on the surface. There were lots of good things in the sandwich; lettuce, chicken, egg, tomato, mushroom etc. with a thin layer of savoury pesto. I gave Baby-Paca the rest of the items I packed home so I can’t comment on the sandwich, but she liked it.

I also got to try a variety of their drinks. My favourites included their grass jelly milk tea, which had a nice, strong, concentrated tea flavour, milky and smooth  and their organic grapefruit tea, which was refreshing and appetizing. Neither were too sweet. Another drink that stood out for me was the nitrogen coffee which was infused with soda fruit juice, The soda fruit juice adds a bit of sourness to the coffee and makes it more light and refreshing, but it’s definitely an acquired taste that I’m certain not everyone will enjoy.

I was so preoccupied with tasting the variety of offerings in front of me that I neglected my photography. I totally regret not getting more shots. Fondway had soups and salads for tasting as well, but I did not get around to trying everything as I was already full to the brim, but from what I hear, the clam chowder was pretty good for a Taiwanese inspired cafe. I guess that just means I have to give them another visit sometime!

In short, Fondway really spoiled us that night.The food I was fortunate enough to try tasted simple, fresh, light and considerably healthy. After indulging myself all night, I actually didn’t feel all that guilty!

Today was Fondway’s official grand opening, so go and give them a visit if you haven’t already!

 

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FONDWAY CAFE
+1 604 283 6997
Central Burnaby
4462 Beresford Street, Burnaby, Metro Vancouver

Thomas Haas

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Thomas Haas has been on my list of dessert places to visit ever since  I’ve tasted the crispy chocolate raspberry cake at a wedding, I instantly fell in love. Mamallama, Baby-Paca and I were supposed to go on my birthday 2 years ago, but to my dismay, due to their short hours of operation and far off location, we never ended up going. After all this time, I finally gave them a visit, except it wasn’t to celebrate my birthday, but Baby-Paca’s instead.

My eyes practically gleamed at the sight of the beautiful cakes glistening in the display. Mamallama and I arrived about an hour before closing, so there weren’t very many whole cakes left for us to choose from. Nevertheless, I still had a tough time deciding on a cake for Baby-Paca.

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I ended up picking out the 10-12 serving almond mascarpone ($44). Needless to say, Baby-Paca loved it. The cake was topped with an entire thin sheet of high quality dark chocolate. The cake consisted of layers of light mascarpone cream, soft almond cake with amaretto and espresso. The almond flavour was very prominent, but it did not mask the flavours of the amaretto or expresso. The flavours were well balanced, with just a touch of sweetness. My only issue is that there seems to be finely grinded up pieces of nuts mixed into the cake, which makes for a slightly gritty texture. I would’ve preferred it smooth.

Besides the almond mascarpone, we also bought 4 cakes by the slice. I mean, how can I possibly pass up on this opportunity?! The individual cakes are $5.90 each.

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Hazelnut praline: The hazelnut mousseline comprised of layers of vanilla cake, crispy wafers, hazelnut dacquoise, thin dark chocolate ganache and a hint of rum. The coating on top has a nice gooey texture, like caramel. The mousse was smooth and moist, the wafer provided a fun crunch, and the vanilla cake was firm and dry, but not in an unpleasant way. In fact, all the textural components and flavours came together to create the masterpiece that it is.

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Crispy chocolate raspberry: This cake encompasses dark Manjari chocolate-raspberry mousse, light vanilla Bavarian, chocolate sacher cake and crispy hazelnut wafer. The flavours of raspberry and chocolate were a perfect marriage. Neither outshined the other. The fresh tartness of the raspberry complimented the bittersweetness of the dark chocolate. I just wish that the individual cake was coated in ganache like their whole cake instead of dusted in cocoa powder. It really makes difference.

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Exotic cheesecake: This light cheesecake combines flavours of fresh passion fruit, mango and orange zest. The cheesecake was super smooth and creamy and had a classic graham base. The invigorating taste of passion fruit and juicy tropical taste of mango really compliments this piece of art. However, I didn’t like the coconut finishing. It does add a more exotic touch to the cake, but I’m just not big on dried coconut flakes.

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Passion fruit milk chocolate: Light milk chocolate mousse, refreshing passion fruit cream, crispy hazelnut wafer & soft almond cake. This cake looks more modest than the others, but it definitely delivers in flavour. The components of this cake is similar to crispy chocolate raspberry, except this one is slightly sweeter. And again, the crispy wafer just provides a nice contrast to the smooth textures of the mousse. The passion fruit was delectable, neither overpowering or artificial. Flavour wise, I think I actually prefer the passion fruit over raspberry, but I may just be biased because I love passion fruit flavour desserts.

All the cakes I’ve tried from Thomas Haas were delicious. They’re balanced, delicate, and intricately crafted. Nothing is heavy nor too sweet. This may actually be a problem for me because it’s so easy to over indulge on these fine, scrumptious treats. They’re just that good.

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THOMAS HAAS
+1 604 736 1848
Kitsilano
2539 West Broadway, Vancouver

Wu Fung Dessert

Wu Fung Dessert is a Canton style, food stall in Aberdeen Centre. I don’t know why it’s called Wu Fung Dessert when they don’t specialize in desserts, they sell an assortment of Hong Kong style street food. The girls and I wanted to grab something quick to eat before our drunk costume Karaoke party at Millennium K on Halloween (Honestly, we just threw together a costume last minute for the free shots), Aberdeen was just a few blocks away, so we decided to eat at the food court. Whenever it’s cold, I just want to slurp down something hot and soupy that’ll give me that warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy. I wandered around the food court, checked out every stall and decided on noodles at Wu Fung. Their most popular items are actually their chicken wings and deep fried squid. Mamallama, Baby-Paca and I usually get them whenever we visit Aberdeen, but we haven’t had them in the recent year after their price increase, decrease in portion size and decline in quality. They’re not the same anymore, but now that I’m talking about it, I kind of miss them. Maybe I’m just hungry right now. Their fried full wings were fall off the bone, crispy, plump and juicy. They’re battered just right, and not too oily. Their fried squid’s done just as good, but I’m biased toward wings. They’re not as delicious as they used to be, but they’re still pretty good.

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This is my first time trying their a-la-cart noodles (車仔麵). You get to pick the type of noodle you want and which toppings you’d like from their assortment. For 2 items it’s $5.75, for 3 it’s $6.75 and for 4 it’s $7.75. I got the thick rice noodle(?) (瀨粉) with 3 toppings; curry fishballs, beef brisket and honey comb tripe. It was difficult choosing my toppings as there were a variety of enticing items I could’ve picked. The noodles were al dente. The broth was tasty and didn’t scream MSG, it wasn’t overly salty nor underwhelming. They were pretty generous with the toppings as well. The fish balls were bouncy and had a lovely curry flavour, though I had to eat them first before all the curry bled into my soup. The honey comb tripe was not too chewy, well cooked and well braised. The beef brisket was cooked just right, super tender without any chewiness and had a nice fattiness to them. These were well braised as well and had a great meaty flavour. They also threw in a few stems of gai lan in there so I didn’t feel guilty about not having any veggies, which was totally a bonus in my books.

I don’t usually gravitate towards Canton food, but this time, I’m glad I did. Their noodles were yummy and affordable. I will probably be visiting Wu Fung a lot more often now that I’ve found a new love. Maybe my love for their wings and fried squid will rekindle as well.

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WU FUNG DESSERT
+1 778 233 0167
Central Richmond
Aberdeen Centre, 3220-4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

Cheesecake, Etc.

No dinner is complete without dessert, and no birthday is complete without cake, so naturally, after the girls and I finished up dinner at Suika, we set foot into the pouring rain and marched forth to Cheesecake, Etc.

Cheesecake, Etc. has a very romantic and antique-y atmosphere. It’s dimly lit and accented with red candle light. Occasionally, the owner can be found serenading the guests on the piano. On the other hand, service here is quite atrocious, it’s difficult to get anyone’s attention. Sometimes the staff take forever to even come by your table to take your order and forever to get the cake to you considering everything is premade. Their menu selection is small, but I usually always order the original with strawberry sauce anyway. I’ve tried other flavours, but none of them compared to the original.

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A plain slice of cake is $5 plus but can range to $7 depending on the sauce. Their cheesecakes here do not have a crust, so don’t be expecting that graham goodness that most cheesecakes are constituted of. My original was light, soft, creamy, smooth and full of cheesecake flavour. Think more mousse and less New York cheesecake. If you like your cheesecakes dense, Cheesecake, Etc. is not for you. Both the whip and the strawberry sauce is homemade. It’s fresh and not too sweet. I love the chunks of strawberries in the sauce. Though it’s good, I must say that it’s undeniably overpriced.

We were all stuffed to the brim and were in a state of food coma after clearing our plates. KitKat, being the kind soul that she is, offered to drive us home. Needless to say, it was a heavy load and it probably took a lot more gas than usual to get us all to our destinations.

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CHEESECAKE, ETC.
+1 604 734 7704
Fairview
Granville Street, Vancouver