Cafes and Bakeries, Food, Vancouver
Food, Thai, Vancouver
I imagined myself being Sandy from Grease sipping on my milkshake across my Danny boy when I went to Lucy’s Eastside Diner for a Sunday dinner with Jacky. Rocking the 80′s look, Lucy’s Eastside Diner will take you to a scene from a 70′s or 80′s movies. Located in the Mount Pleasant area, the diner is opened 24 hours serving all day breakfast, dinner and amazing milkshakes. All they needed was a jukebox or a pinball machine to complete the vintage diner look.
The service was slow at first, until a really nice lady server got to us. She was so cheerful and she was fast with her orders. At around 7:30pm, she was the only server in the whole diner, so huge props to her for being so efficient and kind!
The first thing I ordered was the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Milkshake (CAD5.5). I thought that you couldn’t blend the flavours together, so it was definitely PB and chocolate when I was told that I could be creative. This is a 20 oz heavy, creamy and cold milkshake topped with whipped cream that must be shared between two people. I could taste the peanut butter bits in the chocolate ice cream mix which made it even more sweeter and heavenly.
Jacky likes breakfast food for dinner, so he ordered the 3 Egg Omelette (CAD9.5) with chorizo, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and monetary “Jack” cheese (punny). The omelette was huge and it was definitely made out of 3 eggs. Overall the meal tasted a bit dry but it’s good enough to make you full.
I wanted a fat, heavy, carb stuffed, and cheesy dinner. What better option than the Mac n Cheese and Pulled Pork Hoagie (CAD9.5)? I chose the vegetable soup on the side to add some “greens” to my meal, but I found it tasting like vegetable canned soup. On the good side, the toasted hoagie with hot and juicy pulled pork sealed with BBQ juiciness and a mountain of melting mac n cheese was very very good.
Authentic, Food, Hong Kong
For a quick bite, I wanted something lighter at the food court on Burrard Street other than the burgers and tacos. I was also really interested with the take out boxes for Thai Express, so I decided to go for it. I always see the little Chinese take out boxes in the movies, and since we don’t use those in Hong Kong, I wanted to try it out for the first time.
The package was cute but I felt like it wasn’t very stable just holding the box by the metal handle, so I held it from the bottom. I realized that it was actually pretty difficult to eat from this box. My chopsticks didn’t reach all the way to the bottom so I had to slide the noodles off the sides in order to eat it.
More: Read about my dinner at Maenam or the pad thai I had at Urban Thai Bistro.
The box was jammed with noodles and it took me a while to finish the meal. I had the Pad Thai with Chicken and I enjoyed it for the first few bites. Afterwards, I started tasting ketchup in the sauce and that’s when my dreams shattered again while eating pad thai – they used tomato sauce or ketchup instead of tamarind sauce. In addition, their bean sprouts tasted a bit raw but the sauce was strong enough to cover that taste. On the good side, I would actually get this again. For some reason, I was satisfied with it.
Everything and everyone, in Hong Kong, is in and about business. Food is apparently not excluded. Tsui Wah Restaurant, a renowned locally styled tea cafe, is traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Odd, eh?
For dinner, Sharon’s mom took me to try the famous Tsui Wah Restaurant in Central (or Hong Kong’s downtown). I regret that I had not tried Tsui Wah earlier. Everyone in Hong Kong knows that Tsui Wah is one of Hong Kong’s local gems, and I’m pretty sure every Hong Konger likes Tsui Wah.
If you want the best Hong Kong-styled milk tea in the world, you must drink one at Tsui Wah. It’s authentic stuff. As you may already know, real Hong Kong-styled milk is silky smooth. The balance between the tea and milk is just perfect. Apparently when Sharon had it during her summer in Hong Kong, she closed her eyes when she had her first sip after a year of no Tsui Wah milk tea.
The second thing everyone should get at Tsui Wah is their hot Crispy Bun with Condensed Milk. You can treat it as a dessert but I had it as an appetizer. It’s an ordinary dish but it’s hard to make and perfect it at home.
Sharon highly recommended the Fried Noodles with Shrimp and XO sauce. I personally thought it was just “meh”, but Sharon is absolutely obsessed with this dish. For a Hong Kong cafe, the shrimps were huge and deliciously topped with shrimp eggs. Adding a bit of XO sauce into the fried noodles or “lo mein”, this is one of the backbones of Tsui Wah’s.
This Beef with Curry was good! We were supposed to “share” this dish, but I had most of it. As I mentioned in a previous post, this curry is actually hot! I think that Canadian restaurants may be too paternalistic of their customers. In Hong Kong, I have had curry that actually makes me sweat. The restaurant gave generous portions of beef. It was a deal!