Chinese, Food, Vancouver

Sharon and I were interested Sunny Spot Cafe for three reasons: (1) it was in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood; (ii) it offered noodles in soup, which were desirable in the chilly weather; and (iii) it received positive reviews from other bloggers. So we did what most people would do, we thought that we should give it a try. We would often see people eating there at night and we assumed that it was also popular in the neighbourhood.

We left with great disappointment. The food and the decor was a nightmare and there’s a reason for why it is rated 3-stars on Yelp.


I ordered a Lamb and Vegetable Noodle Soup because I love mutton. I paid $7 bucks for this “bowl” of noodles with mere traces of meat. It may be a blessing in disguise because the noodles were quite delicious and unique but the lamb meat was overly cooked, and the taste was bland. The noodles weren’t good enough to make this a good bowl of noodles. Everything else pretty much brought it down.


Sharon ordered a Beef Noodle Soup—it’s not the actual name (I forgot the name, sorry!) but you can find it on a poster in the restaurant. We paid a similar price for this bowl of noodles. While there is more meat and the taste is better, Sharon got a stomach ache afterwards. There was so much MSG in the soup, the radish was bitter and the vegetable portions were pitiful.

Sharon also mentioned that occasionally she would bite into a piece of beef and it would be as if she was eating a cube of salt. While at other times, some beef would actually taste like beef. It’s like a minefield here. Is Xi’An food normally this salty and poisoned with MSG? (Sharon wrote this last part)

I think that the final insult to the injury was that the restaurant charged me $2 for bland tea. For bland tea! They gave me a teapot with the tea bag inside so it wasn’t even loose leaf tea. Come on! The tea bag had an unrecognisable brand … and I can attest to you that it was not premium tea. At least give me better tea next time if you’re going to charge $2.

Thanks for reading my rant. I guess “Sunny” Spot Cafe gave us a thunderstorm afterwards. Ain’t no sunshine when you’re eating there, only rain and misery.

– Jacky

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Dessert, Food, Travel, Vancouver

I realized that it is quite difficult to find a convenient cream puff store in Vancouver. There are options like Chewy Junior or Thierry, but I’m talking about really delicious, creamy with excellent choux exterior cream puffs. The only place I’ve found heaven sent cream puffs in Vancouver was at Beta5 Chocolates. Hidden in Strathcona in an unusual place to have a dessert shop, people would make their way to Beta5 for their chocolates, pastries and other sweet desserts. Who knew that a dessert shop would open in a warehouse area?



The marshmallow top gave the cream puff a s’mores and camp fire like experience, other than that, there isn’t much “s’mores” in this cream puff.

The choux pastry was just as crispy as the rest of the other cream puffs.

I wish the cream inside had more marshmallow flavours to it because it tasted like normal cream to me.

Vietnamese Coffee

There wasn’t an overwhelming coffee flavour in this cream puff but it really tasted like a cup of Vietnamese coffee that you would order at a Vietnamese restaurant.

The top level of cream was fluffier and lighter in texture and taste, while the filling was heavier, creamier and richer in coffee flavours. The balance was excellent making the cream puff a very enjoyable confection.

85% Dark Chocolate

Calling all chocolate lovers, this cream puff has a chocolate exterior and interior.

With a thin piece of dark chocolate on top, the exterior tasted like a double chocolate cookie with a rich and decadent chocolate cream filling inside. I thought that this was too sweet for me but Jacky really enjoyed it.

Banana Cream Puff

I fell in love with this cream puff. Not only do I love banana in any of my desserts, but overall, the cream puff’s flavours were so creamy and the choux pastry was extra crispy.

When I bit into this, it instantly reminded me of banoffee pie but without the toffee and the caramel. Similar to the Vietnamese Coffee cream puff, the top layer of cream was light and the inside was rich and heavy with banana flavours.

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Happy eating and never stop eating!
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Food, Thai, Toronto, Travel

Before going to Kekou Gelato for dessert, my friend took me to one of the top 5 restaurants on Urbanspoon Toronto. Before going there, I didn’t know that Khao San Road was a popular restaurant in Toronto so I took my time to walk there. Little did I know that even on a weekday, this place was jam packed with people similar to a Bang Kok street market. From two blocks away, I saw a large crowd standing out on the street and I was hoping that they weren’t lining up for Khao San Road. Well, they were and luckily my friend got there earlier so we got seats after 5 minutes of waiting. Normally, it would take half an hour.

We got bar seats and service was very attentive. The menus were given to us and within 5 minutes, the waitress came back and asked us if we were ready. I don’t blame them especially with the long line up outside of the restaurant. The place was crowded and there wasn’t a lot of walking space.


Khao Soi

What’s in it: Egg noodles, golden curry, coconut milk, crispy noodles, scallions, coriander, lime and beef.

When I ate this, it reminded me of the Panang Red Curry from The Noodle Box, but an upgraded version. In short form, this was basically egg noodles and beef in golden curry, coconut milk topped with crispy noodles. Forget scallions, coriander and lime because they seemed to be nonexistent in this golden bowl.

The coconut milk was very distinct from everything else in the Khao Soi. The taste was very rich and creamy and all the ingredients were practically soaked in it. If you’re not into coconut, I wouldn’t suggest ordering this because even the golden curry couldn’t tone down the coconut milk.

The crispy noodle addition was a very smart choice because not only did it offer texture to the dish, but it made the dish look very pretty and exciting to eat when it was presented.

I came to a point when I would purposely let the golden curry drip off the noddles from the side of my bowl because the flavours were too intense. The golden curry was also very thick and I don’t think it would  be wise to drink it after finishing the noodles and beef.

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