The folks behind Chinatown-based currywurst purveyors Bestie have a side business called Sunday Cider. It makes me really happy to think that local BC apples are being pressed and fermented right within city limits (their production facility is near Clark Drive within walking distance of Strange Fellows). They held a one-off cider event on December 11, 2016 (on a Sunday of course) called “Cider Sabbath”:
For the next while, I will endeavour to eat all the cuisines whose race/culture that the Orange One has insulted or referenced over the past year:
- Punjabi (Indian/Pakistani)
I had some Southern fried chicken at Big Al’s pop-up at The Lion’s Den Cafe recently, so that takes care of African-American for now. I think if I eat at Efendi Uyghur on Kingsway (Globe & Mail review here), that’ll take care of both Muslim and Chinese 😀
For today, I re-visited Molli Cafe to try out their tortas. I tried their tacos before (pretty good) but my torta itch was only lightly scratched with the tortas from TK Sub Cafe so I was hoping Molli Cafe would do a better, more satisfying job.
In short: my stomach was VERY satisfied but the itch for tortas still remains.
There’s a brick in my stomach right now.
Hog Shack just celebrated it’s 5th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 with Swinefest, a “competition-style” barbecue buffet that included a glass of Driftwood’s fresh hop Sartori Harvest for only $35! It was a sweet deal that probably flew under a lot of people’s radar, but it sold out well ahead of time anyways. We were there to celebrate and indulge, so here’s the recap. Enjoy!
We received a wonderful cookbook (Quintessential: Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine) from Helga earlier this year, but we hadn’t gotten around to actually cooking from it until now. Wicca used the Pork Ribs Braised in Fish Sauce (Sườn Ram) recipe as a base, then tweaked it to suit her palate. We didn’t really intend to post this as a full recipe at the time, so I don’t have photos of the ingredients, prep, etc, but I hope this will inspire you anyways! Just check out the Instagram posts that I did that night. It was delicious!
Wicca’s tweaked recipe is below. Enjoy!
We quite like Taiwanese food but don’t really have a go-to place that we outright love yet. We used to like Red Persimmon in the Crystal Mall food court (closed and turned into something else), Lingering Flavour beside London Drugs on Kingsway near Joyce (which is now Bubble Waffle Cafe), and Kalvin’s Szechuan. We haven’t really explored Taiwanese food in Richmond except back in the 90s at places like Vogue. Good thing Instagram came through for us again when we found out about Corner 23 Bubble Tea on Cambie near King Edward Ave. Thanks to phancouver in particular for posting this photo.
Kin Kao on Commercial Drive was the first Thai restaurant in Vancouver to serve Sour Cured Pork Ribs that are fermented with cooked rice for a few days then deep fried. I love the sour tang (similar to flavours in some kinds of charcuterie), and it’s excellent with beer! (You can read my review of Kin Kao here.)
Recently, Longtail Kitchen started serving their own version that had a more pronounced sour tang:
Longtail now has those Thai sour cured ribs! They call them "Country Fermented Dry Ribs". If the idea of deep fried ribs with a sour tang doesn't scare you, then you will be justly rewarded. I love these. With beer, of course. #longtailkitchen #ribs #dryribs #thaifood #newwest #rivermarket #curedribs #thairibs
It was a massive 10-day vacation in Los Angeles around Easter long weekend where we visited ~32 food/beer places. We brought Wicca’s mom there for the annual Qingming Festival (Ching Ming aka Tomb-Sweeping Day) because Wicca’s maternal grandparents are interred in one of the Chinese cemeteries there. We also did a whole lot on our own, so let’s jump into it!
I’ve split this trip report into sections this time (click on the days to view the post). I’ve added stars (*) to places that I felt were the best experiences of the trip:
- Summer Rolls Nem Nuong (Rosemead)
- In-n-Out Burger (Rosemead)
- Stone Company Store (Pasadena)
- Congregation Ale House (Pasadena)*
- Yung Ho (Taiwanese Breakfast in San Gabriel)
- Bhan Kanom Thai (Thai desserts in Thaitown)
- Father’s Office (Santa Monica)*
- Golden Road Brewing (Glendale)*
- Night + Market Song (Silverlake)
- Quan Ngon Nha Trang (San Gabriel)
- Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop (Little Tokyo)
- Far Bar (Little Tokyo)
- Angel City Brewery (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
- Wurstkuche (Little Tokyo/DTLA)*
- Pie Hole (Little Tokyo/DTLA)*
- Pizzanista (Arts District)
- Highland Park Brewery / The Hermosillo (Highland Park)*
- Ruen Pair (Thaitown)*
- Philippe The Original (Chinatown)
- Buu Dien Banh Mi (Chinatown)
- The Bruery (Placentia)*
- Garden Cafe (Alhambra)
- Ocean Star Restaurant (Monterey Park)
- Qingming Festival (aka Ching Ming)
- Saigon Flavor (San Gabriel)
- George’s Liquor (San Gabriel)
- Boba Ave 8090 (San Gabriel)
- Elysian Food + Bar (Glendale)*
- Phantom Carriage (Carson)
- Smog City (Torrance)*
- Hwal Uh Kwang Jang (Koreatown)
- Brodard Chateau (Little Saigon)
- Thach Che Hien Khanh (Little Saigon)
- Asian Garden Mall (Little Saigon)*
- Beer Belly (Koreatown)*
- Banh Cuon Hai Nam Saigon (San Gabriel)
If you read from the beginning, it sort of tells a story. But enjoy in any order you want!
Note about the photos: it’s super-dark in there. I tried to do the best I could with the photos! Hope it still gives you a good sense of the food.
I’m posting this on Christmas Day, but I hope that you aren’t reading this on Christmas Day. You should actually be spending time with your family and loved ones instead of eating vicariously through me. Unless you’re lonely, then I hope that reading my Christmas experience gives you some holiday comfort.
The big reveal right away…this is a “Porkken”:
It’s a deboned chicken with stuffing, wrapped inside of a butterflied pork loin (including the baby back ribs), all wrapped in bacon. You already know Turducken, so please meet Porkken. Now read on for the story of how this all happened.