It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Dr. Pepper – from what I remember, I used to like it but for some reason, I stopped drinking it. Over the years, memories of its’ distinctive cherry-medicine flavour still rush to mind whenever I see it being served. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve probably driven by Pho Maxima a number of times over the years and never noticed it. Located in New Westminster only a couple of blocks away from the Burnaby border, you can often see the Southbound traffic heading down 20th street block the entrance to the little mini plaza that it’s located in. Read the rest of this entry
Truong Thanh is a small hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsway – but then, aren’t most Vietnamese restaurants small hole-in-the-wall joints? Read the rest of this entry
After my previous bánh mì pilgrimage visits to Kim Chau Deli, Tung Hing Bakery and Ba Le Deli & Bakery on Kingsway, I ended my trip at Au Petit Café located on Main Street. While a little further away, it was well worth the trip. Now, unlike the other 3 bánh mì spots, Au Petit is an actual full-fledged restaurant (albeit small) and serves a number of other dishes other than bánh mì. I think Eating in Vancouver put it best by describing this place as a “hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese joint” but that didn’t seem to dissuade the number of diners that were already there (most of which were of a more advanced age). Read the rest of this entry
We’re now halfway through my bánh mì pilgrimage after our visit to Kim Chau Deli and Tung Hing Bakery. Unlike the previous two shops, Ba Le does have limited seating available (3 tables). Oddly enough, while Ba Le calls itself a “Deli & Bakery”, it doesn’t seem to have as much deli items as Kim Chau or as much bakery items as Tung Hing. Ba Le was fairly busy with a couple of people in line for bánh mì. Read the rest of this entry
Our second stop on our bánh mì pilgrimage after our visit to Kim Chau Deli is nearby Tung Hing Bakery. Unlike Kim Chau, Tung Hing is a full-serve bakery and carries the usual egg tarts, bbq pork buns, cake slices, etc… as well as a station where they make the bánh mì right in front of you. When you place your order, you can see all of the fresh ingredients laid out before you as they quickly and expertly assemble your sandwich. You can see some nice interior pics of the bakery at Eating in Vancouver’s recent post. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been feeling in the mood for bánh mì lately so I figured the best thing would be to make a pilgrimage to the “Bánh Mì Triangle” – an area along Kingsway and Main Street that are known to have some of the best bánh mì vendors in town. Okay, so most of the restaurants are on Kingsway but I thought it would be more dramatic to compare it to a triangle (à la Bermuda Triangle) since a properly made bánh mì can be just as magical and mystical as the mysterious patch of ocean in the Atlantic.
Let me just say that this isn’t like the soup and sandwich that you get at a regular delicatessen. Given the prices, however, I think you can’t find a better deal. Read the rest of this entry
No, actually, I didn’t get pho. But I really wasn’t looking for pho on this day. Pho Tan has always caught my eye whenever I drive by it on Kingsway (mainly because it doesn’t look like a restaurant – it looks more like a little old house set back from the street). It reminds me of how the old Middlegate Mall (before it was turned into Highgate) was set back from Kingsway. Read the rest of this entry
I’m not sure why I haven’t tried many of the Vietnamese restaurants along the Kingsway corridor in Burnaby… aside from the fact that a lot of them look like they’re hole-in-the-wall places. It gets a little confusing too since most of their names (I counted 6) all start with “Pho ___”.
The main reason why I stopped by the new Pho Century was because it’s located right next door to Dr. Ho’s (no, that’s not a typo… I’ve always just called it Dr. Ho’s instead of Mr. Ho’s). Read the rest of this entry
A couple of years ago, I had THE BEST banh mi at the Vina’s at the Metrotown food court. I thought it was odd because I never would have thought of Vina’s as a place to get a good banh mi. The bread was fresh and crusty, the chicken was hot and plentiful, and the pickled veggies had the perfect crunchiness.
I’ve been back to that Vina’s a number of times but the banh mi has never tasted the same as that first time. I figured that I might as well try the Vina’s at the Oakridge food court to see if it was any good. Read the rest of this entry