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
The other day, we and some friends decided to have a dinner party at Phnom Penh. Did you know you can reserve large tables in advance? It’s a good idea since it always seems busy at this little Chinatown holdout. While we were dining, we noticed a table next to us that was obviously reserved. Some Chinese family boldly walked in past the crowds of patiently waiting guests, sat down, and were quickly shoo’d away by the staff when they found out the table didn’t belong to them. Read the rest of this entry
Vina Vietnamese is located in the Metrotown food court. While the food isn’t necessarily the most authentic Vietnamese food, it is a nice option from the regular burgers and fried chicken you get at the mall. Read the rest of this entry
Pho Hong is yet another Vietnamese “Pho ___” joint along the Kingsway corridor in Burnaby. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a strange home stuck in the middle of nowhere. The inside is a bit dark and dated. Fortunately, the food was much better. Read the rest of this entry
We don’t make it down to Chinatown very much anymore and it’s probably been a few years since we’ve been to Phnom Penh. It’s a little sad to see so many of the old shops and restaurants closed down in Chinatown now but I guess that’s partly to do with so many Chinese moving out of the area and the shops in Chinatown failing to adapt to the changing demographics. 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
We were actually planning on going to Ashiana Tandoori Restaurant on Kingsway (since we haven’t been there in ages and felt that we need to give it some business to make sure they don’t close down)… but when we got there, we were surprised that they were closed!
We checked their website and it said they should be open and there wasn’t any special notices on the door saying they would be closed (for vacation?) so we were left with 2 possible causes: 1) they just went out of business recently (in which case, I feel kind of bad) or 2) they’re just lazy for not being open when they say they’ll be open.
Figuring that Main Street was nearby, we headed over to try and find somewhere else to eat. While walking along about 4 blocks of Main (near King Edward), I was surprised by the number of restaurants that were closed… must be a trend in lazy restaurant owners I guess.
I’ve heard of Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant before (have a coupon from the entertainment book) and knew it was somewhere on Main Street but I’ve read that they don’t like it when you use a coupon there so I wasn’t planning on eating there. We wound up going into a place called Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant and didn’t realize that it was the same restaurant until we got home…. it was a bit strange because all of the signs, take-out menu, etc… all says Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant. Read the rest of this entry