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Vina Vietnamese (Richmond Centre)

Many years ago, a Vina food stall was my first introduction to to Vietnamese-style food.  Now, after experiencing real hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurants, I can still appreciate the food from Vina.

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Gold Train II Express at Market Crossing

Until recently, the dining options around Market Crossing were seriously lacking in the Asian-cuisine department (aside from Genji Japanese Restaurant).  That is until Gold Train II Express moved in next to the tanning salon.

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Phnom Penh – Oyster Pancake and Chicken Wings on Everyone’s Birthday

On the seventh day of the Lunar New Year, people celebrate Yan Yat… “Everyone’s Birthday”.  I suppose in certain cultures, the individual’s birthday was not as important as the New Year’s date so they conventionally added one year to their age on this date.

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Broken Rice – Garlic Butter Chicken Wings

The 4000 block of E. Hastings is a place you have to visit if you’re in North Burnaby.  Everything from Chez Meme to Valley Bakery and Turkish Donair can be found along this little stretch… including Broken Rice. Read the rest of this entry

Indochine Kitchen + Bar = Garlic Butter Chicken Wings

Despite the similarities between the food at Indochine and Phnom Penh, there are obvious differences between the two restaurants.  First off, the atmosphere is completely different… inside Indochine, you’ll find clean lines, dark furniture, and multiple large screen tvs. Read the rest of this entry

Le Petit Saigon – Vietnamese Food Near the PNE

Le Petit Saigon is only a block and a half away from the PNE so we decided to come here instead of eating lunch at the fair this year (click here to see our post on PNE 2012 Food Fest).  We’ve been to Le Petit Saigon before during off-peak hours and enjoyed the food that we had here.  This time around, we visited closer to noon and it was packed in this tiny shop and the service clearly suffered. Read the rest of this entry

A Taste of Vietnam

I was reading a review of A Taste of Vietnam on Eating in Vancouver and noticed the Deep Fried Chicken Wings that were compared to the ones at Phnom Penh.  That was pretty much enough for me to want to try this place out. Read the rest of this entry

Pho Maxima Restaurant – One of the Top 5 Vietnamese Places in New West

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 Vietnamese Restaurant

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

Phnom Penh – All the Best Stuff

We had tried to visit Phnom Penh back in March but found out that they were closed for renovations.  Usually, “closed for renos” is Chinese restaurant code word for a pest problem so I was surprised that the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s food inspection website said that they were pest free when they inspected the place in the middle of March. Read the rest of this entry

Tung Hing Bakery – Chinese Pastries and Banh Mi Too

On our first visit to Tung Hing Bakery (during our epic Bánh Mì Pilgrimage last year) we totally bypassed the fact that Tung Hing also serves a big selection of Chinese pastries. Read the rest of this entry

Au Petit Cafe – Banh Mi Pilgrimage (4th Stop)

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