Banana Leaf on Robson

January 22, 2015

April 27th, 2013. Banana Leaf Robson

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

So I felt like a bright lunch would be a great way to go so I had planned for us to go to the new Banana Leaf that just opened up on Robson.

I ordered the appetizer platter as my lunch and I was pretty pleased! I love love love options and this dish came with the Papaya and Pineapple Salad, Chicken Satay, Spring Rolls, Roti Canai and Calamari.

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

Finger food, check. Sauces, check. Flavor, check! The roti canai was stretchy but with a crispy crust, the calamari was a tad dry, but acceptable with a salty and crumbly crispy coating, the spring rolls were deep fried goodness and while the satay could have been punchier with the flavor, it was still not bad! As for the salad, the dressing was bright, sweet, acidic, and overall was fresh!

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

 

 

Robert, on the other hand, was very disappointed with his curry dish. Being well traveled and also being from LA he’d know!  He said it was bland and forgettable and he even left a scathing comment card! Yikes!

Asian Treats!

March 3, 2013

May 19th, 2012. Gifts From Thailand~!

thailand treats

thailand treats

 

 

Rachel, being the sweetheart she is, brought me back a whole bunch of treats from her Malaysia/Thailand trip!  Candies, instant milk tea, lime meentos, a postcard and a magnet!  Oh, she knows me so well 😀  I have a great bff!!

August 24th, 2011.  Work Lunch at Thai House

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

 

  Boss and I were making the prowl all over North Vancouver all morning looking up previous and prospective clients.  The sun was high and our stomaches were sending us hunger signals….so we walked into Thai House for a time-out. 

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

 

 

  There’s a tiny patio outside which is nice, while the interior is sexy and modern.  We quickly looked over the lunch specials, made our order and waited anxiously.

 

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

 

   Lunch specials come with a side of spring roll and a little salad….I would have appreciated if it had been like a little green papaya salad or something.   You know, just a little oomph rather than just regular ol’ lettuce.  Oh, and there’s 2 of us..so why only 1 roll???

 

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

  Pra Lunm Long Shong: Boneless chicken stir fried with Thai peanut sauce on a bed of spinach.  Nothing bad to say, really..I love peanut sauce and this one was a good balance of sweet and savory, the chicken was tender. and the rice was well cooked.  I think the sauce may have been slightly bland….a bit more depth would have been nice.

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

  Beef & Eggplant Thai Green Curry – Despite my dislike for coconut, I love Thai curry because of the creamy, delicious, cool coconut milk.  I also used to dislike eggplant a LOT as a kid…but now I love it!  This dish was again, good.  Again, wanted a bit more depth of flavor.

 

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

  Pad Thai: Stir fried rice noodles with shrimp,ground peanut, chili paste, egg and bean sprout.  I was dissappointed.  There was too much of a ketchupy taste for my liking.  Otherwise the ingredients were all alright.  The noodles were nicely cooked and the shrimp was not over-cooked…but again, the sauce…

 

 

  In the end?  Nice space, good portion-to price ratio, but I feel that there needs to be a bit more attention to detail and depth in terms of flavor.

August 21st, 2011.  Foodie Weekend: Day 2

  SSD and I decided we should do a light lunch and a stroll around Robson Street before meeting up with his partner, Don, for dinner.  Well, we were on Robson street, so why not try Tropika?

tropika malaysian & thai cuisine

tropika malaysian & thai cuisine

 

 

 

 

  Dan went for the Pad Thai, which looked appetizing enough.  Big prawns, ample ingredients..looking good!

tropika malaysian & thai cuisine

tropika malaysian & thai cuisine

 

 

 

  My Laksa was definitely plenty, but I couldn’t help feeling that the soup tasted bland, even for all the color.  So…I guess I still am on the search for a truly good laksa.

Richmond Night Market

December 19, 2011

June 12th, 2011.  Richmond Night Market!!

richmond night market

richmond night market

    Of the highlights of summer in Vancouver are the various night markets.  Of those the Richmond Night Market is probably the most popular.  With tons of stalls with cheap “made in China” merchandise on one half and a vast plethora of Asian eats on the other half, RNM is totally worth the drive!

  Eunice, Henry & I wanted to make as many memories as siblings together before he went off to school in Seattle, so we made an effort to go spend an evening together.  Exciting!!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

  Giant Turkey Drumsticks on the grill!!  My sister and I are huge fans of turkey.  Turkey just brings up these nostalgic, festive feelings that we both love to go back to any time of the year.  Sadly, we didn’t get to try these this time around, but we were pretty happy just seeing something that warms our hearts so much!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

  We love Dim SumBubble Tea!!!  There are many dim sum stalls, so it’s really about who’s got the better deal or the better looking items.  I love the Sui Mai and Har Gow and my bubble tea was so nice and refreshing!!  I got the Peach Green Tea.

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

  I was recommended to try the Giant Sweet Corn.  I got one slathered with butter and a Cajun seasoning and left it with Henry while I got in line for the Hurricane Potatoes.  You know how delicious it is?  So delicious that by the time Eunice and I got back to our patch of the table it was all gone…!!   Henry sheepishly said “I couldn’t help it..it was really good…!”  Luckily I had one bite in the beginning.  Sweet, juicy goodness!!!  Yum!!!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Thai Satays.  I got 1 pork, 1 beef and 1 chicken.  I got pretty lucky because these were not over-cooked.  I only wished the satay sauce on it could have been stronger.  Still pretty good, so I went back for more! 

 

 

 

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

  I swear.  Every year the Hurricane Potato stand has the longest line and it takes FOREVER to get a hold of one!  Those darn Koreans sure know how to come up with a home-run product.  They stick a potato on a stick and somehow cut it so that it slices into a string of chips.  They then coat it with thin batter and deep fry it and then coat it with your choice of flavor and then drizzle ketchup.  Mmmmm~~ Mmmm good!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

  Say what you will, but I love the little savory puff balls with bits of octopus inside that is Takoyaki!!  I always can’t wait long enough and end up burning the inside of my mouth…but I still love it!!  With plenty of bonito flakes and mayo & takoyaki sauce on top this one is always a treat! 

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Japanese Yam Fries.  Nothing spectacular…but the mayo and nori topping really just makes it so delicious and yummy!  Plus it’s easy to eat while walking around!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Japanese Onion Rings with Wasabi Mayo….Delicious!!!!  Piping hot, crunchy exterior coating and super creamy mayo.  Soooooo~~~~ yum!!!

 

 

 

 

 

  We were sooooooo full by the end of the evening!!   We got some fun little souvenirs, had tons of fun and ate til we dropped!!

November 17th, 2010. Sticky Rice Thai & Asian Cuisine  

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

  Ever since hearing that Liz was working at a Thai restaurant and that she wears a traditional Thai dress for it we knew we had to go visit!!  I guess where it’s situated you could say it’s White Rock..anyways, it’s a Thai place in Surrey!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

  The space is really lovely and well decorated.  Traditional items and colors everywhere, but not an overload like some places.  I mean, come on, we don’t want to eat in a cluttered space!  The waitresses wearing the Thai dresses were a nice special touch.  Funny enough all the waitresses that evening were white..haha!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

   

 

 

 

 

  The tea comes out in these gorgeous pots with matching cups….eek, so beautiful!!

 

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Side salad that came with one of the meals.  Came with a mango dressing.

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Som Tum Thai: Papaya, tomato, garlic, chili, palm sugar, lime juice, tamarind sauce, fish sauce and roasted crushed peanuts.  This salad was a great opener!  Tons of flavor, fiery kick and crisp ingredients!!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

  Pad Thai: Sweet and sour fried rice noodles with bean curds, eggs, bean sprouts and as you can see…a generous amount of lemon and peanuts on the side!!  Another total hit!!  Loved the texture of the noodles, the sauce was light but full of flavor and a great balance between sour and sweet.  Mmmmmmm~~!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Shrimp Nuggets with Sweet Sauce.  I didn’t get to try this one..but I bet it was good

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Now, we’re talking!! Grilled Beef Short Rib with Sticky Rice: Grilled beef short rib in ginger and Thai spices.  I love how the rice comes steamed in a woven bamboo container…so adorable!  Next time I totally want to try this one!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

  Many Thai places the rice comes out kinda hard and all stuck together like a puck.   As you can see, the sticky rice here looks nice and moist.  They used a good amount of coconut milk to give the rice that slightly creamy taste.  Plus 5 points!!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Of course we couldn’t NOT have the Tamarind Candy after the meal…when in Rome, you know 😉 

 

 

 

 

  Overall, we all really enjoyed the meal.  Even though I didn’t get to try everyone’s, from what I did try I was impressed with the level of freshness of the ingredients.  I was also impressed that with all the different flavors residing in each dish there seemed to be a flawless balance achieved.  Next time I’m here I definitely want to try the curries and more grilled stuff!

Chada Thai Fine Cuisine

August 4, 2010

May 28th, 2010. Dinner at Chada Thai    

chada thai fine cuisine

chada thai fine cuisine

    I don’t know how many times I’ve just driven past this place wondering if I should go in and try it but always ending up dismissing it.  Boy, have I been missing out!  Not only is the place just cozy, the service is beyond great!  The server was so friendly, helpful and sweet and even though the end of our meal coincided with the end of their night the staff never rushed us and were so completely sweet~!   

chada thai fine cuisine
chada thai fine cuisine

  We walked in to the place expecting to find a hole-in-the-wall.  What we didn’t expect to find was a very well decorated and almost sumptious place!  Given a bigger space I can see that they’d be able to really make the whole experience even more authentic.  I felt like we’d been transported into a different world from little Coquitlam!  The gold and stone artifacts accentuate the restaurant giving it an even richer atmosphere.   

chada thai fine cuisine

chada thai fine cuisine

The place was packed when we arrived but luckily we got a table by the window right away.  At Chada Thai you’re practically sitting in each others’ lap!  Rubbing elbows with the next table and inadvertantly listening in on conversations seems to be the norm here.  While this may be a draw back at many places, at Chada Thai it adds to the charm 😉 

chada thai fine cuisine

chada thai fine cuisine

An appetizer that really caught my eye was the Stuffed Chicken Wings with shredded vegetables, vermicelli and sweet sauce. As soon as I saw it on the menu I was like, I gotta try that! How on earth does one stuff a chicken wing??  Wow, these “wings” were sooo juicy and flavorful and I liked the crispy wrapping it was in…!  Not to mention the portion was huge…. Total winner! 

chada thai fine cuisine

chada thai fine cuisine

  Another appetizer we ordered was the Beef Salad, which was basically beef cooked in Thai spicy sauce with a mix of tomato, onion, mint, cucumber, and mixed greens served with sticky rice. This is the dish we were having some trouble deciding on the spiciness scale of.  I wanted to go for really spicy, but the kind server advised that we go for just a little more than the medium point and he’d bring out extra sauce for us in case we wanted to kick it up a notch.  Turned out he was so right!  This was just the right amount of spicy.  The rice was kinda..hard…but that could be due to the stickiness..and I think the beef could have been cooked a bit less…but the flavors were good!

chada thai fine cuisine

chada thai fine cuisine

 

As a main dish to share we had the Pad Thai: Pan fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce with chicken and prawns, egg, tofu, green onions, bean sprout topped with ground peanuts. Mmmm~ sooooo yummy!  The noodles were a good texture and the sauce was just right. Plenty of ingredients in the dish and it was overall great!

 Dinner at Chada Thai Fine Cuisine was such a pleasant surprise! 🙂