April 27th, 2013. Bubble World on Robson!

bubble world (robson)

bubble world (robson)

 

 

 

 

So, walking back up Robson of course we had to follow up with our regular ritual of bubble tea!  Street Fighter+Bubble Tea = The best!

bubble world (robson)

bubble world (robson)

 

 

 

 

 

This particular location is tiny and doesn’t offer food (no salty peppery chicken nuggets? sad!), but it has a game station that evokes all kinds of childhood nostalgia!

bubble world (robson)

bubble world (robson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure, more than 10 years later I still suck, but the boys think I’m cute for trying so hard ūüėČ

August 19th, 2012. Tea Shop 168 РWillowdale (North York, ON) 

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

Finally able to take a little time to ourselves, Yire and I ventured out of our nice hotel room at Novotel and took a walk down Yonge Street. ¬†We saw Tea Shop 168 and looked at each other…Bubble tea?? ¬†Yes, please!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps it was because it was our first time left to our own faculties at a place where we didn’t have to make a mass group order….but it took us a lot of time to figure out what we wanted to order! ¬†It was as if we’d never ordered food in real civilization before! ¬†Hahaha!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yire ordered the Matcha Slush and I got the Red Bean Smoothie.  Holy moly, huge cups!  Probably the sole reason we took may too many photos of the drinks was the sheer surprise of how big the cups were!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet, refreshing, and filling…these were a generous accompaniment to what was to come….the waffle!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named the¬†Stravaganza, there was no way we couldn’t order this! ¬†A waffle topped with strawberry ice cream, strawberries, strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a sprinkle of white chocolate chips….man oh man, this was a real waffle delight!

 

 

¬†We spent this nice slice of afternoon relatively worry-free and eating some delicious sweets for lunch ūüôā

Pearl Fever

January 25, 2013

April 7th, 2012. Pearl Fever~

pearl fever

pearl fever

 

 

What’s a great way to unwind from a gut-busting lunch?¬† Some bubble tea!!¬† Well, actually…bubble tea is great in any situation..lol!¬† On the table: Strawberry Lemon Green Tea, Taro Slush and Green Apple Slush!

Ding Hao Noodle House

October 10, 2012

January 14th, 2012. Ding Hao Noodle House

ding hao noodle house

ding hao noodle house

 

 

Lunch at Ding Hao Noodle House! Haven’t been back to this place in a while…. so I was interested to see how it would stack up to the memory of food I have from here. Honestly, the memory I had was not phneomenal….So here we go!

ding hao noodle house

ding hao noodle house

 

 



I’m not exactly sure how to categorize this place. Is it a Taiwanese noodle house? The menu and bubble tea make me think it is…but it’s not quite the same as other ones I’ve been to like Bubble World or The Well, so I’m thinking it’s perhaps a variation?

ding hao noodle house

ding hao noodle house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mango Slush
and Lychee Bubble Tea!  Super refreshing and sweet~!

ding hao noodle house

ding hao noodle house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






I am not a huge fan of the Dumplings.¬† The dumpling skin is just too thick and has a strange, doughy texture…It really was a “meh” moment.

ding hao noodle house

ding hao noodle house

 

 

 

 



One of the noodle dishes on the table was called Noodles with Homemade Meat Sauce.  One plus is that the noodles were cooked well and the noodle-to-sauce ratio was also good.  But it lacked a little flavor.

ding hao noodle house

ding hao noodle house

 

 



Another item on the table was Vermicelli Noodle Soup with Chicken Nuggets.¬† Honestly…I these nuggets are really tasty!¬† Crispy, flavorful and bite-sized=great!¬† The soup was pretty good, too, but I think I prefer regular noodles to the vermicelli.¬† They were just too slippery!

 

 

The verdict is:¬† I will come back.¬† It’s inexpensive, the nuggets are good, the soup is good and the bubble tea is yummy!

Pearl Fever

September 29, 2012

December 17th, 2011. Pearl Fever

pearl fever

pearl fever

 

 

 

  My favorite Bubble Tea place?  Definitely Pearl Fever.  The service is always friendly and helpful, the drinks are consistently great and they have free wifi!

 

pearl fever

pearl fever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

¬† Today is an Iced Peach Green Tea kinda day ūüėȬ† No pearls for me~

Phnom Penh

February 10, 2012

October 6th, 2011.  Dinner w/ Rachel at Phnom Penh

phnom penh

phnom penh

¬† I FINALLY got my butt out to Phnom Penh out in Chinatown in Vancouver.¬† It’s such a well-known fixture and I can’t believe I’d never been her to eat before.¬† Of course Rachel was up for some delicious eats with me ¬† After a brief wait we were herded through the crowded small space and seated at one of their large round tables right along side an older couple.¬† Community dining at it’s most intimate ūüėČ

phnom penh

phnom penh

 

 

¬†¬† The Butter Beef always seems to get rave reviews, so we had to order it.¬† Super tender, thin slices of beef just melted in my mouth with such a great kick from the acidic sauce and the fried shallots gave a great “crunch”.¬† I love how the cilantro lent a beautiful herby, refreshing flavor.

phnom penh

phnom penh

 

 

 

  Another one of their signature dishes are the Chicken Wings with Lemon Pepper Dipping Sauce.  Piping hot, super flavorful and crispy skin and super juicy meat inside..and the dipping sauce is money!!  Really, I was licking my fingers~~~~!

phnom penh

phnom penh

 

 

 

 

 

¬† Well, we couldn’t leave without a treat.¬† Rachel had a Strawberry Bubble Tea and I had the Lychee Bubble Tea.¬† A sweet ending to an awesome meal!

Bubble World – Guildford

December 31, 2011

July 26th, 2011.  Bubble World 

bubble world

bubble world

 

 

 

  One of the best value dishes at Bubble World is the Salty Peppery Chicken.  A large portion of salty, peppery, deep fried goodness in a bowl for only $5.25.  For $7.00 you can get all that with a big bowl of noodle soup!!  Salty Peppery Chicken with Noodle in Soup.

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 Sum &¬†Bubble 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!!

Bubble World (Guildford)

August 13, 2011

November 8th, 2010. Bubble World with Rachel

bubble world

bubble world

 

  Another impromptu dinner meet-up with Rae Teh!!  This time we convened at the Bubble World by Guildford Mall in Surrey. 

¬† The service here is atrocious.¬† I have had a server walk away while I was in mid-sentence nearly every time and they have all these ridiculous rules… What keeps us coming back is that it’s the only decent bubble tea place around that serves both drinks and food.¬† We put up with it in the name of food…but if not we’d just be at Pearl Fever all the time!

bubble world

bubble world

 

¬† I had the Spicy Beef Noodle Soup.¬† Mmmmmmm~~¬†spicy, soupy, hearty¬†goodness!¬† Flavorful broth with just the right amount of oily sheen on top with loads of tender beef and bok choy.¬† Yes..this description may nauseate you..but don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!

Well Tea

September 23, 2010

August 5th, 2010. Girl Talk @ Well Tea

well tea
well tea

 

  So after my NYC trip I had to get together with Rachel to debrief!  I was playing volleyball that evening in Vancouver so I coordinated to meet up with Rachel in Richmond at Well Tea, one of many Richmond bubble tea joints.  Their extremely extensive list of bubble teas=a very undecisive Rachel! 

well tea
well tea

 

 

 

¬† Salty Peppery Chicken has become my bubble tea cafe staple.¬† I think it must be hard to get this wrong..because every time I’ve had it it’s been good –¬†Super hot, crispy, juicy and spicy!

well tea

well tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

¬† I decided on my drink fairly quickly.¬† Rose Grenadine Milk Green Tea.¬† A subtle sweetness and rose taste.¬† It’s actually quite nice!¬† I want to try this as a hot tea ¬†

 

well tea

well tea

 

 

 

 

 

¬† Girl time with Rachel is great.¬† We vent, worry, laugh and tease..all while enjoying food!¬† I almost think I’m not capable of getting together with someone without ingesting something…LOL!!