Cafe Xu Hue

Located on the same block as Sushi by Yuji, Cafe Xu Hue is probably one of the most recommended Vietnamese restaurant in this neighborhood. A lot of foodie friends said that it is famous for the Bún bò Huế.

What is Bún bò Huế?

I did some research on this, because to be honest, I do not know what it was until I entered the restaurant. So, bún means rice vermicelli, and bò means beef. This famous dish is originated from Huế , which was the former capital located in Central Vietnam. The soup base usually contains a great balance in spicy, sour, salty, and sweet flavor. Continue reading “Cafe Xu Hue”

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Zenstone Coffee

What is better than a cup of latte? A photogenic latte with beautiful latte art. Richmond recently opens a cafe, Zenstone Coffee. And they are famous for their latte art and specialty coffees, such as Purple Yam Latte and Citrus Black Sesame Latte.

Richmond is an area that lacks of cafe, or just anywhere to sit down and chill with friends. Instead, we mostly hang out in pools and dart places. This simple café just makes me want to go to Richmond more now! When I first walked in, it gives me a very peaceful feeling. It is bright and quiet, which is definitely a very nice place for me to study or to write my blog. Continue reading “Zenstone Coffee”

RAD Tea Room

If a fan of Bubble Tea, but still wants to remain healthy like me, something new has arrived in Vancouver. I discovered a hidden gem, RAD Tea Room,  in Granville skytrain station (located at the Dunsmuir Street exit). Yes, you read it correctly! It is right inside a skytrain station.

From interior design to the smallest detail, such as the cup and ingredients selection, it is made of warmth and care. Their tea is sourced from a family-owned local farm in Taiwan, and they blend the tea themselves. In other words, each cup of Bubble Tea is made of natural, healthy, and fresh ingredients. Continue reading “RAD Tea Room”

Lava Matcha Mooncakes

Tomorrow is Mid-Autumn Festival, and I hope everyone is enjoying their mooncakes. Every year, my mom would buy Snow Skin mooncake from T&T Supermarket, and this year, there was no exception. In addition, she also bought a box of Lava Matcha mooncakes from Arome Bakery in Hong Kong.

Wait… What are Mooncakes?

If you do not what mooncakes are, you are not alone. We celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn festival, which is the closest full moon day to the Autumnal Equinox, by gathering together. Continue reading “Lava Matcha Mooncakes”

ChiHuo Vancouver Tasting Event

I was invited to a media tasting event, hosted by ChiHuo (@chihuoinvan), a WeChat media company. There were ten participating food vendors, including Baker & Table Cafe, Snowbear Bakery, Butter Mere, 45° Bubble Tea House, Moment Dessert House, Ran’s Deli Food, L’OTUS Cake Boutique, TeaTure Tea Lounge, Choco Coo Desserts, and Cha Le Tea Cafe.

When I saw this event posted on Instagram, I was so excited because the vendors are all some of the infamous local and online dessert stores in Vancouver. And some of them have always been on my to-go list, but I haven’t had a chance until now!

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[RECIPE] Black Sesame Japanese Cotton Cake

What can you do when you only have eggs, milk, sugar, and flour? Here is a good recommendation for you! In this recipe, I used the “Scalded Flour Method”, which allows the cake to become more moist and fluffy. It was my first ever attempt to make this type of cake, and you can see how successful it was. So let’s get our hands dirty for this delicious cotton cake.

Why is it Called Cotton Cake?

Japanese cotton cake is famous for its airy and fluffy texture. The lightness of the cake can be just like angel cake and chiffon cake. But what makes cotton cake unique is that it tastes way better after you put it in the fridge overnight. It remains airy, but at the same time, it has a ice-cream-like texture. When you cut through the cake, it is just as soft as cotton. Continue reading “[RECIPE] Black Sesame Japanese Cotton Cake”

[UPDATED] Warabimochi

I remembered trying my first ever warabimochi in Hong Kong, and the nutty and refreshing flavor of it makes me want it more. It looks simple, but it is an expensive Japanese sweet. Perhaps it is because of the lack of available ingredients to make them. And I have always wanted to try making it at home, but it took me awhile to look for all the necessary ingredients in Vancouver.

Why is Warabimochi?

Warabimochi may not sound familiar to you, but don’t worry about it. Compared to the typical mochi made from glutinous rice with red bean paste filling, warabimochi is not as well known outside Japan. It is made of bracken starch, which gives a more jelly-like texture to it. Continue reading “[UPDATED] Warabimochi”