Posts Tagged 'laksa'

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Cafe D’Lite

Back in April when we visited my in-laws in Vancouver, Cafe D’Lite was one of the top restaurants I really wanted to try. A dear friend and fellow blogger (one of the sweetest persons you’ll ever meet, by the way)  had recommended it to me a while back.  

My main purpose was to try their Hainanese Chicken. So the second day we were in town, Hubby and I met up with one of my friends from elementary and gave this place a try, and boy were we glad we did.

We arrived about 20 minutes earlier than our meeting time. Yes, I was THAT anxious to try this place, but also because we’ve never been there so I wanted to make sure we weren’t late in meeting  my dear friend. If you know me, you’ll know I’m very prompt. Since we were a bit early and K was getting a little hungry, I ordered (actually she chose) the fish balls vermicelli noodle soup. L was napping so we left him with Grandma.

As you can see, it came with ample amount of fish balls with some Asian veggies (yu choy) and bean sprouts. The broth was very tasty and I appreciated the fact that it came out piping hot. I cannot stand warm food when it’s supposed to be hot. K finished about half the bowl and also had some of the other dishes we ordered. I finished the other half and thought it was pretty good. Not the best I’ve had, but good enough for me to order it again.

My friend and I decided to share the large chicken rice with soup ($11.95).

The menu didn’t state and I forgot to ask, but I’m pretty sure it was free range chicken. The meat was quite juicy, not dry at all. I don’t eat chicken skin (unless it’s deep fried…teehee) so I gave that to the hubby, but from the pieces I ate, this was THE BEST Hainanese Chicken Rice I’ve ever had. Most of the Hainanese chicken rice I’ve had were very bland and the chicken depended on the dipping sauce for flavour, but both this chicken and rice were exploding with flavour. The dish also came with a garlic chili sauce and cucumbers on the side. I’m more used to the ginger sauce I get at most places and prefer that more. Didn’t matter much though because the chicken didn’t even need the sauce to taste good, it held it’s own very well.

This was a definite 9 out of 10 for me. It only lost 1 point because I thought the chicken pieces could’ve been a tad meatier. I’m a breast type of gal (never thought I’d say that…haha) and there just wasn’t enough well, breast meat for me due to the fact that the pieces were a bit small.

Not only was the rice and chicken exploding with flavour, but so was the soup. What is their secret? I need to know.

Gary ordered the regular Hainanese chicken rice with soup ($8.95). It came with the exact same items as ours did except it was a bit smaller. I actually thought it wasn’t that much smaller, but just arranged differently. So in other words, I think the regular is a better value. That’s just my opinion though.

Gary also ordered a lamb curry. I don’t eat lamb so I didn’t try any. From the mmm’s at the table, I’d say it was very good. This came with white rice that I forgot to get a shot of.

I LOVE Laksa, so when I saw Seafood Laksa on the menu, I had to get it. Didn’t matter that I was already sharing the chicken with my friend, nothing comes between me and my food :-P.

The Laksa came with imitation crab meat, deep fried tofu puffs, shrimp and vermicelli. To be honest, I’ve had better and will not be getting it again the next time I visit. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but I’d rather try other stuff on the menu next time.

To end the meal I ordered the Bo Bo Cha Cha. That’s what it was called on their menu, but I’ve heard so many different names to this dessert including Mo Mo Cha ChaMo Mo Ja JaBubur Cha Cha, and Bo Bo Cha Cha. Funny thing is that they all look different, which confuses me even more, and they didn’t look anything like the one I had.

Bottom line, not good at all, don’t get it here. I found it quite bland, and dessert simply shouldn’t be bland. 

So if you were keeping track, you would’ve noticed that I shared 3 different dishes with 3 different people and I had my own dessert. Hey, what can I say? I luvtoeat ;-). In conclusion, I’d give this restaurant an 8 out of 10 just based on the food quality alone. This was a very small casual dining restaurant so I didn’t review about their service and decor. I’d definitely come back to try the other dishes on their menu. Thank you for the great recommendation Sharon! If you ever visit Vancouver, I’ll meet you there and we’ll go to this place together, but I’m not sharing this time. Haha, just kidding.

Thanks for visiting again, everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful, fun-filled weekend. Until next time, friends and family :-D. Do you have any pet peeves about food or anything in general?


I’m Here to Learn

Hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s been a while since my last post, but things have been a bit hectic here with K starting school. We’ve also got some guests over from Vietnam staying here for almost two months, so you may see less posting from me. 

Anyways, most of you have already heard of Project Food Blog by Foodbuzz. If you haven’t, just click on the link. I just want to take some time and tell you why I didn’t enter and also talk a bit about why I blog. As much as I would love to win that $10 000 and a special feature on for one year, I just don’t have the time and commitment to go through all those challenges with two young kids. The challenges do sound super fun though. Another big reason is because blogging is just a hobby for me, and I know there are many, many other bloggers out there who deserve the win much more than I do. By the way, congratulations to all those who made it to the next round!

Now I want to talk about something only a blogger can/will understand:

Like I said, blogging is just a hobby for me. It’s a huge way for me to help relieve stress, whether I’m reading blogs or writing a post. Before I even started my own blog, I would lurk around blogs. Yup, I was a lurker. I would just read blogs and would be a bit afraid to comment. Then after my first comment, I felt more comfortable commenting so I would comment more frequently. Then I started having fun commenting and I thought, why not start my own blog? That’s when I got sucked into “the abyss”, and I’ll explain why I called it the abyss.

I started my blog to help me document my own recipes and recipes that I learned from my Mom and others. I also thought it would be a great idea if this could be a visual journal of fun events and memories that Gary and I shared with the kids. Then there came a time when I got obsessed with getting comments. If you’re a blogger, it’s most likely you’ve gone down this road before, jumping around from blog to blog commenting and hoping to get a comment in return.  It was probably four months into blogging that I finally realized that this was interfering with too much of the time that I had to spend with my kids. That was when I finally snapped out of it. I no longer stay on the computer for hours and hours blogging. I no longer feel like I HAVE TO get a post up by a certain time frame. I don’t feel like this is a job. I only comment on blogs which I WANT to comment on, rather than commenting just to get a comment in return. And the biggest thing that set me free from “the abyss”, was that I am no longer obsessed with how many comments I get and who commented and who didn’t. Once I realized all of that, blogging became fun again. I hope any blogger who has been sucked into “the abyss” will be able to find their way out. Only then, will blogging become fun again. I know this may sound kind of funny and ridiculous, but in all seriousness, blogging should be fun, not a weight on your shoulders.

Another big reason why I food blog is because I’m curious about different kinds of foods, and I luvtoeat! But how can I eat if I don’t even know what that certain food is? So I also food blog to learn. When Aletheia at La Fille Naturelle tweeted about the cactus pear, it perked my curiosity. I had never heard of it before and was very intrigued. So I googled it to see what it looked like and I went on a mission to find it. I found some at Costco. At first from afar I thought they were potatoes. Then I realized they were cactus pears and got super excited the way a foodie gets super excited when they find a new food. I know all you foodies know exactly what I’m talking about.

The inside of this fruit is beautiful, my camera doesn’t do it justice. It smelled really pleasant, kind of like a watermelon. The taste was what blew me away though. Sweet like a cross between and watermelon and a strawberry, but not overly sweet. It did have many, many hard annoying seeds though. I loved the taste, but hated the seeds. 

I wasn’t sure how to eat this so I just winged it and ate the seeds cause that was the part that tasted the best. Then I decided I had to google that too (don’t ask me why I didn’t do that at first). I found this video:

The guy in this video actually threw away the seeds! So I tried watching other videos and it seemed most people just peel the skin off and eat the meat and seeds that’s immediately under the skin. So I was left confused. Do you just eat the meat? Do you just eat the seeds? Do you eat both the meat and the seeds? If anyone out there knows, I’d love to hear.

Another thing that perked my interest were these:

I read about these on Lynn’s blog over at The Actor’s Diet. I’m crazy over coconut juice straight from a coconut so I really wanted to try these. I found the mango flavor and passion fruit flavor at Planet Organic, but wasn’t able to find plain coconut water. That’s the one I really wanted to try. They were really refreshing, but like I said, I really wanted plain COCONUT water. I had a sip of each and let my kids have the rest. I really liked them both, but my kids liked them more. So what do you do as a Mom right?

Speaking of my kids, here’s something else I’m here to learn:

Baking! With K in playschool now, she brings 2 healthy snacks with her every time she goes (only 3 days a week). So I thought it’d be in my best interest that I learned to bake healthy snacks for her. Like I’ve said before, baking is not my forte, but for my daughter, I’m willing to learn. This was a delicious banana bread recipe I got from Ameena at Fancy That …Fancy This.

Only problem was, I left the bread in for too long and burned the top. Sorry Ameena, I’ll keep a closer eye on it next time, but it WAS delicious. Thank you for your recipe!

Here’s another recipe I tried: Honey Spice Fig Cookies

This lovely recipe is from Monet at anecdotes and apple cores. After reading her touching post, it inspired me to bake these “cookies” for K as an afterschool treat. I put quotation marks around “cookies” because you can tell that mine were obviously not cookies. I got greedy and made bigger balls (minds outta the gutter please :-)) than the recipe called for and I paid the price. Instead they turned into buns…lol. So I call these bun-ckies…teehee. It was a really scrumptious recipe, just poorly executed. Sorry Monet, I promise to make “COOKIES” next time. Thank you for your lovely recipe, now I can bring my daughter an afterschool treat.

Here’s another dish from another wonderful blogger I tried long ago, but forgot to post it till now, Laksa! If you like coconutty flavored curry soups, this is your dish. I put in fish tofu, mussels, salmon, okra, bean sprouts, and water spinach. It was divine!

I got this idea from Mary at Keep Learning Keep Smiling (love that blog name!). Thank you Mary for always sharing your lovely recipes. And thank you to all these sweet bloggers whom I’ve mentioned in this post. If you haven’t visited their blogs, please do. They really are sweet sweet ladies. Last but not least, thank you to all you bloggers out there for teaching me something everyday. I really enjoy blogging and learning from each and every one of you everytime I visit your blogs. I may not always comment (most of the time I do cause I like to talk a lot…haahaa), but I truly always do appreciate what you have to share and teach me in your posts. Cheers to blogging everyone!

So there you have it, why I didn’t enter the foodbuzz challenge, why I blog, and how I got out of “the abyss”. I’m glad to have found the light at the end of the tunnel and am able to enjoy blogging again. Have you ever been caught in “the abyss”? How did you get yourself out to enjoy blogging again? That’s it for this week. I hope everyone had a great weekend and will enjoy a wonderful week. Until next time, friends and family :-D. Don’t get sucked into the abyss 😉


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