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Mega Sushi, Richmond

21 Sep

Dining with a group means more dee-lish photos are taken but it becomes impossible to remember what was ordered. All I can remember is that I tried a bite of everything and it was ALL good! All the flavors were well balanced. The miso soup wasn’t too salty, something I just accepted as normal by now. The udon broth slurped to the bottom. Julienne cut daikon was used to sop up the spicy sauce. Where else have you done that?


Sushiholic, 3311 East Broadway (& Rupert), 604-879-4881

15 Aug

Very happy to have tried a new place. Quality over quantity when compared to Sushi Garden. Above is their Sockeye Salmon Roll.

The Alaska Roll (left, front) has a sauce dribbled over it that is reminiscent of tempura bits. Spicy tuna roll (left, back) with two kinds of sesame seeds. Party Tray A on the right has a wonderful selection.

Gyoza here is deep fried and filling is standard. Toro (tuna) sashimi melted; so fresh it had a hint of sweetness.

Hi Genki

16 Jul

Scary? Don’t let the eyes fool you. There’s a lot of meat under these heads. I always love coming here for their grilled salmon. My hand is almost sore after the meal of patience, but worth every savory bite. This is the first time I’ve been served the heads – must be salmon season.

The Miso Salmon is cut from the body, and therefore drier and less fat = less taste. Spicy calamari was deelish.

Spicy karaage and curry on pork chop are always consistently good.

Black Cod with Miso

23 Jun

I put our new hood fan to the test by broiling frozen Black Cod with Miso in our toaster oven sitting next to our stove. When hubby came home late, I asked him to stay by the front door and take a dep breath – he couldn’t smell it! I accidentally charred the skin trying to achieve a crispiness (hence the artsy close up shot), but didn’t smell it either. The cod was tender and so full of flavor, so you can enjoy restaurant quality food right at home.

Angel Seafoods: 1345 Grant St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2X7  (604) 254-2824

Kitchen Hoods: PS13-30″ Under cabinet Range hood for $659 and worth every penny because the 900 cfm ensured I wouldn’t be smelling fish in my closet upstairs too. What I like beyond the power is a 3 minute self timer so it shuts itself off by the time we settle down to eat.

Matcha Muffin with White Chocolate Chip

23 Jan

Saw this easy recipe on public television and it was… easy as muffins? Well it was easy because hubby made it! Extremely airy texture, not mushy or dense – we dived in immediately, but as they cooled, the tops became crispier, which made for a great combo. Normally I can’t even finish one store bought muffin because it’s just too sweet for my liking – I had no problem finishing off two!

Just assemble two bowls of wet and dry ingredients, then combine. Bake  at 375˚ F for 20 minutes. Makes 7 to 8 muffins.

1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
2 tbsp Green Tea powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
2/3 cup whole milk (we used 1%)
1/3 cup canola oil

Chicco Japanese Dessert Café

17 Jan

Pronounced “cheek-o”, this take out box of desserts is a decadent finish to any meal – both visually and pallete-ly. Starting from the top and going clockwise: Strawberry Shortcake, Mont Blanc (chestnut), Japanese Soft Cheese Cake (it’s like cheese flavored cake, not baked style), and Greentea Moscarpone with red bean.

Here’s their site:

Guu with Garlic

1 Nov

$5.80 Okonomi-yaki (Japanese pizza): much better ratio of ingredients and taste than the one served at Modern House.

$4.20 Calamari: batter is thin, no doughy, perfectly fried

$5.80 Aigamo-Salad (Duck Salad): dressing was light to balance all the fried items, can’t get enough garlic chips, but they’re not paper thin like they used to be.

$6.80 Saba-Grill (mackeral): you get half the mackeral, but no bones, crispy skin, buttery fat, on a bed of lemon slices and onions (sorry no photo).

$4.00 Korokke (croquette): fried mashed potato, corn

$5.20 Unagi-Meshi (eel on rice): need something substantial when eating tapas, so this rice filled some holes, but the sweet sauce could have been a little less.

$7.80 Ebi Mayo (deep fried prawns): doused with mayo and spice, you could taste the freshness of plump prawns

$7.80 Oden-mori (stew): An assortment of six pieces of Oden, definitely needed to cut the grease after those deep fried items (sorry no photo).