Lunch: DollarBouffe Restaurant (Brossard, Quebec)

Last weekend, my friend and I headed out to run some errands and decided to go grab some take-out for lunch to save on some time since I had to prepare for that evening’s events with friends.

DollarBouffe Restaurant

DollarBouffe Restaurant

Deep-fried  Pastry with Pork

Deep-Fried Pastry

This was pretty good. While it is deep-fried and should be oily, I found it a little too oily and had to kind of soak a bit of it away with paper towels. However, the pork inside is seasoned really tasty.

Plain Rice Roll (with soy sauce)

DollarBouffe Restaurant

Rice Roll is a pretty traditional dim sum plate. For those who frequent dim sum will notice that this doesn’t look like your typical one. But these are made pretty fresh on spot. It is a little wait but it does taste on point. I’m a fan of the plain rice roll variety, if not, then I’d usually go for shrimp. Next time, I’ll try out the other flavors, I’m sure.

Boat/Sampan Congee

Dollarbouffe Restaurant

Congee isn’t really my favorite meal. I usually associate it with something I’d eat when I’m not feeling well. However, probably because I’ve been plagued with all these infections and health issues that its been an additional motivation to try it out. Boat congee is a pretty common type but I’ve never actually eaten it much before however this one tastes so good. Especially when the ingredients are really plentiful with big chunks of fish.

Do you like dim sum or Chinese food in general?

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Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine (Richmond, Canada)

I’ve been to the West Coast a few times as layovers. Some of them are also visiting family for a little bit as well. The one thing I always remember other than some of the spectacular scenery is food. In comparison, Montreal has a decent food scene except when it comes to Chinese restaurants. If you want good Chinese food, at least in my opinion, Montreal is not the place to go. Of course, everyone’s tastes are different and that is why there is still Chinese restaurants opening. And yes, there are a few exceptions. Some dumplings shops have opened in Chinatown and they are rather good. There are some more traditional Cantonese-style dinner places that have been around for years and those are pretty good as well. My main complaint really goes to dim sum. My friends and family in Montreal assume I don’t like dim sum because I don’t eat it but I have my reasons (allergies, unpleasant experiences, etc). However, I love dim sum and when I find good dim sum places in Toronto, Vancouver and Hong Kong. I can eat it everyday and it makes me miss it…even now…after its been two weeks, I still miss this restaurant, Fortune Terrace.

Maybe you think its because I’m Chinese so you know, my standards are higher. My husband went to dim sum once in Montreal and he wasn’t a huge fan. Never went back actually for dim sum or dinner or whatnot unless it was obligatory. However, he loved it at Fortune Terrace. For that, thank you to Fortune Terrace if you ever see this post for making dim sum so good that my husband realized what Chinese food should taste like.

I’ve rambled on enough. The star of this post is Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

By the time we made it to pick up the luggage, get the rental car and headed to the complex and stopped by T&T to grab some refreshments for the road trip to Kelowna, my aunt, cousin and their friends were already at the restaurant seated and ordered all the dim sum.

Fortune Terrace Restaurant

First thing that caught my eye was the decor. The ceiling is full of these little lights and butterfly decorations.

Fortune Terrace

And here is the food! There’s the pyramid fried rice and the vermicelli wrapped up in the crusty exterior and ton of traditional and new style dim sum, including the salmon and cheese egg roll and then for dessert, there was a souffle and this sesame covered dessert. Lots of stuff to fill our bellies. Before you get excited, we were probably ten people or more. Enough to justify this much food.

Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine

Fried Rice Pyramid

Fortune Terrace Cuisine

Preserved Cabbage & Bitter Melon & Beef Vermicelli

Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine

Traditional Dim Sum

Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine

Traditional Dim Sum (Dumpling varieties)

Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine

Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine

Traditional Dim Sum

Almond Souffle

Almond Souffle

Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine

Salmon and Cheese Shrimp Egg Rolls

Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine

Dessert: Chestnut Cake

My favorite was absolutely the fried rice. That was so delicious. The dim sum was also very good. My husband liked the souffle and the salmon and cheese rolls quite a bit. I couldn’t taste those. I believe there was also a Barbecue Pork Buns but they were vanquished and I didn’t take a picture of them. That is a vague memory I have of it. What is really cool is that a lot of their items are with organic ingredients. I didn’t pay for the meal so I didn’t see what it all came down to however my guess is that its a pricier restaurant and they make it worth your while to go there with using better ingredients. It is completely speculating off the menu items.

With our bellies filled, it was time for the road trip to Kelowna! If you missed the Day 1 road trip highlights and scenery, you can check out that post HERE. Tomorrow will be the restaurant we went to dinner for mentioned in the Day 1 post also. These vacation posts might take a while to get through because there is so much to talk about and places I really want to share.

Happy Saturday, my lovelies! 🙂

Dinner: Dumplings Pain Farci (Montreal Chinatown)

A few weeks ago, my aunt and uncle came to Montreal to visit with some of their family and they wanted to go for some Chinese food on a Friday night.  Normally, I don’t frequent Chinatown restaurants for health reasons.  I just can’t handle too much oil or MSG in dishes.  However, when family comes by, I will go where they like and hope for the best or just eat less.  However, the new trend in Montreal Chinatown are very much in specialty restaurants.  The most apparent ones are noodle shops and dumpling shops. Most people will know about pot stickers or Shanghai soup-filled dumplings/buns, not sure what the actual English name is for the dish (its called Xiao Lung Bao).  However, this restaurant in a little upstairs store that used to be a bubble tea shop when I was in Cegep a decade ago (approximately) is now called Restaurant Dumplings or Dumplings Pain Farci or Restaurant Pain Farci.  They had a lot of names shown on Google Maps and other restaurant info sites.   Its located here if it interests you:

When we arrived on a Friday evening at around 6:30pm, it was empty.  That is rare considering that its the start of a weekend.  Normally, any restaurant would have an increase in traffic.  The menus aren’t particularly high budget either.  Its homely.  Right away, there’s a range of cold appetizers available for $1.99 (Canadian Dollars) and there are pages of two different sorts of dumpling buns.  They are called the same as the Shanghai ones but these of Northern delicacies and are made differently.  These actually look like buns and not like dumplings.  They have a special type which is steamed in a unique way.  The flavors are also quite plenty from assorted meats to vegetables and pork or preserved vegetables with pork as well (which is apparently the best way to have this). Aside from these two sorts of buns and appetizers, there was also pot stickers also made a little different from other restaurants.

We ordered two sorts of dumpling buns first and while we were waiting, we moved onto trying out almost all the appetizers.

Restaurant Pain Farci

Black Fungus Cold Appetizer

Restaurant Dumplings Pain Farci

Seaweed appetizer

Restaurant Pain Farci

Potato appetizers (spicy)

Restaurant Dumplings Pain Farci

Tofu Strips Appetizer

There was also a cucumber appetizer that I forgot to take a picture of.

I’m not an expert at Northern Chinese cuisine but these were all quite delicious. I couldn’t handle the spicy bits too well but the Black Fungus one and the Tofu Strips were really good. The potato ones were so spicy that I only ate a little bit.

As we were finishing up these appetizers, the dumplings arrived. They may look the same but they were different flavors.

Restaurant Dumplings Pain Farci

Preserved Vegetables and Pork Dumplings

Restaurant Dumplings Pain Farci

Bok Choy and Pork Dumplings

We weren’t too optimistic seeing as the restaurant didn’t have a lot of guests but my uncle is very much a food connoisseur and he had just tasted something like this before and he actually said these tasted better. I’m not sure what its supposed to taste like but these dumplings, both of them were really good.  I’m not a fan of preserved vegetables and that was probably better of the two.  The bun looks thick but actually its very thin and fluffy.  The meat was juicy and tasty.  It wasn’t overly salty either, which is a plus.

Because these two dishes tasted so good, we went ahead and ordered pot stickers also.

Restaurant Dumplings Pain Farci

Pot stickers

I have a soft spot for pot stickers.  Always have.  I actually just love dumplings in general but oh my gosh! These were so good.  I mean, they aren’t your normal ones.  Actually its fried all together and you need to pull them apart and even the sides are open and not closed like usual potstickers that look a bit like wonton/dumpling crossovers.  I look at this picture and I just want to go order some.  Or just figure out how they make it.  That’s also an option.

Restaurant Dumplings Pain Farci is in the heart of Chinatown.  Its not obvious because you need to go up a flight of stairs and it might be set up very simple from their decor to their menu but they make some very good dumplings, appetizers and potstickers.  When you are specialty shop,  this is what its about: putting the passion into your food. The chef (probably also the boss) came out and we started to talk to him. He really knew his specialty cuisine and although he didn’t offer the dish that we asked about which is a bone/bone marrow soup sort of thing, he actually taught us how to make it and explained why it was so hard to do.

I don’t think I’ve reviewed any restaurants in Montreal Chinatown to date but with the new ones that has popped up and this one being a good experience, I feel like I should open up my horizons and check out more. Chinatown doesn’t change much but I feel like its time to embrace that little bit of change and see what positive steps forward it has shaped. What do you think?

Hong Kong Restaurant: Din Tai Fung at New Town Plaza

As you will soon see, I spent a lot of time in New Town Plaza and the Shatin area of Hong Kong as I lived really close by plus my grandmother’s nursing home was nearby as well.  It made for a lot of lunches and dinners there.  Its not a bad thing because most of the food was pretty great.

For lunch one day, my cousin, aunt, my mom and me all went to have lunch at Din Tai Fung located in New Town Plaza tucked away in the corner.  Din Tai Fung is a popular food chain originated from Taiwan (I believe) and its known for its Soup-filled steamed dumplings.  I’m a huge fan of those dumplings specifically and since this is the best of the best, lets just say I was really excited to try this place out.

For starters, we ordered some small platters, well, everything actually is pretty small since its somewhat gourmet food.

Din Tai Fung Shatin

Marinated Pork, Spicy meat dish, Bitter melons and Green Beans dishes

You would be surprised but the bitter melon was marinated really well.  And the pork on the top was pretty delicious as well.  I’ve actually tasted better green beans done that way in Toronto.  As for the dish at the far left, it was spicy so I had to pass 😉

Moving right along, we have the main attraction: Soup-filled steamed dumplings.

Din Tai Fung Shatin

Soup-filled steamed pork dumplings

Keeping it simple: I loved them so much! 🙂 Very much to my liking!

This next one is actually very similar in concept to the top. Its a bit like the dim sum shrimp dumplings (“har gow”) but I remember it having a bit of soup in it too.  Here’s how they look like:

Din Tai Fung Shatin

Shrimp dumplings

These actually had a really nice spin to the normal shrimp dumplings.  I’d say that I still prefer the real deal. Maybe I’m traditional like that.

Next up was a dish I could not eat because it was drenched in chili oil.  I don’t know if thats actually the name but apparently its simply called Dumplings in Chili Oil.

Din Tai Fung Shatin

Dumplings in Chili Oil

This meal was fantastic.  I loved the restaurant and if I had the chance, I’d definitely go back when I head to Hong Kong again.

I know that Din Tai Fung is located in many places.

Have you heard of it or tasted the food? Do you like Chinese cuisine?

Had enough of dim sum and restaurants in Hong Kong yet? We’re going to take a little break tomorrow and do some sightseeing 😉

Hong Kong Restaurant: Sharp Star Restaurant

Eating out a lot on vacation is normal, even if we have a place to stay. In Hong Kong, when you have a big group, its generally better to just go out because the space is so tight in the living quarters.

After the outing at Citygate Outlets, me, my mom and her friends ended up spending the entire day running around town.

At the end of the day, we stopped at Sham Shui Po to check out some technology products and to compare prices.

When my mom’s best friend joined us afterwards for a short while, she took us to a rather popular restaurant located in that area right by the subway exit of Sham Shui Po.  This lovely restaurant is called Sharp Star.

Sharp Star is hidden in an alley behind stalls located in front of it but welcoming you in the entrance are snippets of newspapers (if I remember correctly) and pictures of popular Hong Kong stars that went there to dine.

We went at a fairly early dinner time so the place was empty.  As we sat down, the waiter was funny and very nice as he helped us make our choices for the meal.  The service was pretty impressive.

First up, we had the chef’s invention on Fried Spare Ribs with the taste of plum and this other Chinese ingredient that I don’t know how to translate.

 

Sharp Star Restaurant

Next up, we have this Soy Sauce Chicken but its with this soy sauce which is supposed to be like the first batch making it more premium or high quality or something like that.

Sharp Star Restaurant

“Premium” Soy Sauce Chicken

I love chicken and one of my fave ways is eating it after its been simmered in soy sauce.  This one was mega delicious 🙂 The chicken was so tender and even the soy sauce wasn’t all that salty.  I wonder what else they put in there 😉

Following that, my mom’s friend had gone out to pick out a lovely fresh fish.  We took the simple option and decided to have steamed fish.

Sharp Star Restaurant

Steamed Fish

Don’t ask me what type of fish because I seriously cannot remember anymore.  I really should jot down notes while I travel at restaurants.

I can’t remember if there was another dish, maybe plain veggies.  I just can’t because I don’t have a picture of it but its rare we eat out without any veggies included.

Moving on, our last one was a little bonus from the waiter with a little fried dessert.

Sharp Star Restaurant

Dessert

I believe they had some taro paste inside but I don’t quite know and didn’t ask because the restaurant was getting busy. It was pretty good also.

I totally recommend Sharp Star Restaurant. It has some creative and delicious meals. The service is fantastic and…its just awesome!

I had really wanted to go again before I left but I never got the chance….

Here’s hoping  next time it will still be there and I can try some more awesome dishes 🙂

Is there a restaurant that you ate at while travelling that gave you an unforgettable dining experience?

Hong Kong Restaurant: Federal Palace at Citygate Outlets

More dimsum! Yay!

The next day was an outing with my godmother and my mom’s friends from  Montreal at Federal Palace Restaurant in Citygate Outlets located in Tung Chung.  All according to plan because I get to see family and go shopping afterwards.  I usually like to go to Esprit (especially since its stopped operations in Canada) and then go around and check out some of the other clothing outlets.

Still, for our brunch-esque sort of meal, we ordered a bunch of food.

While we were waiting for my mom’s friends to arrive, and I’m telling you travelling around Hong Kong is a bitch. But that only applies when its for my relatives that live in the most secluded places. Like end stations at every subway or train line and I have family there or some business or other there. Regardless, I had already been to Federal Palace two times before in previous visits and I really like the food.

I have to say that Federal Palace wasn’t quite as good this time around.  I used to love their Steamed Pork Dumplings but they weren’t as good this time.  However, the fried turnip cakes are actually really good.  They put something in it that gives it a little flare.  Plus, the Shrimp Dumplings were really decent as well.

Federal Palace has decent service plus although its a bit on the outskirts, it does have a very optimal position.  Citygate outlets has a lot of stores to offer and honestly, if you went to all the stores, it would take you two days.  I went for a few hours skimming Esprit, Giordano, Nike, Adidas, Puma and ended up getting myself some nice clothes and accessories.  It was pretty cool.  Its also good I left after a few hours because if not, I’d be flat out broke 😉 If you aren’t into outlet shopping, its also right next to Ngong Ping 360 where you can take the cable cars to Lantau Island.

Do you like outlet shopping? What are the best outlets you’ve been to? 

Hong Kong Restaurant: Yuet Hin

Welcome to Hong Kong week everyone! I took yesterday to sit down and arrange all my pictures. Actually it wasn’t a lot but you know, time is scarce and all that.  So, let’s start!

Leaving on June 2nd and with a transfer in Vancouver, I arrived in Hong Kong a tad earlier than scheduled.  Taking it easy on the first night, I went to bed early and ended up waking up a few times.  Its normal for jetlag.  It is a 12 hour difference.  Waking up early also means that my aunt, my mom and I went out to eat dim sum for breakfast at this restaurant called Yuet Hin.

I love Dim sum in Hong Kong.  I don’t eat it in Montreal so when I go there, I’m very enthusiastic to try it all the time.

Yuet Hin was my aunt’s recommendation and it has some very nice twists and somewhat Asian fusion style in its menu. Its located in Tai Wai.  Here’s what we ordered for breakfast.

Yuet Hin

Shao Mai

Yuet Hin

BBQ Pork and Corn Rice Noodle Rolls

Yuet Hin

Congee

Yuet Hin

Fried Rice with Egg

Let me tell you: this place is so good.  The best is that fried rice there.  Its actually Fried rice in Taiwanese style.  Plus, I was never much of a congee person but man, that one was so delicious 🙂

Yuet Hin was such a delight that we went back the day that I left for breakfast dim sum again and tried some more dishes.

Yuet Hin

Preserved Fish and Chicken rice

Yuet Hin

Dough Fritter Rice Noodle Rolls

Yuet Hin

Beef Rice Noodle Rolls

Yuet Hin

Shrimp Dumplings (can’t remember the exact name)

Yuet Hin

BBQ pork buns, Sticky Rice and Teochew style dumplings

On the second time, we had one of my mom’s friends who live nearby joining us so we ordered more food.  I’d have to say that they do have really crunch dough fritters rolls.  Those are absolutely amazing.  The Teochew dumplings are quite tasty as well.  I’m always a huge fan of dumplings and this one was very good.

Yuet Hin is a winner for me.  Its a really good restaurant.  There is one little downside to it and that happens sometimes in Hong Kong restaurants is that you get seated with other people on a big table in order to increase the flow of business.  It might bother some people as you end up dining with strangers in a way.  However, it is part of the experience.

Do you like dim sum? Have you tried any of these dishes before?

P.S. You will soon realize my trip includes A LOT of eating this time.  Drop by if you’d like to see more 😉