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! 🙂

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 😉

Massive Food Review: DIM SUM!!

Have you heard of Dim sum? Do you like it?  If you are in Hong Kong, you can have the best Dim sum no matter where you go (or almost everywhere).  I don’t eat Chinese food in Montreal so there is no Dim sum eating unless I go to Toronto or Ottawa, and we’re talking about 6 hours and 2 hour drive respectively.  Its not a very frequent trip that I make.

In Hong Kong, its normal to eat this every single day, but of course I did not although it was a good amount of it.  I really like it so much in Hong Kong.  Instead of giving you multiple restaurant reviews, I decided to combine it all into one.

These are the restaurants that I visited:

1) Federal Palace at Citygate Outlets

2) Star Seafood Restaurant at Tai Wai

3) Jing Hua Restaurant at Mongkok

4)  Star Seafood Restaurant at Shau Kei Wan

I also went to another one but there are no pictures for them and they are:

5) Red Seasons at Lam Tei/Tuen Mun

 

For the star of the post, DIM SUM!!

Have you tried any of this? Whats your favorite dim sum?