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After I got some dessert from the donuts shop, I met up with Collin. Although it was a weekend, he finished his shift earlier and he said he was starving, so we decided to go somewhere close to where we were. Since he was starving, we skipped the restaurants that serve light meals.

We ended up going in Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard Street. It is across from the Burrard Skytrain station. They have various dishes in the menu.

We ordered from their regular menu.

Szechuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps
(Local Chicken, Sweet and Spicy Szechuan glaze, Peanuts, Wontons, Korean Chili Sauce, Spicy Yogurt)

Szechuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

This was his choice. I had some bite and liked it, although it was quite spicy. He loved this and said it was addictive. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wor Wonton Soup
(BBQ Pork, Peking Duck Broth, Lemongrass and BBQ Pork Wontons, Asian Noodles, Baby corn, Mixed Vegetables)

Wor Wonton Soup at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

He also ordered this. The broth was really salty to me, so he can’t even drink much.

Fish Tacos
(Ocean wise Lingcod, Chipotle Aioli, Shredded Green Cabbage, Salsa Fresca)

Fish Tacos at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

This was my choice, as I read a blog post saying it tasted so good. Yeah, I liked this. There was fried fish in the taco. As dinner, it might be small, though.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

Address: 588 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Burrard Skytrain station)
TEL: 604-682-0933
Facebook: page or this branch one’s
Twitter: @cactusclubcafe
Urbanspoon: page

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert
11:00 – late daily

Price Note
– Szechuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps $15.00
– Wor Wonton Soup $10.50
– Fish Tacos $14.00

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The event for Collin’s birthday still continued. ๐Ÿ™‚ When a birthday for one of our close friends comes up, we plan to get together. This time was no exception. We gathered up for him and had dinner.

He chose the restaurant, Shanghai Xiao Long Bao. It is located in a couple of blocks away from Waterfront station. Our friends arrived there first and were guided to the party room, but they seemed to ask to seat at an open table instead. As far as I see, the room was cozy but you maybe feel suffocated.

We ordered dishes with meat or veggies, as one of us does not eat seafood.

Honey Beef

Honey Beef at Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

This tasted good! The sweetness was just right.

Steamed Pork Bun (6 pieces)

Steamed Pork Bun (6 pieces) at Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

One of the friends said she preferred this to pan-fried one. I preferred pan-fried.

Moo Shu Pork
(Sauteed Sliced Pork, Eggs and Black Fungus)

Moo Shu Pork at Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

I didn’t know what moo shu was. It is basically a stir-fry with wood ear mushroom (black fungus) and eggs. I never liked the mushroom, but I liked this dish. That’s good! Thin pancake came with this dish, and you eat, wrapping moo shu, like Fajita.

Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork in Spicy Sauce

Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork at Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

As the name said, it was spicy! With all other dishes, it was a great kick.

Baked Scallion Pancake

Baked Scallion Pancake at Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

This vegetarian dish was much tastier than I thought. I believe green onions were inside, and I don’t remember if there were the other veggies. ๐Ÿ˜›

Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces)

Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces) at Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

This is always good! Hot juice comes out when you bite. Watch your mouth, don’t get burn!

Pan-fried Pork Dumplings (6 pieces)

Pan-fried Pork Dumplings (6 pieces) at Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

All dishes were so good. I’m glad that I found more dishes that I like from this restaurant.

And, as usual, we got some birthday cake. From where? It will be revealed in the next post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cake from Thomas Haas in Vancouver

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Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant

Address: 469 Richards Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Hastings and Pender streets)
TEL: 604-669-8816
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
10:30 – 15:00 , 17:00 – 22:00 daily

Price Note
– Honey Beef $14.99
– Steamed Pork Bun (6 pieces) $5.99
– Moo Shu Pork $12.99
– Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork in Spicy Sauce $12.99
– Baked Scallion Pancake $5.50
– Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces) $6.99
– Pan-fried Pork Dumplings (6 pieces) $6.99
– Rice $1.50
– Additional Thin Pancake for Moo Shu $1.00
– Pop $2.50

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Collin came from the work and he wanted to eat anything but we can eat right away. It means he wanted to go out! ๐Ÿ˜€ As he hadn’t been to this restaurant, we decided to go. I had to take care of something for work on that day, so we left home a bit late and it was right on dinner time when we arrived. All tables were taken, and the server said it would be 15-20 min or so for a table available. We walked around and went back, and the restaurant was quieter.

The place is Hyoga Japanese Cuisine. It is a Japanese restaurant on Kingsway, close to Joyce Street. They serve Sushi and Japanese tapas like Izakaya dishes.

We ordered from their regular and special menu.

Complimentary Tea

Complimentary Tea at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Toro Tataki Donburi Set
(7 pc of Seared Tuna Belly on bowl of Sushi Rice with homemade sesame vinaigrette, Small Salad, Miso Soup)

Toro Tataki Donburi at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

I wanted to eat this, and he told me to go for it. I liked this Donburi. The combination of Tuna belly and the vinaigrette was good.

Dynamite Roll and California Roll

Dynamite Roll and California Roll at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Dynamite Roll and California Roll at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

These were his choice. At the end, there didn’t seem enough for him, so I told him to order one more roll.

Prawn Tempura

Prawn Tempura at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

He is a prawn monster! He loves prawns.

Nasu Dengaku

Nasu Dengaku at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Nasu Dengaku is Miso grazed eggplants. Some people may find it too sweet, and some people may find it too rich, but I like them.

He seemed to enjoy their food, so we will come back again.

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Hyoga Japanese Cuisine

Address: 2 – 3343 Kingsway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(One block east from Joyce Street)
TEL: 604-435-6670
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:30
[Fri] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 22:00
*Closed: Sundays

Price Note
– Toro Tataki Donburi Set $8.50
– Dynamite Roll $4.50
– California Roll $3.50 each
– Prawn Tempura $8.50
– Nasu Dengaku $5.00

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