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It was another very cold day in the middle of January, yet it looked beautiful outside with blue sky. I went out to get some lunch and get some fresh air.

There are a few choices, and I chose Shiosai Sushi Bar. It is close to Joyce Skytrain station. They have only window counter seats in the restaurant, so I think they expect most people to go.

I ordered from their daily menu to go.

Chirashi (Assorted)
(Sliced fish on Sushi Rice in a bowl)

Chirashi (Assorted) at Shiosai Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Chirashi literarily means scattering or spreading. I have their version of Chirashi for the first time. There were Saba, Toro, Salmon, Daikon pickles, deep-fried Tofu, cucumber, egg omelet, octopus, surf clam, and Tobiko, on top of the rice.

It was good. Nothing special, though.

(Picture taken by iPhone)

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Shiosai Sushi Bar

Address: 5228 Joyce Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(1 block south from Joyce Sky train station, next to Subway)
TEL: 604-436-2565
Urbanspoon: page

[Tue – Sat] 11:00 – 20:00
* Holidays closed

Price Note
– Chirashi (Assorted) $10.50

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In early October, I had to run some errands and went out after work. While I was doing so, I thought about what I do with dinner and decided to take out from somewhere that I can order and continue to do the errands until the order is up.

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

When I walked in and looked at the menu, and asked if Hamachi (yellowtail) was fresh or not. I mean, I wanted to know if the fish just arrived or not. The server asked the owner chef, and he said there was young yellowtail just arrived, called Yazu.

I ordered from their set menu with Yazu.

Negi Hamachi Donburi Set
(7 pc of Hamachi Sashimi and Green Onion on bowl of Sushi Rice with homemade ginger garlic soy sauce, Small Salad, Miso Soup)

Negi Hamachi Donburi Set at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Negi Hamachi Donburi Set at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

The chef described that the fish was young so that the meat was less fatty. It was elastic, compared to the regular yellowtail, to me. I enjoyed this Yazu Sashimi. If you ask which one I prefer, Yazu or regular, I would say regular, because I like fatty. 🙂

Thanks to the chef that offered the Hamachi set replacing by Yazu with the same price.

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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

[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
– Negi Hamachi Donburi Set $13.50

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In the middle of September, when I read a free magazine, I found there was an event called Harvest Fair at Moon Festival at Renfrew area, which had held every year and I didn’t know. For my curiosity, I decided to go there. The website on that day got a server error, and I couldn’t get more detail, so based on the magazine, I went to Slocan Park near 29th Avenue Skytrain station.

When I got there, there wasn’t an obvious reception and no one talked to me, so I just walked and looked around. Then I found a community hut where they served some food. As I wasn’t sure what would be going on, I purchased tickets and had some food as dinner.

Harvest Fair at Moon Festival

Harvest Fair at Moon Festival

BBQ Smokie

BBQ Smokie at Harvest Fair at Moon Festival

Harvest Soup

Harvest Soup at Harvest Fair at Moon Festival

Nothing special, but it was nice for them to serve food at the event. After I was watching kids playing, I got cold and the soup was helpful.

Eventually, some performances started and I enjoyed the time. In my opinion, Taiko was the best one! At the end (well, I didn’t know it was the last), when a chorus group started singing and walking away from the stage, I followed like everybody else did. It took us as a Lantern Parade towards Renfrew Park. It was supposed to be tea and moon cakes serving there, but I didn’t find any staff to ask where and when, so I left there missing the chance. Actually, as I followed the parade, I didn’t know where I was. I’m glad that I had iPhone running.

Moon Festival

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

Moon Festival


Menu at Harvest Fair at Moon Festival

Price Note
– BBQ Smokie $4.00
– Harvest Soup $3.00

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