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It was nice that we still had time to spend together on that weekend, even after Collin and I enjoyed afternoon tea. Since it was his birthday weekend, I wanted to get something special for him, so we went shopping in Kitsilano area. Time went by, and we decided to have dinner around the area. I suggested eating Yakitori at a Japanese restaurant, but they’re gone! There was a new restaurant instead. We went back where we walked from and went in this restaurant.

The Noodle Box is on 4th Avenue, close to Burrard Street. They serve Southeast Asian cuisine. They are a casual restaurant that I could even say it’s a fast food restaurant. I have been to the restaurant in different locations, but I still don’t feel comfortable when I order. 😛

On some dishes, you can choose the spice level.

Spice levels at The Noodle Box in Vancouver

His choice, Thai Style Chow Mein
(Basil, Thai sauce, Roasted Peanuts)

Thai Style Chow Mein at The Noodle Box in Vancouver

My choice, Malay Style Fried Rice
(Malaysian spices with Jasmin Rice, mixed with Free-run Egg and Asian Greens)

Malay Style Fried Rice at The Noodle Box in Vancouver

You can choose protein from chicken, beef, pork of Tofu. Prawns and free-run chicken are available with additional cost.

I ate chow mein before, so I chose this fried rice. There was some spice or ingredient that I didn’t like, but I couldn’t have figured out. I preferred chow mein.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

The Noodle Box

Address: 1867 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Cypress and Burrard Street)
TEL: 604-734-1310
Facebook: page
Twitter: @thenoodlebox
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:00 – 21:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:00 – 22:00

Price Note
– Thai Style Chow Mein $10.00
– Malay Style Fried Rice $12.00

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At the end of September, my friend asked me if we had some spare time to have dinner with our common friend, who was leaving here for a year, and we set a date. The restaurant was chosen by the common friend.

She chose Pearl House in Burnaby. It is a Taiwanese restaurant, and she said she really liked their food. I wasn’t sure where it was exactly, but when I checked on map, they are closed to Nikkei Cultural Centre, where Sushi class, Mochi pounding, or Craft & Bake Fair is held.

We ordered from their menu to share by four.

Tofu & Minced Pork in Spicy Sauce on Rice

Tofu & Minced Pork in Spicy Sauce on Rice at Pearl House in Burnaby

It is called Mapo Tofu in Chinese or Mabo Dofu in Japanese. There is a same dish without rice on the different section of the menu. This one is cheaper and enough to share. It was spicy for me but I was able to eat and liked it.

Deep Fried Chicken Nugget

Deep Fried Chicken Nugget at Pearl House in Burnaby

It says nugget, but it looked like Karaage. I liked them as well.

Shredded Chicken with Green Onion & Ginger Sauce

Shredded Chicken with Green Onion & Ginger Sauce at Pearl House in Burnaby

This was my friends’ recommendation. It is called Dong-an Ji (stir-fried chicken). It was spicy, I mean, more you eat, spicier you get! But you can’t stop eating. 😀

Beef Sirloin in Soup with Noodle

Beef Sirloin in Soup with Noodle at Pearl House in Burnaby

My friend said the thick noodles were good with it. You have to pay extra $0.50 for the substitute, but it worth it. The beef sirloin was so tender.

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Vegetarian Fried Rice at Pearl House in Burnaby

This was my least favorite among the orders. It was interesting to try vegetarian dishes. There was vegetarian sausage (?) in it.

My friends ordered milk teas, but I didn’t take pictures of them. Anyways, the food was enough for four people, and I even took some leftover home.

Pearl House

Address: 7152 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. (map)
(Close to Nikkei Centre)
TEL: 604-522-3177
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:00 – 1:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:00 – 2:00

Price Note
– Tofu & Minced Pork in Spicy Sauce on Rice $6.95
– Deep Fried Chicken Nugget $6.50
– Shredded Chicken with Green Onion & Ginger Sauce $11.50
– Beef Sirloin in Soup with Noodle $8.50 (with Thick Noodle +$0.50)
– Vegetarian Fried Rice $7.25

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Oh, I was out almost whole day that day; hiking, lunch, shopping, and coffee time. And at the end of the day, my friend and I decided to have dinner. The cafe where we were at was on Fir street at 2nd avenue, so we had two choices, either going up to Broadway or going down to Granville Island. As I didn’t think we can find a restaurant we wanted to go in Granville Island, we headed to Broadway so that we could even take a bus to go somewhere.

When we were walking up the street, we felt we were pretty tired by then and were getting hungry, and we walked in Suika Snack Bar though we didn’t expect to be seated, as they seemed so popular. There were some counter seats available, limited by two hours, and we took it. If you go there, you might as well make a reservation.

They are a Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant, serving a lot of kinds of Sake. They are the same restaurant group as Kingyo in downtown. The kitchen was an open kitchen, and there were patio.

We ordered from their dinner menu and special.

Sencha Tea

Sencha Tea at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

It is not complimentary. There are a few kinds of tea, I believe.

Deluxe Appy Suika Box
(9 kinds of appy assorted box, limited 10 daily)

Deluxe Appy Suika Box at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

The ingredients must change time to time. On that day, the box came with chicken salad, mackerel salad, grilled duck, marinated eggplant, Tofu with original chili sauce, cooked whelk, toast with cream cheese, octopus with Kimchi, lotus Kinpira. All dishes except Tofu and toast were so good that we wanted to have more. The Tofu was fine, but just chili sauce wasn’t spicy at all, which I didn’t expect. The toast was fine, too. I just thought it didn’t fit to the other dishes.

My Ebi-Mayo
(Deep Fried Cilantro Battered Tiger Prawns with Chili Mayo)

My Ebi-Mayo at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Beef Filet Fried Rice
(Cured Beef & Garlic Fried Rice)

Beef Filet Fried Rice at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Although it was quite greasy, the taste was good. It is better to share with more than two. Otherwise, you might get heartburn. 😉

Nankotsu A-ge
(Deep Fried Chicken Cartilage tossed with Secret Curry Spice Mix)

Nankotsu Age at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

We loved it! I can’t really describe this… Have you tried the bone in canned salmon? The deep fried cartilage is like that, but much hard. When you bite, you can feel the crunchiness.

And, an extra picture of the interior.

Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Suika Snack Bar

Address: 1626 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Pine and Fir Street)
TEL: 604-730-1678
Facebook: page
Twitter: @SUIKA_IZAKAYA
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 1:00

Special Menu

Special Menu at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver Special Menu at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Sencha Tea $2.00
– Deluxe Appy Suika Box $12.00
– My Ebi-Mayo $8.50
– Beef Filet Fried Rice $11.00
– Nankotsu Age $4.80

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