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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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We usually have a dine-out for dinner, when one of our close friends’ birthday comes up. In September, there are two of our friends, whose birthday was coming up. However, one of them is a newly mom. I asked her if she can come out, asking her parents to watch her baby or taking her baby to a restaurant, or if it would be better to have a party at her place so that she can watch her baby. Her preference was the latter.

So, I budgeted with another friend and chose restaurants and menu. As the date was set on a weekday, I asked Collin to pick up everything. (Well, he agreed!) Here are where he went: Whole Foods, Shanghai Xiao Long Bao, Mogu, and Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine. Choosing dishes was the tough part, because another birthday friend doesn’t eat seafood and it had to be within a budget, unlike we pay whatever at a restaurant.

Tada~! This is all food.

Food from Shanghai Xiao Long Bao, Mogu, Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Vancouver

Kusshi Oyster from Whole Foods

Kusshi Oyster from Whole Foods

Collin shucked the oysters at the birthday girl’s place. He prepared mignonette at our house, before he went shopping. Everybody (except the birthday boy) enjoyed the oysters with the mignonette.

Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces), Kung Pao Chicken, Sautéed Pea Sprouts

Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces), Kung Pao Chicken, Sautéed Pea Sprouts from Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant is on Richards street and a couple of blocks away from Waterfront station. Collin and I liked their Xiao Long Bao last time, so I included it in the order. Also Kung Pao chicken, which is diced Chicken with peanut in spicy sauce. In addition, I asked Collin to get some veggies. We all enjoyed their food.

Two Regular Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage

Two Regular Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage from Mogu Japanese Street Eats in Vancouver

As the birthday girl had told me that she wanted to eat their food again and the birthday boy likes Karaage, I put it in the list. I sent an email to them in advance and asked where to catch them and the closing time for that day.

Roti Canai and Satay

Roti Canai and Satay from Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Vancouver

Hot Sour Soup, Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng

Hot Sour Soup, Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng from Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Vancouver

There are no specific reasons why I chose this restaurant. The birthday girl requested no Japanese food, and the birthday boy likes Chinese food except seafood, and I just wanted to choose something that both birthday friends would love but that we can take out. I remembered the girls wanted to order hot sour soup when we had a birthday dinner in a Thai restaurant for one of us, but we didn’t order and it could be nice to have some this time. Since Collin picked up the oysters at Whole Foods, he ordered from the restaurant on Broadway.

Here was a predicted incident happened! I had given him a list of all orders, and when he came back from some of the pick-ups, he said he had lost the paper. I had written some notes precisely for this restaurant, as I knew he would need to confirm. Since I was working, I told him what to order orally instead of re-writing. When he came back again and I checked the receipt, the satay was ordered for 4 skewers with one each kind! Oh no! What I wanted to ordered was 4 skewers per each kind! Well, at the end of the day, there were enough food on the table, although we couldn’t taste each kind of satay.

And, there was another mistake, which was my fault! I thought the birthday boy can eat shrimp, but apparently he doesn’t eat! He is not allergic, but he just doesn’t. Sorry to him.

Whole Foods on Cambie

Address: 510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close from Broadway-City Hall Station)
TEL: 778-370-4210
Facebook: page
Twitter: @Whole_Foods_Van

Store Hour
7:00 – 22:00 daily

Price Note
– Kusshi Oyster $2.00 each

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
– Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces) $6.99 each
– Diced Chicken with Peanut in Spicy Sauce (Kung Pao Chicken) $12.99
– Sautéed Pea Sprouts $12.99

Mogu Japanese Street Eats

Address: 610 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Dunsmuir street)
TEL: 604-764-7977
Facebook: page
Twitter: @eatmogu
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 15:00
*Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays
Event schedule: check on the app

Price Note
– Regular Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage $7.50 each (inc. tax)

Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Broadway

Address: 820 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At Willow Street)
TEL: 604-731-6333
Facebook: page
Twitter: @BananaLeafVan
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 14:30
[Sat – Sun] 12:00 – 15:00

Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:00 – 22:00
[Fri – Sat] 17:00 – 22:30

Price Note
– Roti Canai $10.50 each
– Satay Chicken $1.75
– Satay Beef $1.75
– Satay Lamb $1.75
– Satay Pork $1.75
– Hot Sour Soup Bowl $6.00 each
– Mee Goreng $13.00
– Nasi Goreng $13.00

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At the last time when Collin and I went to this restaurant, there was a long waiting list, and he couldn’t wait, so that we left for another Sushi place. This time on his day-off at the end of July, he seemed to have a craving for their Sushi and asked me to go there for dinner.

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar is a casual Japanese restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. They serve Sushi, decorating beautifully.

We ordered from Sushi menu. He chose rolls and I chose Nigiri. I ordered some Nigiri for him as well, because those were rare fish and I wanted him to taste.

Spicy Cactus Roll and Spicy Dynamite Roll
(Cactus Roll: Spicy Crab Meat, Avocado, Tempura Bits, Mayo, Sesame & Tobiko on top)

Spicy Cactus Roll and Spicy Dynamite Roll at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Chicken Karaage
(5 pc with Garlic Sauce)

Chicken Karaage at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Gyoza

Gyoza at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Salmon Oshisushi
(Pressed Sushi with Sockeye Salmon, Creamy Sauce & Jalapeno)

Salmon Oshisushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

I have heard this Oshizushi is so tasty, so I had to go for it, although I can’t eat Jalapeno. Both of us really liked this! The salmon and creamy sauce melted in your mouth.

Nigiri Sushi
(2 Amaebi, 2 Tai (Sea bream), Toro, 2 Hirame (Flounder))

Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Tai and Hirame were on Specials. He didn’t like either of them. Those seem like slimy to him. Oh, I loved them all! He ordered Dynamite roll to refresh his mouth. 😀

Here is dessert.

Yuzu Ice Cream

Yuzu Ice Cream at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Black Sesame Ice Cream at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

We liked both ice cream. Of course, he preferred Yuzu one.

I saw the to-go menu updates on their Facebook page last month and noticed pricing went up again.

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

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar

Address: 2054 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between 4th and 5th Avenue)
TEL: 604-255-5550
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Fri – Sun] 11:30 – 14:30
[Tue – Sun] 17:00 – 21:45
*Closed: Mondays and holidays

Special Menu

Special Menu at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Spicy Cactus Roll $8.50
– Spicy Dynamite Roll $5.25
– Chicken Karaage $6.50
– Gyoza $6.25
– Salmon Oshisushi $10.95
– Amaebi Nigiri Sushi $2.75 each
– Tai (Sea bream) Nigiri Sushi $2.50 each
– Toro Nigiri Sushi $2.75
– Hirame (Flounder) Nigiri Sushi $2.50 each
– Dynamite Roll $4.95
– Yuzu Ice Cream $4.95
– Black Sesame Ice Cream $4.95

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