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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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On the Vancouver’s food blog, I found out the Food Cart Fest was held on every Sundays, starting in June. Although it was a bit cloudy day in June, I convinced Collin to take a walk around the Olympic Village and go to this festival before his work. I thought it was close to the Olympic station on Canada Line, but we had to walk for quite a long time before we reached there.

Food Cart Fest

At the gate, we paid $2 each for the admission. Once you entered the area, there were lots of food trucks waiting for you to come. There were no chairs or bench (as far as I remembered), so people were sitting on the edge of the street in the area to eat.

We went there earlier, so there was no line up at the gate. By the time we left, there was a long line up. If you go next year (if they do this), you’d better manage your time.

Food Cart Fest

Food Cart Fest

We walked around first and went to Mogu Japanese Street Eats, because Collin had never tried before. Mogu serves sandwiches, Japanese influenced burger, and Karaage. They are open only weekdays in downtown Vancouver and weekends in Richmond Night Market.

Mogu Japanese Street Eats at Food Cart Fest

I chose a combo for Collin, because I wanted him to try their Karaage, too. For me, I ordered my favorite.

Karaage Combo, Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich + Two Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage
(Roasted Chicken, House made Teriyaki and Japanese Tartar Sauce, Red Onions, and Lettuce, plus, Marinated deep fried Chicken with House made sweet chili sauce)

Karaage Combo from Mogu Japanese Street Eats at Food Cart Fest

Kabocha Croquette
(Sweet Japanese squash croquette, Katsu sauce, Avocado, Lettuce)

Kabocha Croquette from Mogu Japanese Street Eats at Food Cart Fest

Kabocha Croquette from Mogu Japanese Street Eats at Food Cart Fest

He enjoyed his food, although he didn’t think Karaage was the best in Vancouver. Well, I think it is! I enjoyed my croquette burger.

You can check where they are or when they open for special events on the app or Twitter.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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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
– Karaage Combo $11.00 (inc. tax)
– Kabocha Croquette $8.00 (inc. tax)

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I wasn’t planning to go to the Sakura Days Japan Fair, but my friend asked me the day before this fair if I wanted to go with her. Why not? The fair seems to be held every year since 2009, yet I had never been. Well, I didn’t know about it at all until a restaurant uploaded the picture of last year’s to their Facebook page.

The fair was held at VanDusen Botanical Garden. We arrived around noon, so we were looking for some food to eat. The first one we chose was this food truck, Mogu. One of the reason my friend actually wanted to go to this fair was that Mogu would be there! 🙂

Mogu Japanese Street Eats at Sakura Days Japan Fair

Mogu Japanese Street Eats is a street food truck, offering sandwiches, Japanese influenced burger, and Karaage. They are usually open only weekdays in downtown Vancouver, so it was great opportunity that we can try their food on weekend.

Mogu Japanese Street Eats at Sakura Days Japan Fair

We both ordered from their special.

My choice, Ebi Katsu Slider + Mini Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage
(Breaded deep fried Prawn Patty, House made Japanese Tartar Sauce, and Cabbage on a Slider bun, plus, Marinated deep fried Chicken with House made sweet chili sauce)

Ebi Katsu Slider + Mini Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage from Mogu Japanese Street Eats at Sakura Days Japan Fair

Her choice, Pork Miso Katsu Slider + Mini Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage
(Breaded deep fried Pork Cutlet, House made Red Miso Sauce, and Asian hot mustard Coleslaw on a Slider bun, plus, Marinated deep fried Chicken with House made sweet chili sauce)

Pork Miso Katsu Slider + Mini Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage from Mogu Japanese Street Eats at Sakura Days Japan Fair

Again, the food was great! I should have cut in half to show you. (Otherwise, all sandwiches look same. ;P)

Ebi Katsu was new, so I ordered it. The owner said, if it was selling well, they would add it to their regular menu. A few weeks later, when I had to go to downtown, I talked to her although the truck wasn’t open yet. She said that Ebi Katsu has been selling well.

You can check where they are or when they open for special events on the app or Twitter.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Want to see more pictures for this street food? click here.

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
– Ebi Katsu Slider + Mini Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage $9.50 (inc. tax)
– Pork Miso Katsu Slider + Mini Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage $9.50 (inc. tax)

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