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Like previous year, Mochitsuki was held in Nikkei Centre on Dec 29. It was on weekend, so I was able to go there again. I invited two of my friends, who had never been to the event. Mochitsuki is an event at the end of year that we pound Mochi rice in an Usu by Kine, to prepare to eat them on New Year’s Day.

We watched Taiko (Japanese drum) performances first and Mochitsuki after that. For Mochitsuki, if you would like to try, you can. Talk to the organizer at the event and get a ticket that a number is written. And they will call the number when your turn comes.

We actually ate fresh Mochi before Mochitsuki performance started. There were three fresh rice cakes in each plate. The black sheets are Nori seaweed, and condiments were prepared on the table.

Condiments for Mochi
(Kinako (soy bean powder), Grated Daikon radish, Soy sauce, Sugar, Nori seaweed, Ginger, and Negi (green onion))

They were selling Mochi and Manju to go, like previous year. I bought one frozen Mochi package (9 Mochi) and one Manju package (2 Mochi with red bean paste, 1 Dorayaki, and 3 Manju).

There were more selling, Onigiri (rice ball), Inari (rice in bean curd case), Gyoza…

Want to see more pictures in the past year? click here.

Nikkei Centre in Burnaby

Price Note
– Mochi plate $2.50
– Frozen Mochi package 450g $6.00
– Manju package $6.00

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When I went to Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake Fair, I saw a table selling chocolate and the company name was familiar. I talked to the sales person and noticed the shop is located in Richmond and they sometimes sell products at Farmer’s Market in North Vancouver.

La Chocolaterie produces smooth and melting chocolate with lots of different ingredients and colours. As the shop is in Richmond, I have never been there. So, this was a great opportunity to try their products.

Chocolate from La Chocolaterie at Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake Fair

The numbers are associated with the product page on their site, as a reference.

Assorted No.4 Adventure Selection
(Wasabi, Tomato, Japanese Pepper (Sansho), Ginger Cacao, Spice, and Extra Dark)

Assorted No.4 Adventure Selection from La Chocolaterie at Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake Fair

Assorted No.4 Adventure Selection from La Chocolaterie at Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake Fair

Assorted No.5 Best Selection I
(Premium Milk Chocolate, Mango, Blueberry, Strong Green Tea, Earl Grey, and Rich Coffee)

Assorted No.5 Best Selection I from La Chocolaterie at Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake Fair

Assorted No.5 Best Selection I from La Chocolaterie at Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake Fair

Cup No.07 Japanese Citron (Yuzu)

Cup No.07 Japanese Citron (Yuzu) from La Chocolaterie at Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake Fair

I haven’t tried them all yet. 😀 So far, I liked Earl Grey one best.

La Chocolaterie (COCONAMA CHOCOLATE CO.LTD.)

Address: #160-7971 Alderbridge Way, Richmond, B.C. (map)
(Inside Izumi-ya Japanese Marketplace)
TEL: 604-214-6607
Facebook: page
Twitter: @COCONAMA_CHOCO
Urbanspoon: page

Shop
10:00 – 19:00 daily

Price Note
– Assorted No.4 Adventure Selection
– Assorted No.5 Best Selection I
– Cup No.7 Japanese Citron (Yuzu)
*All together around $14 with festival price

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As my friend told me that she would attend Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake Fair in November, I headed to the place. There were lots of people selling their crafts or food that they made, and I thought some were even good gifts for Christmas. Anyways, our other friend also went to help her, so we decided to have some bites, while she was still selling her stuff.

There is a Japanese restaurant (more like a school cafeteria), Hi Genki, at the next door of Nikkei Centre. The entrance is at Nikkei Home where senior Japanese (maybe not only Japanese) people live and are taken care of. Because of the fair, we had to wait for 40 min, and by the time when we ordered, it was 3:00 pm!

We ordered from Today’s Special menu. We both chose Teishoku.

Salmon Minch Katsu Special
(Breaded fried minced Salmon)

Salmon Minch Katsu Special at Hi Genki in Burnaby

Shiromi & Ebi Fry
(Breaded fried white Fish & Prawn)

Shiromi & Ebi Fry at Hi Genki in Burnaby

Shiromi & Ebi Fry at Hi Genki in Burnaby

When we were walking toward our seats, we looked around what the others ordered. I can’t believe how big the curry dish was! Huge! I had to go out for dinner, so I didn’t order, though.

Hi Genki

Address: 6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, B.C. (map)
(In Nikkei Home, next to Nikkei Centre)
TEL: 604-777-0533
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
11:30 – 15:00, 18:15 – 20:30 daily

Today’s Special Menu

Menu at Hi Genki in Burnaby Menu at Hi Genki in Burnaby Menu at Hi Genki in Burnaby

Price Note
– Salmon Minch Katsu Special $5.55
– Shiromi & Ebi Fry $8.95

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