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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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I’ve been putting this restaurant in my wish list for long time. Thai cuisine Green Basil is so close from Metrotown and their reviews look good. It was almost 3:00 pm, but I walked in anyways, because I hadn’t eaten lunch yet.

Although it was 10 minutes before 3:00 pm, they allowed me to have lunch. Their website doesn’t say, but they have also lunch specials for weekends. (Pricing is a bit different from weekdays’.)

The lunch specials come with small soup, a spring roll, and main.

Small soup (Veggies and Tofu Tom Yum soup in 8cm diameter cup)

Veggies & Tofu Tom Yum Soup at Green Basil in Burnaby

Spring Roll

Spring Roll at Green Basil in Burnaby

My choice for main, Khao Phat Prik Gra-Thiiam (Chili pepper fried rice with garlic, with chicken)

Chili pepper fried rice wth garlic and chicken at Green Basil in Burnaby

Green Basil

Address: 4623 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C. (map)
(Across from Metropolis at Metrotown)
TEL: 604-439-1919
Facebook: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:00 – 22:30
[Fri, Sat] 11:00 – 23:00

Price Note
– Weekend lunch special $7.95

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