Surprisingly, my all time favourite holiday drink is peppermint white hot chocolate. Specifically, the one from Tim Hortons which they call “Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate”. This drink is the complete opposite of what I usually reach for when craving for a hot beverage – plain green or oolong tea (no fancy flavours here).
I am baffled as to why I actually like this beverage because it is nothing like having a cup of plain tea. I generally don’t drink anything that is rich and overly sweet but that is exactly what this drink is. It taste like sweet milk with subtle hints of coconut with a slight peppermint taste. As odd as my description sounds, I genuinely enjoy having a small cup of this sweet concoction. It gives me Christmas vibes and makes me feel warm and cheery. It must be the peppermint that is making me feel this way because I associate it with Christmas.
Big Chicken Town is one of the many Korean restaurants in Metro Vancouver. They specialize in boneless fried chicken which comes in many different flavours. They also serve other items such as, spicy rice cakes, odeng (fish cake), fries, cheese corn and A LOT more other things.
My all time favourite dish in Big Chicken Town is the Cheese Soonsal which contains deep fried boneless chicken and udon that is covered with with cheese and a sauce that is spicy, tangy and sweet and is served on a hot plate. The portion is HUGE good enough for three people (two if you are both REALLY hungry). Cheese Soonsal is very saucy so I usually order a small bowl of rice to share to mellow out the flavours.
Each meal comes with a complementary side of raw shredded cabbage that is served with a pinkish coloured sauce ( I am assuming it is made out of a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise). The first time I saw this side dish I was quite reluctant to try it since I do not usually eat raw cabbage. BUT, I am glad I did because it is soo good and somewhat acts as a palate cleanser from all the greasy food.
If you are in town, make sure to check this place out. The chicken dishes are delicious and there are many different options. My ultimate goal is to try every single style and flavour they offer – stay tuned.
Other than bubble tea, I also like to cool myself down on warm sunny days by eating some ice cream. Today’s weather was perfect – not too hot but warm enough to enjoy a nice scoop of ice cream. As I said on my previous post, on really hot days I like to cool off by having fruity bubble teas because it is much more refreshing than having ice cold dairy products.
I enjoy my ice cream in a cup or a waffle cone sprinkled with nuts – especially from Purdy’s. If you are not allergic to nuts and haven’t tried Purdy’s nut toppings, you are definitely missing out. When it comes to ice cream, I do not have a favourite brand but I do have favourite flavours.
Here are my top 5 favourite ice cream flavours:
Ube (purple yam)
Chocolate Mint Chip
What are your favourite ice cream flavours? Do you eat it in a cup or a cone?
Welcome to another “Food Sunday” and today I would like to share my all time favourite fruits. Summer has finally arrived and I could have not found a better time to share this with all of you. The following fruits are USUALLY only available during Canada’s summer months – blueberries are available all year round (possible by outsourcing) but the local summer crop is always the best!
Hello everyone and welcome to another round of “Food Sunday”. I posted this last year before my blog revamp so you will be seeing my old trademark heyitsdaniellek.com on the photos.
For those of you that are not familiar with almond tofu, it is essentially a jelly made from almond milk, sugar and agar-agar. But since it is not made with gelatin, the texture is much more firm. Traditionally, almond tofu would be made with fresh almond milk, but since I do not have time to do that, I have taken the shortcut by buying packaged almond agar (just like a jello mix). For this particular brand, the jelly is slightly sweet and the almond flavor is very settle.
Welcome to another round of “Food Sunday” and as promised, here is the recipe for one of my favourite filipino dessert/snack. I wrote this around Christmas time last year and have not changed a single thing since then. So.. you will be hearing a little bit of my Christmas tradition on this post. The photos you will see on here still have my old trademark heyitsdaniellek.com.
Welcome to another “Food Sunday”. Today’s topic is Vietnamese Noodle Soup. Call me ignorant, but, I had no idea that there were so many different types of noodle soups other than phở . For those of you who are not familiar with pho, it is a bowl of noodles in a beef broth that have been simmered with spices for hours and is served with different cuts of meats and side toppings such as, bean sprouts, chiles, lime and different types of herbs which are all optional.
I was introduced to Vietnamese cuisine at a very young age and at that time the restaurants only offered phở and a few different rice dishes. I remember that my parents would take my siblings and I to eat phở on those cold fall and winter months and it would be the best thing ever! Since then, my love for Vietnamese cuisine was born.
Welcome to another Food Sunday post. Before I get started, I would like to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. I hope all of you had a wonderful day filled with joy, laughter and lots of food. Today we said goodbye to cloudy and muggy days and welcomed the warm bright sunshine – there was not a cloud in the sky. It was a perfect day to share a frozen treat or two with your mommy.
I did not get to share a frozen treat with my mom OR little one today. BUT, I did take my little one out for gelato the other week (she can’t be having too many treats). My husband suggested to go to La Casa Gelato and so we did. I am always down for a good scoop of ice cream or gelato – anything sweet, really. I have never been to this place so I did not know what to expect. I was quite overwhelmed when I entered the shop because there were SO MANY flavours to choose from. They had your typical vanilla, strawberry and chocolate to something very unfamiliar like basil and sumac which you can have in either a waffle cone, wafer cone, dipped cone or a cup. Fortunately, I was able to try well… almost everything before finally settling down for amaretto and cherry.
Lebanese food has easily become one of my favourites. Their food is refreshing and is packed with bold flavours – there is never a boring bite. I was introduced to Lebanese cuisine by my boss and I’ve been hooked ever since then.
Happy Sunday! I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend. As of today, I will be writing about my favourite foods, restaurants, cafes and maybe even share a recipe here and there every Sunday.
Food is such a big part of my family and culture. If you ever get a chance to visit the Philippines then you will definitely see what I mean (there is a restaurant, cafe and canteen on every block). Whether you are in the city or the country side there is always A LOT of food involved in any gathering. Food is something that brings my family together; we share our stories with each other over food.
I LOVE food and I am excited to share with all of you my favourites and recipes. I would also love to hear any suggestions and recommendations on where to go and what to eat.