Big Chicken Town: Cheese Soonsal

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.

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Top 5 Ice Cream Flavours

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.

Ice Cream 2

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:

  1. Vanilla Bean 
  2. Salted Caramel
  3. Strawberry
  4. Ube (purple yam)
  5. Chocolate Mint Chip

 

What are your favourite ice cream flavours?  Do you eat it in a cup or a cone?

 

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Top 5 Bubble Tea Flavours

The weather is finally getting a lot warmer which is perfect for drinking a nice ice cold beverage.  On these hot summer days I find myself reaching for bubble tea.  I think the drink is refreshing and satisfying.

Bubble tea comes in many different forms: tea, milk tea and slush/smoothie.  The drink is usually served with black tapioca pearls or other toppings such as coconut jelly, pudding, and grass jelly.

Here is a list of my top 5 favourite bubble tea flavours:

  1. Grass Jelly Milk Tea
  2. Wintermelon Milk Tea
  3. Passion Fruit Green Tea (pictured above)
  4. Strawberry Black Tea
  5. Taro Milk Tea

Milk teas are my usual go to order. But, when the weather is really hot like today, I order the fruity drinks.  It is a lot lighter and more refreshing than the milk teas. I also order my drink with 25-50% sugar because the regular amount is just too sweet for my liking.

What are your favourite bubble tea flavours?

 

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Pandesal

Welcome to another “Food Sunday”.   I hope all of you are having/had a wonderful weekend.

There are two things my family and I do every Sunday:
1.) Go to church
2.) Buy freshly baked pandesal
Baby M definitely knows what is coming right after mass because the first thing she talks about when we get out of church is pandesal (makes me kind of wonder if that is all what she thinks about during mass – yikes!)

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Maple Crème Cookies

Welcome back to another “Food Sunday”.  To all my Canadian followers, Happy Canada Day!  Instead of going out and joining the rest of Canada on their festivities, I decided to stay in and spend some quality time with my little one, which I very much needed after the long week I had.  We did a little celebrating of our own by indulging on maple crème cookies and listening to some tunes from one of our favourite Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes.

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Top 5 Favourite Fruits

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!

  1. Golden Kiwis
    Kiwis
  2. Cherries 
    Cherries
  3. Mangoes
    Mangoes
  4. Peaches
    Peaches
  5. Blueberries
    Blueberries

 

What are some of your favourite fruits?

 

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Hot Pot

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and welcome to another “Food Sunday”.

For those of you who are not familiar with the term hot pot,  it is essentially a way of cooking and eating.   A boiling pot of broth (beef, chicken, mushroom, etc.) is placed in the middle of the table and surrounded by thinly sliced meats, seafood and vegetables.  Everyone on the table gets to choose whatever they want to eat and cook the item in the boiling broth.  A sauce is usually served on the side to dip the cooked items in.

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Almond Tofu (Jelly)

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.

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Vietnamese Noodle Soup

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.

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La Casa Gelato

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.

La Casa Gelato 3
So many flavours to choose from.
La Casa Gelato
Cone or Cup?

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