Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania – Get Your Tickets

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

You may have a chance to taste all sorts of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes including American, Chinese, Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Korean, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

If you haven’t been to our previous Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured our last event on Food Finds (view here).

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, car, transit, walking, or carpooling.

Registration: tba  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania passports. 

Some of the Participating Restaurants:

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Basil Garden Restaurant

2889 East Broadway, Vancouver

Web: http://www.basilgarden.ca/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @basilgarden

Cuisine: Vietnamese

 

Yaletown L’Antipasto

1127 Mainland Street,  Vancouver

Web: www.yaletownlantipasto.com

Twitter: @Lantipasto

Instagram: @lantipasto

Cuisine: Italian

L’Antipasto is Yaletown’s only Italian Tapas wine bar, a family-run, authentic Italian restaurant. We source the highest quality imported ingredients from Italy & combine them with seasonal ingredients.

 

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Chutney Villa South Indian Cuisine

147 East Broadway, Vancouver

Web: www.chutneyvilla.com

Twitter: @ChutneyVilla

Instagram: @chutneyvilla

Cusine: Sri Lankan and South Indian

KIds Can Cook Gourmet

(location tba)

Twitter: @kidsccg

Instagram: @kidsccg

Teenage chefs Skylar and Chloe who own the Kids can cook Gourmet pasta sauce.

 

Tickets:  Think about Christmas gifts!

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before December 15, 2016
Advance Tickets $45 per person after December 22, 2016
Regular $60 per person after January 6, 2017

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

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Cooking with Pulo Cuisines Coconut Adobo Sauce

Pulo Philippine Cuisine logoI’m sure if I asked, you would probably be able to tell me about your favourite Indian or Thai curry, Chinese noodles, or Vietnamese grilled meat dish. But if I asked you for your favourite Philippine dish, I’d get a blank stare.  The Philippines is one of of South East Asian neighbours, and probably the third largest immigrant population in Vancouver, but you may not know.  Their cuisine takes bits and pieces from Malay cuisine, China, and Spain, and combines it with their fresh seafood and love of grilling, and vinegar-based sauces to give you a completely different Asian flavour.  Instead of big spicey flavours, you get more vinegar and garlic, sweet bbq, and mild coconut milk flavours.  A cuisine that I think you should try, just for the fusion from all these different countries. Pulo by the way is the Filipino word for “island”, and there are more than 7000 islands that comprise the Philippines.

One way you can try Filipino cuisine, other than hunting around for the Filipino restaurants in East Vancouver or Richmond, can be by trying the new Pulo Philippine Cuisine sauces that are made and marketed right here in Vancouver.  They have 5 different sauces for you to try:

  • Guimaras Island Mango Chili Marinade
  • Samal Island Pineapple Tamarind Marinade
  • Cebu Island Lemongrass Atsuete Marinade
  • Tinaga Island Coconut Adobo Cooking Sauce
  • Luzon Island Kare Kare Toasted Peanut Cooking Sauce

All these sauces are vegan friendly.  I recently received all but the Kare Kare Toasted Peanut Cooking Sauce to try.  This article is about my experience with the Tinaga Island Cocconut Adobo Cooking Sauce.

Pulo Philippine Cuisine range of sauces

Pulo Philippine Cuisine range of sauces

Cooking Chicken with Tinaga Island Coconut Adobo Cooking Sauce

What is coconut adobo sauce?  Well there are two main components.  One is coconut milk, which adds rich creaminess to this dish.  The other half “adobo” is a traditional Philippine dish that is made by slow cooking meats or vegetables in vinegar, garlic, and black pepper.  This dish combines the two, so is not 100% traditional, but it is very flavourful.  If you like a mild curry, you may want to try this cooking sauce.  It has light pepperiness, garlic, sourness from vinegar, and the creaminess from the coconut milk.

Tinaga Island is part of the Bicol region (Central Philippines), an area renowned for hot chili and coconut milk dishes.  It is one of the few areas that adds chili spice to their food in the Philippines.  Cooking with this sauce was relatively easy.  They recommend cubing 4 chicken breasts (or the equivalent for pork or beef) and chopping 4 cups of vegetables for this dish.  I used chicken drumsticks which I had on hand.  Start off with frying the chicken in oil, add the vegetables, and sauce and them simmer till done.  Serve with rice.  For vegetables I used onions, green beans, green pepper, and carrots.  I would recommend to cube one potato and add it to the mix because I enjoy squishing the potato in the sauce on my plate and getting every last drop of flavour.  I enjoyed the flavours of this dish, and I think that it is worthwhile to try out on your own, with your family and friends.

Coconut adobo chicken simmering

Coconut adobo chicken simmering

 

Wine Pairing and Where to Buy these Sauces?

If you would like to drink some wine with this dish, I would recommend a Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France or from South Africa,  or a dry Riesling from BC, Washington, or Australia.  Both have enough body and acidity to cut through the richness of the coconut milk, and both grapes are known for being very good food pairing wines.

In time I will try out the different dishes and give you an update here on my blog.  I have found these sauces for sale at Choices Market, but you may want to check other grocery stores, in their Asian aisle.

Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania #2 – Get Your Tickets

Noodle Mania logoI attended the first Noodle Mania this year and had lots of fun.  Here is my post from last year:
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Now here are the details for the next Noodle Mania by Vancouver Foodster!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants throughout Vancouver! This tasting extravaganza goes from 1:30pm until 5:30pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster. You will taste all types of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to ramen, udon, pad thai and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes from American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

* Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
* Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
* A food networking event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
* This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, car, transit, walking, or carpooling.

Purchase tickets at
https://noodlemania2.eventbrite.ca/

Registration: TBA -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania Cards.

Participating restaurants:

  • Atithi (Indian) – Kitisilano
  • Xoxolat (Chocolatier) – Yaleotown
  • Graze Vegetarian –Fraserhood
  • Bella Gelateria – Coal Harbour

More restaurants to be announced soon

Advance Tickets: $40 per person
Regular Tickets $50 per person after January 9, 2014
Note: Eventbrite fee and gst is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the event.

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

Flip Top Filipino fusion food truck

Enjoying Vancouver Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant

Another Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates has come and gone.  The neighbourhood we visited this time was Mount Pleasant.  It was quite a fun event with new cuisine to many of us, in particular Filipino and Peruvian food.  The restaurants / food trucks we visited on this trip and my comments and pictures of each venue are below.  Enjoy!

Flip Top Food Truck

Flip Top Filipino fusion food truck

Flip Top Filipino fusion food truck

This is one of the newer food trucks in Vancouver.  It has some very tasty Filipino treats that I think most people have not had a chance to try.  It’s hard to miss this truck, brightly coloured in the Philippines flag colours, reminding me of the decorated jeepneys in Manila.

Lumpia, bbq pork, and Pacman Pandesal slider

Lumpia, bbq pork, and Pacman Pandesal slider

Lumpia is a a deep fried spring roll that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings.  This one was vegetarian and served with a sweet chili dipping sauce.  I really enjoyed the BBQ pork skewer.  The pork was soft and so full of flavour.  It was glazed with Flip Top’s signature BBQ sauce.  Everyone I talked to loved the BBQ skewer.  The last item on the plate was their Pacman Pandesal slider.  There are 2 things to note about this slider.  First is that they use Pandesal, which is a sweet Filipino bun.  There are a few Filipino bakeries in town that make Pandesal, and people tend to line up to get it fresh from the oven.  The other item to note is “Pacman“.  If you didn’t know, Pacman is the nickname for Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.  According to Wikipedia, “He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Pacquiao).  So to me, with the tip to Manny, they are putting up their burger against all others.  It definitely is a contender!

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck

Le Tigre food truck

Le Tigre food truck

Le Tigre is well known around Vancouver.  The chefs are especially characters, wearing Hello Kitty glasses.  They cooked a very tasty salmon miso chowder.  Really full of flavour.  The salmon not overcooked.

Le Tigre miso salmon chowder

Le Tigre miso salmon chowder

I would not hesitate to order this dish again.

Milano Coffee Roasters

Milano Coffee Roasters was our starting point for Tasting Plates.  I had a shot of their 2012 Gold Medal Winner, La Furtura, from a competition in Italy. Espresso with a chocolate overtone. Nice acidity.

Milano Coffee Roasters La Futura espresso

Milano Coffee Roasters La Futura espresso

Urban Fare (False Creek)

Urban Fare in the Olympic Village area of False Creek served us a mixed platter of prosciutto and melon skewer, coconut Gouda cheese drizzled with Callebaut chocolate, and a macaron, and served it with a taste of wine from BC’s Blasted Church.  I had my platter of with a glass of Hatfield’s Fuse.  The cheese with the chocolate was very tasty, as was the crostini that was topped with curried chicken. The Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse was a good accompaniment.

Urban Fare crostini, proscutto and melon, cheese with chocolate ,and macaron

Urban Fare crostini, prosciutto and melon skewer, cheese with chocolate ,and a macaron

Bonchaz Bakery Cafe

Sweet and savory Bon Chaz buns

Sweet and savory Bon Chaz buns

BonChaz offers a unique bun to it’s customers.  The traditional BonChaz bun has butter inside and icing sugar dusting the top.  One of these buns fresh out of the oven with the butter melted inside is very decant.  Bump the decadence up with an Apple Cinnamon BonChaz bun.  And a coffee of course.

Chicha Restaurant

Besides Flip Top, Chicha Restaurant was another delightful surpise during Tasting Plates.  In South America, people from the surrounding countries that I have talked to say that Peru produces the best, most flavourful food.  They are especially known for their ceviche.  Today there was no ceviche on our tasting menu, but we did have very tasty food.

Chicha Restaurant menu

Chicha Restaurant menu

All the food was very well done.  In particular I liked the wild salmon sliders with the salsa criolla and the Aji Amarillo aioli.  Lots of flavours between the salmon, the aioli and the onion salsa.

Chicha salmon slider quinoa salad and home made potato chips

Chicha salmon slider quinoa salad and home made potato chips

Baylor’s Groceries

My last stop was Baylor’s Groceries where Chef Tim has been cooking and serving his special home made soups.  This evening we had a choice of curried pumpkin bisque with pureed cashews, or cream of chicken and mushroom.  With the coolness of fall in the air, I opted for the curried pumpkin soup, which I really enjoyed.  It was wonderfully spiced with bright and earthy flavours.

Curried pumpkin bisque with pureed cashews

Curried pumpkin bisque with pureed cashews

Noodle Mania Vancouver – Get Your Tickets

Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage

Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage

Noodle dishes are popular around the world.  There are many variations on the sauce (e.g. hot, sour, spicy,tomato-based), the type of noodle (e.g. wheat or rice), and the protein with it (e.g. fish, meat, tofu).  With all these variables there are probably several thousands of variations, and proabably a few that you prefer. Vancouver Foodster’s “Noodle Mania Vancouver” will give you a chance to try noodles from many cultures.  Try some that are new to you.  Maybe they will be your new favourite.  The Noodle Mania Vancouver is on January 13, 2013 from 3-8pm.  Pre-Sale pricing special offer of $20 each ticket is now thru December 4th. Here is the press release.

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Updated Restaurant List and Pricing

Shaktea Tea Lounge (Tea)
Urban Thai Bistro (Thai)
Chau Veggie Express (Vietnamese)
Bob Likes Thai Food (Thai)
Hai Phong (Vietnamese)
Soho Tea Room (Hong Kong & Taiwanese)
Yaletown L’Antipasto (Italian)
Fet’s Bar & Grill (American)
Novo Pizzeria and Wine Bar (Italian)
The Mac Shack (American)

Ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder from Harvest

Ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder from Harvest

Advance Tickets: $35 per person (eventbrite fee extra). $100 for 4 pak of tickets or $135 for 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak (eventbrite fee extra). Tickets $45 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after January 10th.

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight Society.

Purchase Tickets Here
http://noodlemania.eventbrite.ca/

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Vancouver, BC – Prepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Sunday, January 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents “Noodle Mania Vancouver”.

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants throughout Vancouver! This tasting extravaganza goes from 3pm until 8pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster. Guests will taste all types of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to ramen, udon, pad thai and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes from American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates for guests to enjoy and they will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

The event is a roving tour that brings guests to the participating restaurant throughout the event and they will by moped, bike, driving, transit, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling to the various participating restaurants.

Chau Veggie Express at 5052 Victoria Drive specializes in Asian veggie noodle dishes and they will be participating along with Urban Thai Bistro at 1119 Hamilton Street who specializes in Thai noodle dishes! These are just a couple in the line-up of participating restaurants that will be revealed soon.

Registration: tba-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania Cards.

Pre-Sale pricing special offer of $20 each ticket is now thru December 4th.

Advance Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra). $100 for 4 pak of tickets or $120 for 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak (eventbrite fee extra). Tickets $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after January 10th.

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket.  Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

Tickets are available for purchase online only at http://noodlemania.eventbrite.ca/

“When I first started Vancouver Foodster over 3-1/2 years ago, it was because I had a great passion for food and wanted to share it with the public,” explains Richard Wolak, Editor and Publisher of Vancouver Foodster. ‘Noodle Mania Vancouver’ is a chance for people to try something different, all types, shapes and flavours of noodles from ethnic eateries in Vancouver!” Richard Wolak

Wine and Filipino Food Pairing

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I selected 3 whites, 3 reds, and 1 late harvest wine for the evening. The white wines were:
* Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2006 $16.49 USA (Washington)
* Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008 $14.99 Chile
* Nk’mip Cellars Chardonnay 2007 $15.99 Canada (BC)

The 3 reds were:
* Mirassou California Pinot Noir 2006 $15.99 USA
* Inniskillin Okanagan – Reserve Merlot 2006 $16.99 Canada (BC)
* Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 $17.99 Australia

The late harvest wine was:
* Sauvignon Blanc – Concha Y Toro Late Harvest 2005 $14.98 Chile

To the white wines I paired:
* Lumpia Shanghai (a deep fried egg roll with dipping sauce)
* Bihon Guisado(a dish made with thin noodles, mixed vegetables and pieces of pork)

To the red wines I paired:
* roast pork with liver sauce
* Chinese bbq duck (made with five spice powder)

The late harvest wine was paired with leche flan (an carmelized egg custard) A recipe for leche flan.

As I hoped the wines showed their varietal characteristics. Some wines were nice sippers on their own, such as the riesling, while others did not, such as the pinot noir. That being said, when we tried the wines with the food, some of the wines, such as the pinot noir paired wonderfully. I particularly liked the Chinese bbq duck with the pinot noir. The pinot really cut through the grease in the duck skin, plus the spices in the 5 spice powder used in the bbq duck brought out flavours in the pinot noir. The late harvest wine was also very tasty on it’s own, and with the leche flan.

I usually ask a group for their favourite white and red wine of the evening, but I decided to try something slightly different last night. I asked the women and the men separately for their favourite wines, and suprisingly they were both different. The women preferred the riesling and the pinot noir, while the men preferred the chardonnay and the cabernet sauvignon. I am going to have to try this at other tasting I host and see if this generally holds true.

I also had another wine to try which I had recently purchased from Pacific Breeze Winery; their 2006 Killer Cab ($22.90), but we ran out of time. I’ll have to save it for my next tasting. For those that are interested, this wine is medium purple/red in the glass, with black cherry and vanilla nose. Cassis, sweet fruit, black cherry liquor and spicy flavours. Nice round mouthfeel, medium tannins and long finish. A buy.

Either way, it was a fun evening had by us all.