Vancouver Foodster Announces His Inaugural Vancouver Soup Festival

These cold, dark, wet wintery days need something to keep you warm, like soup.  I’m pleased to hear that Vancouver Foodster thinks the same way and has just launched his Vancouver Soup Festival that will run for 3 weeks in January.  Below is his announcement.  Go out there and enjoy a nice hot bowl of soup! I’m partial to pozole soup so you may see me at Las Tortas shortly.

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Welcome to the inaugural Vancouver Soup Festival which runs for 3 weeks from January 10 – 31st.

How does this work? The restaurants will be featuring different soups in each of the 3 weeks in the festival, you are invited to visit the restaurants, order the soups and then VOTE for your People’s Choice favourites below from each week’s offerings. We will have 3 sets of winners with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place each week over the 3 week period.

Share your experiences: Tweet and Instagram share your photos throughout the festival, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #SoupFestYVRplease include this hashtag in all your social share mentions.

Voting criteria – some things to help you judge your favourite soup creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and visit 2 places or more to taste the different soup creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your People’s Choice favourites

Here are the soup creations for the 1st week which runs January 10 -16.

Moltaqa Restaurant

Harrira

VOTE 

Featured: Week #1 January 10-16

Price: $5.75

Description: Traditional Chickpea and Lentil soup; made with Tomatoes, garlic, Moroccan spices

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: Chefs Jamal, Merwan (both Moroccan) the recipes were then rewritten and worked on by Ray (Canadian)

Dietary notes: This soup is Vegan and Gluten Free.

 

Rhinofish Noodle Bar

Hun Dun Mian

VOTE 

Week #1 January 10-16

Price: $13.50

Description: wonton noodle soup

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: Chef David Wu

 

Las Tortas

Pozole Verde

VOTE 

Week #1 January 10-16

Price: $12.50 Large Bowl Meal Size, $6.75 Small Bowl, $2.99 Cup

Description: A vibrant Traditional Mexican Stew/soup made with Hominy Corn (big white meaty corn) Long simmered along braised pork and poblano peppers. Served topped with shredded cabbage, Avocado and Squash blossoms.

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber

Ban Chok Dee

Gaeng Liang Soup with cheese ice cream

VOTE 

Week #1 January 10-16

Price: $10

Description: Aromatic Thai herbs and spices give a Smooth and creamy kabocha soup served with House made lesser ginger bread stick puff and cheese ice cream.

Created by: chef Parinya Loptson and chef Aew Sadapphin

Liquids + Solids

The Naughty Thai

VOTE 

Week #1 January 10-16

Price: 10oz $3.95 14oz $4.95

Description: A dangerously delicious blend of Thai flavours featuring lemongrass, basil and cilantro swimming in a coconut curry bone broth with chunks of free-run chicken, rice and wild mushrooms.

Here are the complete details for this festival
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2019/01/10/vancouver-soup-festival-january-10-31/

We will announce the People’s choice results along with the winning restaurants and their soup creations on February 1, 2019.

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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