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Celebrating Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania

I think many cultures have a dish made with noodles.  Think of Italian pasta, fried Chinese noodles (thick and thin), Filipino pancit, Indonesian mie goreng, Pad Thai, Vietnamese pho soup, and more.  Vancouver Foodster found a 5 restaurants around Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, and downtown to show off for us their noodle dishes.  All the food was quite enjoyable, but very filling!  Below are the restaurants we visited and the dishes we tasted.  Enjoy!

Our first stop was to pick up our Noodle Mania card from Platform 7 Coffee, a good place to get a cortado and a home made cookie, before going out for a night to eat noodles.

A cortado at Platform 7 Coffee

A cortado at Platform 7 Coffee

First noodle stop was at Linh Cafe, who presents French and modern Vietnamese cuisine.   There we had Pho Bo, their Beef noodle soup, served with braised beef flank, rice noodles, and scads of scallions.  Usually with pho you get lots of bean sprouts, but no sprouts here.  A nice change.  The star though for me was their Pho Xao; stir fried noodles with fresh herbs, organic oyster mushrooms, and marinated tofu on top of rice noodles.  The brightness of the fresh herbs and earthiness of the mushrooms was delicious.  Recommended.

Linh Cafe - Pho Bo beef noodle soup and Pho Xao stir fried noodles

Linh Cafe – Pho Bo beef noodle soup and Pho Xao stir fried noodles

Stop #2 was Bubble Waffle, who tote themselves as Hong Kong and Taiwanese style cooking, although for me it was more Singaporean in style.  If you like medium spicy I can highly recommend the Laksa soup, made with chicken, coconut milk, rice noodles, Chinese cabbage, and curry spices. There may also have been some cooked egg in it.  Richard do you know?

Bubble Waffle - Laksa soup

Bubble Waffle – Laksa soup

Next stop was Grotto Italian, serving up squash ravioli and housemade gnocchi on a smoked chicken and mushroom ragout.  I enjoyed the sweetness of the squash in the ravioli, but wished it had a bit more of the sage with brown butter on top.  The gnocchi was also cooked nicely with a slightly crunchy texture du to some pan frying, and went well with the ragout.  They also have a very nice wine list.  We ordered a half litre of their Italian Falanghina (a white Italian grape.  Order it and enjoy.)

Grotto - squash ravioli and gnocchi

Grotto – squash ravioli and gnocchi

Stop 4 brings us to Che-Licious, a Vietnamese restaurant where we had a Zen Salad roll, made with tofu, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, pickled daikon, and red pepper, served with a smoky dipping sauce, and a bowl of beef Pho soup, with rare beef, brisket, beef ball, tripe and tendon.  I didn’t see any of the tripe or tendon in the Pho.  I do LOVE brisket in my pho.  Brisket always is soft and full of flavour.  The tofu in the salad roll was pan fried I believe and you could not tell that it was tofu.  Nice.  The food was presented spectacularly.  You could eat with your eyes and your mouth.

Che-Licious Zen Salad Roll and Pho

Che-Licious Zen Salad Roll and Pho

The last stop of the evening was U & I Thai, where they served their U and I Spaghetti Kee Mao, made with wheat spaghetti noodles, and a sauce made with Thai basil, and their Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, a chicken soup made with coconut milk, lemon grass and other spices, served with flat rice noodles.  This dish was my FAVOURITE of the night.  It was delicately flavoured and light.  I was told by the restaurant owner that this soup will be showing up on their lunch menu so go try it.

U and I Thai with Spaghetti Kee Mao, Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, and shrimp chips

U and I Thai with Spaghetti Kee Mao, Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, and shrimp chips

Thanks to all the restaurants that opened their doors and noodles to us, and to Richard @vanfoodster for setting up this fun event.

Tasting Plates Cambie Village June 10 – Get Your Tickets

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Cambie Village neighborhood in Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting 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.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • 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 dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • Visit each of the participating restaurants and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: U&I Thai-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Participating Restaurants:

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LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

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Pronto

3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.prontocaffe.ca/

Twitter @ProntoCambie

Cuisine: Italian

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U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit

Cuisine: Thai

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Rain or Shine Ice Cream

3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream

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Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Cuisine: Jewish bakery and cafe

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The Edge Cafe and Catering

2450 Yukon Street, Vancouver

Web: http://edgecatering.ca/the-edge-cafe/

Twitter: @EdgeCatererCafe

Cuisine: Cafe and caterer

More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $198 for a 6 pack of tickets ($33 each) * (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after June 7, 2015.

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

Purchase Tickets Here:

Ticket price includes tasting 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 in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Vancouver Foodster Presents the Fish and Chips Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Fish and Chips Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Fish and Chips Challenge

Have you ever participated in one of Vancouver Foodster’s Challenges?  Mac and Cheese, and Creme Brulee are two challenges that come to mind.  The winning Creme Brulee from Novo Pizzeria was amazing BTW.  Don’t miss out on the latest Challenge: Fish and Chips.  Read the press release below, and participate.  Have fun!  Follow me too as I visit each restaurant and send out a tweet.

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #FishChipsChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

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

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different fish and chips creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the 7 Fish and Chips dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Ban Chok Dee

Thai style Fish and Chips

Price: $12

Description:  Seasoned Lime Leaf Singha Beer-Battered Cod with Herbal Chili Paste and Peanut Pineapple Tamarind Sauce served with Hand-Cut Battered Pumpkin and Salted Taro Fries and a Plum Sauce with Cucumber and Ground Peanut. Lime Slices and Mini Dill Pickles on the side.

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya and Chef Ladda

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

 

Morocco West

Moroccan style Fish and Chips

Price: $21

Description: Green Pea Beer-battered Chermoula Halibut with Homemade Taro Chips and Wasabi Mayonnaise

Created by: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Offered: All the time

Morocco West

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://moroccowest.com/menus/

Twitter:  @MoroccoWest

 

U & I Thai

U and I Thai Northeast Fish & Chips

Price: $10.95

Description: Crispy on the outside, tender and delicious on the inside. Cold-water Halibut fish fillets, hand-dipped in a light batter and golden fried. Served with vegetable fries, Fresh fruits and three Thai style sauces.

Created by: Chef A-guan Phutyeam

Offered: All the time

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit

 

Las Tortas

El Dorado Taco Salad

Price: $7.95

Description: El dorado grilled Fish, ensalada verde with Tortilla Chips in a creamy chipotle salsa dressing

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber

Offered: All the time

Las Tortas

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

 

Pier 7 Restaurant

“The East West Connector”

Price: $16

Description: 2 pieces of Tempura battered house smoked sockeye salmon, spicy cucumber and napa coleslaw, nori tartar sauce

Created by: Chef Michael Mikoda

Offered: Served all day

Pier 7 Restaurant

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-929-7437

Web: http://pierseven.ca/

Twitter: @pier7restaurant

 

Tapas 23

Pescado Frito

Price: $10

Description: Spanish Battered Halibut, served with a Chipotle Caper berry Tartar Sauce and House Hickory Chips

Created by: Chef Perry Mlynowski

Offered: Dinner nightly

Tapas 23

3941 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-628300

Web: http://www.tapas23.com/

Twitter: @Tapas23YVR

 

Five Elements Café

Casa Basa 

Price: $10.95

Description:  Vietnamese style fish and chips creation with coconut Panko crusted Basa fish on a bed of Papaya Salad with a mix of cassava and sweet potato fries along with some Panko crusted pineapple wedges and Fried lotus root, with two sauces, garnished with basil leaves.

Created by: Chef Victoria Mekong

Offered: Dinner nightly

Five Elements Café

1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel:  (604) 559-5938

Web: http://www.fiveelementscafe.com/

Twitter: @5ElementsCafe

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Fish and Chips Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite Fish and Chips creations. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/fish-and-chips-challenge/