Finding Seafood Nirvana

Finding Seafood Nirvana

Some of the best recipes start with a good selection of fresh caught and prepared Pacific Shellfish. Easy to make salads and hot pots of clear or creamy chowders. I shop at several docks here in Vancouver. Granville Island Market, Steveston, Sidney, Sooke, Ucluelet Tofino Prawns, crab, squid, rock fish, halibut ling cod. Salt Spring mussels and effingham oysters tossed with tasty vinaigrette or stewed in a hot pot. It’s all healthy...
Victoria Chat and Chew

Victoria Chat and Chew

When I go to Vancouver Island for a few days, you automatically feel like your on holidays. So many sights and places of interest. I love restaurant hopping. The more places I visit where good foods are being showcased, I’m in! So many eateries to choose from. I love seafood appetisers. This Lobster Street Taco and Dungeness Crab Fritters was the perfect start to get the taste buds activated. Cod Fritters are my Favourite when made like soft little pillows of joy. A nice selection of Sushi with a cocktail or two will be just Jim...
Road Trip Nibble and a Nip!

Road Trip Nibble and a Nip!

I love road trips and checking out all the off the beat and track eateries especially this trip to Ucluelet. Tried some of the Hanks best Smoked Five Spice Duck Wings, Panko Crusted Rock Fish, Crispy Halibut and Albacore Street Tacos. The best of the day was a six pack of Effingham Fresh Shucked Oysters from the Raven Lady. Life is to short to eat mediocre...
Dim Sum

Dim Sum

Life without Dim Sum would be a boring weekend for me. I love to have other chefs feed me. Dim Sum Brunches have become very affordable and busy. A good selection with tea and dessert will set you back 25 bucks. Check out what I had New Years Day. Started with a bowl of chicken corn chowder and a bowl of hot and sour soup. The veggie spring rolls with in-house made plum sauce were deluxe. The pork and mushroom wonton, wok fried in a chili pea-nutty sauce topped with steamed spinach tops. The main event was the seafood chow mien, the crispy noodle foundation with plump...
Shanghai Dining Wok.

Shanghai Dining Wok.

                  When thekitchenman has had a long day, I like takeout Chinese stir fry dishes. We have many choices of Asian restaurants here in South Surrey and surrounding Vancouver and it’s growing daily. I like the simple sweet and sour pork, or the pot stickers. The soups are very well made. The wonton and seafood are yummy. The Shanghai Noodle with spicy pork is my fav. For the last several years, I have found this neighborhood jewel of a restaurant call the Shanghai Dining Wok. The owners take good care of...
Hot and Sour Soup!

Hot and Sour Soup!

Hot and Sour Soup! Happy New Year! Since the first time I tasted hot and sour soup which was more than four decades ago, it is a soup if made right, fills the body and soul with all the right taste sensations. Living in BC the many versions that passed my lips has been numerous to say the least. I’m always on a quest to sample an Asian restaurants chef version. Recently I have found two soup makers in the same month that were absolutely worthy of high praise. First to make a good hot and sour soup it takes a dozen ingredients and flavor adding condiments to prepare...