Friday, November 2, 2012

Taiwan Trip - Part XIII - Japan Trip Day1 (Part2)

We were trying to find a place with wifi and where better than Starbucks! There was one right by the transit station close to our hotel.

Starbucks dude that was very nice and helpful with pretty good English. He gave us a piece of paper with instructions to set up wifi on iphones. Unfortunately we still weren't able to figure out how to get it working. We only figured out it had to go through or something to do with Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications company.

The famous street market under the railway tracks - Ameyoko Market

I looked up some cake places beforehand to check out when we're in Japan. Harbs was one of them and it happened that there was one inside the department store near by our hotel. We actually wandered around the streets and saw the department store and just went in to see what's in there. It was late already when we got there so we decided to come back another day for the cakes.


On our way back to the hotel, on the side of the street there was a small store with lights still up selling cylinder shaped cakes, Baumkuchen. Nyuto-Seika is the store name. I forgot if we picked one up that night or another day. I guess it will come up again in a later post if it was on a later day. I remembered it was a bit on the sweet side.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vegetarian vocabularies for traveling in Japan

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Thank you CHACHAGIRL and :)
I only added in the English translation. Hopefully this is helpful.

*There is also a previous post with some translated Japanese notes on my blog - Post 


(Vegetarian vocabularies for traveling in Japan)


(Since I don’t speak Japanese, could you please read the explanations below. Sorry for the trouble.)


(I am a vegetarian, I don’t eat animal, fish and shell fish food products.)
(私は菜食主義ですが。 動物性と魚介類のものを食べません )


(I don’t eat green onions, garlic, onions and chives.)
(葱、大蒜、玉葱、韮も食べません )


(I eat eggs.)
(卵は大丈夫です )


(I don’t eat eggs.)
(卵はだめです )


(I don’t eat broth cooked from dried bonito or scallops.)
(鰹節とほたてを使った出汁もだめです )


(Is there bonito or scallop used in this sauce?)
(鰹節とほたてを使った醤油ですか? )


(Could I bother you to prepare the meal with the requests mentioned above?)
(お手数ですが 以上の条件で対応できますか )

(Does this salad dressing contain animal products, fish, shellfish, green onions, onions, garlic, or chives?)
(サラダのドレシングは動物性、魚介類、.葱、大蒜、玉葱、韮のものが入っていますか? )

(I don’t want salad dressing, please give me regular soy sauce (without bonito or scallops))
(サラダのドレシングのかわりに普通の醤油(鰹節とほたてを使っていない醤油)をください )

(Does this product/merchandise contain animal products, fish, shell fish, green onions, garlic  onions or chives?)
(この商品には動物性と魚介類のものエキス或は葱、大蒜、洋葱、韮が入っていますか )

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Po Kong Vegetarian Restaurant

Finally I got this post up, and this should sum up the last Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant I know in the greater Vancouver area. So Po Kong used to be the old 'Bo Kong' on Main Street and 15th Ave now it has moved to Kingsway close to Knight Street.

We came here a few months ago for a birthday get together group dinner. I took a picture of the 4-person dinner combo because I think were planning on ordering it but didn't end up doing so. 

Sorry I can't remember any name of the dishes we ordered... so this is just a very short  post with pictures >__<...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Whole Vegetarian Restaurant

This is a long overdue post on Whole Vegetarian Restaurant. I'm guessing probably 90% of the vegetarian people in Vancouver know about this place already. It's been at the same location since forever. Well, it used to be Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant, which had another location in Richmond, but both of them closed down maybe a year or two ago and Whole Vegetarian Restaurant (Same owners as Whole Vegetarian Food Inc) took over. Their menu pretty much stayed the same. (From the rumors I've heard, it was something to do with increasing the lease so Bo Kong had to move out :P Bo Kong has now reopened at a new location tho, called Po Kong. I will post about it soon too) 

We usually come here for dim sum now, there's just not that many veggie dim sum choices around town anymore, it makes me sad :( Anyways, the pics I took were from a dinner we had a while back. I will do another update next time I go there for dim sum again.

Lower right is one of my usual favourite dishes, Sizzling Chow Mein, if I have the craving for Cantonese style crispy noodles. It's slightly pricier than other crispy noodles on the menu because it's served on a hot iron plate. If you haven't had it before, it's a good choice to go with, but otherwise I think other crispy noodles are as good :) Middle top dish should be Bean Curd Skin Roll with Black Sauce.

I think this was Jai Combination, basically marinated bean curds :)

Another one of our usual favourite dishes - Tasty Fresh Shiitake Mushroom. I guess the name really doesn't tell much about the dish other than it's shiitake mushrooms :P It's basically deep fried shiitake mushrooms with sweet and sour flavour. It's really good, I recommend it.  

I think this is an item from the clay pot section, might be Taro and Vegetarian Cutlet Hot pot. Sorry it's been a while I don't remember, but it was good I remember that. 

This is from a couple weeks ago from one of the dim sum runs. I felt like congee that day, so I ordered the Enoki Mushrrom and Bean Curd Skin Congee. The large is about 5 bowls and small about 3, that's what the waiter told us when we asked about the size. It was so good we finished up right away and I decided to order another small Corn Congee because both my sister-in-law and niece enjoyed the congee a lot too. So I will hopefully have some more dim sum soon and have the updates up after :)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt

Girls day out continues, after a few hours of shopping indoors, we headed outside for some refreshments and cold treats :) Frozen Yogurt time~

I always drive by or walk by here, but this is first time trying it out. Basically just follow the signs in the store - first get a cup, with or without waffle cone, then you move onto the frozen yogurt section where you can try out first with the small paper cups provided on the side. Each machine has 2 flavours, you can either have them separately or have them mixed. 

After that, you go to the dry toppings section where all the kids go crazy on with candies, gummies, nuts, etc.

Then there's the wet toppings next to the dry ones. There's fruit and flavoured popping bobas and even sauces you can drip on top like chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, etc.  

Finally you head over to the cashier and weigh your cup and pay :)

I stayed off the toppings this time because I've picked enough mixed flavours of frozen yogurts. Some of them are pretty sweet, so it's nice to be able to try a little out before you decide to go with them. I think I will stick with one or two flavours and try on toppings next time. It's a little happy place with lots of smiling kids enjoying their sweets and frozen yogurts :)

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