Uncle Lu

Uncle Lu 安可盧萬巒豬腳
3779 Sexsmith Rd Richmond, BC (604) 370-0250

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To be honest, based on what it looks like from the outside, I really thought this was a fancy tea shop for the longest time. Which is why I never bothered to try it. Until recently.

Uncle Lu aka sister store of Corner 23 is always packed with people. At times you really have to seat yourself, and the food takes a while to come out, so I would not suggest coming here if you are in a rush.

They tend to alternate their teas (sometimes within the hour which bugs me as I do not appreciate drinking a mixture of red and green tea, I am a food purist in that sense) but I absolutely love the aroma of their red tea.

Below is a compilation of the foods we have eaten as I have been here too many times.


Chicken With Thai Style Spicy Chili Sauce
I expected some special Thai sauce made in house, but this was literally the Thai Spicy Chili Sauce you can buy at the market



Fried Pork With Sweet and Sour Sauce


Taiwanese Style Pork Sausage


Sliced Pork With Garlic Sauce
Classic Taiwanese Dish! :)



Wan Luan Pork Hock
First time having this dish so I can't compare it to much, but very well marinated and the sauce definitely hit the spot.

Chicken With Three Spice Sauce
My All Time Favourite, Really impressed as I can say Uncle Lu is probably one of my top 3 go to places for this dish


Malaysian Fever

Ipoh Asian House
2128 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC (604) 251-3322


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Finally got the chance to come here after hearing my parents rave about Ipoh for months.

As a family, we usually go out for Vietnamese food, but recently they've caught the Malaysian fever. We have been having Malaysian food every week now.

Anyways, Ipoh has a really simple modern look.

In short: Chinese owned, Chinese chef, BIG portions, affordable prices :)

Quick snap of the menu

Fish maw soup
Not bad at all! Lots of fish maw and enough for everyone to have seconds. (4 of us)

Crab (Forgot which style of crab)
We were supposed to dip the crab in "sauce" (the paste of sauce leftover from cooking), when asked "what sauce?" the waitress brought over curry for dipping.

We also had Roti Canai, a veggie dish and $1 Chicken (their special at the time).

* The rest of the pictures are MIA as the owner of this blog may have been too hungry.

Price:  $$
Food:     Service:    Ambience:     
Conclusion: Nice place to go for lunch/dinner. A good alternative to taiwanese bubble tea houses. Go for their big portions, but don't expect to have authentic, authentic Malaysian food here.


Oats, Crackers, Cookies and More!




Oh where do I start...
Snacking has been a guilty pleasure of mine ever since I could remember, 
When I'm bored or stressed or simply hungry I would snack on pretty much anything that looks appetizing.


So when I saw that Narin's was offering an opportunity to review their line of Scottish oat crackers I could not wait to sign up.
Since receiving the product samples, I have gone from snacking on instant noodles and junk food to nibbling cookies and crackers from Narin's. They have a great selection of crackers and cookies that contain oats (for those who don't know, oats are a great source of fibre which we all need in our diets, more benefits listed below). I have never been a huge fan of vegetables, especial those with little to no sauce or dressing so these crackers and cookies is a wonderful substitute for me. And the only time I eat oats is in oatmeal raisin cookies, or granola bar.. you se the trend.



BENEFITS OF OATS
According to The Whole Grains Council, Some benefits of oats include:

  • OATS MAY REDUCE ASTHMA RISK IN CHILDREN
  • OATS MAY BOOST NUTRITION PROFILE OF GLUTEN-FREE DIETS
  • OATS INCREASE APPETITE-CONTROL HORMONES
  • OAT BETA GLUCANS IMPROVE IMMUNE SYSTEM DEFENSES
  • OATS HELP CUT THE USE OF LAXATIVES
  • OATS MAY HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
  • OATS MAY IMPROVE INSULIN SENSITIVITY
  • OATS LOWER BAD CHOLESTEROL
  • OATS HELP CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE
  • OATS #3 OVERALL, #1 FOR BREAKFAST, IN SATIETY INDEX

Information above was taken directly from The Whole Grains Council website. Read more about this in detail here.
INITIAL THOUGHTS
Opening the box, I noticed that Narins products were packed in smaller portions, I  really love this as it is so convenient to take out and share with the people around me. This is also a good way to prevent your snacks from going stale if you forget to eat it and can help in portioning your snack size so you over eat (or so I don't over eat).
TASTE
The cookies came in three different flavours:
- Dark Chocolate Chip
- Mixed Berries
- Stem Ginger

They were not too sweet and made a perfect afternoon snack. I did not put any toppings on this as it had enough flavouring, but you may add jam or cream cheese if you like .
There were four kinds of crackers:
- Scottish Oat Crackers Organic
- Scottish Oat Crackers Cheese
- Scottish Oat Crackers Roughly Milled
- Crisp Baked Oat Crackers with Sunflower Seeds

 These did not have overpowering flavours, which makes them the ideal candidate to put toppings on. 
TOPPING IDEAS
Some of my favourite toppings are:
- Blue cheese and honey
- Tuna and mayonnaise topped with caviar
- Cheese, tomato and balsamic vinegar 

* Trugs Gourmet Garlic and Onion Jam (It maybe smelly at first but its so, so good)
If you do happen to try these combinations, please comment below. I would love to hear from you all!

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