No-fuss dinner at Tokyo Joe Sushi

Tokyo Joe Sushi is a small, no-fuss, pay at the counter sushi spot in central Richmond. They are great for takeout sushi or a quick lunch/dinner. I like to go there for their sashimi and special sushi rolls. Tokyo Joe also offer other items like teriyakis, udons and others. It’s not really a place for…

Birthday Feasting at Kissa Tanto

I never miss an opportunity to celebrate with food and for my recent birthday, I researched restaurants in the city for my celebration. I have always wanted to go to Kissa Tanto since it opened about a year ago. It’s a small restaurant in Chinatown, very intimate and has a sexy, jazz vibe. Kissa Tanto…

Yolk of the City at Marutama Ra-men

Recently, I finally dragged my mom, also a ramen egg aficionado, to Marutama Ra-men. Having been there once before and swooning ever since, I have been singing Marutama’s praises for a while. I got the Aosa Ramen, which comes with a generous helping of the fragant sea lettuce. The sea lettuce tastes a little briny,…

Bao and Ramen at Pagu 

Something I noticed about Boston is that there is quite a strong Asian community in this town. When I found out that I was literally staying in an apartment that was steps away from H-Mart, I almost wept for joy. DC, build an H-Mart please? Thank you. The point of this post is I found…

Ramen and Poutine at Haikan

I noticed something recently about Vancouverites. Whenever the weather gets particularly chilly, raining and biting, we tend to swarm to our favorite ramen/pho place. Something about a hot, steaming bowl of noodles just comforts the soul. The weather in DC has been quite chilly recently, and being the Vancouverite that I am, I sought out…

I Aburi love Green Leaf Sushi

As you know, my love for Thomas Haas is deep and true. However, when I come up for air from imbibing in my Thomas obsession, I noticed that Thomas is actually located close to a great sushi place that does fantastic and cheap aburi sushi!! Green Leaf Sushi is a small and quaint restaurant in Kerrisdale, by…

Like a true fishermen, Taiyaki at On Yogurt

I think this post is another example of the length I am willing to go for food. Picture this, I am about a day away from leaving Vancouver, feeling a little sick with a cold that is slowly taking hostage of my nose and mouth, and it was a typical rainy Vancouver day. Instead of…

So Matcha Love at Chicco Cafe

It is only after I moved away from Vancouver that I realized how much I love Asian desserts. You never know what you’re missing until it’s gone. Chicco Cafe is part of the Gyozaking restaurant group that also owns Gyoza King(never been), Gyo-O in Richmond(LOOOVVEEE this place!) and G-men Ramen Shop(awesome ramen!). Chicco Cafe is a…

Always Guuu’d: Japanese Tapas Time

This post might be old news for some of you, but for people who have never tried izakaya food(please go, like, right now), I thought it will be fun to write about Guu, the izakaya pioneer group in Vancouver and my favorite izakaya restaurant. Guu Izakaya currently has 6 restaurants in Vancouver and 1 in…

Enjoying #thesushilife at Ajisai Sushi Bar

Ajisai Sushi Bar is truly a hole-in-the-wall gem. It is a tiny, tiny Japanese restaurant in a mall just off West 42nd Street in Kerrisdale. It is not visible from the main street, so it is a little hard to find. We went in about half an hour before closing time during the lunch hour, so…

Lava Yolk Time at Marutama Ra-men

People often say chicken noodle soup is good for the soul. Unfortunately, perhaps I missed the memo, I don’t understand why people find chicken noodle soup so fascinating. If I have a cold, I would rather get a nice steaming bowl of pho. Then I went to Marutama. Marutama Ra-men is unique in that their…

Birthday Dinner: Kingyo Izakaya

The grand finale of Teng’s Birthday Bonanza (Feasting Fest was also a name I considered but it’s almost one am which has nothing to do with anything but I reckoned sufficed to become a reason) was Kingyo Izakaya. You will (should/ought to) remember that we went there for lunch last summer and enjoyed every morsel…