Showing posts with label fried chicken. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fried chicken. Show all posts

Monday, October 6, 2014

Yolk's Restaurant and Commissionary

I decided to return from a long blogging slumber with the coverage of an east-side neighbourhood diner that is probably the most raved about in city at the moment; Yolk's!

My previous trip to New York City has seriously left me longing for a seriously good wholesome brunch, which is comparably scarce in Vancouver in my opinion.  I've been gawking at photos of oozing runny poached eggs from Yolk's for quite sometime on Urbanspoon.  Work schedule, however, only left me to write it up as a wish list up until last Sunday.

Located on Clarke and East Hastings, a lazy individual such as myself could only describe it as 'a road trip', or a mini 'journey' coming up from Richmond.  Since Yolk's doesn't take reservation, I already predicted that the wait would be long and eternal.  We should either go extremely early, or just before closing.  Nonetheless, we showed up at the door right around 11:30 am and met with the rest of the population crowding outside.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bonchon Chicken, Thailand

I finally got to cross another item off my list of things to eat in Bangkok this year. For months, I hesitated to try the Bangkok franchise version of the beloved Bonchon Chicken after reading several reviews that they are incomparable to other Bonchons out there.

The thought had totally left me until I stumbled across a brand new stand at Siam Paragon. Even though it's just a kiosk, you would expect there would be some quality control here right? Apparently not.
Despite the fact that I have picked up my dinner from trusty Thai KFC already, I was determined to give it a try.  I asked the vendor what sauce and she'd recommend soy garlic was most popular so I got 5 boneless pieces to go.

Words like "mouth watering", "delish", "extra crispy", "juicy" were some of the few that came to mind as I anticipated for the chicken.  However.....
I took my first bite into a dry, rubbery meat. That was hardly what I was expecting. The chicken tasted like it had been chilling out all day, cold and stale. The batter wasn't crispy and quite thick.  The famous sauce was overly salty and it smelled and tasted like something artificial. I could hardly finish one piece let alone eat the rest. As a devoted fried chicken connoisseur, this was utterly unsatisfactory
My experience may be different had I gone to the main location at Thonglor. Nonetheless, for an expanding establishment with 3-4 branches now, I certainly would have expected quality at this location.  I'm glad I had KFC as a plan B, which, by the way, is about 100 times greater than in North America. Stay tuned for my new post as I detail the awesomeness of Thailand's KFC!
Precisely my reaction after tasting Thailand's Bonchon Chicken..

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mini luncheon at Pearl Castle Richmond Centre

Fellow foodie, Merh and I got together one weekend for lunch at Pearl Castle, the Richmond Centre location.  I've visited this location and the one on Sexsmith several times, but mainly only for bubble tea and light snacks, never for a full meal.   I have to say it is a go-to spot in Richmond for bbt, and when you absolutely can't decide what to eat.  

The restaurant was completely full at lunch time with the line up of people spilling out of the restaurant.  I didn't think it could ever be that hectic! The wait was around 20 minutes before we were seated.

We were starving and I wanted a fun lunch, meaning little nutrients but good tasting and not boring.
Such components on that day would include Taiwanese-style fried chicken, and anything hot to thaw us from this freezing cold weather.  Whether it was due to hunger or ambition, over-ordering is something common to us and this was just another occasion.  For us girls, 1 set of entree and one appetizer to share would've sufficed, but, of course, that's not how we roll.  I wanted fried chicken, so we got both the wings and nuggets.  We wanted something warm, so we each got a hot pot set.  After the second plate of appie arrived, we realized we had, once again, overdone ourselves.  

Was it necessary? no.  Did we regret it? kinda.  Was it satisfying? absolutely!

Crispy fried chicken nuggets $5.75 with skin on and a load of seasoning.  You'll never eat KFC popcorn chicken again.  They are crispy and majorly addictive. I could not get enough of them and want some more, like right now......

Fried chicken wings, 6 pieces for $5.50.  These wings were pretty big and meaty (except for maybe one), but I still preferred the seasoning on the nuggets.  

As an attempt to balance her meal, Merh ordered ginseng chicken hotpot ($8.95).   The portion was large for the price.  Like I mentioned, the two of us could've shared this and be moderately full.  The ginseng broth was mild, and herby.  It tasted "healthy" and had a lot of chicken and mushrooms.  It came with a side of thick chili sauce to give more flavour to the chicken.  

I really enjoyed my kimchi seafood hotpot ($8.95), which was big enough to last me a couple more days.  There was a generous amount of seafood; shrimp, fish, fishcakes, and vegetables.  It was vibrant both visually and in flavours.  Though it was really high in sodium, and possibly MSG-filled, it was great comfort dish due to its fiery broth.  It also came with a side of satay sauce for extra oil and sodium. I happily ate most of it.  Both hotpot sets came with jellies! I felt like a kid eating it.

For some reason, for maybe that day in particular, I found the service to be pretty fast.  Or maybe I didn't notice that they were slow because we were caught up in conversations.  Us hungry girls didn't complain about our hunger while waiting for food, though. Their bbt is good, but imo, Estea at Aberdeen Centre food court reigns supreme.

Pearl Castle 圓香茶坊 (Richmond Centre) on Urbanspoon

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Do you love fried chicken? Go to L.A. Chicken!



I'm a feen for fried chicken, really good fried chicken.  

For some reason the KFC in Asia is amazing for that, I think it's the seasoning and the batter that makes a difference.  Meanwhile, I consider the quality of Canadian KFC next to being garbage.  It's quite disappointingly atrocious.  It's been almost a year since I have had a good fried chicken during my trip to L.A. last year.  I have been to several places that offer great fried chicken such as Liu's and fried chicken wings from Phnom Penh, but I didn't know of any place that is great at southern-style fried chicken.   So when I heard about a good fried chicken joint located right in Richmond, I was determined to get to the bottom of it.  

Located on Thorpe road in Richmond, L.A. Chicken interior looks like it was frozen in time since its opening in the early days in the 80's (I'm assuming). A typical mom and pop fast food joint that looks like it could use a face lift, particularly for its food posters that have faded to sepia.  They are still doing well for business as most patrons come in for take outs.  

Their 3 piece chicken combo for $9.99 came with fries, gravy, and a choice of pop or salad. First bite taken was very crispy and I mean the entire skin was deep fried to a golden crisp.  The meat was also well marinated through.  I wish there was more spices on the batter though.  The gravy was also good, thick and rich.  Although the fries somehow managed to stay hot and crispy even after a while, I could probably skip them and just get a whole bucket next time.  I gave it 8/10, not too shabby at all!  What else is missing here? Waffles with lots of butter and syrup!

If you know of another great fried chicken joint in Vancouver and greater area, I am all ears.

L.A. Chicken on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles

I had made it my mission to eat as many fried chicken, preferably with waffles, as I could for this recent trip to the US.  Because Canada is so far up north, finding tasty southern fried chicken is about as rare as finding your lost diamond ring in the ocean, or finding an authentic Thai restaurant around here.  The last time I had a good chicken and waffle, believe it or not, it was at A&W in Thailand.  Very random combination.  While I was in New York, I didn't get to go try this wonderful place located in Harlem that my sister kept raving about.  Who wouldn't be enticed by the words "fried chicken" and "mimosa" in the same sentence? So when I met Geri of Princess Gourmet in San Francisco, she firmly recommended Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, a California-based soul food joint opened by a Harlem native.  As my US trip was coming to an end, I made it the top of my list of things to do in LA.

After a gruelling incident where we almost missed the plane, we safely arrived LA and immediately booked it to Hollywood.  There was a distinct sign of a cartoon rooster wearing a hat standing in front of a giant waffle.  We knew they meant business.  An intimidating security was standing outside, guarding the perimeter from rascals who were hanging around the restaurant.  As a tourist, I naturally took it as a precaution.  We were led inside of restaurant where it was quite dark with glowing pink and yellow neons.  It wasn't very busy, and everybody seemed comfortable enjoying their meals.  I was excited and ready for some soul food!

The menu is pretty straight forward, listing different ways you can order their fried chicken.  I didn't hesitate to order the half chicken, south western style with 2 waffles for $15.30.  Keeping it simple, keeping it real. We also wanted to order the Mac n' Cheese on the side and saw that the portion was so small for $4.50.  We asked for a mix of grey and dark meat to get the best of both worlds.  As much as I wanted to devour everything myself, I ended up sharing since this huge portion was out of my league.

Buttermilk battered and twice fried, the chicken was wonderfully flavourful and extra crispy.  They were good on their own, but I must add a touch of magic; hot sauce.

I usually wouldn't slather my waffle with all the whole scoop of butter, or empty my cup of syrup.  But this time, I went all out.  My waffle was crispy, fluffy, and buttery.  I even drenched it with syrup and enjoy the whole experience with the crispy chicken...AND hot sauce!  At that point, I no longer cared how many calories or saturated fat I was consuming.  Lets just say I lost self control as though I and ate like a pregnant woman on a rampage.  It was everything I imagined.  Alas, my craving was finally satisfied.  


Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles on Urbanspoon

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chicken sandwich and truffle fries @ Norman Rose Tavern

After all day of wine tasting in Napa Valley, a quick snack was needed to east off the buzz.  Once again thanks to my Micheline Guide, I pointed to Norman Rose Tavern, a gastropub known for "classic, American comfort food". I went there searching for a tasty, crispy buttermilk fried chicken.

Though it was crispy, I didn't find that their buttermilk chicken sandwich was that well seasoned.  The meat wasn't juicy and succulent either.  The watercress salad, or whatever it was sitting on, was drenched in creamy peppercorn mayo.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad.  It was just..... mehhh...., coming from a fried chicken lover.   I thought it was a bit steep paying $10.95 for an average chicken sandwich with no sides. Definitely incomparable to the Naked Lunch fried chicken sandwich, but a whole lot better than Wendy's. 

The next item I jumped on was the truffle & parmesan fries ($7.95)!  These were fresh crispy fries with truffle essence, topped with melting grated parmesan.  Okay, those were delicious.  I devoured the plate and have nothing bad to complain.

The Norman Rose Tavern on Urbanspoon

Valuable lesson learned here:
Overall, my dining experience in Napa Valley were only okay, though it could've been much more amazing. For example, I should've taken suggestions and went to Ad Hoc, a part of Thomas Keller restaurant group, back in Yountville.  I didn't learn until much later they also make killer fried chicken than Norman Rose Tavern, or anywhere around this area, and at much better value than Bouchon (cry). As my foodie friends responded, "we didn't tell you to go to Bouchon, we said Bouchon BAKERY" T ^ T Well if I did, I probably would also have a better posts to write about.  Rather than listening to a book, always trust your fellow foodies. They know best. Indeed it was a valuable, though wasteful, learning experience from a new foodie that I would like to share with everyone! 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A&W Chicken waffle!

It was such a delightful treat that I had to write about it! I was envious of my sister when she presented me with Harlem's famous chicken waffle photos. Little did I know that I would come across it at A&W in Bangkok, Thailand. In North America, the fast food joint is well known for their thick cut onion rings and family named burgers. But in Thailand, A&W is more known for their waffles! Served at any given time of day, their famous waffles are served with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, a choice of chocolate sauce or strawberry sauce, and a side of maple syrup. It is more of a sit down dish, of course. This time around, I notice chicken waffle is up on the menu along with other infused dishes like fried chicken curry with rice. For only 57 bath (less than 2 US dollars), you get a crispy fried chicken fillet sandwiched between 2 waffles. I was quite baffled by how crispy and well seasoned the fried chicken was. Coupled with spicy barbecue sauce with a hint of mayo, it is bursting with savoury flavour.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Good Eats in Vancouver

I'll update this post often as I go to Vancouver a lot , solely for the food.

Wo Fung Dessert Aberdeen Centre, Richmond, BC

I was extremely heartbroken when Little Bean which had the crispiest and juiciest fried chicken wings no longer serve chicken.

Then, I heard rumours that the best fried chicken wings are at the food court and Aberdeen Centre. It took me a couple trips before I found where this joint was located. Finally, one day when as I was making another hunt for chicken wings I came across something peculiar. While other food joints were waiting for one customers to come and order, only one had a lineup of about 10 people. I quickly observed to see what people are ordering and behold, fried chicken wings are flying out of the kitchen. It seemed to be the only thing patrons are ordering from Wo Fung Dessert. I think the "Dessert" part is what threw me off and why I never found this hidden treasure. Anywho, I took one bite of the freshly fried wings and I think one single tear of joy came out. It was crispy, juicy and the skin and the meat are perfectly seasoned and marinated. There's tons of flavour but not over powering and you can just taste a hint of ginger.

Frappe Bliss

If you walk a few steps over across the food court you will find a shop called Frappe Bliss which offers all different kinds of shaved ice dessert. It may sound too simple but their secret ingredient lies in the shaved ice which is made of milk, a combination fresh ingredients and milk, or yogurt. The texture of the shaved ice is very smooth, almost velvet and has creamy flavour. Aside from the different flavoured shaved ice you can also pick different toppings to go on the dessert. It's very different from all the other shaved ice desserts and extremely refreshing even after a full meal. I didn't find their website having a lot of information but you can click here to see their selections and reviews.

Steveston Pizza Co. Steveston, BC

Steveston Pizza Co. is a small shop on the corner of Moncton and 3rd Ave in Steveston and only does takeouts. In the summertime, it's a perfect spot to stop by and picnic by the beach which has a scenic harbour view. Steveston Pizza Co. is well known among the locals for using fresh and gourmet ingredients. It's hard to make a selection from the menu when everything sounds fantastic. My favourite is the simple Margerite One but I'm still making it my mission to sample everything on the menu.

Cheesy leftover!!

Tenku Richmond, BC

I call it the giant takoyaki, but the apprporiate name is actually "Bakudanyaki". The giant ball is sold at 500 cents a pop and is consisted of rice cake, shrimp, calamari, cabbage, quail egg, and different toppings. Look for a Tenku stand when you are hungry for bakudanyaki at 7100 Elmbridge Way (in a parking lot) from 11-8 pm everyday. Here is the website for the delicious menu and location.

Gmen Ramen Richmond, BC

G-Men Ramen is achain of Gyoza King and is known as Kintaro's biggest competition in Vancouver. The key here is the broth; shoyu, torigara (chicken) shoyu, and miso; all of which are rich and packed with flavour. Cheese lovers should try the Miso, Cheese & Kimchi Ae Soba. Aside from ramen, there are also donburi (rice) dishes such as bbq eel, salted cod roe, or marinated pork on rice. The only downer is that the space is extremly limited and there's always lineups. If you are planning to go with a bigger group of people, all party must be present once your table is available, otherwise they'll give up your table. Inside the restaurant, the decor is kinda cute. They make the kitchen to look like a street vendor, reminiscent of authentic ramen stands in Japan.

Japadog downtown Vancouver

Located on Burrard street, (one location on Burrard and Smithe, the other on Burrard and Penderstreet, Japadog is probably the most famous hot dog stand in Canada, having been aired by CBC, Global, and CBC, not to include published in various magazines. some of the past clients include Steven Seagal, Daniel Dae Kim, and Ice Cube. The lineup on any regular day may be long but nobody seems to mind the wait. You can find all sorts of people from businessman to tourist sitting down on the pavement and enjoying the delicious fusion between Japanese flavour toppings and a North American staple. The most popular being the Terimayo, which branches into different types, and the Oroshi. Patrons can check on their website before embarking on the search for Japadog as they maybe opened or closed depending on the weather.