Chef #2 @ New Century Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Tuesday 3 June 2014 2:48 pm




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When I don’t know what to eat, I order Chef #2 from the New Century Restaurant and this is half an order only because a whole order would be way too much for me to eat.  Look at how much veggies I’ve got in this fully loaded crispy noodles at the bottom box.   Brocolli , cabbage, water chestnuts, char siew and shrimp plus some carrots for color.  I love the smell of the crispy canton noodles as well.  For $8 – this could be my lunch and supper easily.  Try it yourself and let me know what you think.  New Century Restaurant is located on Main Street, Yarmouth.

Singapore Noodles @ New Century Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Saturday 17 May 2014 10:27 pm




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Singapore Noodles from New Century Restaurant on Main Street Yarmouth, opens everyday from 11am – 9pm.  Singapore noodles is actually vermecilli a kind of rice noodles cooked with curry spices with veggies and shrimp.  You can ask for less spice if you don’t want it to be too spicy, the owner & chef will accommodate your taste buds.

Singapore noodles is not from Singapore, we do not have this kind of dish in Singapore per se. I think folks who’ve migrated to the West invented this  dish because Singaporeans like the Malaysians loved spicy food, so this is one way whereby we can have a good and decent spicy meal without costing a bomb.

I only ordered half an order for lunch because 1 order is too much for me, so if you only want a taste of it, you can ask the chef for half an order.  For those cold days or days where you don’t know what to eat and don’t mind the spice, you can try this out.  New Century Restaurant is located in downtown Yarmouth,  280 Main Street.

Home Cooked Watercress Soup

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Health,My Musing | Thursday 1 May 2014 6:41 pm




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I’m so stoked !  I was tell the Zhu’s from the Chinese restaurant that I missed having watercress soup and ta-da!  they ordered watercress from their supplier and made some watercress soup for me.  I of course, shamelessly asked for another bowl.  I wished someone sells watercress here in town, so that I can cook watercress soup myself.

Watercress soup is a soup that is very common from home.  Watercress is sold everywhere back home and it is great for the internal health.  Soup like these are so important to us Asians because they are said to not only is nutritious but also helps with one’s health. And yes, I missed having easy access to simple ingredients like watercress and lotus roots.  If only they have an Asian grocery store here in town.

I’m looking forward to going home for a visit really soon and you can bet i’ll be having a lot of these soup at home.

Cheap But Awesome Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review | Thursday 20 February 2014 10:44 pm




Take out lunch need not be expensive especially if you know the owners of the restaurant.  Lotus soup was free and yummy – boiled with beef.

And half an order of Singapore noodles because I didn’t really know what I wanted to eat.  So the soup and the noodles just hit the spot and i wasn’t even hungry till late in the evening today.

Chilli Lobsters For Reunion Dinner

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review | Friday 31 January 2014 5:25 pm




While my siblings are having Buddha Jump Over The Monk for reunion dinner and worrying if I have any good food for Chinese New Year’s reunion dinner, I am having some chilli lobsters with jasmine rice for mine.  I told my family and friends not to worry about me and to have a good time every year but they know that we don’t have a huge chinese community here, therefore every year, they try and send me lots of food and anything they can think of to make it a merrier Chinese New Year for me.

I’m so grateful for all their kindness and thinking of me and Chloe always.  But my lobster dinner was pretty good too.  So folks out there, don’t worry about me, I’m celebrating in my own way too.

Hauling Food From City





We were up in the city a few weeks ago, to haul some food home with some friends and this is but one of the many boxes that we hauled home.  So PB said maybe he should look at some  flatbed trailers  , so that the next time we need to haul food home from the city, we don’t need to bring another car with us.   Plus a flatbed trailer is great when we need to move furniture from home to the cottage, it would definitely be a great investment for us.

But coming back to all the food we hauled back from the city.  Some friends laughed and joked about opening a Asian grocery store here but there isn’t enough Asians in this area for me to do that.  Therefore, every couple of months, you see us going to Halifax and bringing all kinds of ingredient and paste home, even the noodles that I am used to back home, we can’t find them locally.  I bought luncheon meat, noodles, paste, drinks from home and candies from home and anything I cannot find here even soya sauce.  So yes, having a trailer may definitely work better for us instead of making the g/f  bring her SUV with us.

Food From Prima Taste

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,My Musing,Shopping | Wednesday 25 September 2013 12:01 pm




Food from home !! woohoo!! they just got in today !  and I had been waiting for it for a week now, well, it was a week late but no worries, the supplier gave me a whole box of it for free for being late! woohoo!!! FREE FOOD ! is always good.  Now I can have a Prima Taste party at the Zhu’s.  I had planned it for last week but since the food didn’t come, I had to postpone the date with friends and family.  But some really hot and tasty food coming my way soon.

I first came to know about Laksa La Mien and Curry La Mien from my long time girlfriend, Regina from home.  She sent me some from home and I fell in love with it.  And a reader from this blog, wrote and told me that I can get a supplier here and I went ordering it of course but they weren’t in stock and I had to wait till the fall.  So I checked the website out every week and finally saw them in stock – so I ordered as many as I can.  I ordered Prima Taste Mee Siam too – so wait for my reviews everyone.

A Chinese Birthday Party

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,Parties | Saturday 24 August 2013 11:03 am




A very special birthday of a very special little girl that we’ve come to know and grow up with.  Jessica from the Chinese restaurant invited us to her birthday, if you’ve met her, you would know that she is the sweetest kid on earth.   Her mom ordered an ice cream cake from Diary Queen and we had an hour of bowling session at Brunswick Lane and headed back to the restaurant to eat.

I figured it would make no sense to pay $20 to eat at the bowling alley when they own a restaurant right?  plus it would be so much easier to eat at the restaurant with everything right there and lo and behold I was right.  The kids had a blast!  Look at how cute they are!!

The Zhu’s made special food for Chloe because she wouldn’t eat anything with greens.

But look at how happy she was scooping up her own food.

Yummmmmy!

Everyone is eating now.

And our very special birthday girl – Jessica !

Pad Siew @ Halifax Shopping Center

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review | Monday 5 August 2013 2:16 pm




We just got back from the city – Halifax and tried this at the mall but was deeply disappointed.  The noodles were hard and the chicken were tough, on top of everything the noodles were way too sweet for comfort.  For almost $12 for a plate of noodles and drinks – I had expected better but I’m not giving up on them because I’ve had good noodles in soup from them but the next time I will remember to have them tom yum noodles with shrimp instead or rather stick to it.

Chloe had KFC – a two piece meal for $8 with a drink and PB was flipping mad because usually it would only cost us $4 here.  Oh well, I guess in the city it’s more expensive?

Laksa La Mian

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,Friendship | Saturday 15 June 2013 12:05 pm




I’ve never had Laksa La Mian before but my girlfriend from Singapore, Regina sent them over for me to try.  Regina is one of my longest girlfriend I’ve known in Singapore and she is the sweetest as ever – she never did changed from the first time I met her.  I’m so happy she is happily married to a wonderful macho looking man – and she has such a beautiful house – so well decorated and very expensive too.   Anyhow, The Laksa La Mian comes in packages like your instant noodles.

The paste was very little, I was quite skeptical that it would be enough for a robust tasting laksa – but i was wrong because it turned out really good.

I didn’t have much ingredients with me today – so I just had fishballs and an egg in the laksa but the la mian was plenty for a person – so it’s worth eating even if it was like $3 a package.  I would love to have more of this in the future with different condiments in them. Thanks to my girlfriend Regina for sending them over.

Emperor’s Chicken

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing,Slow Cooking | Thursday 23 May 2013 2:55 pm




I haven’t cooked Emperor Chicken for the longest time – and not because I didn’t have the necessary condiments for it but because cooking the emperor chicken takes a lot of time in cleaning the chicken properly and I wanted to have free range chicken.  And the only way to get it is from the Farmer’s market on the weekend and sometimes I don’t get up early enough to buy them.

Anyhow washed i did with the chicken – and gave it a good massage – and of course, with the Emperor chicken – you have to have mushrooms and anything else you want to put in them.

I rubbed the herbs well on the chicken – let it sit for an hour.

Threw in some wolfberries and some red dates and now it’s all ready to be steamed.

And my trusty steamer that we had bought – a great investment.

After 2 hrs of steaming – nice, tender and flavorful emperor chicken.

Combo Lunch @ New Century Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Tuesday 7 May 2013 2:23 pm




Lunch don’t need to be an elaborate affair for me, in fact I loved simple lunches like the one above from the new century restaurant on Main Street Yarmouth.  Lots of veggies, some rice and Mongolian beef with broccoli.  The beef was really tender – even my grandmother can eat it. For all this food – I paid only $8 – value for money right?

Honey Garlic Ribs For Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food Review | Friday 26 April 2013 10:29 am




Yes! honey garlic ribs for lunch from the New Century restaurant.  I know you rarely see me eat something that sweet – but I can’t resist it !  so I order the today’s lunch for that day – with loads of vegies as you can see – and rice (my favorite) of course.  So how was lunch ??  FUL – FILLING !

A Chinese New Year Gathering

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Chinese,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Monday 11 February 2013 1:39 pm




Chinese New Year was yesterday and as usual, a few friends with chinese kids like mine loved to gather and preserved a little of our chinese tradition even though we are so far away from home.  So a fruit basket full of good wishes for the Zhu’s at the Chinese restaurant and hoping it will bring them good luck and lots of money at the restaurant.

Some traditional chinese goodies from home for tasting and sharing.

Chloe all dressed up in cheong sum bought by her kai mah Lina from Singapore.

Eating at the restaurant, special noodles cooked for her.

Eating her favorite fried chicken with chinese noodles.

I had the buffet – yummy!

And here Ms Jasmine chomping down the peking duck with gusto – just loved the way she tried everything.

The chinese kids.

Adele and Sarah.

Supper @ New Century Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Wednesday 30 January 2013 3:29 pm




Normally, we don’t have supper at the New Century Restaurant or any restaurant unless we have a huge event going on, but a few days ago, my g/f and I decided to just hang out – so we went to pay the New Century restaurant a visit.  Not many people eating out that day – probably because the weather wasn’t that good.  But we ordered the Honululu Seafood plate and a plate of dumplings fried and some rice.

The fried pork knuckles were complimentary from the chef and it was pretty good even though I don’t quite like pork as much.

The Honululu plate comes with plenty of seafood and veggies and it goes great with rice.

And the fried dumpling was just as good.  We had a very good meal – only $20 in total.

Dim Sum In Halifax

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Friday 14 December 2012 10:37 pm




Whenever we are in Halifax, we try to go for dim sum – and this trip I was hoping to order more because I had my sister from another come with me to the city.  But overall, it doesn’t seems like we’ve had a lot.  The hor fun was really good as usual but the kid just wouldn’t eat it.  PB ate some but not a lot – but the hor fun is by far the best I’ve had in Canada.

Then we had radish cake – pan fried – it doesn’t have a lot of small dried shrimp in them but it did have some mushrooms and chestnuts.

Fried wanton with mayo was something I wanted to try new – and it was ok – with a huge ball of shrimp in the middle.

We ordered 2 glutinous rice because the brat would only eat this – but alas, it came so late and the poor girl was starving and didn’t eat a lot.  This trip up to halifax – Chloe definitely didn’t eat a lot at all.

This is how the glutinous rice looked like.  The Great Wall in Halifax does have one of the best dim sum – authentic that I’ve eaten here in Canada.

Chloe eating with chopsticks of course – showing off.

And my special find this trip – was egg tarts – so yummy! to die for – they actually don’t have it anymore – but they specially made some for us.  So nice of  the people from The Great Wall. Located in downtown Halifax – Bedford Row – right off sackville street. Dim sum serves every sunday from 11.30am – 3pm but don’t be too late because all good stuff will be sold out if you are late.

The New Lotus Garden

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food Review | Monday 26 November 2012 2:13 pm




So everyone asked me – have I tried eating at the new restaurant – but actually it isn’t a new restaurant, just new owners.  I think the Wongs are from PEI – but don’t quote me ok – it’s just what I’ve heard.  Anyhow, I decided to check out the new owners and their food and was kinda surprised to see the old owners working there as well.  So I’m guessing that the food would be just as good as before.  And as you can see here – there were addition buffet arrangement and an ice cream counter.   So for those with kids, – I’m sure you would loved it.

We ordered some chinese tea to go with our food – for we loved how chinese tea can wash away the oil that you take in during your meals.

We ordered the lunch for the day – a choice between chicken balls and scallop balls.  So I ordered a scallop – while my g/f ordered chicken balls.

I have to say that both were pretty good and wasn’t just flour in the chicken balls or scallop balls as you can see here.  I really liked that the batter weren’t much and the sauce was nice.  But the rice could have more flavor to it.

I do liked their egg rolls – it had a hint of curry powder in them.   Overall, it’s a good restaurant – but like all new restaurants and owners, they need to have time to plant their feet down, so do give them a chance.

Yummy Dessert At Buffet

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Friday 23 November 2012 2:44 pm




The New Century Restaurant has a new dessert menu for the buffet – did you know that?  yup !  cream puffs, coconut pies, cheese cakes and ice cream – don’t forget the fruit cocktail too!  Very nice addition to the buffet table – and I see that the buffet was really crowded today too – food must be good eh.

Asparagus

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Shopping,Vegies | Friday 26 October 2012 10:27 pm




Asparagus are not as expensive as they are back home.  My daughter’s godmother from Singapore was cooking some with baby abalones the other day and showed me how expensive they were.  I think we paid like $4.99 a bunch !  unfortunately, no one eats asparagus at our home, my mother in law used to cook them for me – and i loved it but now that she ain’t around – you know I don’t get to eat them anymore.

Chloe showing her godma Lina – the good asparagus.

Chef Special #8 @ New Century Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing | Monday 22 October 2012 11:40 pm




This is a half order of Chef #8 – Honolulu Seafood Supreme with lobsters, scallops and prawns (shrimp), stir fried with pineapple and a bed of mixed veggies and broccoli.  You can eat it with rice or with noodles or it is as it is.  I usually ask for rice and it’s $15.95 for a whole order – but you can order half if you cannot finish them or have other dishes you eat with.  I loved the taste of this dish because it’s sweet and it has got some pineapple bits in it making the dish a bit fruity – great for children who loved seafood – healthy too.  The dish may looked plain but don’t be deceived by the looks because it really is pretty good.

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