This is just half an order of Chef Special #2 at the New Century Restaurant and I chose not to have green pepper or chicken because I don’t like the two of them. With a bed of cantonese noodles, you see there are lots of veggies, some char siew (BBQ pork) and of course large shrimps. It’s alot even for me – just half a portion – but it is something I like very much because it is pretty closed to the Chinese food I get at home. So if you want real chinese food, try the Chef Special # 2 at the New Century Restaurant at downtown Yarmouth, Main Street.
I cooked some coconut rice aka Nasi Lemak and some sambal (spicy) prawns because I missed home cooked food once again. So I just wanted a taste of home out of a sudden and found some Nasi Lemak paste in my pantry and of course some sambal (spices) to stir fry some prawns that I had bought and frozen a long time ago. I had also wanted to let one of my girl pal taste my food from home and being Korean, you know they can eat a lot of spicy food but after tasting it – she too said it was truly spicy. Therefore, I didn’t bring any to share with Chloe’s teachers the next day.
Making Nasi lemak is pretty easy, some coconut juice and pandan leaves and you are all set. Plus, you can add just about anything into that sambal sauce, Ikan bilis is recommended and really cheap and some peanuts would be nice too. But I had mine with sambal prawns, cucumber and a fried egg. You can have yours with boil egg if you desire or some people add some tomatoes with it too. I had chicken wings with mine as well and that’s pretty common back home too. So yes, I enjoyed my rice very much and for those who loved spicy – you should definitely try some.
We don’t really celebrate mid-autumn festival in Nova Scotia because there isn’t much people in my town that is Chinese and knows the meaning of Mid-Autumn festival and playing with lanterns and eating mooncakes. But that did not prevent me from getting some mooncake from a famous Hong Kong brand – with the help of a dear friend in Toronto. Jen from Passion4food.ca – dear Jen was so busy with her own baby – because he was sick and yet had to get the mooncake for me and mail them out to me. How nice is she! so folks – want good food from Toronto – visit Jen’s blog – www.passion4food.ca.
Anyhow, the mid-autumn festival is mostly celebrated with family and a huge meal with the children playing with lighted paper lanterns and the adults would sit around and chat and enjoy the mooncake after dinner and enjoy the round moon. The mid-autumn festival is celebrated to celebrate the harvest of the lunar year.
But it had long since been tied to the dragon boats and a chinese mythology - Houyi and Chang’e. Anyhow, back to the mooncake, they are made with lotus paste and duck egg yolk. I never used to like mooncake when I lived in Asia but now that I can’t find it anymore, of course I had to have them. Humans are really strange aren’t they? so do cherish the things you have now and not regret not having them later.
This is long overdue too – because I received this box of food and goodies like in July and already finished eating it hahah!! Jen from Toronto sent them to me because she knows how much I missed my food from home. Thank you so much Jen and Chapman – you too are an angel.
Whenever we are up in the city, we try and eat some Manchu Wok because it’s chinese and quite authentic at the food court in Halifax. The food is pretty good but I’ll have to say that each time I eat Manchu Wok they seems to get more expensive. This plate of food is about $10 – darn expensive right? if i go to a sit down restaurant and they charge this price, it’s entirely understandable but a food court? wow! of course, back home if we are charge more than $3 it’s expensive already and $10 – I better get a piece of abalone – not just sweet and sour pork – hahahha!! so although I do like the convenience – and the food, I don’t find it worthwhile to eat there.
Sorry ! this had been long overdue – I’ve had so many good food places that I’ve been to in the last few months, I haven’t gotten to all the reviews yet. So bear with me, I will be showing you more good food around Nova Scotia and Canada. Wok by the Bay in Digby is in Digby, Nova Scotia, we were on our way to Halifax when we had stopped by to Digby to have lunch. Firstly, the waitresses were very nice and very accommodating – the menu was good – they had a full range of food to choose from, the place was clean and so were their washrooms.
Here’s Chloe and PB messing around while waiting for the food to come. It didn’t take long and like I said the waitresses were very nice – and so were the owners who happened to work many years in the other Chinese restaurant in town and opened up his own business about a year ago.
They do have Canadian food as well – like grilled cheese and french fries. PB had those – he is so boring with food – not adventurous as you all know by now.
Chloe had hotdog and fries.
And I had an egg roll.
It had lots of cabbage in it – not really what I’m used to but nice nevertheless.
And sweet and sour fish with beef rice. The portion was huge as you can see here. And the fish are like fish nuggets and really fresh. I couldn’t finished it all but I tried my best.
Wok by the Bay is a great place to stop by for lunch or supper – I would go there again – the next time I’m up in Digby.
This place used to be a small cafe if I remember correctly.
They have saturday buffet as well – give it a try and let me know what you think.
I loved cooking – especially food from home and inviting friends from Asia to share them with me. I can’t cook for PB or Chloe because they don’t enjoy spicy food like I do. Jen from Toronto had sent some tom yum soup paste to me – and it was so easy to cook – took less than 30 mins and with some rice – my girlfriend and I had a wonderful meal that day. Fresh mushrooms and some hot pot fish cakes and fish balls and tofu – absolutely healthy and absolutely spicy.
Chee cheong fun is my absolute favorite for breakfast and supper – when I was home but it had been a long time since I last had some – so when i saw some in Halifax at the Asian grocery store at Queens Street – it figured I should try some out. And guess what? I should have bought more than just 2 packets because they were absolutely yummy! i loved them.
They may not be as good as the ones back home but something is definitely better than nothing right. So I finished it all – in 2 days – and they were like $3.50 a pack – which was ridiculously expensive but it was good – next time I will buy more.
When I’m hungry and don’t know what to eat – I loved to cook food from home – like a plate of good wanton noodles. The wanton is made with chicken and the wanton noodles were bought from Halifax – veggies from local Sobeys and within a few minutes – a bowl of home -cooked wanton noodles. All the goodness from home – I guess all Asians loved their noodles and rice and we can’t go without it for too long.
I learned how to make my own wanton noodles a few years ago – after having Chloe and I cant go to Halifax as much as I would like and even in Halifax – they don’t make wanton noodles like that. Only in Singapore and Malaysia – you find authentic wanton noodles.
I would loved to cook these for Chloe’s teachers but you have to eat it instantly to taste the goodness of the noodles.
After a short vacation, nothing beats coming home to some comfort food that we are familiar with - so the first day back – I got some beef and brocolli and fried rice for lunch. I pushed the tv rack to the back office and had my lunch there while watching a good movie. Ahhhhh…! bliss ! nothing like home – home sweet home and for those who are like me who cannot do without watching a show while you eat – you are not alone. So how was the food – yummy! not too much and not too little – just right and the price – even better. $6.95 + tax – ask for the daily special at Lotus Garden.
So as usual, I didn’t know what to eat, since I didn’t cook my curry veggies as I was late as I had to be at Port Maitland Beach to send lunch to Chloe. She had her class trip today – and we wanted to make sure that she got a chance to go to the washroom. I was pretty hungry already from not having a snack in the late morning and having a very light breakfast – so I decided that the best bet was to order from Lotus Garden, as they so far haven’t disappointed me in the timing. When they say 15 mins – the food would be ready by then – as you know I’m diabetic and cannot hold too long without food – else my sugar will run pretty low – so I ordered while coming back from Port Maitland Beach and as expected the food was ready for pickup.
Today I had the beef and veggie with rice – this time there was lots of beef and enough veggies and rice plus an egg roll. Lots of food for anyone – especially a lady eater. Food was tasty and the chicken rice was moist. And best of all – it was a today’s special, so it was $6.95 + tax – I say pretty good value for money. I’m glad that there are choices for Chinese restaurants – else I would be in big trouble – hahhaha! I’m inclined to try their other daily special from now on – as I’ve already tried 2 of them thus far. Stay tuned! And yes, I do get paid to eat – an awesome job I have!
After having the current from a local chinese restaurant – I figured I should cook something spicier for myself for lunch this week. So with the Vegetarian curry paste that Jenn from Passion4food.ca sent to me – i decided to put some ingredients together and cook. The veggie curry was pretty easy to cook. Add some water – then add in the paste and when it starts boiling, just drop everything you want to put into the veggie curry into the boiling pot of curry paste. In this pot, I have tau pok (dried bean curd), sauteed brinjal aka eggplant and cabbage into the pot and in 20 mins – you can have some really good and taste veggie curry. Eat them with rice or a piece of toasted naan and it was yummy to the max. Will post picture of the paste tomorrow.
Tuesday special at a local chinese restaurant was Chicken curry with an egg roll and the last time I was at the Chinese restaurant – a customer had raved about the curry chicken, so I had wanted to try it for a few weeks now. But PB is busy on Tuesdays because it’s movie days – so I didn’t get a chance to try it till this Tuesday.
The chicken curry came with an egg roll and chicken rice (rice with bits of chicken) and it was pretty good especially for someone like myself who loved more veggies and less meat. There were only a few pieces of chicken – which were pretty tender – and it was a good amount for me. The curry was not as spicy as I would have liked but bear it mind this was cooked for the massive Canadian population in mind – so it was pretty good standard. The rice was moist too – so that was good. It was a good meal for me – because it wasn’t too much nor too little. So if you are looking to try the curry chicken tuesday special at our local chinese restaurant – I say to go right ahead – it was pretty good.
These days I bring my lunch from home because of all the Asian groceries that I received from Jen in Toronto. Jen sends me a lot of Asian spices and food so that I can cook my own lunch and bring it with me instead of eating out so often. Although it can be time consuming in the morning, if I cook in the evening and stew them overnight – it is easy.
Plus I found dried horfun in single portion that one can cook easily and I loved hor fun so much – so why not cook something nutritious and yummy to bring from home right. So I had tau pok that Gary brought back from Halifax for me and mushrooms from Hyunjin when she came down from the city for a visit and some chicken strips from Sobeys with hor fun ! yummy to the max ! just the way i remembered it when I was home.
Yes! we called eggplants – brinjal back home – and they don’t have it often here in Yarmouth but I did find some at the Superstore last week and then Sobeys had them too! woohoo! I had a brinjal feast! I haven’t had brinjals for a long time now and it was good! What did I cooked it with – with my assam fish paste sent to me all the way from Toronto from Jenn – at Passion4food.ca. Thank you Jenn you are a lifesaver!
Chloe posing with the brinjal for me because I was very happy to have some.
For those who’ve watched or followed the Dragon’s Den show – you would probably have seen BKH ( Bee Kim Heng) which incidentally also means Beautiful Golden Smell in Chinese. BKH Jerky is located in Vancouver, Canada but the recipe and taste originated from Singapore (where I come from), so when my advertiser asked if I wanted to try the Pork Jerky from The Dragon’s Den show – I said sure! So I ordered 2Ibs of Pork Jerky and paid a fixed shipping fee of $10 and the BKH Pork Jerky arrived very quickly – less than a week thru’ Singapore Post and registered. I was pleasantly surprised because the last time I had Pork Jerky from the Little Red Dot Kitchen took almost 3 weeks to arrive thru’ Fedex.
2 vacuumed packets of 1Ib each of Pork Jerky – and I couldn’t wait to get home to try it after collecting it from the post office. So how did it taste? pretty good – they were moist – they tasted and smell like the Bak Kwa from home – but alas, one little shortcoming – the slices of pork jerky were thick and therefore quick tough to chew. I promptly wrote to BKH Jerky about it – and they had suggested that I nuke them before eating – that would soften it. Well, I did and it did soften it – but unless I wanted to have the microwave close by and nuke them for a couple of seconds every few bites I took, the meat was still pretty tough.
But it was good nevertheless but for $60 for 2 Ibs of pork – I don’t think my jaws can afford the massive chewing cause everytime I eat the pork jerky – my teeth and jaws hurt from chewing. I don’t know if it is just me – but this is only my opinion and for others – it is probably not so tough for them. But if I wanted to eat Bak Kwa again – I would have no choice but to pay more from New York and have them shipped it to me from there. But again, that does not mean that BKH Jerky isn’t good – it is just too tough for an old fart like me. So you check it out if you are in Vancouver – and let me know how you feel about it.
Another box of Asian grocery came yesterday from Toronto for me. Thanks to Jen from Passion4food.ca – for taking the time to find me all the yummy food that I missed so much. In this box – she sent tea, Assam fish paste, Owl 3 in 1 tea and chinese noodles for Chloe. I’ve also opened the black vinegar she sent – and loved it. Thanks so much Jen and Chapman!
The crab came from my father-in-law and the Sambal paste came from Jen from passion4food.ca. Father-in-law had a few bagful of crabs left on his doorsteps and he had already cooked it – he gave me some to bring home. So today, I stirred fried it with sambal sauce from Tean – and it was darn yummy! gotta loved the father-in-law for sharing his food with me.
I loved the Assam fish paste that Jen had sent from Toronto so much – because it’s so easy to cook and so healthy too. Better than eating burgers and pizzas that’s for sure. I can’t seems to get enough of the Assam seafood paste that I had asked Jen to send some more to me soon.
Fragrant Jasmine rice with tofu, salmon, fish balls and tomatoes – a wonderful lunch and easy to cook – 15 mins max.
We have been eating a lot of home cooked food of late because for the entire month – it was either Chloe was sick and down with a cold or me and then followed by PB. After we got over the cold, I had a bad sinus attack which caused me so much pain on my cheeks and teeth that I had to pop advil like I was a druggie. That was no fun! finally – we found the cause of it and got the right medication to stop the sinus infection.
You cannot imagine the delight when I finally stopped popping advil – I was kinda afraid that it might burnt my liver out – now that wouldn’t be fun at all. Anyhow, we have been cooking simple meals from home – so that we don’t have to eat outside food and hopefully soon – things will go back to normal. I loved assam fish so much but when the fish ran out – I just fried an egg and had the rest of the seafood with the assam fish soup. It was definitely a simple but yummy meal.