Off The Menu: Maenam ($100 GC Giveaway)

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by Ed Lau on December 11, 2014

So I finally got around to releasing the second episode of Off The Menu for Vancity Buzz, where we explore some of Vancouver’s favorite restaurants and meet the people making the food. This time around, we visit Maenam in Kitsilano and talk to chef Angus An about Thai food, influences in his cooking and some of the crazy pranks he may or may not have pulled in the kitchen.

We also have him make us a dish the restaurant doesn’t normally serve but that you can order yourself if you just ask (and maybe call ahead). Maenam’s Lobster Miang is a lobstery take on Thai street food that Chef An came up with for a regular customer that he’d exhausted his lobster repertoire on already.

In all seriousness, one of the best things I’ve eaten all year. Not only is it perfectly cooked chunks of lobster, the dressing and mix cover just about every flavor imaginable and it’s an amazing balance between them as well.

If you’d like to try Chef An’s Lobster Miang for yourself, then good news! I’ve got a $100 gift card to give away to a lucky reader and all you have to do is answer a simple question:

In light of Chef Angus An’s chilli pepper shenanigans, tell us about the spiciest thing you’ve ever eaten!

Have you ever rimmed someone’s glass with a bird’s eye chilli? Coated your mouth with wax to win a 5-alarm chili eating contest? Or maybe you pranked a friend into eating wasabi by convincing them it was “green tea ice cream”?

Leave a comment below (or on Facebook) and best story wins!

Good luck!

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Tasty Indian Bistro

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by Ed Lau on November 27, 2014

This was a media event for the restaurant so our food and drink were on the house.

When I got this invite, I thought I might be heading to a quaint little hole-in-the-wall. Little did I know I’d be stepping into probably one of the most glamorous-looking restaurants in Vancouver’s suburbs. Seriously, when you see the name Tasty Indian Bistro, the picture in your mind’s eye isn’t of this enormous sparkly disco-ball of a restaurant that you might think was in the middle of Vegas rather than Surrey/Delta.

While the restaurant space seems a little over the top with the gold ceiling paint, handcrafted tables shipped from India and ornate lighting fixtures, it looks well designed and extravagant without being tacky. They haven’t gone full Donald Trump’s bathroom.

There’s a definitely fine dining look here but multiple televisions on the wall and a bar area suggest it’s a little more casual. Think about what Cactus Club would look like as an Indian restaurant. [Click here to continue reading...]

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Hump Day Quickie: Hida Takayama

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So Vancouver’s ramen scene has exploded in the last few years. What used to be a lineup outside Kintaro has turned into a entire neighborhood full of ramen shops. Take a walk near Robson and Denman (the “Ramen District”, next to the Hammock District) and you’ll see ramen spots in every direction. Places like Santouka […]

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