Chè-licious Desserts and Snacks

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by Ed Lau on June 23, 2015

Sorry I’ve been gone for the last couple months. I recently started at a new job so that’s taken quite a bit of time. I will try to post more regularly now that I’m getting settled, though.

Oh, and all this food at Che-licious I’m writing about here was complimentary but all opinions are mine. Seriously. You know the drill. C’mon.

I discovered bahn mi in my early university days at this great spot hidden away in a strip mall across from Richmond Centre. $10 got you 4 subs and being a growing boy, my friends and I could eat at least half of them before we even left the parking lot. Vietnamese sandwiches were a revelation to me and redefined what I knew as a sandwich. It was a combination of flavors I hadn’t experienced before, a balanced attack of savory, spicy, sweet and all sorts of other flavors. There’s a variety of textures as well, depending on what meats and veggies you selected, stacked between crisp halves of baguette-style bun. The buns themselves are essential to a good bahn mi. I still describe the best ones as eating delicious shards of glass that are so crunchy, they sort of hurt.

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Bahn mi (or Viet subs…or ‘Namwiches as I like to call them) aren’t quite as ubiquitous to Vancouver as sushi and pho but there are still plenty of places making them around town. As with sushi and pho, many of these places make their sandwiches lazily simply to capitalize on the item’s popularity. If you’ve eaten as many of these things as I have, you know there’s a right way to make these and there’s whatever they’re doing at T&T, Price Mart and dozens of places that make stale, lifeless bahn mi. [Click here to continue reading...]

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Catch 122 (ver. 2.0)

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by Ed Lau on February 5, 2015

I was invited to check out the new menu so my meal was complimentary.

Catch 122 has gone through a bit of a makeover with a new chef at the helm and a new menu. I went to the media event when they first opened a few years ago and remember how much I enjoyed the food as well as how cozy yet modern the restaurant looked. The space still looks more or less the same but the food has undergone a complete change.

The take-out menu is gone and a chef Jason Vallee (previously of Glowbal Grill) has a number of all new dishes for us to try. [Click here to continue reading...]

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