Kin Resto Bar

Hand-made Lotus & Taro Chips – spiced soft tofu dip

Spicy Tofu & Mushroom – garlic honey, chili & soy sauce

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken – vermicelli noodles & herbs

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, but I’m back! Exams are finally over and now I have two more weeks of summer until summer school starts again… Anyways! Finally got a chance to try Kin Resto Bar after seeing it probably a year ago while wandering around in downtown Vancouver. At first, Steph and I thought it was a restaurant with Caucasian food, but looking closer, we realized it was a Vietnamese restaurant that was of higher class I guess. Not the typical pho places where there’s mediocre decor and service. I think Kin used to be called Chau, and I overheard a customer speaking with the manager, and said that he just became the new manager recently. I love the brick walls on one side of the restaurant, giving a really vintage feeling to it.

We first got the Hand-made Lotus & Taro Chips which were really delicious! I especially liked the lotus chips. The sauce was a little spicy but really light and flavourful. It was also a great portion for $6. Next we got the Spicy Tofu & Mushroom. I thought it was really spicy after a few bites and had to drink lots of water! But the spice was a good spice. It made everything come together and the honey evened out the spice. Lastly, we got the Grilled Lemongrass Chicken. At first, I thought they had given us BBQ Pork at first since I hadn’t seen lemongrass chicken that was red before. The ones I always got at pho places were a light yellow colour. But when I tasted it, it was totally lemongrass! Weird. The chicken was very tender and easy to bite and worked well with the vermicelli at the bottom. I love how all the dishes are so different from traditional pho places, and they have a different flare to it. Service was also prompt and friendly. A great place to go to if you are around the Robson area and want some Vietnamese fusion food.

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Kumare

Lumpiang Shanghai
Deep fried bite sized pork spring rolls

Beef Mami
Beef, egg, spring onions, and vegetables

Inihaw na Pusit
Grilled squid

Pancit Langlang
Stir-fried vermicelli and egg noodles, diced chicken and pork, and assorted vegetables.

Leche Flan

Ube Macapuno Cake
Ube chiffon cake and cream cheese icing

This is my second time at Kumare now! First time, I have to admit that I had no idea what I was ordering and wasn’t ordering the right “Filipino” food, so this time, I brought a Filipino friend with me for lunch! First off, we got some spring rolls that were filled with pork. They were really good and the filling was quite different from the ones I normally eat. Then, there was the soup, which I found quite interesting. It had a lot of vegetables and it had a sour taste to it. Not something I would normally order, but it wasn’t too bad. The squid was really interesting, as it was filled with green and red peppers, and then it was grilled. I have never tried something like this before! It was delicious other than the parts that were grilled a little too much. Those parts had a burnt taste to it.  This time, my friend ordered noodles that were supposed to be Filipino – not those Pad Thai noodles I ordered last time that clearly were originated from the Malaysian and Thai Cuisine. The noodles were like vermicelli and had an interesting flavour to it. Quite delicious! And last but not least, I finally got to try their desserts, since Kumare also has a bakery section to the restaurant. I insisted on trying the Taro Chiffon Cake as I wanted to for the longest time, but my friend also suggested the Leche Flan, which is basically like a caramel pudding. So glad she ordered that because it was so delicious! Definitely one of my favourite desserts now! The Taro Cake was also not bad, as it had a nice taro flavour to it and the cream wasn’t too thick. It was also topped with some coconut that seemed to be freshly peeled off! Overall, it was a great experience having Filipino food.  I think I might have a better idea of what to order next time and I’m definitely coming back!

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Din Tai Fung at Bellevue, Seattle

Located at Lincoln Square

In Process of Making Red Bean Dumplings

Pork Buns

 A Glimpse of the Menu

Braised Beef Noodle Soup

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Pork and Glutinous Rice Shaomai

Steamed Mashed Bed Bean Buns

Steamed Mashed Red Bean Buns

Steamed Mashed Taro Buns

Steamed Mashed Taro Buns

Went for some shopping in the states a few weeks ago and was excited to hear that Din Tai Fung was opened near where I was staying! It’s famous throughout Asia, from Tapei, Hong Kong to even Japan, for their dumplings! So knowing that it was close to our hotel, we had to go give it a try. It’s located in Bellevue, Seattle in the Lincoln Square, next to Bellevue Square Shopping Centre, which on Friday night, is terrible to find parking! Took us at least half an hour to find parking…almost felt like it was Boxing Day. First thing I saw when I got to the entrance were a bunch of cooks behind a glass window rolling out flour and   forming buns. They worked as a team and was almost like an assembly line, passing each part to the next team member. After a wait for about 40 minutes, we were finally brought to our seats. And I have to say, we were already eating really late, almost 9:00pm, but this restaurant has non-stop traffic. And to my surprise, I can say half the customers there were non-Asian. More to my surprise were that many of the servers were Caucasian and even the Asian servers spoke English. Quite contrary to our Asian restaurants back in Richmond, where some servers might even have trouble speaking English. I guess there is such a large crowd of Caucasian customers, that they must hire people with fluent English. The dumplings were typical I guess, but I really enjoyed the Pork and Glutinous Rice Shaomais. And I’m a huge fan of red bean paste, so I had to try  the Red Bean Buns. They were made with such fresh red bean that you could taste the bean. Same with the taro! Tasted real good! When we left, there were still people waiting for seats. What a busy restaurant, but I have to say, it’s worth the wait!

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