Xing Fu Tang – Vancouver

We drove by Xing Fu Tang a few times during the last few months and noticed this place seems to have a long line up all the time.   They serve specialised bubble tea drinks that use a unique type of brown sugar as part of their recipe.

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When we walked by Saturday afternoon recently, there was no line up so we thought it must be a good time to try it out.  As soon as you walk in, you can smell the fragrant brown sugar cooking from the kitchen.  You can also see a someone near the counter stirring the brown sugar and bubble pearls at the front.

We ordered a basic brown sugar pearl bubble milk tea.  It was just over $5.

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The taste was indeed very unique.  We can tell right away it was not like other bubble tea shops mixing it up with cheap instant flavoured powder.  The brown sugar made the bubble pearls very tasty.  Although it was brown sugar, it was not overly sweet.

While waiting for your drink, you can test your fortune by picking up a stick and then seeing what number door you can open to get your lucky (or unlucky) fortune. In the picture, this is located on the left side where you see the red sticks.

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SFDD gives 4 out of 5 delights.

Xing Fu Tang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Horin Ramen and Sake – Downtown Vancouver

Horin Ramen is located on Robson street just west of Burrard street.    We came here after seeing a long line up at the Ramen Danbo further down Robson.  It was late in the afternoon on Saturday and Horin had no line up and there were only a few tables occupied.

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Their menu has a history about the ramen style served here.

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You can customise your ramen based on firmness, fat, chilli, saltiness of soup.

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We started with gyoza dumplings.  It comes with six pieces and a dipping sauce.

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The gyozas had a delicious pork filling.  What looked strange is the extra pan fried excess edges that came with the gyoza.  We thought they forgot to remove it but noticed other customers’ gyozas looked the same too.

We ordered the first and second ramen items on the menu.  This one is the Ajitama ramen.  It comes with the soft boiled egg.

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Next is the original ramen.

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The ramen here is the thin type.

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The Ramen here is pretty darn good.  Being able to customise makes it even better.  Maybe this place is too new that people don’t know about it so there is no line up?

We’d definitely prefer to come here to avoid the long line up at the other ramen restaurants further down Robson Street. Prices and portion size where reasonably good.  The service here was also friendly and efficient.

SFDD gives 4 out of 5 Delights.

Horin Ramen + Sake Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Earnest Ice Cream – Vancouver

Earnest Ice Cream has 2 locations in Vancouver.  We visited this newer location after a brisk walk around the Science World area.

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It was a Saturday afternoon and was very busy.  We waited in line for about 10 minutes.

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They had quite a few different flavours available today.  We chose a ghost chocolate flavor and Earl Gray.

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We initially thought they gave us the wrong ice cream because we expected the chocolate to be brown.  It turns out the ghost chocolate is indeed, the white scoop on the bottom of the cup.

The ice cream here is good, but a bit too pricey.  The scoops are kind of small too.  There isn’t a lot of seating available.  They got one big round communal table and some counter seats.

The ice cream is good but I would not recommend you make a special trip just to try it.  They have some unique flavours you can try if you are in the neighbourhood.

Earnest Ice Cream Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rain or Shine – UBC

Rain or Shine ice cream has a few locations around Vancouver, We first visited their store on Cambie Street a few months back.  This location is on the UBC campus.  It’s near the bus loop but slightly hidden in one corner of one the newer buildings.

They got a menu of all the available flavours for the day:

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There is not a lot of seating here.  Just a few counter spots by the window.  It’s more of a take out shop.

We shared a double scoop.  We chose black sesame and matcha:

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The ice creams here are very creamy.  These 2 flavours were not overly sweet which was good because it won’t hide the flavour of your ice cream.  This location seems to be more generous with the scoop size too.

Aside from these scooped ice cream, they have another menu where you can choose things like milkshakes and other ice cream treats too.

SFDD gives 4 out of 5 Delights.

Rain or Shine Ice Cream Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

C Lovers Fish and Chips – Horseshoe Bay

After returning from a short hiking trip, we were hungry and looking for something to eat around Horseshoe Bay.   We settled  at C Loves Fish and Chips.

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We hear their ads on the radio all the time but never tried it.  They are famous for their all you can eat fish and chips.  It was a Saturday early evening, around 5 pm so it was not yet dinner time for most people.  The restaurant was not too busy so we got a table right away.  It got busier after 5:50.

The server explained to us that the first order comes with 5 pieces of cod and fries and also a fountain soft drink.  We were concerned that we would be required to order another 5 pieces and fries after we were done our first round.  Luckily, we can order what we please.  For instance, you can refill with just one piece of fish, or just one order of fries etc…

The first order was like this:

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The pieces of fish were not very big, maybe half the size of a regular order of fish and chips elsewhere.  However, you get 5 pieces to start.  It is actually lightly battered so it was not too filling.  The fish itself was also very juicy and not overcooked.  Flavor-wise it was quite good.  Most of us at the table were able to refill with 2 pieces of fish.

We were quite full and satisfied after this all you can meal.  The server was friendly and we didn’t have to wait long for the food.  The tarter sauce could have used a bit more dill though.  They got other things you can choose from the menu such as burgers and other types of fish and chips.  Prices are quite reasonable and overall we enjoyed our visit.

SFDD gives 5 out of 5 Delights.

C-Lovers Fish & Chips Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato